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Emerging Blogger Series: Meagon (Prose for the Masses)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Meagon of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Meagon (Prose for the Masses)

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What is... psychology series

What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is compassion-focused therapy. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) was developed by Paul Gilbert and draws on compassion to eliminate suffering, including shame and self-criticism.  The theoretical basis spans a number of fields, and incorporates both Western and Eastern philosophies. Part… Continue reading What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy

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
Book reviews

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

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Book reviews

Book Review: The Happiness Diary

The Happiness Diary: Practice Living Joyfully by Barbara A. Kipfer guides you through various self-reflection exercises and prompts to connect with the potential for happiness that already exists in your life.  It's designed to be used as a notebook and written in, and each page is beautifully illustrated. I'm always a tad wary of happiness-promoting books/articles,… Continue reading Book Review: The Happiness Diary

book cover: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster by Patricia Zurita Ona
Book reviews

Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster: ACT for the Emotionally Sensitive by Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona draws upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques to help "super-feelers" work with their emotions more effectively. What is a super-feeler?  The author uses it to describe people who struggle with emotional regulation, meaning they experience intense emotions and strong… Continue reading Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Book cover: Wherever you go there you are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Book reviews, Mental health

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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Mental health

Living in the present… or just avoidance?

This post is sort of a follow-up to my post yesterday on goal-setting, in which I talked about the difficulty I have in setting goals for the future. The past includes good stuff in the more distant past and a lot of not so good stuff in the more recent past.  I used to be… Continue reading Living in the present… or just avoidance?