Monday, 21 March 2011

Not a good day for me (health wise), so I leave you with a quote:

"Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking." ~ Black Elk

Friday, 18 March 2011

The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino

Woman Lying on a Bench by Carl Larsson (from the All Posters Web Site)

What is a Spoonie? What is the Spoon Theory?

The Urban  dictionary definition is this:
A person living with chronic illness, that identifies with Christine Miserandino's Spoon Theory.
Spoonies are people that live with chronic illness; theoretically measuring personal daily abilities much as one would measure the proper amount of spoons needed for an event or occasion... sometimes having an abundance, other times coming up short.

The Spoon Theory

by Christine Miserandino

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Positive Psychology

Oklahoma Wetlands, October 2009 ~ Photography by Robin Dalton

This is from a Facebook status post from the lovely Rachel Shakespeare. I found it delightfully inspiring so decided to post it on my blog, as well:

Positive psychologists have identified six types of core virtues that appear in all cultures--wisdom and knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, transcendence--comprised of 24 character strengths:

1. Wisdom and Knowledge: creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, love of learning, perspective

2. Courage: bravery, persistence, integrity, vitality

3. Humanity: love, kindness, social intelligence

4. Justice: citizenship, fairness, leadership

5. Temperance: forgiveness and mercy, humility and modesty, prudence and self-regulation

6. Transcendence: appreciation of beauty and excellence, gratitude, hope, humor and spirituality

~ Maren Schmidt

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

REIKI Healing Music

Treating Fibromyalgia Naturally

Treating Fibromyalgia Naturally

Information on Sensory Overload from Fibromyalgia Network

Is sensory overload part of your Fibro?

Is Sensory Overload Part of Your Fibro?

You expect to have painful muscles everywhere with fibromyalgia. Even if your discomfort fluctuates from day to day, this symptom is always present. The pain of fibro is amplified as though the volume control knob is turned up as high as it could go. But there is much more to fibromyalgia than just the pain. Chances are, you have other sensory-related symptoms that are roaring off the charts and making your fibro all the more difficult to manage.
Take, for example, the sensory-related symptoms below. Most patients with fibromyalgia will recognize them as an added source of annoyance.
  • numbness and tingling sensations in your extremities
  • swelling sensations—feeling as though one's limbs are made out of gelatin
  • burning skin—just like a bad sunburn, despite no redness or visible rash
  • sensitivity to loud sounds (you are always asking family members to turn down the volume)
  • odors bother you much more than they do everyone else (your sense of smell is heightened)
  • bright lights bother you, maybe even contributing to your headache, especially if you are walking in a colorfully lit shopping mall
  • dry, burning eyes—sometimes they hurt so badly, they burn, but your doctor can't find anything wrong with them and has ruled out medication side effects