Position: Mindfulness

Enjoy the adventure of the day

I began the very first Mindfulness column with the idea that mental illnesses can be harder to deal with than cancer, because with cancer you either beat the disease and go into remission or else...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2013 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

The best lesson is ‘have hope’

The holidays can be a challenging time to go through, whether you have a mental illness or not. We are supposed to be full of cheer and good tidings to all, while simultaneously we are taxed for...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

Gladem-Covarrubias engagement

DATE: Nov. 16, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

Medication is not an instant solution

We have all heard the stigmatized phrase, “They are off their meds.” For many people suffering from a mental health issue, medicine is a key part in their road to recovery. There are some people...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

The past is the hardest obstacle to face

A couple of weeks ago circumstances brought me to Omaha, Neb. To some it is just a town; to others it may be a stopping point on a busy interstate. For me it is the nest of memories, for it was in...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

A person is more than his diagnosis

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness website, the illness of schizophrenia only affects 1 percent of the population. However, I can’t help wonder how many people are truly affected....

DATE: Aug. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

Some stories are too hard to tell

Some stories are too hard to tell. I went to do an interview with Barbara on post-traumatic stress (PTS, also known as PTSD) and ended up going through my own soul-searching quest of the mind.I...

DATE: June 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

Memories and empowering moments

Many years ago, my grandpa died in the month of May. Ever since then I have disliked the month. It seems like that if anything bad happens to me, it always falls in the month of May. One of the...

DATE: May 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

Bipolar, Part II

This is the second part of a two-part conversation with George, a friend of mine with bipolar disorder. In the first part of the interview we discussed such topics as what he wished people knew...

DATE: April 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

Bipolar, Part I

Like other mental illnesses, there is no cure for bipolar. The treatment for bipolar varies but usually includes medication and therapy. Bipolar is a mental illness that can best be described as a...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

Venturing into deeper water

There are several areas that are very important to me: my faith, family, friends, fishing and football. I love watching football, so much in fact that I am sure others would say I am even a...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

The ‘check engine’ lights of life

We have all seen it happen. On the side of the road, there is a vehicle with the hood up and steam coming out from the engine. We mentally stop and take note that we are glad it wasn’t us. How...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Mindfulness

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