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Book Review: Mindful as F*ck

Mindful as F*ck by Emily Horn is aimed at people who've slept through yoga and can't stand green juice. It's lighthearted, and provides 100 mindfulness exercises for readers to try. The exercises draw on meditation, yoga, Buddhism, Ayurveda, reiki, chakra healing, and the law of attraction. The book is part mindfulness with a big dollop… Continue reading Book Review: Mindful as F*ck

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Painting as a Mindfulness Activity

Disclosure: I received a free paint by numbers kit from Winnie's Picks, but all opinions are my own. I probably hadn't done any kind of painting since elementary school. I'm not visually artistic at all; all of my creativity comes out in words. But when Winnie's Picks reached out to me , I thought it… Continue reading Painting as a Mindfulness Activity

book cover: The Gratitude Project
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Book Review: The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project, edited by Jeremy Adam Smith et al., is a project of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley in California. It includes chapters by a number of different authors on various aspects of gratitude. I liked that the book took a realistic approach to what gratitude can and can not do.… Continue reading Book Review: The Gratitude Project

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Emerging blogger series, Mental health

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
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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

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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
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Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster

Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster 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 emotional reactions.  The book focuses… Continue reading Book Review: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster