Archives for December, 2012

Addiction

Mindful Recovery During the Holidays

As family and friends begin to gather during the holidays at one point or another may have to face either ourselves or a loved one with addiction. There are really very few people who are not touched by addiction in one way or another. Addiction comes in the form of alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, eating, sugar, and other compulsive behaviors that are an avoidance strategy and eventually cause distress.

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Addiction

Got Stress? Here’s a Short Practice You Can BET On

No matter what time of year it is, stress will likely be a part of it. A little stress is good, it fuels motivation, but there’s a tipping point where it starts to have diminishing returns. When that higher level of stress hits, if it’s left unchecked it can lead to anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addictive behaviors, you name it. Today I want to give you something that you can BET on anywhere,...
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Gratitude

New Research Says Mindful-Multitasking Leads to More Focus and Calm

If you’re reading this you have access to technology and that means that you are likely going to engage in media multitasking at some point or another. In a previous post I looked at a study that says that media multitasking leads to poorer cognitive performance. That’s not so shocking since our attentional capacity is limited and when it’s splintered off we’re not going to be as sharp on any...
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Addiction

Compassion: Live a Day through Thomas Merton’s Eyes

Thomas Merton was a Trappist (Catholic) monk who spoke these words a couple hours before his final breath:
“Compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”
I’ve made it a practice to be interested in what people say toward the end of life. I think at that point, people often come to...
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Anxiety

The Fear and Anxiety Solution: An Interview with Friedemann Schaub, MD, PhD

You may have experienced it yourself or can become aware of it just looking around. There's a rising feeling of anxiety in our culture today and people are searching for answers from mental health professionals to spiritual gurus. Today I want to bring you someone who has some insight into what's going on and what might help us in the more difficult times. Friedemann Schaub,...
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Addiction

When Forgiveness is the Only Thing Left to Do

Almost 15 years ago Saundra Adam’s grandson, Chancellor Lee Adams came into her life in the most heart-wrenching way. One night in 1999 after the past NFL player Rae Carruth and Cherica Adams went to a movie they got into separate cars to drive back to Cherica’s house. As Cherica parked another car drove beside her revealing a gun and fired a number of rounds into Cherica. At the time Cherica was in her third trimester...
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