Mindfulness is simple, yet complex. It is as simple as returning to the breath in each moment. And, it is as complex as making choices that are consistent with our values. Mindfulness of the breath is a confirmation of being fully present to the moment of the breath. It can be comforting. It can lead [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]