Mindfulness Essential Reads

Having an Answer to “Where Did the Time Go?”

Be aware of the limited time you have to make the most of your life, and then do it.

Soul Sadness

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Finding True Refuge
Our soul sadness is fully revealed when we directly and mindfully contact our pain. In such moments, we discover a natural upwelling of compassion and tenderness for our own heart.

You Parent the Way You Think

Is parenting a child with mental illness wearing you out? Changing how you think about your child can go a long way.
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Mind vs. Matter: Animal or Human?

How can a cluster of neurons instinctively sense we are in danger, in spite of everything our eyes and ears may tell us?

5 Powerful Winter Solstice Practices for Parents

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 16, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
The more you clear space and work toward closure, the more you make space for all the good waiting for you around the corner of the new year.

The New Science of Successfully Breaking Bad Habits

By Christopher Bergland on December 06, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) coalition is on a mission to help people break bad habits and successfully make behavioral changes that will lead to longer, healthier lives.

Maintaining Positivity in Difficult Times

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Boundless
Having a bad day or a bad season? Check out these media links.
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Do You Talk to Yourself?

Had any good conversations with yourself lately? Does your self-talk push your emotional buttons?

Frazzled: High Anxiety and Low Frustration Tolerance

By Linda Esposito LCSW on November 28, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Are you sick and tired of over-reacting to everything? Get curious about your behavioral patterns and get over your fly-off-the-handle ways.

A Six Stage Tool to Stop Self-Pressuring

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Learning to self-govern and achieve goals by easing up on oneself rather than cracking the whip takes hard work and concerted effort. But faster fixes fail.
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Practical Tips for Metabolizing a Compliment

We often deflect people's compliments, because we're been taught to be self-effacing. But letting ourselves receive and metabolize a compliment can nurture us as nothing else can.

Mindfulness Is Not Always Positive

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
It's everywhere these days. Mindfulness reduces stress and helps people clear their minds. Can it also reduce thoughts related to criminal behavior?

How-To: Mindfulness-Based Interoceptive Exposure For Pain

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 07, 2017 in ExperiMentations
A simple technique techique for relief from chronic pain using mindfulness-based exposure to internal bodily sensations of pain.

The Surprising Key to a Better Sex Life

By Sarah Hunter Murray Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Myths of Desire
Forget about the endless sexual tips and tricks. If you want better sex, try doing nothing instead.

Optimism Challenge Conclusion

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Boundless
Optimism enables the belief that life is worth living.

The Most Attractive (Invisible) Trait of Any Partner

If you set your device on the table on a date, beware: distraction signals disinterest. Instead, cultivate chemistry through the most significant silent compliment: your attention.

Is Mindfulness Being Mindlessly Overhyped? Experts Say "Yes"

By Christopher Bergland on October 10, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
"Mindfulness" needs a clearer definition, more rigorous clinical research, and less media hype—according to an urgent call-to-action by 15 experts from over a dozen universities.

The Bully Inside

If we don’t accept our imperfect selves, how much of our tendency to gather "facts," form opinions, and label others brings us to the brink of bullying?

Logical Consequences: Helping Kids Learn from Their Mistakes

Punishment breeds resentment and retaliation. Logical consequences, when they're imposed with kindness and attention, can help kids take responsibility for their actions.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Create the Right Rituals

Meaningful rituals can show love by reflecting commitment, defining relationship boundaries, providing comfort, provoking memories, anchoring expectations, and providing pleasure.
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Understanding Myths About Mistakes

Have you ever beaten yourself up for a mistake? There's a better strategy.

Do We Humans "Need" Tragedies to Bring Us Together?

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 22, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
During major cataclysms, differences and conflicts between us seem to dissipate, and we tend to reach out to each other with increased caring, empathy, and sense of community.

How You Use Mindfulness Matters

By John P Forsyth Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Peace of Mind
Are you struggling to be more mindful? A tweak in how you use it may be all you need.

I Tried Direct Neurofeedback and the Results Surprised Me

By Zoltan Istvan on September 17, 2017 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
Recently, Grant Rudolph, Clinical Director at Echo Rock Neurotherapy, invited me to try his Direct Neurofeedback techniques.

Young Yogis Rock

By Gail F. Melson Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Why the Wild Things Are
Contemplative practices, like yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery, and relaxation breathing, can help children deal with stress, reduce anxiety, and improve well-being.

Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Stressful Lives
A stress epidemic threatens students' learning and mental health. Understanding the sources can help teachers, leaders, and parents create a culture of reslience at school.

What is the Fascination With the Upcoming Solar Eclipse?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in Brain Waves
How might this solar eclipse help us in the understanding of ourselves and our shadow?

Making Friends With Fear

How would your life transform if you could overcome even your biggest fears? Through small, intentional steps, that transformation can begin now.

The Making of a Mind Master

Do you sometimes feel like your mind has a mind of it's own? You're not alone! But there's another way to inhabit your mind—one that allows you to be in command.

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.

By Lydia Denworth on July 26, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.