Mindfulness-Based Self-Compassion
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Q&A Ask 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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Video: Be the Director of Your Life

How to cultivate the ability to effectively meet the challenges of daily life and to feel in control of our choices. This is the opposite of feeling hopeless/helpless. It is about living with conscious intention. Become the director of your life. This is not about trying to control other people or situations, but rather, it […]

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Cancer and Social Support

Social Support and the Immune System Psychoneuroimmunology researchers have consistently found a positive correlation between social support and the immune system. Medical researcher Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser has proven that social support improves immune function and can reverse the damaging physiological effects of emotional distress. She found that social support improved leukocyte cell counts and immune function. […]

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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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Video: How the Mind Affects Health

The mind has profound effects on physiological functioning and health. Emotional distress causes physiological stress and dysfunction, which, when chronic, eventuates in disease. In this discussion, we also address the healthy physiological effects of mind training. The concepts of self-efficacy and mastery are described. The term “mastery” is used to describe a sense that we […]

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Having a Close Circle of Friends Increases Longevity

The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm conducted a study to determine the benefit of social support among the elderly and whether it can improve health outcomes. The study involved sixty residents of a retirement community in Stockholm.  At the start of the program, a complete blood count and levels of testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone, and estradiol were recorded […]

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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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Video: Mindfulness-Based Mastery & Wellbeing Series Introduction

This is an introduction to the 26-part series on how to live better with chronic illness. The concept of mindfulness-based mastery & wellbeing practices is introduced. Mindfulness practice is described as the fundament of mastery & wellbeing practices, because it is what allows us to be self-aware, which is an a priori requirement to everything […]

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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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Mindfulness-Based Self-Care

Infuse Mindfulness in Every Self-Care Activity It can be a challenge to spend considerable time engaged in self-care—in what we truly need—when we would rather be working or playing or chasing what we want. Unless we use self-care activities to practice mindfulness and loving kindness toward ourselves, these activities can contribute to a host of […]

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