Ten minutes of mindfulness is all it takes

Life is stressful and we have a lot of things to manage. Work, school, kids, bills, housework and on and on. Lately, I’ve been making a routine for myself and some of my clients have done the same. Routines look like this:

Morning:
Start a load of laundry
Unload dishwasher
Scoop the litterbox
Shower
Take lunch to work
Put everything away

Afternoon:

Put clothes […]

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Expression sessions

I just got home today after a one-week mindfulness retreat in Utah.  It was very relaxing and peaceful.  It was located in a desert canyon surrounded by large mountains.  In the morning, we listened to live meditative music and we either sat with eyes closed or quietly watched the musicians play their guitars and sing. […]

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Lars and the Real Girl: Movie Review

If you haven’t seen Lars and the Real Girl, it’s a wonderfully therapeutic movie.  Lars, played by Ryan Gosling, has a delusion in which he believes that his blow-up doll is a real person, his girlfriend.  He names her Bianca and takes her everywhere in a wheelchair.  He treats her with the upmost respect, having […]

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Questioning Thoughts

One thing I do frequently in the office is try to identify specific thoughts and then apply the Byron Katie technique to them.  It is called “The Work”.

 

www.thework.com

 

It goes like this:

Write down the stressful thought that is bothering you.  I find writing it down helps slow the mind down.  Byron Katie says, “There are no […]

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Book Review: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the author of a book called Wild which was voted the #1 non-fiction book for 2012 by more than a few sources.  In Wild, Cheryl describes hiking the Pacific Crest Trail which is a nature trail that runs along the coast of California through many national parks, both desert and mountain ranges, from […]

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Self-mutilation

Self-mutilation is a relatively common issue that affects teenagers and adults (more girls than boys) and it usually starts around age 13-14.  I have treated many teens with this issue and it DOES get better.  Generally, expressing and talking are the first steps in “taking the lid” off of feelings that are being internalized.  I […]

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Beautiful Quote

We must see that consciousness is neither an isolated soul nor the mere function of a single nervous system, but of that totality of interrelated stars and galaxies which makes a nervous system possible.  – Alan Watts

 

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Great video – not just about addiction

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Peace and Assurance

There is a poem that hangs in my office.  It hung in my kitchen as I was growing up.  My mother had purchased it at an auction because she loved antique pictures.  We barely read it or looked at it I think – it was merely a novelty with a nice frame.  Then, in 1992, […]

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Nobody Cares About Me

I like to take thoughts and break them down.  This one is sure to upset even the most popular person on the planet.  Let’s really look at it.  Nobody means no body.  That’s pretty extreme.  For one, how do you know?  How many times per day do you tell people how much you care about […]

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