For this study, Kober and colleagues designed an experiment to investigate if a brief 20-minute introductory "crash course" on mindful acceptance could help meditation-naïve participants (with no formal training in mindfulness or meditation) improve their capacity to down-regulate physical pain and negative emotions. … [Read more...] about Does “Mindful Acceptance” Reduce Pain and Negative Emotions?
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Love is supreme when rightly understood. Self-love comes about not when we first love ourselves but as we love others in a mutually enhancing relationship. Others aren’t afterthoughts but intimately tied to our very beings. Love is the feeling we have when we care deeply for others. The paradox is that because love and caring are selfless it is the matrix in which love for oneself is born. … [Read more...] about Love Yourself First? What a Mistake
Are these fears overblown? What is social media doing to us as individuals and as a society? Since over 70% of American teens and adults are on Facebook and over 1.2 billion users visit the site daily—with the average person spending over 90 minutes a day on all social media platforms combined—it’s vital that we gain wisdom about the social media genie, because it’s true – it’s not going back into the bottle without our mindful effort. Our wish to connect with others and express ourselves come with unwanted side effects. Social media may in fact be leading us away from the belonging we sought in the first place. … [Read more...] about Is Facebook Destroying Society and Your Mental Health?
In order to prevent relapse, an important final step is re-integration back into the home environment and the family unit. One program, Venture Academy, places troubled teens from across Canada in “host-home environments.” At the end of the week, each of their teens gets a chance to practice problem-solving skills and daily responsibilities in small, family-sized units. Re-introducing clients to a more familiar setting before returning them home is intended to make it easier to transition from treatment into a normal routine. Chris Madsen, one of the counsellors at Venture Academy, says: … [Read more...] about Treatments Now Available For Disordered Gaming
So my Valentine's wish for you is that you find the courage to shift, over and over in those tough moments, from fear into love. That these shifts bring you fewer tough moments and more melt-your-heart moments with your child. That you find yourself really enjoying your precious, unique, amazing child. That you love being your child's parent. That you rediscover the joy in parenting. … [Read more...] about My Valentine’s Wish for You