How a Mindfulness-Based Kindness Curriculum Could Shape the Future

Many of our adult clients struggle with the ability to control their thoughts and impulses. These weak self-regulation skills can damage relationships, decrease success at work, and lead to addictive behaviors. What if we could have intervened early on in their lives, even as early as grade school? What kind of changes would that have made in our client’s futures? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently ran a study to determine the impact of a mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum (KC) on executive function, self-regulation, and prosocial behavior in preschool students. Researchers randomly assigned children to one of two conditions: either…

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A Simple Mindfulness Practice to Restore Vitality

When clients lose their sense of aliveness and vitality, how can we help them reclaim it? According to Dr. Tara Brach, we can begin by helping them notice the tension in their bodies. In the video below, Tara shares a personal story of how this helped her reclaim her own sense of aliveness. She also shares a simple practice that you can try right away. Take a look – it’s about 6 ½ minutes. This video was taken from the Next Level Practitioner training program where members receive a daily video like this from one of the top 25 experts…

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Skills for Helping Clients Get “Unstuck” During Times of Uncertainty

Times of uncertainty often become powerful opportunities for growth. And yet, fear of uncertainty can freeze people in their tracks – unable to make a decision or take a step. So when clients get stuck, how can we help them move forward? In the video below Joan Borysenko, PhD describes specific skills that can help people become “unstuck” during periods of transition. Take a look – it’s about 5 minutes. This video was taken from the Next Level Practitioner training program where members receive a daily video like this from one of the top 25 experts in our field. That…

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Why Mind-Wandering Can Be a Detriment to Happiness (and One Way to Refocus)

When a person’s thoughts start to stray, they can tend to go in one of two directions. Sometimes people find themselves dreaming of an upcoming vacation or looking forward to a get-together with friends . . . . . . or, maybe they’re distracted by worries about approaching deadlines or unpaid bills. Even though the former scenario seems preferable to the latter, both instances of mind-wandering could be detrimental to happiness. Why? Dan Siegel, MD reveals his answer in the video below, and shares one way to refocus. How have you used mindfulness practices in your work with clients? Please…

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Mindfulness and Relief from Chronic Pain?

Is medication the best way to relieve chronic pain? Most often, people who are suffering from chronic pain just want it to stop. But given the risks for drug dependency, abuse, and overdose from prescription medications, a number of doctors and researchers are refocusing their attention on alternative ways to help people experience relief. Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD, and a team at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, wanted to know if mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) could be as effective in relieving chronic back pain as traditional methods. They designed a randomized controlled study…

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5 Ways to Create an Anti-Depressant Brain

Depression can rob people of their sense of aliveness and vitality, interfere with job performance, disrupt relationships, and increase the likelihood of self-harm. So are there tools we can use to help clients reduce and even prevent suffering from depression? My friend, Elisha Goldstein, PhD has identified 5 natural ways to create an anti-depressant brain. Elisha is a clinical psychologist in private practice, co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in LA, and author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. ________________________________________________________ For years now, I’ve studied what helps create more resilience and happiness within us….

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