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Using Every Day Situations to Boost Mindfulness.

Using Every Day Situations to Boost Mindfulness.

Little things can be our Best Mindfulness Teachers By contributing writer, Karen Fabian, Certified Baptiste Yoga teacher, founder,  barebonesyoga.com. I recently had an uncomfortable interaction with someone at a local doctor’s office. Running late due to traffic, I arrived five minutes after my scheduled appointment time. Upon arriving, the receptionist…

Mindfulness in a Crisis

Mindfulness in a Crisis

We all face them.  Small bothersome ones and big earth-shattering ones.  Those sudden, unexpected events that change the natural order of our world.  Mindfulness can help during these times, helping us make better decisions, and trust in the unfolding of life.  Check out our new worksheet about using mindfulness to…

Psychotherapy and “the Middle Way”

Psychotherapy and “the Middle Way”

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…

Mindless French Toast

Mindless French Toast

One of the best ways to describe mindfulness is to look at moments of ordinary mindlessness. I woke up on autopilot one day this week and instead of taking the time to intentionally start my day with some stretching or meditation I decided to make french toast. There is nothing…

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…

Aligning Thought, Word, and Deed

Aligning Thought, Word, and Deed

  Gandhi is oft-quoted as saying “happiness is when what you think, say, and  do are in harmony.” If this is true, why do we stray from our values in thought, word, and deed? In my therapy practice, I often ask clients to take an inventory of values. I use…

How Mindfulness Can Help Resolve Childhood Trauma

How Mindfulness Can Help Resolve Childhood Trauma

The mindfulness resurgence has been a gift to us all especially in our fast paced and un-present tech-driven lifestyles. While empirical research has yet to officially conclude that mindfulness is effective with trauma/PTSD, good trauma therapists have known for decades that being aware of a trigger instead of being the…

Mindfulness for the Election Year

Mindfulness for the Election Year

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,…

On Not Knowing

On Not Knowing

2015.  Wow.  Another year of unexpected challenges, blessings, and change.  Everything is great, but nothing is finished or permanent.  This natural uncertainty can cause a lot of anxiety if you let it take control.  Just this morning alone I watched my thoughts land on excitement, gratitude, loving-kindness, judgement, and fear…….

Holiday Money Stress

Holiday Money Stress

Mindfulness can bring ease to every part of your life – including your financial life.  Download our latest worksheet for tips for fighting back against the urge to overspend around the holidays – and take a look at Mind Over Money – an article posted last spring that addresses impulsive…

Black Friday Alternatives:  Emotional prep for the holidays

Black Friday Alternatives: Emotional prep for the holidays

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…

Balance in every season:  Make Peace with the Winter Months

Balance in every season: Make Peace with the Winter Months

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…