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Archive For: Mindfulness / Meditation

Exploring the Mind-Body Connection: Anxiety

It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious, especially when stressful life changes occur. However, some people may become overwhelmed with anxiety and it begins to interfere with their personal lives. These people may be struggling with an anxiety disorder. Many studies have been conducted by scientists and health care professionals regarding the influence mental health can ... Read More
 

Exploring the Mind-Body Connection: Depression

Depression is a mental illness that impacts mind, body, and spirit, and can cause patients to feel like their lives and minds are out of their control. But physical ailments such as pain, exhaustion, and muscle fatigue are also common in patients battling depression. In addition, the depressed body may feel low in energy and ... Read More
 

Stillness and Tranquility: Recovery and Restoration

Developing the virtues of stillness and tranquility is essential for recovery and restoring our strength and energy after stress, illness or surgery. Like deep nurturing sleep, stillness and tranquility allows the parasympathetic nervous system and other self-healing mechanisms in the body to do the work of recovery and rebuilding. In quieting the mind, we support ... Read More
 

Coping with Our Suffering: Grounded Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be defined as a quality or a skill of mind and heart characterized by an open, compassionate and non-judgmental attitude to the contemplation of reality. Practicing mindfulness has been shown in research studies to have positive effects in coping with stress, illness, negative emotions, etc. In my individual counseling practice in Reston, Washington ... Read More
 

Using grounded mindfulness to cope with anxiety: Case example

Anxiety causes a great deal of distress and suffering. I find in my individual counseling practice in Washington DC that a common problem with anxiety is impaired attention. The sufferer not only pays excessive attention to distressful thoughts and feelings, but also the quality of attention is often associated with self-judgment and apprehensive expectations about ... Read More