Surviving Depression: A Mindful Way

Depression is one of the most profound challenges of our time. We know that 25% of women and up to 12% of men will suffer a clinical depression in their lifetime and many more will suffer with mild depression. Author and professional blog writer, Therese Borchard writes a wonderful blog about personal experiences with depression. Whether you or someone you know is suffering from depression or some psychological pain like sorrow or grief, it can feel like a burden on the mind and...

McCartney's & Lennon's Wisdom: Let it Be

Whether you're one of the millions or billions of Beatles fans or not, John Lennon had a point when he said "Life is what happens while we're busy making other plans." In 1970 Paul McCartney composed the  hit song "Let it be", after dreaming that his dying mother told him, "It will be all right, just let it be." What wisdom can we derive from this? When we're in high distress our harshest critical voices coming raining down saying "why can't you just...

Outsmart Your Stress and Be More Effective at Work

Recently I wrote a popular post called Outsmart Your Stress: The 1-Minute "Be" Practice and now it's time to see how to make this now effect come alive in the workplace. Prior to becoming a Psychologist,  I was in the corporate world leading teams of people and becoming intimate, maybe too intimate, with overwhelm and stress at work. The amount of workers today that say job stress is a major problem in their lives has doubled in the last decade. The US Department of Health reported that 70% of physical and mental complaints at work are related to stress, and stress-related claims are costing corporations over $300 billion dollars annually. An increasing amount of evidence bringing mindfulness to the workplace is pointing to the fact that it doesn't have to be this way.

Stressed? You Can be Your Worst Enemy

How many times during the day do we run away with stories in our heads that only serve to make us more tense or more frustrated with life. How many troubles do we have in our minds that never really happen? The following is a story I originally heard from author and teacher, Jack Kornfield, of a man that we may all be able to relate to:

John had been touring in Afghanistan and over time had developed a stress condition so severe that...