Nativica Spring WoodsWalk through Native Plant Art

Welcome to Nativica’s Spring Woodswalk through the native plant (NorthWest) collection by Heidi D. Hansen (c2000-2017)!  Please feel free to order prints of the botanicals you love, and purchase using the Paypal button here (see the end of this blog for details). Walking in spring means Rhodies and Azaleas — but know that only a…

Is Meditation Right for You?

Wondering if meditation and contemplative practice can be of value in your health journey?  In your business organization? For your clientele? Contemplative practice can help a person recover from both physical and mental maladies, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, focused thinking, coping, self-esteem, and fatigue.  My name is Heidi Hansen and as a retired mental…

The Science of Grit in Mental Health Recovery

Angela Duckworth, Macarthur Award – winner for her research on Grit, was recently challenged by the article, “Much Ado About Grit: A Meta-Analytic Synthesis of The Grit Literature,”  by Marcus Crede and his research team, for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Here’s the link: https://www.academia.edu/25397556/Much_Ado_about_Grit_A_Meta-Analytic_Synthesis_of_the_Grit_Literature When I first heard Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk on…

Toxic Families and How To Survive Them

Toxic families are those that put you through the blender, so to speak, and then smile and carry on sunny and bright like nothing ever happened.  It’s the abuser who, while staring at the bloodied nose acts like, “Well if I’m happy, everybody should be happy.” Only it’s not a bloody nose.  Toxic family members cause wreckage…