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Archives for May, 2011


The Importance of MindLESSness: Conversations on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy has been gaining a mounting interest among  thousands of clinicians and clients. The following is one in a series of informal conversations between Trudy Goodman, ., Elisha Goldstein, . and Steven Hickman, , the teachers for a unique upcoming professional training retreat entitled "Mindfulness in Psychotherapy" to be held October 2-7, 2011 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Southern California. This series is primarily aimed...
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Is the Purpose of Life to be Happy?

Happiness has been a major buzz word in magazines, books, online blogs (like this one) and a source of philosophical inquiry for centuries. The fact is, happiness is what people want in life and it sells. But what is happiness and is that really the aim of life? Some pretty influential people seem to think so.

It is the Dalai Lama who tells us “I believe that the very purpose of life...
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9 Ways to a More Mindful Workday

You may have heard about the hot topic of bringing mindfulness into the workplace and the benefits of:

Increased clarity of mind, balance, energy, zest for life
Improve complex problem-solving and decision-making
Enhanced leadership
More emotional intelligence, less reactive
Mood regulation and immune system enhancement

You might have even says it sounds like a good idea. Maybe you even practiced it a couple times. But the dependable habitual ways of thinking and acting take over and it goes...
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The One Major Lesson I’ve Learned

For this APA Mental Health Blog Party, I’m going to get right down to it. If there’s one major lesson I’ve learned it’s that we can’t always control what happens to us, but true freedom lies in cultivating the awareness to choose how we want to respond.

Mindfulness is key to mental health.

In my work I see people who have suffered from addiction, anxiety, depression, and multiple forms of trauma....
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How Do We Get in Our Own Way: Emerson and Mandela

Some say the fact that most of us are so filled with self-judgment is an evolutionary impulse to keep us safe from danger. If the mind is constantly on the lookout for what’s wrong, we’re more likely to be prepared for it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson lays out the problem:
"Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine."
Or maybe Nelson Mandela echoing Marianne Williamson’s words says it best:
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New Study on Mindfulness: Turning the Volume Down in Your Brain

I love how more and more research is coming out in the field of neuroscience pointing to neurological correlates of things we’ve all known for years. It’s validating.

One of the number one things that drive us nuts is outside noises we can’t control. It’s the car alarm, the neighbor’s noisy stereo, or a friend’s baby who can’t stop crying.  Cathy Kerr, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School and...
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