COVID-19 has changed our way of life in ways we never expected. Many - if not all - of our activities have been impacted leaving us feeling at a loss to find comfort and security in our usual ways of coping with stress. It is not unusual under these circumstances to feel anxious and concerned [...]
A well-thought through article on informed consent and the impact of mindfulness meditation in clinical settings.
“Jill” is 32 and works as a lawyer in the southwest. She wrote to me explaining that during her meditation she sometimes feels a panic attack coming on and has disturbing mental images. She cannot control it and does not know what she is doing wrong. When we talk for the first time I ask her when it began. “It started a few months after my therapist taught me mindfulness…”
Third wave Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the marriage of modern psychology and ancient buddhist meditation. It has grown rapidly in the past decade, and many psychologists and meditation teachers are enthusiastic about the development, seeing it as a blend of the very best of eastern wisdom with western psychological science. Third wave CBT goes under a variety of names such as Mindfulness-Based CBT (MBCBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). There are…
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A brilliant examination of the way we become caught in the false promises of the Happiness Industry. Also read the previous post, a review of Sarah Ahmed book, The Promise of Happiness.
Drawing in part on some of the points made in Sara Ahmed’s book The Promise of Happiness, which I just reviewed in the last post, as well as current events there are a few more points about the topic of happiness I wish to touch upon.
Self-help books are full of advice about attaining “happiness” but many of them don’t define what they mean by “happiness”.
What does “happiness” even mean in common parlance? Ask a dozen people and you’ll get a dozen answers. Words like blissful, relaxed, stress-free, joyful, carefree, comfortable, ecstatic and peaceful would possibly be used. The problem with these is they don’t really refer to anything. They have no relation to one’s context. They are states of being that seem to be achievable in isolation or that is the way they come across in these books and other media.
The thing is we don’t live…
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We are honoured to have been invited to be part of this historic moment in MENtal Health progress in Canada. The first ever Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day proclaimed in Ottawa and actioned by Jean-Francois Claude, a graduate of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic’s M4 program. Thank you, J.F. and may this initiative grow into a nation-wide endeavour!
Mayor Jim Watson (r) and Orléans Ward City Councillor Bob Monette (l) present TheMensDEN.ca founder, Jean-François Claude, with the official Proclamation marking June 10, 2014 as Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Ottawa. PHOTO: Benjamin Leikin, Ottawa Public Health.
Ottawa ON — The first of what will hopefully be an annual Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Ottawa was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
The day kicked off with a special presentation ceremony in Mayor Jim Watson’s Office at Ottawa City Hall, where The Men’s D.E.N. founder, Jean-François Claude, received a framed, signed copy of the official City of Ottawa Proclamation from the Mayor and City Councillor Bob Monette.
Representatives from The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, Partners for Mental Health, the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre and Ottawa Public Health were also in attendance.
The day was capped off with Breaking Down…
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A powerful story of meeting depression with openness and courage.
In the late Spring of 2012, I went to see my General Practitioner (GP) after a nine-year hiatus. I was physically healthy throughout my thirties, and simply did not see a need for any kind of medical check-up.
What finally prompted me to make the call, and virtually beg my doctor’s office to take me back as a patient, was self-diagnosed professional burnout. I’d been burning the candle at both ends for so long, that I’d finally hit a wall after a string of 60 to 70 hour work weeks. The BlackBerry was, for years, a permanent fixture in my hand, and unplugging, even for just a few hours, was to my mind not even a remote possibility and simply unfathomable.
Imagine my state of shock when my GP promptly informed me that “burnout” was not a medical condition and that in…
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We enjoyed being interviewed by Ted Meissner of Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. Lots of fun and even let slip a secret or two about how mindfulness has helped us in our own lives! You can listen to the podcast here, along with a number of other excellent interviews.
This is an excellent resource about PTSD and some very good advice about mindfulness as an approach to treating it.
I get a lot of people searching this blog for information on PTSD. It’s one of the top search terms that leads people here. I don’t write about it much but have once in a while. That shows you the paucity of information out there if this obscure blog is one of the Google hits in the first few pages of listings. There is a notion that Buddhist practice can be of assistance to those suffering PTSD. That can be true but there are a lot of caveats I’d add.
PTSD doesn’t just affect the person who experienced trauma. It affects everybody around them as well. Here is an excellent new article on that.
Is PTSD Contagious? from Mother Jones magazine. Read it before you continue here. I’ll wait.
Those who are around people suffering from PTSD will recognize themselves immediately. From the experience of having been the partner of…
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