A Celebration of 10-years and a new site!

The OMC began in 2003 with a class of 10 people drawn from our private practice.  We met in a conference room at the Riverside Hospital that barely fit 12 of us and a three-section oak conference table.  Each evening that table had to be stacked in the corner so we could do the Body [...]

Opening to Life – Book Review of Leaves Falling Gently by Susan Bauer-Wu

Leaves Falling Gently -Living fully with serious & life-limiting illness through mindfulness, compassion, & connectedness by Susan Bauer-Wu is a kind and inviting little book that makes facing our chronic or acute life-threatening illness easier to face.  Bauer-Wu, an associate professor of nursing at Emory University, researches the effects of chronic stress from debilitating illness [...]

Book Review: Everything you wanted to know about meditations

Meditation: The complete guide by Patricia Monaghan and Eleanor G. Viereck (New World Library) is not just about meditation.  Monaghan & Viereck dedicate 43 chapters not only to a variety of meditation approaches but also organize them into their parent traditions.  It is a veritable who's who and how to of contemplative practices.  In a [...]

One Minute Mindfulness – a book of continuous practice

Donald Altman is a psychotherapist, a former Buddhist monk, and author of The Mindfulness Code.  Another book he wrote, Meal by Meal: 365 Daily Meditations for Finding Balance through Mindful Eating, could easily be a precursor to his current effort, One Minute Mindfulness.  Altman comes with impressive credentials and it does more than lend weight [...]

Self-Compassion: three doors to changing your relationship with yourself

Kristin Neff’s work on self-compassion has been a major touchstone for many of us in the mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) field.  For years, her website has been a rich resource for information on self-compassion, updates on her research, and the on-going development of her self-compassion scale. Now, in her new book, Neff presents the details of [...]