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Music - Dark Witch Music |The Unspoken Tales | Magical Music

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What’s the difference between bipolar I and II? Jeremy Little

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Draw Yourself Happy: Drawing, Creativity + Your Brain : By Robin Landa

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What is complex PTSD? Genevieve Star

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Good boundaries free you : By Sarri Gilman

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Let Go of Being the Ideal Role Model Our thoughts and images of what an ideal parent or lover or leader should be can get in the way of just being the best we can be in any given moment: By Mark Bertin

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6 Toxic Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Normal : By Mark Manson

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Healing Invisible Wounds: Art Therapy and PTSD 1234567 Coloring has especially become instrumental as I recover from PTSD: By Renée Fabian

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Royal commission provides an opportunity to improve youth mental health: By Patrick McGorry

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189 new recommendations delivered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia - I was one of the 7875 victims interviewed about my experience of childhood sexual abuse. My perpetrator was Brother Bernard Hartman, now retired, of the Marianist order, Catholic Church, residing in the U.S. I am not celebrating the recommendations of the Royal Commission with gusto as some might expect because I know that some children will never be safe, no matter how hard we try. Am I a defeatist or a realist? I am expecting future abused children to have a voice, be believed and receive early intervention and appropriate care. I am looking forward improvements being implemented within all institutions that will make those children safer. I only wish I had a magic wand to stop this devastating, cruel and vile experience from ever happening to another child. I applaud, "the creation of a new National Office for Child Safety" which will hopefully prove to be a great first step forward. But I feel that the expectation, "that religious ministers be required to report abuse confided in them during confession." may be a pipe dream. Unless rogue priests set up sting operations to weed out and dob in non-compliant priests, I don't trust the Catholic Church to follow this through. I also worry that some people may believe that a married priest is a "safer" priest and let their guard down. Married men and parents can, and do, commit rape and abuse against children, their own included. As it stands at the moment, the leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia are stating that they will refer to Rome and the Holy See for their instructions on mandatory reporting of child abuse confessional matters. These new implementations will be Australian Law. Abide by the laws of the land or face the full consequences of harsh criminal charges. The full Royal Commission report can be read via the link below. Live Your Bliss Mairead

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-15/royal-commission-into-child-abuse-makes-almost-200-new-findings/9261286


My words to the people of Australia in the Survivors Book in the National Library in Canberra
Witness Open Held Hold Silence  Broken Truth  Told

Is it okay to ignore Christmas? Tanya Peisley

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What goes on inside a medically supervised injection facility? By Marianne Jauncey

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The tale of the Hero's Journey a documentary style film

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5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Anxiety - What you don't know about anxiety may surprise you : Barbara Markway Ph.D.

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Loving a Trauma Survivor: Understanding Childhood Trauma’s Impact On Relationships : Robyn E. Brickel MA, LMFT

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Common questions about schizoaffective disorder Tanya Peisley

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Why are these 32 symbols found in caves all over Europe | Genevieve von Petzinger

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Why Listening is the Most Radical Act - When we think we already know what there is to hear, we are simply moving a little too fast to really listen—That's where meditation comes in: By Mirabai Bush

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The Hungry Ghost Inside Us : Sustainable Human - “Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden—but it’s there. As we’ll see, the effects of early stress or adverse experiences directly shape both the psychology and the neurobiology of addiction in the brain.” - Dr. Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.

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Cristian Marianciuc Creates a New Decorated Origami Paper Crane Daily for 1,000 Days : By Christopher Jobson

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Guided Visualization - A Walk in the Forest : Dr. Fiona Gallagher

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12 Movies about Art and Artists you should see - Art Lovers Australia

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How Nature Boosts Kindness, Happiness, and Creativity We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy: By Jill Suttie

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15 Easy Things You Can Do That Will Help When You Feel Like Shit - You don't have to tackle it all at once. Maritsa Patrinos

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Music - Beautiful Cello Violin Piano Harp

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This post is dedicated to my daughter who is at a camp in the Himalayas, where I think the photo for this album cover was captured. Compare the photo below that Matilda sent me yesterday Stunning

Stress Impacts the Brain Increasing Risk for Heart Disease New study suggests that how the mind, body, and brain perceive and respond to stress may have direct bearing on the onset of cardiovascular illness. By B Grace Bullock PhD

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You don’t have to be happy all the time : Alisa Camplin on why contentment is a more realistic end goal.

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6 Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress : By Diane Poole Heller, PH.D . These are excellent tips but I would like to add that at no time should you tolerate phisical, psychological or emotional abuse just because of social pressure. You can say no to an event or leave at any time. You are your own best judge of the situation. Stay safe, Mairead

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I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia : Cecilia McGough

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Oddly, Visually Satisfying Art Work Compilation

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Why Ancient Mapmakers Were Terrified of Blank Spaces - Inventing cities, mountains, and monsters to fill the empty spaces on maps is a centuries-old tradition in cartography. By Greg Miller

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Dancing to the End of Life: Movement Therapy Transforms Eldercare : By Ali Schechter,

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Mindful Movement to Ease into Sleep - A 3-minute bedtime practice from Cara Bradley that stretches and relaxes areas of your body that tighten up during the day, followed by a meditation to settle the mind: By Cara Bradley

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6 Bad Pieces of Advice Parents Give Kids - Do this instead, and they'll be happier and more successful : Emma M. Seppälä

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How Dogs Smell : Ted x

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The 5 Stages of Change (or, why thinking about something for a long time before you do anything is ok) : by Katherine Schafler

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How to Avoid the Trap of Self-Improvement Recognize the inner critic who wants nothing to do with compassion : By Bob Stahl

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Music - Celtic Harp - Faerie Melody (Album)

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Six things psychologists want you to know: By Jeremy Little

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Is Group therapy for you and how does it differ therapeutically from private one to one therapy? There are many positive benefits in attending well facilitated, safe Group Psychotherapy: Mairead Ashcroft 17/11/17

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I believe that Psychotherapy, in all modalities, may be beneficial for individual emotional and/or psychological needs, whether experience life difficulties or putting into place a tool kit or safety maintenance during the calmer times so that a safety net is prepared when crisis occurs. We each have needs unique to the individual, so it is important to engage in a form of psychotherapy that fits your needs. Are you a person who likes to use words to express yourself for example? Maybe talking, or narrative therapy might be right for you. If connecting to your body is one of your needs, movement or music therapy may help you dance your anxiety away or whole body focusing can enable less physical exploration of you inner world. Creative arts therapies are a great way to engage with thoughts and feelings when you are unable to find the words to say what you need to say. Mindfulness, meditation and grounding might be your go to for staying in the present while undergoing any of the above…

Understanding postnatal psychosis By Tanya Peisley

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Is there any scientific evidence that your dog loves you? By Carl Smith

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Zoltan Kaszas on why cats are better than dogs - Dry Bar Comedy

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Geoff Berry is a passionate eco-humanitarian who understands that in order to support nature, we must put destructive human wants aside and focus on the holistic needs of the planet. As much as I enjoy the luxuries of good healthcare, public transport, consistent food supplies and a safe home, I was a minor financier of this documentary, as I too see our earth as a gift giver, for which we should be thankful, not greedy until it lays in waste. Following the wisdom of our indigenous ancestors we may learn to regain connection to Mother Nature and the physical and mental health benefits that natures rhythms can offer us..

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Music - Nirvana - Unplugged & Unedited

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Moon Shadow the Therapy Dog and I are ready for action. As a fully qualified team ( Animal Assisted Psychotherapist and Therapy Animal ) Moon Shadow is ready to cuddle, play and be her beautiful self for those who need her special connection. Mairead Ashcroft 11/11/17

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Moon Shadow is a gorgeous girl who started her life in a sad, cadged, puppy breeding prison. She had given birth to 8 puppies from 3 litters before her 3rd birthday. I was the lucky human who was at Pets Haven Foundation Woodend Vic on the day that Moon Shadow was looking for her forever home. It was love at first sight. We have been inseparable ever since, living and working together. She attends group art therapy workshops and private counselling sessions that I hold for my clients. Interactions with Moon Shadow depend on my clients wants and needs. We usually greet my clients together at the door or lift. Clients are always informed about Moon Shadow and can choose to have her out of sight if needs be. There are many interventions that can include the assistance of a four legged friend. 
Moon Shadow is a Staffodshire Bull Terrier x Jack Russel who is a smoochy, calm and friendly girl. Some people fear the Staffodshire breed due to bad press in past years because of gangs who indul…

Are You “Happy”? The real meaning of happiness isn’t what you think. By Editor-in-Chief Barry Boyce

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The Surprising Reason Why Some People Have More Nightmares - When you first recall dreaming raises intriguing questions. By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D.

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The Father Michael Lapsley Story - social justice activist in Cape Town, South Africa, tells his story of triumph over tragedy and the founding of the Institute for Healing of Memories.

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When Meditation Feels Too Painful - Being in a lot of pain is not a mark of doing it right. By Tara Healey and Jonathan Roberts -

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Suffering with Fibromyalgia, finding comfort is always a challenge for me, particularly if I am asked to sit on the floor for meditation practice. I always choose a chair with a comfortable back support.

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How Making Art Helps Teens Better Understand Their Mental Health: By Juli Fraga

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A 10-Minute Meditation to Help You Solve Conflicts at Work Start with compassion for yourself. By Monique Valcour

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Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel : By John Hamilton

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What is Interoception? The 8th Sensory System : By Heather Greutman

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Mental health patient becomes Australia's best mental health nurse : By Brett Williamson

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Music : Spiritual Shamanic Flute Music & Drums: Healing Shamanic Meditation music for Astral Projection

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"Up/Down" Bipolar Disorder Documentary FULL MOVIE (2011)

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Post natal depression and asking for help

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How obsessive artists exquisitely colorize old photos

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Nightmares and Things That Go Bump in the Night - Exploring the scary side of sleep and dreaming: By Michael J Breus Ph.D.

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6 Destructive Ideas Perpetuated in Western Culture - Since the day you emerged into this bizarre, sparkling universe, you’ve been conditioned to think in certain ways : By Jordan Bates

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Brené Brown on Blame

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We are entering the time of all Hallows Eve, Halloween, The Day of the Dead, All Souls and All Saints Days and other celebrations of death. But what do we really think about death and its impotance in the scheme of life in our modern world.Stephen Jenkinson offers an insightful perspective gained by his years of work in palliative care.- The Meaning of Death

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Music : 'Daydream' Ambient Mix

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Your Dog is Socializing You—For the Better " A new study suggests that when dogs are around, groups are closer, more cooperative, and more trusting: By Jill Suttie

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