Breaking Down New Year’s Resolutions

Blogger and friend Mandy Learo (OK Namaste) writes a column for one of the local papers here, and I really like what she has to say in her latest one about New Year’s Resolutions and applying a yoga tradition called sankalpa. Read the whole thing here, but for me this is the key takeaway: … A sankalpa […]

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Wearable Tech for Mood? Meet Spire

I’m a member of a peer group on Facebook for folks with depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc. and someone posted a link to Spire, a piece of wearable tech not unlike a FitBit or even a pedometer, that connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth (my understanding is it’s not yet available for Android). It tracks your […]

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Can I get back into mindfulness meditation?

I confess, this summer I’ve been slipping. I haven’t been following through on my mindfulness meditation practice and it’s starting to show. I find myself edgier, more irritable and anxious. My thoughts fly around my head and I have a hard time focusing and considering them. Once that happens it becomes very easy to fall […]

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Come Monday, it’ll be alright…

Put the boat in tonight, went for a little spin. Summer is here… One of my favorite ways to relax, relieve my anxiety and practice mindfulness. Oh, yeah, I’m now on Instagram, so if you’d like to follow me there I post a lot of lake pictures and a lot of Bogey stuff.

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An update on my weekend checklist and how we treat mental health

Well that went well. I was able to do pretty much everything on the checklist (though the walk ended up being replaced by some other exercise. Plus walking/pushing the lawnmower…) and I feel great. One of the things I’m really pleased with is that I spent so much time outside. After this awful winter we […]

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Make a checklist for a positive weekend

There’s nothing worse than a wasted weekend. Well, that’s not true, there are MUCH worse things than a wasted weekend. But if you’re like me sometimes you’ll find yourself at home on a Sunday evening and think “Damn, I didn’t do ANYTHING this weekend.” It’s happened to me more than I’d care to admit or […]

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A little piece of heaven

I’m lucky enough to live in Skaneateles, New York, home of the eponymous lake that is among the cleanest in the US. It’s also one of the most beautiful (in my opinion) bodies of water I’ve come across. There are few things I enjoy more than getting out on the water, especially in my kayak. […]

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The problems I have patting myself on the back.

One of the most difficult things about recovery is being able to give myself credit for my achievements. It’s a recurring theme during my sessions with my therapist, I’ll share something positive that happened since our last meeting, or I’ll recount an example of my mindfulness in practice. She’ll ask “Can you give yourself credit […]

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Recovery is Progress, Progress is Recovery

This morning I went in to my therapists’ office in a state-of-mind I haven’t really found myself in before when meeting with her- content and without agenda. Typically when I go in I go in ready to talk about something that made me depressed or particularly anxious during the preceding week. We’ll talk through the […]

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