Disclaimer

I started writing  Pennsylvania Echoes  because I wanted to improve my grammar.  I chose meditation, mindfulness and how they apply to my daily life, as the blog’s subject matter.  Writing about Mental Health Management has received the most appreciation.
My world- view will not cure mental disorder. but I cannot separate my world view entirely from management or my great concerns for Mental Health.  So I must present my thoughts, and tips on “Mental Wellness” in my own way and from my own experience–  if I am to be honest.
Any information you find is meaningful is presented as is.  There is no Warranty. Too bad I can’t cure my bad grammar.
Enjoy.
–Chris

Mantra with phonics

Something be mindful with.. whether college educated professional, Laymen Child or impaired:

Today we are bombarded with noises and data, seemingly at a increasing rate..
This can be disorienting for even adults.  Whispering or bellowing mantras has been a practice in various paradigms: Hindi, Buddhist, Yoga , Pacific- & African- practices..

The phonetic Alphabet is excellent choice to meditate to or to chant to.

    what can one discover when being mindful of these sounds?

  •  Do I feel or imagine something on any given letter or sound ?
  •  Do I feel apprehensive or embarrassed about listening to letters and sounds?
  •  Do I sense my awareness drifting away to day dream or something else

Written Language and Phonics is fundamental, to most, in our social consciousnesses and contexts—
from our first words to our parents. Something to be Mindful of.

props to: https://www.havefunteaching.com

additionally on this blog, Breathing and Counting.

Journey of life – education


Nice rendition of a popular lecture of Alan Watts.
journey of purpose TJOP – on youtube.
Video address the relative standards of how one or a group is trained in the present post academic job and career market.
When does one, or a family feel the sense of achievement, satisfaction and purpose in the context of finances, when goals and quotas are more tangible then in the moment rewards.
Another Edit of Alan Watts Lecture- can be found here:

* Alan Watts talks the human game / Universe At Play *

Making Plans for the for future is only Useful to those who are capable of living in the moment,”
-Alan Watts.


K’naan – ABC’s — Album Troubadour 2007
(amaz: http://tinyurl.com/hfq8uep)

Various Quotes on Education:

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
― Mark Twain

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
― Walter Cronkite

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
― Margaret Mead

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
― Aristotle

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
― C.S. Lewis

Affect Calendar January 2017

January Calendar for keeping track of Ones daily Affect —
Affect and mood are a descriptions of common body/mind tenants such as:
physical energy, mental sharpness, fatigue, attitude , posturing and feeling … and they are often common with life events, sleep, exercise , and sunlight.

Simple charting tools like these can be useful for the dialogue with one’s doctor on the next visit — or for one’s own health awareness.

↡ PDF download here↡

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you may download this PDF mood chart for bipolar disorder if you wish, freely.
I made and its free. click the link below for PDF
(readable with Adobe Acrobat, Foxit reader, Open office etc.)

Other mood tracking and charting tools at
https://echopen.wordpress.com/charts/

Free Html Calendar maker at
http://freehtmlcalendar.com/

Altman and class on Independent Focus

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Altman talks of his interests of when different social groups collide (contact).   He talks in particular about establishment and anti-establishment, and the restrictions that are more evident in the “Downstairs” Groups.

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Hierarchy of needs

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Hierarchy of Needs model


When i worked the phones , one of the useful templates was”Maslows Hierarchy of Needs”. This is a loose diagram on the basic structure of personal needs a person maintains as he/she moves towards “personal actualization” or growth and social productivity as Maslow saw the individual.
The real motivation of this diagram ―published with Motivation and Personality  often taught diagram in psychology classes , was to suggest a foundation of “needs” were to be discussed when studying the potential of the individual and the transition to actualization of positive accomplishments in family, community, ecosystem, etc.
As  one might expect ― an actual diagram for each person would differ a bit from person to person… this point- has even  been debated in psychology articles over the decades.

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SO  in  working the phones in the past;  after allowing one to vent as i was trained::
if it was clear the calling -person was in crisis, i would sway  the “client” to focus on his basic needs.  try to get them to focus one the tenant that needed addressed the most at that moment.
Its very easy to forget ones self  in work , family- , and distractions these days…
Our my needs being met on a daily basis? am i weakening my health by not caring of myself
am i responsible to myself (or even others, arguably)  by taking care of my own tenants?

Fun time!  below is a  downloadable image (right click and download)
and  below that a link for a PDF…
A simple fill in the blank exercise  to see how one would make their hierarchy:

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right click to download. No Warranty .

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PDF version that should match A4 size if easier::

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its a little like decorating  a  Christmas tree!
Happy Holidays!!!

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How Are You Feeling?

Emotional literacy — Articulation sensation in language ―

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How Are you Feeling?(left)A  greeting sent to me by a good friend sometime ago.
I have often ask  “How are you feeling”  to the people I care about….
forgetting that it is a question that sometimes makes people feel surprised or taken a back.

Why is it so difficult to say how we  feel, simply?

Are we conditioned to hide are feelings from one and other, to “Keep Are Guard up”? is it really a “weakness” to say how one feels?
Or is it a weakness in our childhood and adolescence education that we are never taught to express our feelings in simple words.

in all my schooling,  including Geometry to Calculus, History to Civics, literature and Grammar… all to make me better…
I never had a class in Emotional Literacy or Emotional Grammar.

With the amount of school kids who lash out or develop emotional problems at school age…. wouldn’t make…

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Sopwhith Snoopy and the Red Baron Christmas Carol

Yuletide spirits —
Christmas Carol Classic—

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My favorite Christmas song, from as long as I can remember , has been The Royal Guardsman’s   Christmas version of “Snoopy and the Red Baron“.  I’ve posted this before here… but “let’s do it again”.


Snoopy fought his phantom foe: World War I flying Ace, “the Red Baron”, on his imaginary Sopwith Camel biplane.
They are still at it, over all the technology changes in our world.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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