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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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Practice Living by Your Personal Life Values Part 3

A I pointed out in Part 2, if you want to be happy, pursuing your values will be more effective than pursuing happiness. First you have to identify your personal values. The method I recommend for identifying your personal values is to notice how your values are reflected in the activities you choose. For example: […]

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Practice Living by Your Personal Life Values—Part 1

  As I pointed out in earlier posts, emotional distress and its accompanying physiological stress are less the result of events than of the attributions you assign to those events—your thoughts and beliefs about them—and your cognitive fusion with those attributions. The antidote to this suffering is mindfulness practice, which provides you with the skills […]

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