Addiction

Science-based mindfulness concepts that support recovery. Compliment and boost traditional forms of treatment.

Rewild Yourself

Rewild Yourself

This spring I read two books that have motivated me to increase my time in nature.  Not that I needed any more motivation, having just finished a five-year stint in private practice just outside of Boston.  This was a great personal and professional experience in many ways, but an hour-long…

Good weather, bad mood?

Good weather, bad mood?

 Trees are blooming and the sun is shining, but you’re just not feeling it.  You’re not alone.  From anniversaries to allergies, there are many reasons why spring and summer may not be your favorite seasons.  In my private practice, I have noticed an annual increase in anxiety and agitation that…

Gentle Fall Transition:  Day Ten – Plan, come back to now, repeat.

Gentle Fall Transition: Day Ten – Plan, come back to now, repeat.

Plan.  Come back to now.  Plan.  Come back to now. focus on something pleasant.  One small, likable thing, Before you once again plan, and again come back to now. Why bother coming back to now?  Now, full of imperfection, distraction, uncertainty, worry? Because now is the only place to heal….

The Mindful Hub Summer Reading List – 2016

The Mindful Hub Summer Reading List – 2016

Grab your sunscreen, your sunglasses, and your favorite floatation device, your Kindle or a good old-fashioned hard-bound copy – the annual mindful hub summer reading list is here, and we have something for everyone! Dinner with Buddha by Roland Merullo – Third in a series that is surprisingly funny and touching,…

Feed Your Head – Four Key Brain Boosting Nutrients

Feed Your Head – Four Key Brain Boosting Nutrients

There is no getting around it.  What you put in your body affects your mental clarity as well as your physical health.  This, of course, will directly affect your mindfulness practice.  Food and mood – it’s for real. I could probably write volumes about diet and mind, but I’d like…

Parenting through a relapse:  Addiction, compassion, and mindfulness

Parenting through a relapse: Addiction, compassion, and mindfulness

Watching a child struggle with addiction is devastating and deciding how to help an addicted child is one of the most anguish-provoking processes a parent can go through. Like running a marathon, standing by a child trying to break free from addiction requires deliberate, purposeful, ongoing self-care.  The good news is that…

Rick Hanson on Letting Go

The practices — simple actions inside your mind — light up neural networks of deep well-being and resilience. And because “neurons that fire together, wire together,” each time you do a practice, it strengthens key neural circuits like building a muscle in the gym. Each practice is grounded in modern…

Using Mindfulness to Effect Personal Change

Using Mindfulness to Effect Personal Change

Seven weeks after New Years Day 2016, many of us are still struggling to change unhealthy habits that we promised ourselves we would face.   Motivation and willpower can be so elusive, even if the behavior is causing major disruptions in or relationships, family life, or career.  Knowing a little…

MIndfulness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

MIndfulness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

There are many components of mindfulness that can help if you are ready to change obsessive thoughts or compulsive habits.   Whether or not you have a confirmed diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), these habits can be very painful and disruptive.  Symptoms of OCD include troublesome repetitive thoughts (obsessions)…

40 Days of Letting Go:  Day 37 ~ Integrating ways of being

40 Days of Letting Go: Day 37 ~ Integrating ways of being

  Consider the different ways we can experience life – different aspects of our being that help us function…. until they don’t.  We can be cerebral and goal oriented, for instance, or we can be predominantly kinesthetic, placing the emphasis on our body and the five senses. There are other ways…