Mindfulness and the Re-Integration of Soldiers: the Coming Home Project

In past blogs, I’ve mentioned the use of mindfulness in military pre-deployment training. As this process is in its infancy, there are many service people who will never come across mindfulness training as part of their military experience. One organization that is trying to rectify this gap, at least upon reentry into civilian life, is…

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What’s Happening in the Brain During Meditation?

We’ve talked a lot about meditation for general health and even for neuroplasticity. And yet . . . . . . have you ever been curious about what is actually happening in the brain during meditation? This was addressed by a recent study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Jim Lagopoulos, PhD,…

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Mindfulness and the Practitioner: How to bring our “best self” to our work

Some kids dream of being professional athletes or walking on the moon, but for many of us, it was the act of healing that motivated us entering the health and mental health professions. But this doesn’t mean there aren’t days when we wouldn’t rather be on the moon than treating a particularly challenging patient. Or…

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Mindfulness and Emotional Acceptance: The Power of Yes

Has anyone seen the Jim Carrey film “Yes Man”? In this film, he decides to change his unsatisfactory life by saying yes to everything. While he ends up modifying his yes stance somewhat, he may have been on to something. Mindfulness practitioners for many years have understood the effects that saying “no” can have on…

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Mindfulness, Memory, and the Military

I’m always on the look-out for new mindfulness studies and projects. I’ve mentioned a number of my “favorite” researchers in past blogs and recently a new researcher (at least new to me) has caught my attention. Amishi Jha, PhD, out of the University of Miami, is the lead investigator of the Schofield Barracks Training and…

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Could Mindfulness Cure Road Rage and Other Indulgences in Righteous Indignation

I just read another article on road rage. Let’s face it . . . some drivers are incompetent and that can be annoying . . . but violence? over someone else’s driving? Could mindfulness “cure” road rage and help the rest of us calm our righteous indignation? Probably not wipe it out altogether, but ….

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