I was in a swaying crowd at a yoga retreat, grooving to an evening of call-and-response chanting, or Kirtan. All was peace and love and namaste. The band sang Sanskrit devotional lines and we sang [...]
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Why do so many people experience unhappiness? There are lots of differing ways to look at it. The personal-responsibility view says people are unhappy because they make poor choices, which bring negative consequences and lead [...]
Make it a habit to notice how often you judge your feelings. I regularly hear people say their feelings are silly, stupid, or ridiculous. There are ridiculous shoes and TV shows, but not ridiculous feelings. [...]
A funny thing happens when we step off the merry-go-round. Things stop spinning. The dust settles,and we can see more clearly. We have time to reflect on how we are living, what's working and what [...]
Mindfulness is getting a lot of attention these days, and rightly so. As a way to cultivate balance, sanity and contentment, it's been well-tested since its development 2600 years ago. Consider its longevity, in comparison [...]
It's symptoms like anxious feelings that often drive people to seek a therapist. In Mindfulness we refer to symptoms as 'suffering', meaning, being uncomfortable. And of course when beginning therapy, the goal is usually symptom [...]
How did anxiety get such a bad rap? This harmless feeling is widely feared, and has been pathologized by the DSM as a 'disorder'. Well-meaning PCPs regularly write prescriptions to help their patients banish it. [...]
Often, the struggle that brings someone to therapy is finding themselves overwhelmed by their inner experience- waves of emotion, sensations in the body, or churning thoughts. I sometimes reflect on how challenging it is to [...]