Depression

Learn about the latest research on Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and other mindfulness-based tools to ease depression and take back balance.

Make Peace with the Winter Months

Make Peace with the Winter Months

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

Using Anger Mindfully

Using Anger Mindfully

by Beth S. Patterson, MA, LPC Many of us, especially those on the spiritual path, tend to look at anger as an entirely negative emotion.  However, anger used mindfully can be extremely positive, powerful and ultimately healing.  Anger is simply energy, and we always have a choice as to what…

Drop Judgement, Pick up Joy!

Drop Judgement, Pick up Joy!

Practicing mindfulness can really help in recognizing the judge that dwells inside all of us -that part of us that automatically labels all experience as good or bad, better than or less than.  You can think of this judge as part of our safety system.  We look at people and situations,…

Using Mindfulness to Cope With Fear: The Tenth Anniversary

Using Mindfulness to Cope With Fear: The Tenth Anniversary

Everyone has their own personal 9/11 story.  Some are horrific and sad, some anecdotal and removed.  I fall into the second category.  The sky was a solid September blue that day ten years ago.  I was working at my job as an academic counselor at a community college which happened…

Overwhelm and Isolation – How mindful hub Can Help

Overwhelm and Isolation – How mindful hub Can Help

use the search button at the top right-hand corner to search for articles and worksheets that will ease overwhelm and isolation In my therapy practice I can pretty easily classify my clients’ struggles into two categories.  They are either struggling with overwhelm or isolation, and oftentimes both.  Overwhelm comes in…

Using Yoga and Mindfulness to Heal Trauma

Using Yoga and Mindfulness to Heal Trauma

In yoga studios around the world people are stretching, breathing and practicing stress reduction, and, maybe without even knowing it, healing from traumatic events. For millennia yogis have used this ancient philosophy as a way of harnessing emotions and regulating mental and physical health.  While many  yoga students are already…

3 Breathing Techniques that Promote Mindfulness

3 Breathing Techniques that Promote Mindfulness

Yogis have known for years what science is just finding out – you can manage your mood through various yogic breathing techniques.  If your mindfulness practice is struggling because you are feeling sleepy, distracted, or anxious, these breathing techniques will help you achieve a calm focused state of mind. Read…

Name it to Tame It

Name it to Tame It

I’m angry.   I’m nervous.  I’m sad.  If you’ve ever admitted  to yourself or another that you were overcome by one of these troubling emotions, and then felt some relief from the emotion,  you were practicing mindfulness!  A study published in the Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine reports thats individuals who…

Treating Depression with Yoga

Treating Depression with Yoga

While yoga’s tremendous popularity in our culture largely focuses on the physical postures, there is a smaller group of practitioners focusing on the emotional and behavioral benefits of yoga.  A growing body of scientific evidence confirms that yoga can improve your mood, patterns of behavior, even job performance.  Amy Wientraub,…

The Science Behind Compassion – Marvelous Mirror Neurons

Did you know that humans (and a few other select mammals) are equipped with something called mirror neurons?  Mirror neurons are what allow us to have empathy – the ability to feel what others are feeling. If you don’t believe in mirror neurons watch this clip of Sargent Bill Hawes…

What's Going Right? – Keeping a Record of Pleasant Events

What's Going Right? – Keeping a Record of Pleasant Events

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy encourages clients to take note of what is going right.  We are hard-wired to scan our environment for danger.  This capacity is what has kept us alive and evolving over the millenia.  However, this nervous system response, if left unchecked can have negative consequences on our physical…

What’s Going Right? – Keeping a Record of Pleasant Events

What’s Going Right? – Keeping a Record of Pleasant Events

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy encourages clients to take note of what is going right.  We are hard-wired to scan our environment for danger.  This capacity is what has kept us alive and evolving over the millenia.  However, this nervous system response, if left unchecked can have negative consequences on our physical…