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 I don't have a specific theme for February, and I don't think I will for March either. I think Loving Attention encompasses everything. It is the slowing down of my mind enough to look at what the hell is really going on and being honest about it.  That is keeping me busy enough, I don't need another theme for the rest of the year. 

Journal wise - I havne't been reading that many self help books, but I've been writing daily (in a private journal). Something extremely helpful has been my 0-5 scale.  Whenever I feel like my emotions get too high I write down how high they are.  0 is calm and 5 is crying and flailing my arms aound wildly. Most times I get to 3 which is bad enough.  Buddy barking for no reason or someone says something (seemingly) insensitive.  Usually a high emotion will last for a few hours and color…

Mindfulness is "the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment", and I believe the answer to most of my problems. But, whenever I focus on the present moment, I am judgmental about what I see. Being in the present moment is not enough, I need to be kinder to myself.

In all of the ways we can take care of ourselves, working out, eating healthy, if I don't change how I talk to myself I am never going to do those things.  And it is not even the thoughts in my head, it is the way I judge myself for having them. …

Just a little note.

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    • Hi Annie - I havent made writing prompts like I did in paint and chronicle, but I want to get more direction for you on here.  I promise to do that this week. 


  • My last therapist just told me things I read in Psych 101. She also would tell me I was dealing with my life perfectly with no problems.
    Yeah right lady! Then why am I here? This also happened to be right after my son overdosed and died.
    I've also been in therapy for most of my life but she was a doozy.
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