In Part 7, this final segment of a 7-part series, presented at Marin Center for Independent Living in 2013, we explore the healing power of meaning and purpose. One of the most healthy behaviors is to engage in an active search to find what you can do to add meaning to your life. When we […]
Our happiness, health, and wellbeing are all improved when we find ways to live with meaning and purpose. We can achieve this by working toward a goal, regardless of whether we ever achieve the goal. Meaning and purpose are also achieved when we identify and then live according to our personal life values.
Practice Cultivating Meaning and Purpose The terms meaning and purpose often appear together. For our discussion here, I would frame their relationship this way: acting with purpose entails taking an action that is of sufficient importance that it gives your life meaning. Living with purpose and an active search for meaning is beneficial in […]
Many of us living with chronic health challenges have become interested in learning how conscious intention and mindfulness may be able to improve health and well-being. Frustration, sadness, fear and dread are just some of the feelings to which we can all too easily succumb if we don’t actively and consciously train our minds to […]
How one’s sense of purpose in life aids to their health and well-being.
Whenever we perform an act of kindness, we feel good about ourselves, and feeling good about ourselves is healthy—emotionally and physiologically. Good deeds increase our sense of connection with others—a variable that has consistently been associated with health. This could help explain why it is that in numerous studies, altruism has been strongly associated with […]
What science studies the effects of mind on immune function? Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) researchers explore the relationship of cognition and emotion to nervous, endocrine, and immune system functioning. This field was born in the early 1980s when new technology allowed researchers to make the amazing discovery that throughout the body, there are nerve receptors on immune […]
Mindfulness practice allows us to develop the ability to observe and experience our thoughts, sensations, and emotions non-judgmentally, non-analytically, and with complete, unconditional acceptance. This practice is an antidote to anxiety and depression, improves brain function, and is conducive to health and well-being. Along with mindfulness practice, intentionality is an effective catalyst to health […]
Loving self-care, as I am using the term, means giving oneself the gift of presence while engaged in the activities of self-care. Some of us who live with chronic illness spend a lot of time engaged in self-care, and our state of mind during that time affects the results of that self-care. Imagine caring for […]
You can improve your health by finding greater meaning and purpose in your life. Sometimes the meaning we ascribe to an illness catalyzes both physical and psychological/emotional healing. For example, when we view an illness as an opportunity to examine our lives and an opportunity to then take action in line with our authentic life […]
- Authenticity, Transparency
- Body Centeredness
- Cancer and the Mind
- Chronic Illness and the Mind
- Gratitude and Well-Being
- In Your Own Hands
- Living by Personal Values
- Meaning and Purpose in Health
- Mindfulness Practice
- Practice is Everything
- Practice Living by Choice
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- Self-Efficacy and Self-Mastery
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