Lonely? Be Yourself

by Donna Torney on March 19, 2016 · 0 comments

Having the courage to be your true self can be terrifying, yet we often block opportunities for true intimacy because of this fear. Never letting your guard down might give you the illusion of safety, but the armor we wear can also lead to isolation, a sense of loneliness, and a sense of being disconnected […]


Using Mindfulness to Manage Anger

by Donna Torney on March 15, 2016 · 0 comments

One of the best reasons for having a regular mindfulness practice is that you will be able to access calm when you need it – like when you’re on a long car ride with your kids and they’re in the back seat swatting each other and you’re about to blow your top.  Or when a […]


Psychotherapy and “the Middle Way”

by Donna Torney on March 1, 2016 · 0 comments

by Beth S. Patterson, MA, LPC When I hear the clients in my psychotherapy and grief counseling practice talk in black and white terms, or view their options in terms of extremes, I am reminded of the Buddhist concept of the Middle Way.  When the Buddha was asked how one should meditate, he responded “not […]


Mindfulness for the Election Year

by Donna Torney on January 18, 2016 · 0 comments

Do you think mindfulness has a place in politics?  We do…. Raising the world’s compassion set point -This is just one of the gifts that can be uncovered by mindfulness.   Congressman Tim Ryan is an eloquent and brave proponent of the practical benefits of building a more attentive, compassionate culture, and how the realm of […]


The Ghost of Christmas Past.   If you are already dreading this upcoming holiday season, maybe it is because you are mistaking it for last year – and last year wasn’t that much fun for you.  I sometimes wonder what would happen if holiday advertisements promoted getting ready for the season with your mind, body, and […]


Whether it’s a post-holiday slump, or genuine seasonal affective disorder brought about by a lack of sunlight, the winter months can be challenging.   It’s easy to fall prey to unproductive habits like overeating, sleeping, or relying too heavily on technology and media for entertainment.  These habits are only unproductive in that they can be […]


MIndfulness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

by Donna Torney on November 12, 2015 · 0 comments

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) and/or time-consuming behaviors (compulsions).  Individuals […]


Anxiety is a dirty rotten Liar.  Well, most of the time.  If you’re about to rob a bank, or yell at your boss, and you’re feeling anxious, that’s probably good common sense.  But if you are feeling worried about some upcoming event, or bothered by something that happened yesterday, your anxiety is often unfounded.  As […]


Using Music to Support Mindfulness

by Donna Torney on October 24, 2015 · 0 comments

Your formal meditation practice doesn’t have to be practiced in silence.  In fact music can be a great object of concentration. You can use any kind of music to support your practice.   but keep in mind that when you’re meditating, you are aiming for a calm and alert state of mind. When using music […]


Our deeper nature usually prevails, and what a relief when it does. Remember the big hair of the 1980s?  It was a time when young men and women alike where subjecting themselves to a head full of chemicals followed by gobs of sticky, slimy, hair gel.   Madonna or Michael, Whitney, or Cameron, we wanted that […]