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Video: Mind-Guided Body Scans to Detect Very Early Signs and Symptoms

Discussion with psychophysiology expert Dr. Erik Peper about the ways that the mind can be trained to detect prodromes (very early symptoms). The discussion also includes the use of the imagination during the scan to improve immune function, hold passive attention (mindfulness) to become more centered, Autogenic Training, and self-healing mental imagery. Mind-guided body scanning […]

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Chronic Medical Challenges and the Mind

Cognitive Fusion with New Symptoms A primary source of emotional distress for those living with many diseases relates to panic over new symptoms. Even experienced mindfulness teachers can find it difficult to recognize that the frightening attributions they assign to new symptoms are often nothing but mental constructs and are usually not based on facts. […]

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Identification with One’s Illness Worsens Disease

In earlier posts, I presented theories of suffering, describing several mental patterns in which the untrained mind can easily become trapped, contributing to unnecessary suffering. Here I will tighten the lens and examine unnecessary suffering specifically as it pertains to people living with chronic health challenges. Much of the suffering in this population is related […]

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Video: Mind and Health Seminar by Larry Berkelhammer, PhD at UC San Francisco Medical Center

Discussion of the power of the mind to improve physiological functioning, subjective well–being, and health. Case studies were presented to offer specific examples of instances where the power of the mind dramatically influenced positive health outcomes.

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Psychotherapy, Mental Practices, Core Beliefs, & Moods

Why people seek psychotherapy According to psychologists Dr. Liz Roemer and Dr. Sue Orsillo , the most common complaints people bring into their psychotherapy sessions have as their root cause cognitive fusion, lack of acceptance of self and others, experiential avoidance, or failure to take valued action. In light of our earlier discussion of unnecessary […]

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Video: Cancer, the Immune System, States of Mind, and Health

This interview points out the power of choice and intention to improve health and well-being. Terms like “have to” are deleterious to our health. According to Dr. Erik Peper: “Health is the ability to make choices.” People who are empowered to recognize choices from moment-to-moment are healthier than fatalistic people and healthier than people who […]

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Mental Training to Reduce Suffering

Many of us living with chronic health challenges often find ourselves thinking that all our suffering stems from pain, fatigue, or physical limitations. But this is not the whole picture. As I have mentioned in other posts, much of our suffering is inflicted by the untrained mind. An untrained mind leads us to get battered […]

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Practice Living by Your Personal Life Values—Part 2

In Part 1, which appeared last Monday on June 4th, we explored the connection between mindfulness and intention to live by our values. Before we consider focusing on values as a practice, let’s examine what values actually are and how they differ from goals. A goal is something you desire to achieve. This can involve […]

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Video: Harmony and Homeostasis

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer talks with Dr. Erik Peper about “Disease is a rupture in life’s harmony”, a statement from World Health Organization.

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Practice Connection and Service to Others, Part 1

In numerous studies, researchers have determined that connecting with others in order to be of service to them is strongly associated with superior health. In this and future posts, I will share some of those studies with you, touch on a few related topics, describe some of the physiology at work, and offer suggestions for […]

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