ACT on the Paradox of Depression

ACT on the Paradox of Depression

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” – Francis Bacon Depression can manifest itself in a variety of forms and impact people’s lives in a multitude of ways. It’s quite different from feeling sad every now and then, or even grief-stricken in the face of loss. For some people,…

The Value of Solitude & Silence

The Value of Solitude and Silence

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” – Albert Camus In a society where an aspect of success is measured by the accumulation of wealth, power, and prestige, it can be easy to lose one’s sense of self. The stress of feeling perpetually dissatisfied, comparing oneself to others,…

The Upside of Emotional Pain

The Upside of Emotional Pain

“Nothing in the world is worth having or with doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt What thoughts or emotions arise within…

Exercise for Anxiety: How to Tolerate Uncertainty

How to Tolerate Uncertainty

“It’s not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share.” – Pema Chödrön Uncertainty is often connected with a sense of doubt, anxiety, or fear. This is understandable. The ability to use the information available to us to make the best choice…

Poetic Mindfulness: “Now is the Time”

Poetic Mindfulness - Now is the Time - Hafiz

“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, You owe me. Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.” – Hafiz The truth is, I’ve always been a bit intimidated by poetry. I use the word intimidated because the emotions that certain poems tend to stir…

Boost Focus at Work with Mindfulness

Boost Focus at Work with Mindfulness

“Don’t do any task in order to get it over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. Enjoy and be one with your work.”- Thich Nhat Hanh The clock ticks “work time.” No matter what time of day your workday begins, it’s not uncommon to experience increased cognitive load…

Quick Mindfulness Skills for Busy Days

Quick Mindfulness Skills for Busy Days

“The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  When you’re immersed in an incredibly busy or hectic day, your mind may be bouncing around between many thoughts and your emotional state may react to stimuli with a heightened sense of anxiety, agitation, or fear. For…

The Power of Radical Acceptance When You Feel Miserable

The Power of Radical Acceptance When You Feel Miserable

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu There is no denying that most of us know what it’s like to feel just plain miserable. That statement may strike you…

Insecure Attachment Styles & Adult Relationships

How Do Insecure Attachment Styles Impact Adult Relationships?

 “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” – Dalai Lama Attachment styles develop within the context of your earliest relationships… the ones with your parent(s) or primary caregiver(s). According to attachment theory, these formative relationships serve as the foundation from which you develop an understanding of how relationships work, what…

5 Steps to Clear Your Mind & Get Focused

5 Steps to Clear Your Mind & Get Focused

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi How often do thoughts, worries, or other mental distractions interfere with your ability to focus on the task at hand? Sometimes worrisome thoughts get in the way of feeling alert, calm, and present. When your mind feels as if…

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