How to Recapture the Mystery and Wonder of Small Moments

Life can get busy – chaotic even. And amidst the chaos, it can be easy to miss the small moments of wonder that are truly life-giving. Here’s a story from Rachel Remen, MD about a doctor who had his eyes opened in a powerful way. In fact, he says that experience freed him from the cynicism, depression, and frustration he’d been carrying for years. Take a look – it’s under 5 minutes. Doctors aren’t the only ones who can miss these holy moments, it’s therapists, teachers, and parents – it’s all of us. Now I’d like to hear from you….

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The Impact of Mindfulness in the Lives of At-Risk Youth

Research is starting to show that mindfulness is impacting new populations. But can it help at-risk youth who are exposed to negative role models, experience unstable homes and are getting in trouble with the law? To look at this issue, Dr. Karen Bluth and her team of researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill designed this randomized controlled trial, published recently in the journal Mindfulness, for the effect of a school-based mindfulness program on at-risk youth. Researchers assigned 27 ethnically diverse at-risk adolescents in an alternative school setting to either a mindfulness program called Learning to BREATHE, or…

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Dream Big, Work Hard, and Go For It – A Little Motivation to Help Inspire You

Throughout this year, I’ve found myself continually inspired by the practitioners who make up the NICABM community. And if you’re reading this, that means I’m talking about you. As practitioners, we dedicate ourselves to helping people transform their lives. It can be a challenging endeavor, but it’s worth every ounce of effort. But every now and then, it might be nice to take a moment to put things into perspective and see if there’s anything we can do different, or perhaps better. That’s why I thought I’d share something I wrote . . . . . . as we’re wrapping…

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New Tools for Healing: Bringing Mindfulness Practice into New Places

Capital murder, armed robbery, aiding and abetting . . . Often, the people who commit such crimes are fueled by years of anger and rage, and feel they have no other outlet for it than through violence. But for 20 inmates at the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama, a groundbreaking mindfulness program introduced them to Vipassana mediation, and gave them the tools that could finally help them change that. During the program, the inmates were required to maintain complete silence and follow a strict daily schedule centered on meditation and mindfulness. Although the program was only 10 days, it…

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How Mindfulness Impacts Focus
Even During Discomfort

Picture this. It’s early morning, when the world often feels perfectly quiet. But for many people, there is no silence. There is only a loud buzzing in their ears, and nothing seems to make it stop. It’s tinnitus, a condition that affects people all over the world. And for some, these sounds can trigger severe emotional reactions that are extremely difficult to cope with. That’s why a group of researchers from Sweden wanted to see whether mindfulness could help people suffering from tinnitus. Along with his colleagues, Hugo Hesser, PhD, a psychologist at the Swedish Institute for Disability Research, developed…

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Expanding our Capacity to Love Others (and Ourselves) through Mindfulness

Doctor, nurse, therapist, social worker . . . . . . we all have roles we identify with, both personally and professionally. But, what do these roles we play have to do with experiencing unconditional love, and how can changing our awareness impact our sense of it? In this video clip, Ram Dass, PhD, explains how shifting perspective away from our roles and being mindful of the soul can open up our capacity for unconditional love. Click here to sign up. To know what it means to cultivate loving awareness, and how it can help people overcome feelings of fear,…

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