Oh, Jeeze. These things. Do I go first person? Third person? TMI? Vague? These are the questions.
Well, first off, I’m in the same boat as many of you reading this site. I’ve spent untold amounts of time struggling with Anxiety and Depression.
I work currently as a Licenced Massage Therapist in an office where I see all kinds of clients, from sports injuries to chronic conditions like Fibro and Arthritis, or clients dealing with chronic or acute stressors. I have also received training in yoga and other meditative exercises, but am currently focusing on my own practice and not actively teaching.
Massage and Yoga required me to attend a certified program, but in other areas, I am primarily self-taught, though I would not turn down the opportunity to pursue more higher education if circumstance allowed. (Circumstance does not allow.)
You’ll rarely, if never, hear a peep out of me regarding my opinions and views on the more inflammatory subjects like politics and religion, primarily due to that not being the subject of this blog, so just don’t ask. 😀 If they do come up, as they are important, and certain related subjects can affect one’s mental health, you’ll get as close as one can get to straight facts.
I have always been a bit of a nerd. I love the Physical Sciences, as well as Humanities, but my favorite thing to read up on is Fantasy. You may notice a strong trend of Tolkien being one of my (current) favorite authors. If I’m not reading, I’m either playing video games that have puzzle elements to them like Zelda, Final Fantasy, or Dark Souls, watching some manner of lecture or documentary series on YouTube while painting with watercolors, spending time with close friends or family, and enjoying the mountains near my home. I’m lucky enough to live right in a gorgeous and underrated section of the Rocky Mountains, in the basin of a long-gone lake, and surrounded by National Parks and Forests. I love to cook and bake, and this year I’ve set my goal to learn how to bake all manner of things like pastries and breads!
I don’t watch much TV, so please don’t ask if I’ve seen Stranger Things. Just… don’t.
Books I’ve read: (Not Counting Fiction and Fantasy. That would be too long of a list)
Man’s Search For Meaning- Viktor Frankl
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos- Jordan B. Peterson
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
The Tao te Ching
Tuesdays With Morrie- Mitch Albom
The Power of Now- Eckhart Tolle
Existentialism is a Humanism- Jean-Paul Sartre
Man and His Symbols- C.G. Jung
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Yoga Mala- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
The Mythic Journey- Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman- Burke
Your Inner Fish- Neil Shubin
The Art of Happiness- Howard C. Cutler and the Dalai Lama
Collected Works of Blaise Pascal
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology
Not Done Reads:
The Will To Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy – Viktor E. Frankl
The Problem of Pain- C.S. Lewis
The Collected works of Freidrich Nietzche
The Hero With A Thousand Faces- Joseph Campbell
Complete Works of Plato
Introduction to Psychology from Openstax.org (Check them out and support them!)
Want to Reads: (But Don’t Own Yet)
Become What You Are- Alan Watts
The Daily Stoic- Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
Modern Man in Search of A Soul- C. G. Jung
The Portable Jung- C. G. Jung, Joseph Campbell
The Archetypes and The Collective Unconcious, Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self- C. G. Jung, Gerhard Adler
The Book of Symbols, Taschen
The Heroine’s Journey, Maureen Murdock
An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison
The Noonday Demon:
An Atlas of Depression, Andrew Solomon
The Psychobiotic Revolution, Scott C. Anderson
Before You Know It: The Unconcious Reasons We Do What We Do, John Barge, PHD
Stoicism and The Art of Happiness- Don Robertson
Manufacturing Depression- Gary Greenberg
Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s handbook- Michael W. Eysenck, Mark T. Keane
Schema Therapy: A Practicioner’s Guide/ Reinventing Your Life- Jeffery E. Young
Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief- Jordan B. Peterson