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In Your Own Hands

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. How I Ran 5K […]

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Video: How to Live a Rewarding Life with Chronic Illness (Kaiser presentation)

Doctor Larry Berkelhammer recently did a presentation at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland for a multiple sclerosis support group.

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Mindfulness Practice Continued

A Word about Self-consciousness At first, many people think that observing your thoughts throughout the day must lead to self-consciousness, or a preoccupation with yourself. But the truth is that self-consciousness is caused by thinking about the self rather than actually experiencing it. Mindfulness involves stepping back from self-absorption and viewing your thoughts and feelings […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning 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 […]

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Video: Conscious Intention, Mastery & Health

Controlling for all confounding variables, researchers have found that people who live their lives with mastery, that is, taking charge of their lives, making conscious choices, and dealing with disappointments and tragedy as challenges rather than as defeats, are healthier than those who allow themselves to feel defeated. The most evidence-based of these mastery behaviors […]

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Awareness of Choice Improves Health and Wellbeing

Awareness of Behavior Leads to Awareness of Choice. The goal is to increase awareness of our behavior in order to assess, throughout the day, whether our behavior is the most effective behavior to help us meet our needs and goals. Also, is our behavior in harmony with how we want to live our lives—with what […]

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Loving Self-Care

Playing Our Best Hand The meaning and purpose we derive from loving self-care are especially important for those of us who have been dealt a bad hand. Some people are luckier in life than others, some born with terrible genetics while others inherit outstanding genes. But genetics is only one factor. In most cases, the […]

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Our Use of Language Affects Our State of Health.

“I’m Terminal” Is a Dangerous Use of Language It’s common to hear someone with very advanced cancer say, “I’m terminal.” In the last stages of the disease, this acceptance of death is healthy and allows for a more peaceful dying process; the dying phase is a time to accept and make peace with dying. But […]

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Video: Focus On Possibilities, Not On Limitations

This interview with psychophysiologist Dr. Erik Peper reveals self-healing secrets used by yogis for thousands of years. Mind-training methods used by yogis like Jack Schwarz were explored. The underlying message throughout the discussion was that suffering and even actual tissue damage are profoundly influenced by both our negative and our positive attributions. The methods by […]

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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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