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Archives for November, 2009


The Five Ways We Grieve: An Interview with Susan Berger Ed.D.., LICSW

Today I bring to you Susan Berger, , LICSW, who has spent her life working with bereavement and counseling those who face significant loss. She not only trains professionals in her unique approach, but lectures widely in the professional healthcare field, business, government and university settings.  This is a highly important topic as loss affects us all. Her latest book The Five Ways We Grieve: Finding Your Personal Path to Healing after the Loss of a Loved One
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Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Change: Interview with Ronald Alexander, PhD

Today I'm really happy to bring to you Ronald Alexander, , who is a licensed psychotherapist in Santa Monica, Ca, practicing mindfulness-based psychotherapy, Director of the Open Mind Training Institute, adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University and Pacifica Graduate Institute, and author of the very interesting new book Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose & Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss & Change. I've actually been waiting for a book that weaves mindfulness...
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Mindfulness, Inc.: What You Need to Know

Mindfulness has really broken out in a big way, becoming very popular among more and more people. However, there is a danger here that we need to all be aware of. The way of approaching life can bear wonderful fruit, it has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, prevent against future relapse of depression, change perception of chronic pain, help with eating disorders, cultivate joy, compassion, kindness, satisfaction with life and even change neural pathways in the brain.

Obviously being...
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A Short Video to Get You in the Mood

The Mindful Mood that is...

Often times the day seems to become routine and before we know it piles of responsibilities from work and home have stacked up and we feel like chickens running around with their heads cut off.

I suggest taking a couple minutes to practice the video below 2-3 times a day for a week to come down from the busy mind, focus your attention, ground to the present moment and refocus to what you're really intending to pay attention to in the moment. It may help to actually put it in your calendar at first.

When can you practice? Look for the "in-between" moments. These are moments before you are about to take a break or while you're waiting for someone. As you get the hang of this you won't need this video and can practice it when parked in the car, in the bathroom, or while waiting in line.

Note: When the mind says, "forget it, this isn't going to work," as much as possible, just note that judgment as a mental event in the mind that is happy to keep you at status quo. Your work is to become aware of these types of thoughts, let them be, and come back to this practice.

Click through to see the video...

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Greater Self Esteem with a Stroke of Your Pen: An Interview with Vimala Rodgers

It is my pleasure to bring to you today a woman who has helped thousands of people and revolutionized the benefits of tuning into our handwriting as a way toward greater self esteem and self image. Vimala Rodgers is an educator, Director of The International Institute of Handwriting Studies, and author of multiple books including, Change Your Handwriting, Change Your Life, and Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life!
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What's Up with Mindfulness Retreats? What You Need to Know

In an earlier blog I had asked the question Can You Handle 5-Minutes of Solitude, which was an off-shoot of another blog that asked Can You Handle 24 Hours of Solitude? What's this all pointing to?

In writing the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Blog I'd be remiss if I didn't take the opportunity to explore the real power and potential that a retreat experience offers.

Mindfulness retreats are experiences that are offered all over the country and all over the world that people from...
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10 (More) Quotes for a Mindful Day


Four months ago I wrote a blog post titled 10 Quotes for a Mindful Day. Since then I began an increasingly popular tradition called Mondays Mindful Quote where every Monday I post a quote that I think has some relevance to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and then explore the quote.

Here is a list of 10 (More) Quotes for a Mindful Day, with some having links back to blog posts where I have explored the quote. There is a lot under these links, so feel free to...
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