Archives for July, 2012

Addiction

Mindfulness is Not a Cure; It’s Better

Mindfulness meditation, the act of intentionally paying attention to the present moment while putting aside our snap judgments, has been shown to alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and open us up to wonders, happy moments and a sense of grace in life. But make no mistake, the longest of practitioners will tell you that they still experience the downturns, getting hooked by the inevitable frustrations of life, and anticipatory anxiety.

So it's...
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Anger

The Power of Lovingkindness: An Interview with Sharon Salzberg

For those of you who don't know Sharon Salzberg, she is 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: The Revolutionary Art...
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Addiction

How to Train Your Brain Toward a Meaningful Life

"Life, it all goes by so fast."

This is a phrase that is said ubiquitously by people across race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, you name it. When you hear something this common - something is telling us to listen.

Why do we lose sight that life is so temporary? Some might say that we have a fear of death so we block it out of our minds, and without the awareness of death we lose...
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Making a Big Therapeutic Impact in Short Time: An Interview with Dr. B. Jane Wick on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

I'm often on the lookout for progressive new effective therapies. This led my wife and I to go check out Denim 'n' Dirt in Santa Clarita, CA when we heard of the advances in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. I have to admit I was dubious that integrating horses and psychotherapy would be therapeutic, but putting my mindful hat on I walked in with a beginner's mind and curiosity.

We walked up and...
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Addiction

Landmark $3 Billion Drug Company Settlement: A Mindful Lens

The pharmaceutical industry is the most profitable industry in America, and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline, just settled a case with the federal government to pay $3 billion for health fraud. One billion will cover criminal fines and $2 billion will cover civil settlements.

This isn’t the first landmark case. In 2009, Pfizer paid the government $ billion for health care fraud. This raises important questions and concerns about how we...
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