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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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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If I were brave . . .

I was reminiscing recently about our December conference in Hilton Head. We don’t host it anymore, but one moment made a lasting impact on me, and certainly touched many of the practitioners attending, too. It’s a song called If I Were Brave, by Jana Stanfield. Jana, a talented singer/songwriter, performed this inspiring song at a couple of our conferences. It asks each of us what we would do today if we had the courage to do it. Take a moment to listen – I think you’ll like some of the real-life bravery “stories” in this video. When I hear Jana’s…

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Soul Exercise: The Healing Power of Challenges

Has your soul ever felt heavy, lazy, or a little out of shape? Like your body, your soul needs a workout sometimes. When our lives are comfortable, we might not reflect as much. We start to go through our days on auto-pilot. We might stop learning and changing. But when our lives become a little more challenging, sometimes our souls start to wake up. In this video, Thomas Moore, PhD explains how difficult circumstances can potentially recharge our souls. It’s only 3 minutes long, so I don’t want you to miss it. If what you heard here interests you, click…

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Happiness Matters: Bernie Siegel on Loving Your Life

Can you be so happy you forget to die? Bernie Siegel, MD might not go that far. But then again, he’s seen a lot of patients, and he knows how powerful it can be to love your life. So he just might. A recent study led by Michael Sadler at Roosevelt University looked at the happiness levels of 674 pairs of elderly twins, followed for a median period of 9 years. Sadler and his team found a significant link between self-reported well-being and longevity. They measured well-being by asking, “Are you happy and satisfied with your life at present?” On…

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Spirituality in Healing: A Worldwide Connection

We’ve talked a lot about connection during our Spirituality in Healing series. Well, you’re not just talking about connecting – you’re doing it. More than 10,905 practitioners tuned in to the 2012 Spirituality in Healing webinar series. That’s a remarkable number. And those practitioners joined us from 75 different countries. That’s a record. You’re making an exciting statement – that you care about alternative ways to help your patients, that you support research into these techniques, that you care about spirituality’s power to heal. And you’re making that statement all around the world. We’ve created this video to share the…

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