Archives for September, 2009

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Happiness is an Inside Job: An Interview with Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D.

I am thrilled to bring to you someone who has been an inspiration to me. Sylvia Boorstein is a wife, mother, grandmother, psychotherapist, author and founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the Bay Area.  Her books include It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat with Sylvia Boorstein; That's Funny,...
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Kindness and Mental Health: An Interview with Sharon Salzberg

For those of you who don't know Sharon Salzberg, she one of America's leading mindfulness teachers and authors and has played a significant role in bringing mindfulness and the practice of lovingkindness to all of us in the Western world.  She is co-founder of one of America's premier meditation centers, Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre Massachusetts and is the author of many books and CDs, including her classic Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
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Lessons from Therese Borchard about Working with Difficult Emotions

Therese Borchard, author of multiple books and the popular blog Beyond Blue, describes just the costs of depression and anxiety when avoiding feelings and shows us how unplugging from technology from time to time can give us the experience of allowing feelings to arise instead of keeping them walled up inside.  

She says:
Find out how much time you gain when you stop checking your emails every half-second. And wait for the uncomfortable feelings ... of loneliness, fear, insecurity ... to surface once...
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Radical Acceptance: An Interview with Tara Brach

I have really been looking forward to today's interview. Tara Brach is a clinical Psychologist who has been integrating mindfulness and psychotherapy for many years. She is author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Bantam, 2003), the upcoming CD Meditations for Emotional Healing: Finding Freedom in the Face of Difficulty and weekly podcasts from her Wednesday night sitting groups...
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What Everyone Should Know About How Stress Affects the Brain

In a recent NY Times article, Natalie Angier wrote about new research showing that heightened stress actually rewires the brain to promote self perpetuating habitual cycles of continued stress.

Just to give you a summary, research Eduardo Dias-Ferreira and colleagues titled their research Chronic Stress Causes FrontoStriatal Reorganization and Affects Decision Making. To put it simply, they found that in rats, chronic stress caused atrophy in the area of the brain associated with decision making and goal directed behaviors and an increase in...
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