Archives for January, 2012

compassion

Mindfulness, Children and Parenting: An Interview with Amy Saltzman, MD

The theory and practice of mindfulness as a way for children to calm their busy minds, self regulate, become more hopeful and happy has been an area of increasing interest. The potential impact on our culture is great as it affects future generations.

It's my pleasure to bring you this interview with Amy Saltzman, MD a holistic physician in Northern California who has been integrating mindfulness with children and...
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Addiction

Addiction: Breaking Free from the Next Fix

Addictive behaviors are universal. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, one in eight Americans suffers with addictive behaviors regarding drugs or alcohol and it costs society approximately $250 billion per year.

In addition to addictive behaviors potentially having a strong genetic link, the increasing stress in our culture makes it obvious why so many of us are craving avoidance and escape.

How do we break free from that next...
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Addiction

Mindfulness Over Mood: The Now Effect and Your Mental Health

Every moment of our lives our brains are rapidly taking in information and making snap judgments, interpretations and decisions based on what we see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. Depending on how we're feeling we'll interpret it differently.

Even though we believe our thoughts represent reality, the truth is, our thoughts are not facts. A lot of us live without an awareness of this, operating mostly from a state of auto-pilot, sleepwalking through...
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General

What Drives Out the Darkness? Wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today I grab a quote from a man whose dream lifted millions of people and whose inspiration is felt all over the world today. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
This reminds me of an earlier blog post I did which quoted Rumi saying:
“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light...
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Interviews

Bringing Mindfulness to Schools: An Interview with Co-Founder Megan Cowan

If you've been following The Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Blog, you've read and interacted around the psychology and neuroscience of mindfulness in relation to stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and so much more. Today, I have the honor of interviewing, Megan Cowan, Co-founder and Executive Director of Mindful Schools bringing mindfulness to children. Megan will be speaking at the upcoming Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth at...
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Anxiety

A Nugget of Wisdom for 2012

Here's what I'm thinking about when starting this next year of 2012:
"May we all recognize in this New Year that the moments of our lives are rare and precious. Open to them, Bask in them, We are alive."
The reality is we often hold things that are rare in our world to be precious. These rare things are held to a high value, whether it's gold, an unbroken sand dollar on...
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