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 [...]

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. [...]

Mindful Self-Compassion 5-Day Intensive, Toronto ON 2016

MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION 5-DAY INTENSIVE Christopher Germer & Lynette Monteiro Toronto ON Canada MAY 30 - JUNE 3, 2016 Join us in the exciting city of Toronto for a week of practice in Mindful Self-Compassion. The Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive is offered as a five-day program and qualifies as the prerequisite for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. Please see the [...]

Solitude, Solstice & the Longest Night

  We enter solitude, in which also we lose loneliness… True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible. One feels the attraction of one’s most intimate sources. In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. The more coherent one becomes within oneself as [...]

10% Happier – ABC news anchor learns the 1-2-3 of enlightenment

Once in a while, in this deluge of books claiming insight and enlightenment, a book actually surfaces that speaks to the truth of meditation, practice, mindfulness, and truth of being human. Dan Harris, ABC journalist and anchor of Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America, throws himself wholeheartedly into telling us his story of [...]

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 [...]

Two articles that are a must-read

Here are two articles that are worthy of the read.  Maia Duerr's guide on how to meditate and a publication by Mark Lau and Andrea Grabovac on a Buddhist psychological model are two works that integrate ancient teachings with current frameworks of practice and theory. Liberated Life Guide on How to Meditate Maia Duerr of Liberated Life [...]