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Bored, Restless, Procrastinating? Mondays Mindful Quote with Mark Twain

There is a tradition on the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Blog. Every Monday, I cite a quote or a poem that is related to mindfulness and psychotherapy in some way and then explore it a bit and how it is relevant to our lives. For me, quotes and poetry can often sink me into a state of greater understanding. So for today, here is a quote by Mark Twain: “I am a very old man and have suffered a great many misfortunes, most of which never happened.” Stress and misfortunes are an unavoidable fact of life, it’s the human condition. As we say in A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook:
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When You Can't Trust Your Mind: Monday's Mindful Quote with Albert Einstein

Here we are again with Monday’s Mindful Quote. Last week I wrote the post 5 Quotes that Can Change Your Life, and here’s one of them by Albert Einstein. Go ahead and read it a few times before moving on: You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. Okay, so we’ve all been told that Albert Einstein was a genius, so it couldn’t hurt us to explore his wisdom. It is all-too-natural and all-too-common for us to try and solve a problem with the same mind that created it. For example, when we begin sliding into depression, the automatic negative thoughts seep out, “what’s the point, who cares, nothing ever going to change, etc., etc. ...” and this helps lead us into depression. When we’re feeling depressed, all the mind wants to do is find the solution to the “problem” of depression and so it twirls round and round in its depressed state trying to find the explanation for “what’s wrong with me.”
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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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3 Steps to Breaking Free from Procrastination

Tom was taking a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course with me and really had wonderful intentions to do the practices that were assigned week to week. However, at the time he was to sit down to do the practice, he noticed these thoughts in his mind telling him that doing this practice is a "waste of time" and he could be doing better things like watching television, eating, or flipping through a magazine.

And so it

When it comes to procrastination or inertia to...
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OCD & BDD: 4 Steps to Find Relief

In a recent article Charles Elliott, does a very good job bringing to light the issue of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). He begins by reminding us:

"If you're a human being and live on this planet, you probably can come up with something that you don't especially like about your body."

We may not all have BDD, but our minds are often running rampant in the background with ways we wish we were different than we actually are. It is so utterly difficult to...
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