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What is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness?

‘Mindfulness’ has become somewhat of a buzz word of late. Companies including Google and Facebook regularly hold mindfulness sessions for their employees.However, mindfulness dates back to ancient times - its roots lie in the teachings of the Eastern philosophies of Buddhism and Taoism. In today’s world, mindfulness is just as relevant. Through the practice of mindfulness, we are better able deal with the emotional struggles we face on a day-to-day basis. What is Mindfulness? The founder of the modern mindfulness movement, Jon Kabat-Zinn, defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” That is, maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment – all without internal criticism.Essentially, mindfulness is the practice of intentionally...

When You Have Pain All Over and You’re Falling Apart

When You Have Pain All Over and You’re Falling Apart

Cindy Perlin, LCSWDo you have pain almost everywhere?  Have you also been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease or have debilitating chronic fatigue?  Have you had multiple joint replacements?If your answer is yes, and you’ve been seeing a conventional primary care provider or a number of different specialists to deal with your many chronic conditions, chances are good that you are on a multitude of medications to manage your symptoms.  It’s also highly probable that none of these physicians has looked for common root causes of these systemic conditions.  It is likely that these medications have side effects and that you are on other medications to treat these side effects. It is also likely that you will never get better if you continue...

Choosing Thoughts - Mindfulness Meditation

Choosing Thoughts – Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation When I buy an apple, I hold it, look at the entire surface, and decide if I want to eat it. When I check out a library book, I read a few sentences and measure my level of interest. When I want to feel good, I consider my thoughts. Always a waterfall of thoughts tumbles through my head. I look at some thoughts — I don’t like how that turned out, I wish I had spoken up for myself, he’s not listening — and I realize I feel less happy as a result of thinking them. Other thoughts — I anticipate a glorious outcome in this matter, I expect a gift today, I enjoy the sun/rain/breeze — lead me to a better feeling place....