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Growth Has Plateaus

The path of personal growth has plateaus, or as I like to think of them, periods of rest. These plateaus, or rest periods, are essential to one’s growth. Many mindfulness studies, and nature itself, support a healthy cycle of growth and rest. Do not worry during these times of rest. One might take comfort in the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, who said, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

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I co-teach a course at College of Marin in Kentfield, California; Mindfulness-Based Self-Compassion (MBSC). For those who do not live geographically close enough to attend the class, this page can serve as a guide:

Growth Has Plateaus

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

Dr. Berkelhammer is a retired mind-body medicine psychologist. He writes about mindfulness-based practices with a unique emphasis on optimization of wellbeing and health. Dr. Berkelhammer also lectures at San Francisco State University and UC San Francisco, and is currently teaching a class in Marin County through College of Marin. He is the author of the book "In Your Own Hands; New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions".

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In Your Own Hands: Mindfulness-Based Practices to Optimize Wellbeing - College of Marin Community Education

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Berkelhammer, D. (2018). Growth Has Plateaus. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 26, 2020, from


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