Recovery & Healing

How Do You Care for Your Mind?

And an update on our mission In January 12’s newsletter, we shared the recent Ten Percent Happier podcast interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. My takeaway from the discussion is that the single most important thing we can each do at this moment of great personal, political, and global turmoil, is take care of our minds.  Practicing mindfulness helps us notice our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, which creates the foundation necessary to objectively examine our biases, discomforts, and the values and judgments we’ve inherited from others rather than consciously formed for ourselves.  Yes, I agree; …

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What is Resilience?

Resilience in nature is often defined as the ability to bend without breaking, or to return to an original condition. Resilience in human beings is the capacity to weather adversity, to encounter difficulty and to bounce back, and to even grow from our struggles.   Resilience is important because no matter what we would like to believe, we can’t insulate ourselves from misfortune. The fact is, no one gets out of this life without experiencing struggle and suffering. And it is often these very challenges that give our lives meaning.   So, how do we meet the inevitable challenges of …

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Mindfulness in Addiction Recovery

The following article was contributed by the editorial team at RehabCenter.net, which connects individuals with quality addiction treatment and care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, we encourage you to seek professional treatment services before starting a mindfulness course. Once you are solidly in recovery, our 8-week mindfulness classes can be a valuable support for your continued healing. To some, recovering from addiction may mean a focus on healing from the physical effects and learning to stay away from drugs or alcohol. Yet, there is so much more …

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The Beginning of My Journey

We live in a fast-paced world, and often everything seems to be spinning out of control. I know well the feeling that I could scream if someone gave me one more thing to do or keep track of. A few years ago, when I was going through a divorce, a change in employment, and a son in the throes of addiction, I just wanted to give up. I had tried everything I could think of: working harder and more hours; giving everyone around me advice on how they should live their lives; worrying incessantly; and demanding that things be done …

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