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Best of Our Blogs: June 16, 2015


“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” – Robert Fulghum

What comes to mind when you think of peace?

For me peace stood for silence, serenity, and a complete absence of chaos. What I learned as a mother, and only child of aging parents is that peace is possible even amidst the turmoil. That in fact, I could not only be standing at the ocean bottom watching the waves crash above me, but that I could be in the waves and feel a sense of calm too.

There are moments in between a toddler’s tantrums, for example. There are pauses in between an illness. There exists enough grace in life so that laughter is possible even while grieving and there can be hope even when in despair.

That’s what years of both health and illness have taught me. Those vulnerable moments of almost intolerable lows have always come with some gift and enough sustenance to keep me going.

This week, be reminded of what strengths, resources and tools you already have in our top posts. Maybe you’ll find your own story in their personal struggles. Sometimes just realizing you’re not alone can be the momentary peace you need.

Being Vulnerable To Be Creative
(The Creative Mind) – You’ve been told most of your life you’re “too sensitive,” and that you “need to grow a thick skin.” But here’s why your sensitivity and vulnerability are strengths, not weaknesses.

A Book for Your Soul
(The Whole Self) – You’re on a mission to discover your soul’s purpose. But if you don’t know where to start, start here. This will inspire you to begin the process of figuring out who you are and what’s the right path for your soul.

How OCD Feels
(Being Beautifully Bipolar) – A lot of people misunderstand and don’t know what OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder looks like. To help others gain an insider’s perspective, Elaina shares her own daily struggles with it. 

Do You Have Body Dysmorphia?
(Cubanity: Brian Cuban’s Recovery Rantings) – What is it really like to live with Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD? One man shares specific behaviors that defined his experience with the condition and gives us an update on how he’s currently doing. 

20 Things to Do When You Find Yourself in a Rut
(Tales of Manic Depression) – Stuck in a rut? Try these to shake yourself out of your ordinary routine and see life as extraordinary again!

Best of Our Blogs: June 16, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: June 16, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 25, 2020, from
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