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Q & A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly…

Video: Mindfulness Practice and Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapies (part eight of series)

This brief discussion between Larry Berkelhammer and Chris Furbee is about the power of mindfulness practices and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. People who participate in both tend to recover faster from medical conditions.

In Your Own Hands – Mindfulness Meditation Lowers Stress Hormones

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?…
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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…

Video: Group Psychotherapy for Health and Wellbeing

Although mindfulness-based self-help practices almost always enhance quality of life, we all have blind spots or stuck places where psychotherapy can help us to see and get beyond those stuck places. Because of the varied personalities and authentic…
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Video: Mastery Practices That Improve Health & Wellbeing

In this video presented at The Marin Center For Independent Living, you will learn how important it is to always accept the diagnosis but not the prognosis. You will learn about the research that shows how to cultivate happiness by learning…

Video: Mindfulness-Based Behavioral Change

We could all benefit by tweaking our behavior in ways that could optimize our health. But we can't change any behavior until we become aware that we are engaging in a specific behavior, aware that it is not conducive to optimal health, aware…
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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…
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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…