Archives for February, 2011

Neuroscience

Can We Trust Neuroscience?

As you may or may not have heard, a recent study lead by Britta Holzel, PhD, a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, showed significant benefits to our brains with a group of people engaging an 8-week program in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). More specifically, the group who took MBSR showed an increase in gray matter in key parts of the brain connected to learning,...
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Anger

What is Real Happiness? 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:...
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Addiction

When Bad Things Happen to Good People?

One day after relocating his family to Boston, Massachusetts, Rabbi Harold Kushner was informed by a local pediatrician that his 3 year old son Aaron would never grow taller than 3 feet and would suffer the symptoms of progeria “rapid aging.” This news threw his entire belief about God out the window.

He would go on to wonder how a God that he had been so...
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Love

Survival Tips for Couples (and Singles) During This Valentine Season

At this time of year there are many people who don’t have a significant other and so many articles come out around how to love yourself and the various things you can do to make Valentine’s Day special just on your own or with your friends. But what about if you do have a significant other?  How can we bring more mindfulness to the relationship to make Valentine’s Day...
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Happiness

The Key to Happiness and Unhappiness: Shantideva and Einstein


If you've been following for a while you know there is a tradition on the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Blog where (almost) 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 the 8th century Indian scholar Shantideva:
“All joy in...
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General

A Mindful Response to Child Trauma: Save the Children

The first edition of A Mindful Dialogue launched January 24, 2010 right after the earthquake in Haiti and was created as a vehicle toward raising the necessary funds to inspire hope and to help rebuild a devastated Haiti.

As you well know, the Haiti Earthquake created trauma for millions of people – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

In the blink of an eye, millions of people lost friends, family, and community. Hospitals, factories and government...
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