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…

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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…

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Could Mindfulness Be Just as Effective as Medication in Treating Recurring Depression?

To test this theory, Willem Kuyken, PhD, and his team at Oxford University, first needed to come up with a safe and ethical protocol for working with participants having a history of depression. You see, it wouldn’t be either ethical or safe to randomly select some people and ask them not to take their medications…

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How Does Mindfulness Change the Brain?

Mindfulness has been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even chronic pain. But how does that happen? The other day, I told you about a study that looked at how mindfulness can change the anxious brain. As it turns out, scientists have confirmed another brain connection, with a surprising twist….

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A Mindfulness Program That Works for Mild to Moderate Depression

Many of the mindfulness studies that I come across examine either healthy volunteers or patients who have severe clinical conditions. But what about people whose symptoms fall somewhere in between? Could mindfulness practice be effective with them too? That’s why this recent research study done by Wendy Pots, DClinPsych from the University of Twente (Netherlands),…

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Changing the Brain with Meditation: What’s Sleep Got to Do With It?

When a busy day is done, and you’re finally tucked in bed and fast asleep, your brain gets a break from that seemingly endless daily barrage of stimulation. For researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, that made for an ideal opportunity to take a look at brain waves in their most natural, uninfluenced state. They…

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