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Accepting The Paradoxical Theory Of Change: How Welcoming Pain Can Heal It

What happens when sadness comes to visit you?
Or anger? Or regret? Or pain?

Do you try to shut the door in their face? Maybe batten down the hatches, or head into your bunker and wait things out, until (you hope) they stop knocking.

It can be easy to want to resist feeling these things when they turn up in your life – after all, they hurt (and who wants that?).

But sometimes resisting them, or...
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Coming To Your Senses: Moments of Mindfulness In The Everyday

I was hanging out the washing in the backyard yesterday, mildly annoyed with having to do this chore, when I happened to glance over my shoulder.

This butterfly filled my vision…

And suddenly the mundane became exquisite.

Have you had one of those moments lately? Where something small sort of awakened you and seemed to elevate whatever you were doing, bringing it richness and depth.

It’s this ‘small stuff’, and the paying of attention to it, that mindfulness...
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Mindfulness as Therapy: Your Personal GPS

Where are you right now?

Not metaphorically, as in ‘where is your life right now?’ Or ‘where is your head right now?’ Or even ‘where are your thoughts?'

But physically.

Take a look around you. Where do you find yourself in this very second?
(Where is your life unfolding this very second?)

And then zoom in even closer, from the external to the internal. To the very body you occupy inside this moment.

How does it feel to be...
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