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The Dark Side of Mindfulness

The Dark Side of Mindfulness

For some people, meditation is a soothing place in their mind where all the stress of the moment simply fades into oblivion.  They discover it relieves their depression, anxiety, fear and stress.

That is not my expe2016-01-life-of-pix-free-stock-photos-lake-mountain-sunset-blakeverdoornrience with mindfulness. In fact, practicing being mindful causes my anxiety to increase which in turn makes me feel fearful. Now that I’m fearful I start to feel the stress build. The harder I try to meditate on the moment the more frustrated I become as a non-stop flow of the words “concentrate,” “shhhh,” and “be present,” invade my mind. (more…)

He’s Clueless to How You Feel?  The Reality of Emotional (or lack of) Intelligence

A person’s “heart withers if it does not answer another heart.” – Pearl S. Buck

It’s true, there are women out there who lack the ability to sympathize, empathize, and have low emotional intelligence scores. However, you hear this complaint far more often from women regarding men. Men typically just don’t get it, and if they do get it, they pretend they don’t because they don’t want to talk about it.  “IT” is anything related to a feeling. Most men fall off the emoji-1585401_1920bottom of the emotional intelligence scale. (more…)

Helpful Strategies to Overcome Low Self-Esteem

 It’s not What You See in the Mirror, it’s How You Feel About What You See

I remember a time in my life when I avoided mirrors altogether. The reflection made me feel sad and lonely and I didn’t want to feel like that. I still felt sad and lonely because I was unable to escape those emotions. Still, I did not have to look in the mirror and see what they ldrug-addictionooked like.   I did not believe I had anything worthwhile to offer the world so I tried my best to blend into the world around me. I was too embarrassed to stand out from the crowd and consequently became  angry about the negative emotions that had invaded my mind. (more…)