Friday, November 18, 2005

Setting Favorable Conditions for Procovery # 2

2) Recognize the power of the individual. As William Anthony, Ph.D., has said, "recovery can be facilitated by any one person." Because procovery can be initiated or contributed to by any individual, at any time, procovery is most easily reached in a climate that fosters individual initiative—whether that of consumer, family, or staff.

From The Power of Procovery in Healing Mental Illness: Just Start Anywhere, by Kathleen Crowley, copyright 2000, used with permission.

Thursday, November 17, 2005


Originally uploaded by omnia.
If you look closely, the world speaks to you in voluminous whispers. The secret is to observe, and to be present to the moment.
Life is caught quite unawares by the ability to focus and to pay attention.
What can you find today that is beautiful, and worth giving up one day of your life for????

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Maybe. . .

Maybe. . .
Originally uploaded by creativity+.
A motivational poster I made. I think our focus as a country and a world should be on the causes of world distress. . . and not so much on fruits of that distress.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Suga is blu

Suga is blu
Originally uploaded by Kitten.
Feeling "blue" is not restricted to people. Here's a cute kitty to brighten up your day!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Flower Portrait #44

Flower Portrait #44
Originally uploaded by pinhole.
Another day, another opportunity to find delight in life. Yes, I know what it feels like to be so depressed that nothing seems inviting, interesting, or involving. That's where WILL comes in. . and FRIENDSHIP. You've helped people when they were down. . cash in a few "chips" and ask them to visit, or go fo a walk, or visit the botanical garden. Life IS wonderful, you've GOT to try and see it.

Monday, November 07, 2005


Originally uploaded by nikaboyce.
This is a photo of a watercolor of a closeup of a bacterium. What's that got to do with anything??
Fresh eyes, that's what.
Find ways to keep expanding your vision, your appreciation, and your imagination. It pays of in that the world becomes an ever more interesting, exciting place.
"Those who have eyes to see, let them see" said an ancient Galilean.

Sunday, November 06, 2005


Originally uploaded by andertho.
I thought this photo (besides being an excellent composition) was an excellent example of a positive, forward-looking approach to life. Whether we are up, down, or in the "comfort zone", we can be about "Painting our Life". Rather than concentrating on the drab, lifeless parts of our existence, we can choose to concentrate so much on what's good that we almost forget about the pain. Not that we're trying to ignore the hurt. . .

To paraphrase Saint Paul: "Whatever is good, whatever is worthy, whatever is of good repute, think about those things".

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Focus is important

Originally uploaded by deborah lattimore.
Are we focused on the important things in life? Focus is a choice, even though it is partially learned. Are we focused on the past: what was, what can't be changed? Perhaps our attention should be on the present, and also be forward-looking. It helps to be aware of what's good in the present. Try also to act in ways that will make future moments wonderful and rewarding.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Little "Toot"

Originally uploaded by Hilary (curioush).
I'm sure you remember the story. . It's similar to the "Little Engine that Could".
Looking at yesterday's post, you can see that the FIRST step is to believe that possibility exists for you. For wholeness, contentment, peace of mind, and health. We can't achieve ANYTHING we don't believe is possible. It will never happen.
Leave room in your heart, mind, and spirit possibility.
Thanks to Hilary for the stunning photo!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Setting Favorable Conditions for Procovery

Favorable conditions are those that singly or together can significantly ease the path to healing. Like procovery itself, the conditions that are most favorable will differ among individuals. Here are eight conditions that I have seen to be important:

1) Believe that procovery is possible, that an individual diagnosed with serious or chronic illness can overcome it, integrating illness into a productive and fulfilling life.

From The Power of Procovery in Healing Mental Illness: Just Start Anywhere, by Kathleen Crowley, copyright 2000, used with permission.