Book Review: The Mindful Elite by Jaime Kucinskas – Contemplative leaders & the growth of mindfulness

The Mindful Elite: Mobilizing from the inside out by Jaime Kucinskas (Oxford University Press) takes up the challenging investigation into the origins of the mindfulness juggernaut that includes everything from contemplative to the clinical and popular use of meditation. This is not the first investigation of the path Western forms mindfulness sans Buddhism has taken and [...]

Eat All You Want AND Lose Weight: Delicious delusions and terrible truths

It's Day 2 of 2019 and I am thrilled to say I'm not on a diet. As a lifelong poundage yo-yo attached to a weighing scale, I am very happy to find myself in a place where the leftover Xmas cookies (Really. Leftover!) aren't enticing me, the Baumkuchen I baked for my daughter's birthday is begging [...]

The Joy & Challenge of Pausing: Mindfulness in the still days of winter

It's the shortest day of the year today, the longest night and the beginning of longer days.  It's such a subtle shift that we barely notice although many of us celebrate it various ways. And yet, it is also a transition that occurs in every moment of our days and nights. Everything, every experience progresses [...]

Is Your Mindfulness Program Trauma-Sensitive? 3 reasons you need to know and 3 questions to ask.

It was a busy day in the week about 16 or 17  years ago. Emails were still clunky communication channels, which was good because the voicemail I was listening to carried all the emotions we miss in typescript. She was scared, she said. Having a hard time breathing. After a treatment program. Meditation. Mindfulness. Please [...]

February is Psychology Month: Who needs psychotherapy?

Let's talk! Sometimes we just need a place where we can say what's in our heart and mind without fear of being ridiculed or punished. Psychological services such as psychotherapy offer that opportunity. It's a chance to examine how our thoughts, feelings, and actions come together either to help or hinder us in our relationships. [...]

February is Psychology Month: Learn more about psychologists and what they do

February is Psychology Month. It's a good time to learn about psychology, psychologists and psychological associates. Mental Health statistics are dire. Here are some fast facts: There is an enormous cost in lives lost if we consider the families and communities that are affected when one person takes their life. The economic cost is also [...]

Before you close your eyes: things to know about meditation

"Do you meditate?" It's a common question these days. Almost everyone I speak to has taken a mindfulness program or is looking for a place to learn how to meditate. It's an exciting time as well because, as healthcare professionals, we're finding ways to help people that seem to be making a difference in their lives. [...]