Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Demi Lovato – Mental Illness/Addiction


In academia, they’re known as “narratives of restitution”: tales of recovery that frame personal experiences of mental illness and addiction as past and resolved. They frame illness as something that can be beaten, even though in many cases recovery is a matter of management rather than victory.

Lovato’s latest single, Sober, is about her lapsed sobriety; she released the song on 21 June, a month before her hospitalization, and it’s very apologetic. “I’m sorry that I’m here again,” she sings. “I promise I’ll get help / It wasn’t my intention / I’m sorry to myself.”

But Lovato’s illness is not her fault, and perhaps that’s the most important thing that her story can shed light on: people struggling with mental illness and addiction require empathy, even if they never achieve the kind of recovery that resembles a conclusion.


De-Mystifying Mindfulness 1

Over December I made a list of courses from Coursera that might be good for my future.

You can find the link to this one here.

Here are my notes on the course so far:

Based partially in experiential learning, this course aims to give you the theoretical and practical skills to understand and to critically assess Mindfulness in its various forms for yourself. Encompassing its ancient traditions and cutting edge science, this course seeks to de-mystify Mindfulness as a technology for life in the 21st century.
the equivalent of a complete eight week Mindfulness training course based on the famous MBSR on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This special combination of theoretical and practical learning reflects the nature of Mindfulness as a field. One of its great challenges to us today is the way that it emphasizes the critical importance of our own personal experience of it, as a resource for our understanding of it. So you need to be prepared to do some honest introspection during this course as part of the process of study.

Put together in conjunction with CFI Online Learning Lab of Leiden University

Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS)

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A video on how to be successful on a mooc. I think I’ll need to make a video or two for my Spanish teaching project. This one seems simple and effective!

Theory I: Introduction to Mindfulness – This Thing Called Mindfulness (video)

In general, the results suggests that the vast majority of people who take up mindfulness do so because they feel that it will help them to reduce negative experiences. In fact, about 95% of people recognize this as their motivation for participation. This category also includes the aspiration to be calmer to regulate their emotion more effectively and so on. About 30% of people hope that mindfulness will allow them to enhance their sense of well-being which also includes aspects such as feeling happier, being more fulfilled, being more self-aware. And perhaps, even having better concentration and focus.


Elephant Talk: Travel and Relationships

Love this podcast! 🙂

Kyle:        Because I’ve been divorced since 1999, I’ve had many opportunities to test relationships with travel. I believe that travel is the ultimate litmus test in terms of focusing how everyone reacts to things. It puts a lot of stress on your relationship and that can be a good time to figure out how compatible you are, what your differences are, how well you compromise, those kinds of things. So I absolutely believe it is the ultimate test of a relationship, but in a good way because at some point in everyone’s relationship, they realized, “Hey! We’re getting along pretty well. Let’s take a trip. Let’s go away for the weekend.” And so then you start to notice things that you might not notice in the day to day when you’re just dating.

Andy:       Why do you think that is with the stress of travel or the intensity of the time together that reveals more of who we are?

Kyle:        I think that travel, because it is so stressful, and things happen. It’s a lot of impromptu experiences. I mean, you’re at the airport and then your flight is canceled and you have to spend the night in the airport and then you find out, “Can we sleep in the airport?” How do we deal with that? And so I think that because travel is unexpected, you just don’t know what’s going to happen a lot of times and there’s that. And also, when people are dating, they don’t know the more intense time periods together. You know some people like to have their alone time or like to just decompress a little bit away, but travel often forces you to be together twenty-four hours a day for a longer period of time. And that sort of puts you in a jar and shakes you up a bit.