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Q & A with Dr. B. – What is MBEP and why did you develop it?

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this monthly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along […]

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Video: Living By Your Values and Goals

Many people go through life blaming others for their own failings. Coach John Wooden of UCLA taught his basketball players to take responsibility and work hard to change any dysfunctional behavior or any behavior that was getting in the way of pursuing their personal values and goals. One of the many famous Woodisms was: “Failure […]

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Q & A with Dr. B. – Would you provide examples of what you mean by empowered versus disempowered self-talk?

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this monthly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along […]

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Video: Our Behavior Is The Result Of Our Thoughts

Every thought has the power to push us to act a certain way. For example, if you believe you do not have what it takes to achieve your goals, you will not take the necessary action to make your goals a reality. If you believe that you do in fact have what it takes to […]

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Video: Be of Service to Others for Your Own Health

When psychoneuroimmunology researchers Dr. Julienne Bower and Dr. Margaret Kemeny (Bower et al. 1998) studied HIV-positive men who had lost partners or close friends to AIDS at the peak of the AIDS crisis, they discovered that the survivors who were able to find meaning in the death of partners or friends had healthier immune systems […]

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Q & A with Dr. B. – How does self-compassion improve health?

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along […]

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Video: Sources of Self-Efficacy

Self-efficacy is the knowing that you are capable of achieving a specific goal. The term is also used to describe the confident knowing that you are capable of meeting all the challenges that come your way. The reason self-efficacy is an emphasis in both my book and in the course I teach is that it […]

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Q & A with Dr. B. – Would you say more about the purpose of the Mindful Biology meditation you described last week?

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along […]

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Q & A with Dr. B. – You have described your mindfulness meditation practice but what is the Mindful Biology meditation?

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along […]

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Video: Live Your Life by Your Values

Self-empowerment and self-efficacy are developed by living your life according to your personal values and goals. A goal is something you desire to achieve. This can involve acquiring a material thing—a new car, for example—or it can involve achieving a certain quality of life, such as being free enough of pain or disability to be able to resume golf, tennis, […]

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