I have never before felt so much empathy for Britney Spears as I did when I saw this post.

unsettling image 

a rose by any other name (snarky med humor) 

I'm proud of this. It was and is a lot of work, but well worth it.

("100%" here means 4 out of every 5 days, which I was informed by a roshi with ~50 years of experience is damn well good enough for a layperson. I'm happy to be exceeding that standard very consistently as of late.)

One of the ways I finally got a morning routine to stick was by adding "behavioral reinforcers." Some were kinda obvious, like pairing it with tea, and having a chocolate after.

However, I also thought that a visual representation of my effort would be good. So I decided to separate light & dark beads mixed in a jar, one bead per sit.

Yesterday, on New Year's Day, I placed the 90th & final bead into its bowl for the first time. This is what 90 meditation sessions looks like.

Time to toot my own horn a little bit - this is my habit tracker data for my practice, which is now about 1 year old. In this case, "100%" means I was mediating 3 out of every 5 days. That's my medium term goal and I am still working on it. But I'm actually impressed and pleased with my dedication over time! 😁😁😁

mh cognitive symptoms are definitely a thing 

Sometimes, when friends are struggling, they *can't* ask for help.

Sometimes active engagement is the right thing to do. We need to lift each other up, and to stop letting our culture dissuade us from doing so.

I can't even count how many times in my messed up life when something like this could have had a huge impact. (Right now is one of those times.)

I've been reading a bit more about / in childhood to prove or disprove to myself that it is a trait I possess. Leaving aside debate over what it is or is not, these slides sum up my experience as a child pretty succinctly.

Slides from Strategies for Twice Exceptional Children Who are Gifted and ADHD, CHADD Conference 2017, by Lori Henderson

chadd.org/portals/0/Content/CH

Need to understand. Or whatever one does/is a part of in place of "understanding."

Illustration from Roland Barthes’ Empire Of Signs (rosswolfe.files.wordpress.com/

Wow. Yeah, this about sums up what it's like living with sometimes.

(Which, BTW, isn't just an / symptom, but also appears in , serious , and )

BTW, since I'm and because I mentioned the whole text vs video thing, I might as well mention that if you're like me and prefer dense 5,000 word textwalls to snappy 5 minute videos, you might like this classic post:

Wait But Why: Why Procrastinators Procrastinate
waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-pro

πŸ‘‹πŸ» from the Dark Playground. Maybe my can help end yours! Okay, attempt 4 to do my planner for the week!

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*sees an article implicating weak "top down" control of the amygdala by the prefrontal cortex in why people with struggle with emotion regulation and delayed reward*

*five minutes later, sees a small study suggesting the exact same weak link in "effortful emotion regulation" in people with disorder*

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