The Burned Tea Kettle

Picture of a burnt tea kettle repurposed as a decorative potholder for green ivy, sitting on a desk.
Finding a new meaning and purpose

The Tea Kettle

Significance of a Loss

The Big Story in our Mental Life

Getting Stuck

A tea kettle is sitting on a red hot flame, which may need attention before it boils over.
Awareness is needed, especially when the kettle is about to boil!

Getting Out of the Trap

TIPS

  1. Be mind-wise.
  2. Develop the sense and ability for awareness of the larger context in which we live that surrounds us — all that exists beyond our self-interest and needs.
  3. Take part in group sharing social activities, and experience the mutual give and take of human existence and the positivity of giving and receiving the support of others with the realization of what underlies our existence as a mutually interdependent person, society, and world.
  4. If you lack confidence or natural abilities or fear social situations, find support from people experienced with these issues and problems that can provide specific help.
  5. Work on your mindfulness and awareness, as you would take care of yourself with better nutrition and exercise by doing things like mindfulness, yoga, meditation classes, or therapy work.
  6. Find a way of balancing the necessities of focal thinking to meet essential personal needs as with career, care of self and family, with being able to think and act with awareness and spiritual essence — in touch with the all-encompassing world outside our focused thinking. The mind, to have optimal health and well-being, needs a balance between the spiritual and mundane, the narrow and the broad.

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Ron Parks, MD, is a physician, consultant, a writer in integrative psychiatry, holistic medicine, and healthcare.

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Ron Parks

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Ron Parks, MD, is a physician, consultant, a writer in integrative psychiatry, holistic medicine, and healthcare.

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