Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Salvador Dali is often quoted as saying, "There is one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane, whereas I know that I am mad." --- There often seems to be a link between creativity and mental illness. Many great artists, poets, playwrights, and composers suffered from depression, alcoholism, obsessionality, bipolar or psychotic disorders at some time in their lives. How strong is the link and what might account for it? Are these disorders beneficial to the creative process or a drawback that must be overcome?
Arts & Art Therapy
by Sherri Carter, Supervising Editor for ATH
There is power in one, there really is! There’s also power when individuals come together for a common goal. Here at ATH, we are a group of individuals who have come together to promote healing of mind, body, spirit and planet. YOU, the reader, are a very important part of this beautiful community. When we decided to move forward with building for our soon-to-be Online Learning Center, it only made sense to include YOU in the campaign...
by Jon York
So many words looking for a home
or just a page to rest upon
or a rhyme to complete or a poem
that they can call home
as they look forward to the beauty
of the next moment or the next hour
and as they sink roots
into the present
their strength grows
as they think about
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: These poems on writing express how poetry helps Jon York deal with the experience of PTSD.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Steven Handel
There is a structure behind most habits which behavioral psychologists refer to as “habit loops.”
Habit loops consist of three main parts. First is the cue, the trigger from the environment that tells your brain to go into autopilot and which habit to use. Next is the routine, which can be a mental or physical action you take whenever presented with the cue. And lastly is the reward, which is what you get from the habit that fulfills a craving in your brain...
Editor´s Note: Changing bad habits and developing good habits is a challenge for many people.Here is the research that shows how this works.
by John McGrail, Certified Hypnotherapist
Most all of us at some time experience the pain of procrastinating - and it is painful because procrastinating prevents us from doing or becoming better; from living a richer, fuller life; from attaining goals we know would make us happier and more fulfilled...
by Jennifer Jefferies
The leading causes of car accidents are distractions (such as using your mobile phone, fiddling with the radio or CD player, eating, grooming, dealing with the kids or picking up something you’ve dropped on the floor) and drowsiness. Have you ever felt tempted to rest your eyes for a few seconds while you’re driving, when you’re bored in traffic or at the end of a long trip? Ever found yourself racing to a meeting, battling traffic and feeling stressed and frustrated...
by Erin Heaven
Are there times when you feel able to manage all your tasks and get everything done, only to feel overwhelmed by everything a few weeks later? Do you have periods of excessive activity, followed by periods of lethargy?...
Editor's Note: There are many alternative treatments to mental health disorders that can help reduce symptoms in some patient's. It is good to have an awareness of different mental disorders and "out-of-the-box" treatments, because they can be effective in treating different things.
by Dr. Judith Orloff, MD
Emotional freedom means learning how to stay centered in a stressful, highly emotionally charged world. Since emotions such as fear, anger, and frustration are energies, you can potentially “catch” them from people without realizing it. If you tend to be an emotional sponge, it’s vital to know how to avoid taking on an individual’s negative emotions...
Editor´s Note from Doris Helge: I’m guessing you are sensitive, intuitive and truly committed to helping this world become an even better place. Part of what happens when we’re “sensitives” includes unconsciously absorbing other people’s stresses or other negative energy. Enjoy some helpful tips that will prevent taking on energy that isn’t yours and won’t help you fulfill your mission on Earth.
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