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Best of Our Blogs: September 18, 2015


Feel like your life lacks meaning?

If you feel stuck in the monotony of every day and have been searching for ways to fill it, that could be your problem. In this day and age of accomplishing, doing and striving we’ve neglected our inner world. The buzz and beeps that alert us to what’s going on outside are distractions from the life we really want to be living.

In A Religion of One’s Own, author Thomas Moore reflects on the impact of our quickly changing technological world:

“We don’t seem to appreciate how deeply we are affected by changes in science, technology, and culture…Science wants to answer all your questions, and technology wants to make life livable. But you still get depressed and anxious. You feel the absence of purpose and meaning.”

What he offers instead is to take note from mystics, people he says, “who have actually gotten in touch with what is real. They have powers of receptivity and sympathy that are particularly acute. They are porous and have the ability to be so open as to stretch beyond the usual small and protective ego, and they are often unusually courageous.”

To do this requires simply living in the moment. He says, for example, that if you’re a parent, this means, “hav[ing] a moment of bliss as you step back and look at your children. As a creative person, you may finish a project and suddenly feel light-headed with joy of having created something worthy. You may enjoy occasional bursts of wonder and know what it means to extend the boundaries of a self.”

Keep reading our top posts this week to get a fresh perspective, and new ways to garner a richer, more meaningful way of living your life.

Thoughtbuster: Locate Your Negative Thought and Yank it Out!
(Stress Better) – Need to get rid of a toxic thought? Try this fun and creative exercise to help you and even your kids finally let go of what’s been bothering you.

Dwelling on the Past: How Emotions Shape Your Memory
(Anger Management) – Why are some past moments etched into your memory forever and others you can barely remember? This fascinating post explains how and why your brain choose to create certain memories.

10 Signs You’re Dealing With An Emotionally Needy Narcissist
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – Not all narcissistic people are easy to spot. In fact, some appear to be loving, compassionate, and altruistic. Here are a few indications that you may be dealing with a different type of narcissist.

A Simple Method to Help You Relax
(Psychoanalysis Now) – Is all that worrying you’re doing helpful? Probably not. Go here to stop that stressful train of thoughts.

Mental health groups ask Kenneth Cole to remove billboard
(Depression On My Mind) – In a shocking billboard ad, fashion designer Kenneth Cole showed his true colors revealing and promoting another stigma against people with mental illness.

Best of Our Blogs: September 18, 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: September 18, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 4, 2020, from
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