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When self compassion hurts

Some clients have recently mentioned that when they start practicing self compassion, they feel a wave of pain that’s almost overwhelming. Their pain actually increases at first. You can call this phenomena backdraft, a term used by firefighters and emergency workers that describes what happens when a door in a burning house is first opened:…

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Imprisonment and mental illness.

Happy Bastille Day, Le Quatorze Juillet, 7/14 Most people are familiar with Bastille Day, a national celebration of independence in France, and the beginning of the French Revolution. It was marked by the storming of the Bastille in 1789, a medieval fortress that became a prison and place of torture, in eastern Paris. Ironically, on…

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How to stay young, or cognitive reserve

A summary of findings from neuropsychology on how to stave off dementia. Movement matters Regular physical exercise in midlife, ages 40 to 60, showed evidence that exercise physically changes the brain (neuroscience geeks: People who had aerobic exercise at least three times a week showed an increase in the actual volume of the hippocampus, compared…

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On adding mindfulness to treatment

For the past two decades, I have combined my passion for practicing mindfulness and eastern philosophy, with my love for neuroscience and clinical psychology. The ancient and the research; they are compatible. This is a frequent question posed to me that I deeply honor. Them: My partner and I are studying Buddhist teachings to help…

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Empathy is a Ferrari

Her: I wish I wasn’t so empathic. It hurts so much because I see and feel a resemblance of myself whenever I see anyone in pain. I have to do something about fixing them. And I don’t have a routine that works to control it. I don’t have an off switch. Me: Think of empathy…

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One Dozen Ways to Feel More Powerful

Wake up earlier. See also The Morning Checklist for Anxiety. Meditate. Stretch, like your dog or cat. Write things down. Read a poem. Think of a fear you overcame. Get organized for the day. Listen to your power playlist. Exercise. Stand up straight/work on your posture. Text good morning to a loved one. Pray. See…

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Mental Health and Our Elders

The Loneliness in Older Persons study, published in 2012 (Journal of the American Medical Association; JAMA), studied 1,600 adults with an average age of 71. The results concluded that among participants who were older than 60 years, loneliness was a predictor of decline and premature death. This study also concluded that loneliness can lead to…

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