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Video: Cognitive Fusion & Experiential Avoidance

The importance for health and well-being of being in full contact with our inner subjective experience.

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Video: Workability for Health and Wellbeing

Experiment. Become a researcher. Find what works for you. What type of food, exercise, amount of sleep, and type of stress-management have proven most efficacious for you, not for others, but specifically for you. In other words, what have you found to be most workable for you? What about your healthcare? I see several specialists […]

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In Your Own Hands – Doing for Others Also Benefits Health of Altruistic

Every Monday, my blog post “In Your Own Hands” is where I’ll be featuring articles I find interesting or that I think are a good resource to help you take charge of your health. What articles have you read recently that caught your attention? Leave a comment and let me know.  New to Mindfulness? How […]

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Video: The Danger of Cognitive Fusion and the Solution

We all tend to get upset over neutral events that happen to us all day because we assign a false attribution to the event. We can think it through and realize that we have mistakenly attributed something negative to the otherwise neutral event. But negative attributions are part of human nature, and the most effective […]

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Beginning Mindfulness Practice

Although it’s possible to maintain a mindfulness practice on your own once you have attained a certain stage of practice, in the early years you will need a teacher. Despite the simplicity of the practice, it is almost impossible to stay on the path without ongoing guidance and support. This is because your neural pathways […]

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Still More on Cognitive Fusion

An Approach to Cognitive Fusion with Beliefs During my three years of training at the Simonton Cancer Center, there were many retreat participants who claimed they were willing to do whatever it took to get well, but such a commitment was not always evident in their behavior. Often, their prognoses were optimistic and they expressed […]

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More on the Danger of Cognitive Fusion

Recognizing Cognitive Fusion in Language According to Professor Kelly Wilson, Cognitive fusion commonly involves entanglement with categorical and judgmental thought. Red flags are words like should, shouldn’t, right, wrong, good, bad, and similar evaluative language. They indicate that we are fused with our mental constructs and out of touch with actual moment-to-moment reality.  Other reliable […]

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Cognitive Fusion is More Dangerous Than Nuclear Fusion.

Examples of the Extreme Danger of Cognitive Fusion A researcher by the name of Herbert Specter did an experiment about twenty years ago when he was the head of molecular biology research at the National Institutes of Health. He injected mice with a chemical called Polyisee, which stimulates the immune system, while at the same […]

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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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