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Mindfulness Practice Continued

A Word about Self-consciousness At first, many people think that observing your thoughts throughout the day must lead to self-consciousness, or a preoccupation with yourself. But the truth is that self-consciousness is caused by thinking about the self rather than actually experiencing it. Mindfulness involves stepping back from self-absorption and viewing your thoughts and feelings […]

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Vipassana Mindfulness Practice

Vipassana There are several varieties of vipassana, and different kinds of practices within each type. Some are appropriate for beginners and others are achievable only after years of intensive work. The practice I follow is called samatha vipassana. Each word refers to a component of the whole practice. Samatha refers to the concentration component in […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below and I will answer them on a future Friday in […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below and I will answer them on a future Friday in […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This new question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges, who want to learn to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below and I will answer them on a future Friday in this column. I post to this blog three times […]

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Loving Self-Care for Health

  Deepak Chopra recently wrote an excellent article in the Huffington Post about self-care. The following article is information I would like to add to what he offered. Partnerships in Loving Self-Care One of the best ways to develop loving self-care is to have a life partner and/or close friends with whom you are in a […]

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Health Effects of Avoidance Versus Acceptance

Effects on Health: The Physiology of Avoidance Versus Acceptance Now let’s take a look at the effects of experiential avoidance on health so we can see why it is so important for those of us with chronic medical conditions to become aware of experiential avoidance and strive to reduce it in our lives. Our health […]

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Avoidance of Thoughts and Feelings is Unhealthy

Experiential Avoidance and Intimacy In recent posts, I have discussed the concept of experiential avoidance, which is the conscious or unconscious avoidance of unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and feared life activities. A simple example of experiential avoidance would involve staying home instead of going out because of anxiety or depression. As I’ve pointed out before, avoident […]

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What We Resists Persists and Negatively Impacts Our Health.

Uncomfortable Thoughts and Feelings: An Invitation to Mastery The more energy we expend on avoiding our uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, the further we get from achieving the desired comfort. By contrast, when we courageously commit to staying with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, we build self-mastery. Let me give you an example of how this works […]

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Experiential Avoidance is the Opposite of Mindfulness

Experiential Avoidance of Thoughts and Feelings Becoming aware of the ways we avoid unpleasant thoughts and feelings as well as activities that we fear could trigger those thoughts and feelings is an important step toward mindfulness. Conversely, mindfulness practice is an excellent way to increase awareness of this tendency. Psychotherapy with an Acceptance and Commitment […]

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