Mental Health Links
Below are suggestions for books, blogs and general information I found helpful.
Brach, Tara. Radical Compassion. (2019) New York: Viking. Learning to love yourself and your world.
Caletti, Deb. He’s Gone. A Novel. (2013) New York: Bantam Books. Although fiction, the author writes a thought-provoking exploration into herself and her marriage.
Chödrön, Pema. When Things Fall Apart. Heart Advice for Difficult Times. (1997) Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications. The author shows how moving towards painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open our hearts in unimagined ways.
Doyle, Glennon. Untamed. (2020) New York: The Dial Press. The intimate memoir about bringing one’s true self to the forefront and trusting ourselves enough to become the women we want to be.
Frankel, Victor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. (1959) Boston: Beacon Press. “One of the greatest books of all time,” an autobiographical account of life in 4 different Nazi death camps and how the author survived.
Hahn, Thich Nhat. Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. (1991) New York: Bantam. Simple, gentle, wise readings.
Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go There You Are Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. (1994) New York: Hyperion. Reminds us to be conscious of our life on a daily basis.
Lesser, Elizabeth. Broken Open. How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow. (2005) New York: Random House, Inc. Truly remarkable book, beautifully written with great wisdom and heart.
Linehan, Marsha. Building a Life Worth Living. A Memoir. (2020) NY: Random House, Inc. The developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Marsha Linehan shares the story of her own mental illness as well as the treatment of suicide individuals. She guides the reader along as she discovers and then develops the tools for “a life worth living,” applicable to all people navigating the every day.
Reynolds, Lisa René. Parenting through Divorce. Helping Your Children Thrive During and After the Split. (2011) New York: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Excellent resource.
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The Little Prince. (1946) US: Reynal and Hitchcock. An adult fable masked as a children’s book, first written in French, portrays the observations made by the title character about life, human nature and relationships. Don’t underestimate the value of this story.
Elizabeth Lesser. Make a commitment to meditation and live a more peaceful, vibrant and generous life.
Mark Manson. Author, Thinker, Life Enthusiast
The Pema Chödrön Foundation. Author, spiritual thinker, Buddhist.
Daily OM. Features a universal approach to holistic living for the mind, body, and spirit and supports people who want to live a conscious lifestyle.
- Insight Timer
- Smiling Mind
- 2homes and 2homes Kids
- Day One Journal
Between You and Me…
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We all have a story to tell, a unique tale solely of our own. My guess is most of us are changed somehow by the experience, weaving it into our tapestry of life or burying it deep within ourselves, carrying a heavy heart that doesn’t have to be.
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