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

Gestalt Definition

Gestalt! ∴ ∵

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An  organization or integration of components that are so interdependent , the whole is otherwise not easily described or easily summated.

  •  Most often use to describe spatial and /or temporal “phenomena”  or observable happenings..
  •  but can be used to describe  constructs and relationships.
  •   The organization or integration could graphically described as  a figure that is forming from a backround, where it remains in “contact” the ground.  That is: ” what is the gestalt” is always” in contact with “not the gestalt, globally”.

An example of a gestalt being not otherwise easy to describe or not easy summate might be   hand writing on paper and the hand eye coordination required.

  • One could study the functions of the nervous system and arm and fingers as it writes on paper.
  • One could study the visual process of the nervous system and eyes watching as one writes.

However, one…

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S.A.D. Seasons change and so doth mood.(revised)

S.A.D & affect of light. —

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grasping-the-sun(This  post is a revised repost about S.A.D.)
‘Twas a dark and stormy Autumn   night”… as I  write from Pennsylvania.
the daylight lessens each day as we head towards Winter. I like Autumn, but many others I know, Diagnosed with Mood disorder or Bipolar disorder often slide towards depression, fatigue or low energy at this time of year.

In fact many people with no mental health diagnosis will start to feel depressed, extremely fatigued, or sleep excessively in the Fall and Winter.

For those with extreme intrusive symptoms  a diagnosis of  S.A.D…
or Seasonal Affective Disorder may be made by a health care professional.

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Some Definitons for Mental Wellness: Mindfulness and Delvopment

Extending vocabulary for wellness —

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Just in time for the New Year. I thought I would share some of the ‘emotional grammar terms and their  respective definitions as I came across them in reading, recently:
These pertain to life long development, are in the opinion of various writers and by no means is this list of definitions exhaustive.
Just some definitions to be mindful of in the  Up coming New Year for me:

Dignity -a sense of self value and worth and the expectation of respect and ethical treatment from others.

Self – Confidence – A sense of control and mastery of ones:
body/mind/behavior, in and interacting with ones ‘world’. A sense that one more likely to succeed than not, while undertaking tasks.

Intentionality – the wish, will and capacity to have impact, and to act upon that impact with perseverance.
Related to sense of competence and (perhaps developing sense of purpose and…

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Affect Calendar November 2016

November 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↡

nov2016-affect-calendar-pe

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/

 

This is an example:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/october-2016-affect-tracking-template-example-pennsylvania-echoes.png

October Affect charting Calendar

 

Enjoy November!

Cash Value of Meaning and Truth

Market place of the moment — Development of Meaning —— Pragmatism.

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To better understand William James’s  metaphor of  the Cash Value of Truth, I would like to make a case that “Cash value of Meaning” would be an improved word choice for today.
This is to say that from a subjective stand point, a person decides what is meaningful and how meaningful in any given context ( family social, work social environmental, aesthetically such as Studying a sculpture in a gallery) etc), in a market like process. Each context has own meanings, finally interpreted by the person, himself in his own interests.William James

A simplified example two people in the context of conversation.

Each person brings memory, previous opinion, biology, world view, diction and present mood into the field of conversation. This context of meeting  includes the physical location, and participants, including anything in the background. It maybe limited to what was discussed. If the two converse freely, the talking…

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I am Mine. an anthem

ownership|freedom|responsibility —
(originally posted 5-2008)

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Pearl Jam’s Agnostic and Existential Anthem “I am Mine” of we we truly own, what we are free of, what we are responsible to. How our existence defines us and what we really have control of.

the lyrics to Pearl Jams “I am Mine” — sing along!

The selfish theyre all standing in line…
Faith in their hope and to buy themselves time.
Me, I figure as each breath goes by,
I only own my mind.

The north is to south what the clock is to time.
Theres east and theres west and there everywhere life.
I know that I was born and I know that Ill die.
The in between is mine. I am mine
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And the feeling it gets left behind…
Oh the innocence broken with time…
Were different behind the eyes, theres no need to hide.
Were safe tonight.

The ocean is full cause everyones…

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Affect Calendar October 2016

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/october-2016-affect-tracking-template-example-pennsylvania-echoes.png?w=453&h=246

October Affect charting Calendar

This is a 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.

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.)

october2016-affect-calendar-pe

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

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