Archives for June, 2012

Addiction

One of the Most Important Mindful Challenges of Our Time

This is a time for you to make a very important choice in your life. This is a choice that won’t only affect you, but will affect your children, your friends and the world we live in.

Make no mistake, I’m a big technology advocate, but we’re living in an age where our brains are becoming addicted to screens. Phones and tablets at the moment are the biggest culprits. Let me explain...
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A Mindful Look at Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”

Recently I finished a movie whose theme and moral I found right on the money. Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” is a movie about the romantic idealization of times past and in its own way speaks to our brain’s default to escape perceived discomfort of the present moment. Here’s a quote from the movie that sums it up:

“Nostalgia is denial — denial of the painful present,” says a philosopher (Michael Sheen)....
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How to Outwit Your Diet Derailing Excuses: An Interview with Susan Albers, Psy.D.

Eating is something that is a part of all of our lives, and for some of us, it's a source of please and pain. Try as we might to avoid it, we get caught in unhealthy styles of eating in attempts to soothe discomfort. Unfortunately, this is followed by self-judgment, which takes all the joy out of eating.

This is why I am thrilled to bring to you a true expert on the topic,...
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What Everyone Should Know About the Dangers of Meditation

Here is a post I wrote a couple years ago that I wanted to revive as it's increasingly important in the context of the fervor that is surrounding mindfulness as a wonderful antidote to stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma chronic illness or as the seed of empathy, compassion, happiness and just a better life.

The following story shows us how even with the best intentions, it's easy to fall into a trap of...
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Are We Addicted to Our Phones? A Mindful Check-In

Every time I feel a buzz or a jingle from my smartphon,e a voice comes up inside of me: "oh, there is something for me that needs attention."

If I were to look in my brain, I'm sure I'd see a surge of dopamine, the pleasure seeking chemical that drives us toward addictive substances. Now, I'm a promoter of technology, but the following story can show you exactly where it gets in...
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