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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, 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. When I get a certain number […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, 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. When I get a certain number […]

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Vipassana Mindfulness Practice

Vipassana There are several varieties of vipassana, and different kinds of practices within each type. Some are appropriate for beginners and others are achievable only after years of intensive work. The practice I follow is called samatha vipassana. Each word refers to a component of the whole practice. Samatha refers to the concentration component in […]

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Change Your Mind for Health

Altered States of Consciousness for Health One of my mentors, physiological psychologist Jeanne Achterberg, PhD once told us: “All healing takes place in an altered state of consciousness. This means that the state of consciousness in which the illness began must somehow be distanced from in order for the person to get well.” Change Something When […]

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Video: Practice is everything – Practice something different

The importance of a regular practice in one’s health.

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What is mindfulness?

Wearing a 128-channel geodesic sensor net, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard sits in a soundproof room and talks with Dr. Richard J. Davidson. Why Is Mindfulness A Valuable Practice? One of the great values of mindfulness practice is that it helps us become aware of habitual and problematic behavior. Once we become aware of our behavior, […]

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Meditation Reduces Age-related Cognitive Decline

Brain research Brain researcher Sara Lazar has demonstrated that a serious meditation practice protects against the cortical thinning that normally occurs in old age. This is believed to result in higher cognitive functioning in an age group that has traditionally been seen to have diminished cognitive functioning. This study demonstrated that one small region of the prefrontal […]

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Belief Becomes Biology

Beliefs alter physiology to the degree to which we are fused with them. For example, the thought This headache could be a brain tumor could create enormous emotional distress, leading to physiological stress and illness. The ability to step back from that thought and take it lightly causes no distress and is harmless. The most […]

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