Posted by: Marie | September 29, 2010

(411) Spotlight: 360 Degrees of Mindful Living

Post #411

Spotlight on a Great Blog

I have been perusing many therapy and mental health related blogs over the past few months and have found quite a number that I really like and have added to my blogroll.

Some of those blogs are of exceptional value to me — I feel compelled to call attention to them, as is the case with the blog I’m highlighting in this post. You may ask, “What qualifies as exceptional value?” Well, I value the following:

1) An overall focus on healing and moving forward — that doesn’t necessarily mean there is an absence of negative material; but rather, that it is balanced with solution-oriented insights;

2) Originality — while links to and reuse of enlightening material is good, original content is even better;

3) Relevancy — the majority of the posts are related to therapy and the therapeutic process;

4) Level of activity — the author(s) keeps the material fresh.

So, here is one blog that I feel qualifies as “highly valuable”:

360 Degrees of Mindful Living

This blog is written by Dr. Pavel Somov. He is a licensed psychologist and the author of “Eating the Moment” (New Harbinger, 2008), “Present Perfect” (NH, 2010), “The Lotus Effect” (in press, fall 2010), “Smoke Break” (in press, 2011), and “Reinventing the Meal” (in press, 2012). He is in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA.

Much of his writing is based upon the teachings of Zen Buddhism and focuses on the simplicity of ‘right thinking’. I enjoy taking what he says and applying it to my daily life as a way to see the ‘usual’ in a new light. To show you what I mean, let me share a paragraph from one of his more recent posts:

Recognize that as long as you define what you are by what you are not, you are exchanging your uniqueness and oneness for similarity. And, in so doing, you are giving away your identity and losing sight of your essential, unique self.

If you are so inclined, I encourage you to swing by this blog and enjoy!


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