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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Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury: Can Mindfulness Help?

It can happen in the blink of an eye . . . . . . a healthy person on the way to work is suddenly blindsided by another car, and the aftermath can impact not only the driver, but her family and friends as well. Months, maybe even years of surgery, physical therapy, care giving, and treatment may follow and, in the case of traumatic brain injury (TBI), lingering depression may result. That’s why Michel Bédard, PhD, and fellow researchers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine wanted to look at the effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to reduce…

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One Year Later, Remembering the Boston Marathon: An Inspiring Story of Strength and Passion

One year ago yesterday, we suffered a terrible tragedy, and it hit so close to home here in Connecticut. On April 15, 2013, three lives were lost and hundreds of lives were forever changed when two bombs went off near the finish line of the 177th Boston Marathon. But out of such a terrible tragedy has come so much love, compassion, and perseverance, which is even more evidence of the strength and exuberance of the human spirit. One story in particular that I think is a shining example of the ability the human body has to overcome big challenges can…

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Expanding on Epigenetics: A Deeper Look at What Affects Our Genes

Can we influence our genes? If you joined us for this week’s webinar on epigenetics with Bruce Lipton, PhD, you might have a new perspective on how your experiences, brain, and biology all relate to gene expression. Now, this week’s focus on epigenetics related to brain science, but we have also covered it in our series on the Treatment of Trauma. And according to Joan Borysenko, PhD, we may not always be fully aware of just how far-reaching the impact of epigenetics can be. When a person has experienced trauma, that trauma can be passed along in complex and profound…

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Concentration and the Brain – Training Your Brain for Better Focus

Throughout a typical workday, we can generally expect to encounter one or more of the following: a frequently ringing phone, a plethora of emails and text messages, and at least a couple interruptions from (albeit well-meaning) friends and co-workers. Sometimes, it all adds up to make it feel like we’re living a lot of our lives distracted . . . . . . and according to research, not only does that impact our brain (and our concentration skills) in the here and now, it might also affect our lives going forward as well. In this video clip, Daniel Goleman, PhD,…

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Mindfulness Strategies for Dealing with Distress

During moments of distress, people often default to a mode of reacting, rather than responding. And while that’s hardwired into our biological makeup, what if there was a way to counteract it? What if we could help people regain control of runaway emotions and maintain composure in a crisis? In the short video below, Marsha Linehan, PhD, creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) suggests two techniques for tolerating distress in order to move beyond it . . . . . . and one of them might surprise you. Check it out, it’s just 3 minutes. Click here to sign up….

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