The tree of contemplative practices from The Contemplative Mind Foundation
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Exploring Contemplative Practices

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society I first heard of the term contemplative practices when reading the book A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa. This involves approaching an inner problem without avoidance or distraction.  By establishing some mental space, you can consider the problem without getting caught up in the thoughts and emotions that… Continue reading Exploring Contemplative Practices

Book cover: The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations for Mindful Moments
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations

The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations for Mindless Moments by Courtney E. Ackerman aims to help you be a little more mindful with the basic tasks you're doing on a day to day basis. Each mindful moment is laid out in a 2-page spread, with a page of brief text (as in a couple of… Continue reading Book Review: The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations

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Emerging Blogger Series: Meagon (Prose for the Masses)

This post is by Meagon of Prose for the Masses. Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay  PTSD's Many Different Colors I am not a veteran. I have not survived a major genocide nor am I a survivor of horrific abuse. I do not outwardly bear the signs of someone struggling, but inside is a catalyst of angst and worry… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Meagon (Prose for the Masses)

Book cover: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook
Book Reviews

Book Review: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, 2nd ed., is written by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein.  MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose book Wherever You Go There You Are I've previously reviewed. The authors offer this description of mindfulness: Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, without filters… Continue reading Book Review: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

book cover: Mindfulness fo rInsomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William Moorcroft
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Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

Mindfulness for Insomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William H. Moorcroft lays out a day-by-day four-week meditation program to facilitate sleep. I'll start off by saying that I read the book because I was curious about the method, but I didn't actually practice it myself.  Aside from the sleep education in the first part of… Continue reading Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

Book cover: Wherever you go there you are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Book Review: Wherever You Go There You Are

I was expecting good things from Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  He's the developer of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and a founding director of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  This book was a best-seller, yet it managed to fall short… Continue reading Book Review: Wherever You Go There You Are

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Wellbeing & Recovery

Taking Mindfulness Outside

jill111 on Pixabay Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword these days.  When I first started meditating last year, I struggled with the idea of mindfulness of the breath.  Deep breathing can be useful when I'm feeling tense or anxious, but as an anchor for mindfulness, I just felt bored.  I don't expect mindfulness… Continue reading Taking Mindfulness Outside

book cover: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
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Book Review: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

In Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, Tara Brach draws on her knowledge and experience as a psychologist, Buddhist, and meditation teacher.  Buddhism plays a significant role in the book, but it's written in a way that's accessible to all. The author describes radical acceptance as clearly recognizing what's going… Continue reading Book Review: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

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Book Reviews, Wellbeing & Recovery

Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder

Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder by Dr. William R. Marchand lays out specific areas for mindfulness practices that be useful in managing bipolar disorder symptoms. Much of the book would also be applicable to other mood disorders.  I believe mindfulness can be a really helpful thing to incorporate into one's life; however, along with the good stuff… Continue reading Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder

Book cover: A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa
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Book Review: A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa

In A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Dr. Thupten Jinpa offers a practical guide to creating change through Buddhist-inspired compassion practices.  Dr. Jinpa is a former Buddhist monk who completed a Ph.D. in religious studies at Cambridge University. He has been the principal English language translator for His… Continue reading Book Review: A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa