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Neurons “Slept In”

When you go (meditatively) inside your own skull, what you find there is - no, not the brain - but neurons thinking about themselves.  That's right: a brain isn't an organ, it's an organization, an organization of neurons that you experience as you.  So, when "I" go (meditatively) inside my own skull, here's the question that my neurons keep asking me/themselves about: "Why don't we (neurons) recognize neurons as life-forms?"

A few years ago I started...
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Pattern Break # 56-8a

I use this blog page to break mind-patterns because, in my definition, psychological wellbeing (mental health) depends on our ability to reflect the ever changing reality of our lives.  Once a new idea opens the mind, the mind - in my experience - remains...
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Nature-Assisted Kinhin

There are a lot of Eastern tent caterpillars (Malacasoma americanum) in my backyard.  Before I would have thought this to be a nuisance.  My self sees this as a good thing: I have to watch where I step.  It's a nature-assisted kinhin of sorts (kinhin is a walking meditation practice).

Reality has a way of waking us up.  Each new variable, each unforeseen complication awakens the sleeping monarch of our consciousness so that it can...
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The Bananas of Slip, Lapse and Re-Lapse Prevention

The essay below is adapted from Recovery Equation (Somov, Somova 2003-4) and is written up with a prospective client in mind.  You can also find a detailed application of this approach to tobacco cessation in Smoke-Free Smoke-Break: Stop Smoking Now with Mindfulness and Acceptance (Somov, P. & Somova, M., 2011, New Harbinger)

Slip, Lapse, Relapse – Aren’t These All the Same?! Resolving the Relapse Prevention Confusion through the Banana Peel Metaphor

Here's a way of sorting out all of these slippery distinctions between "slip," "lapse,"...
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