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Video: Be the Master of Your Life

Video: Be the Master of Your Life

Mastery & wellbeing refers to a resilient approach to life with self-efficacy. It reduces emotional distress, empowers individuals, creates hope, improves physiological and psychological functioning. People with mastery & wellbeing work harder toward their goals and practice better self-care. This is one reason that the qualities of mastery & wellbeing improve the odds of experiencing […]

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Video: Be the Director of Your Life

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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Video: How the Mind Affects Health

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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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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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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What We Resists Persists and Negatively Impacts Our Health.

Uncomfortable Thoughts and Feelings: An Invitation to Mastery The more energy we expend on avoiding our uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, the further we get from achieving the desired comfort. By contrast, when we courageously commit to staying with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, we build self-mastery. Let me give you an example of how this works […]

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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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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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Video: Belief Becomes Biology

Video: Belief Becomes Biology

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer speaks with Dr. Erik Peper about the connection of our beliefs and our health.

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