Dear Readers, I’m Getting Back in Touch with You

October 20, 2014

Dear Readers,

Today I’m getting back in touch with you after more than a month away from the Joyous Paradox blog.

I’ve spent this time writing my book, which has grown into a series of four little books on finding rest and renewal as we care for others: Rest, More Rest, Renewal, and Repose.

The Rest Series by Mary Ann BartonThe Rest series will take the reader on a journey from the early, sometimes subtle moments when we first notice a loved one’s aging or illness, through the often wild and abrupt surprises of diagnosis, treatment, setback, and recovery, to some of life’s deeper moments of connection with the self and others, and, finally, to the profound experiences of loss and letting go.

What I aim to do in these books is to suggest that meaning can be found at any point along the journey.

Meanwhile, as I mentioned last month, I’m working on a series of blog posts about neuropsychologist Rick Hanson’s Foundations of Well-Being program. What a remarkable experience I’m having this month, watching Rick’s weekly videos on self-compassion, taking the associated quizzes, reading some of the additional resources, learning new vocabulary, and exchanging comments with other participants in the online forum. My favorite new words this month are hedonia, which refers to the happiness that comes from experiencing pleasure, and eudaimonia, which means the sense of well-being that comes from having meaning and purpose in one’s life.

You can still join the yearlong Foundations program at rickhanson.net. Why not watch it with someone you love?

Model Writing Postcards by Carl Larsson

Model Writing Postcards by Carl Larsson, 1906, via Wikimedia Commons.

All the best,
Mary Ann