Archives for April, 2011

Addiction

Mindfulness and Addiction: Part III


This is the last blog in a 3 part series on Mindfulness and Addiction. This one is all about getting our hands dirty in practice when it comes to working with cravings and urges. Let me set the landscape. The late Dr. Alan Marlatt had a friend who was a surfer and also a cigarette smoker and no matter how hard he tried, he just couldn't quit. Alan described this...
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Anxiety

What is the Investment That Never Fails?

Not long ago I was talking to a good friend who was starting a project on really investigating the benefits of what he called, “the good.”  That is that all of us have goodness inside that when brought out seems to not only benefit us, but those around us. The problem is for some reason we’re not always primed for it.

Henry David Thoreau said:
“Goodness is the only investment that...
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Addiction

A Phrase to Change Your Day: Jon Kabat-Zinn

I was recently at a conference introducing Jon Kabat-Zinn and the beginning of the talk focused around my experience when I read page 14 of his book Wherever You Go, There You Are. This was a particularly difficult time in my life when I was feeling uneasy, confused and dissatisfied with things. Now, if you’ve read this book you know he has all kinds of wonderful suggestions in it to sprinkle...
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Addiction

Some People Wait Their Entire Lives to Ask this Question

There is a well known proverb that says,
"All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today."
Do yourself a favor, read that quote over again and allow your mind to see it as if for the very first time.

Our minds are very clever and make instant decisions about whether something is important to pay attention to and act on. When our minds see something over and again it...
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General

The 24 Hour Mini-Mindful Moment Challenge

A few months ago I was walking with a long time friend of mine who has had a long history of working in the field of personal and professional development. He said something that really surprised me. He had developed a discipline of checking into the present moment every minute of the day. Just for a few seconds he’s check to see where he was, what he was thinking, and how he was...
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Altruism

Reconnect to the Good in You!

Is it possible that we hold more good within us than we think? Is it possible that our brains are inclined toward looking for negativity in life and breezing over those aspects that are positive? Most importantly, is it possible that with an awareness of how we are wired, we can transcend these conditionings and recognize more choice in life?

Walt Whitman said:
“I am larger, better than I thought; I...
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