How Mindfulness Can Help Your Clients Manage Anxiety: A Short Practice for “Befriending” Fear

Some degree of fear and anxiety is inevitable in life. But for some people, these emotions can become truly debilitating, keeping them trapped in cycles that can lead to depression and even chronic pain. So how can we help patients better manage fear and anxiety when they come up? Below, you’ll find a simple exercise that anyone can use to work through these painful feelings. It’s courtesy of my friend Ron Siegel, PsyD. Ron is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, an internationally-renowned teacher, a long-time student of mindfulness meditation, and a well-known author. ____________________________________…

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Is There a Cost to Avoiding Conflict?

Dealing with conflict is seldom easy. That’s why, in the face of conflict, many people’s default mode is to try to minimize it or avoid it outright. But is there a cost involved when we shy away from confrontation? Tara Brach, PhD says that this kind of avoidance is actually a “false refuge.” She shares more in the video below. Check it out, it’s just 3 minutes. How do your clients use false refuge to avoid conflict? Please leave your response in the comment section below.

Mindfulness and Self-Worth – What’s the Connection?

Feelings of unworthiness, shame, and self-hatred seem to show up all too often in daily life – we see it in our work, our families, and maybe even experience it ourselves. But there’s at least one person in the world who’s not especially familiar with such feelings. In fact, he didn’t even know the meaning of the term self-hatred. Jack Kornfield, PhD, reveals more in the video below, and shares two strategies that can help people heal a negative self -image and learn to love themselves. Take a look – it’s just over four minutes. How have you used mindfulness…

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How to Become Who You Want to Be – with Tara Brach, PhD

“I’m not as good as I should be.” It’s a common refrain from many of our patients. Helping them trade self-judgment for self-compassion is an essential first step in creating real change. Watch below as Tara Brach, PhD, talks about what needs to be in place before we can become truly free and open to changing ourselves. Breaking out of a long-held cycle of self-judgment can be difficult – but it isn’t impossible. In our free report, Tara Brach outlines 4 steps that can help us begin to turn judgment into compassion – click here to request your copy. How…

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Using Mindfulness to Confront Fear

Fear can sometimes limit us . . . . . . and often, one of the last things we want to do is confront what scares us the most. For Kelly McGonigal, PhD it felt like avoiding her biggest fear was only helping to reinforce it. But when she started using mindfulness practice just a little bit differently, she was finally able to face it and move beyond it. Have a look at how Kelly did it, and why her technique could work for you. Click on the video below to check it out – it’s only 4 minutes. Click…

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