No matter how experienced you are as a mediator and therapist, and no matter how helpful mindfulness practices could be for your clients, it will not matter if your clients do not DO the training practices.
If your client did not do the practice assigned, make that practice part of the next session after it was assigned. Remain very compassionate and gentle as you reduce the time commitments to even one to five minutes of practice time (to begin with). When clients’ note that they are not motivated enough to make practice a priority, do this.
If a client cannot change their unhelpful habitual behaviors, and those behaviors may produce (or have produced) some strongly feared consequences, consider having the client visit the consequences using each of their senses, including their thinking. Be very basic and highly pragmatic when introducing mindfulness and meditation to your client. Match your basic entry level skill practice to the client’s readiness for change and their clinical conditions so that they will be more interested in the outcome. Begin with basic cognitive information, then shift to practicing a few very basic breathing skills.
Use pre and post Subjective Units of Discomfort Scales from 0 to 100 to see if negative symptoms are reduced via breathing techniques. When your client talks about not wanting to be on auto-pilot in their emotional reactions, do this. Provide basic psychoeducation about brain-body based natural reactivity in stressful situations, and how these can lead to self-medicative habits that produce only short-term relief and long-term suffering. Use a solutions-oriented intervention by asking the client to describe in detail with adjectives what it would be like to experience an emotionally-regulated response to a common, repeated stressors in their life.
Do basic, quick calming activities in session so the client will experience a bit of inner peace. When your client’s conditions include the body and physical and emotional pain, do this. Do a very brief body scan (ignore pain area) to show how quick and easy it may be to become relaxed physically. If your client is over sensitized to their body, use space and time as the content of a brief meditative intervention. Remind clients to remain in a self-enforced non-evaluative stance – not to judge their practice or others.
Teach your client very basic self-compassion techniques, eventually moving to loving kindness meditation. If your client suffers from physical or emotional pain (or both), ask them to practice mindful distraction by NOT paying attention to their bodily pain and NOT paying attention to their emotional pain. I hope these suggestions help you to experience more success in introducing mindfulness and meditation practices to your client.
Mindful Loving Can Improve Relationships The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), Pema Chodron, David Richo and many others have provided us with helpful advice about improving the quality of our significant relationships. Anahata – Heart Chakra Meditation Practice Rumi noted that to reach the sky we must use our hearts. Using Meditation, Yoga and Breathing… You can Anchor your Choice Making A key outcome of serious practice is  that you now reduce auto-pilot reactivity to people, places, things, emotions, sensations, craving, and memories and at the same time notice your mind CAN BE in charge of your brain-body reactions. Mindful Happiness Explores – The Miracle of Mirror Neurons Between 1996 and 2000 researchers (Gallese and Rizzolatti) at the University of Parme in Italy discovered what are now called mirror neurons. Tips for Improving Your Mindfulness Practices The following practices may improve your mindfulness skills.
So Many Ways to Self-Medicate –  It Just Brings More Suffering Very often poor child-parent (child-caretaker) object relations, attachment with care takers, and attunement by care takers negatively impact young children early in their lives. Practice Approaches to for Mindful and  Enhanced Emotion Regulation Brought to us by way of  The Eleanor R. Mindfulness Can Activate More Grace in Our Lives Today we all need to be cultivating more and deeper grace. Yoga Nidra and Your Inner Peace Yoga Nidra will allow you to relax like you may never have relaxed before.
A major part of suffering comes with the inability to shift unhelpful, negative focus on troubling thoughts and feelings. Meditation on Gratitude – Why it is so Important The daily rapid vibrations from our fast-paced and sometimes dangerous world may impact us in ways that make unhealthy norms of being.
Participate in Groups for Meditation, Problem-Solving, and Task Completion Meditation With The Sangha Among regularly practicing meditators and various meditation traditions, the sangha is the social, emotional and spiritual collective that continues to support ongoing serious practice and progress along the Path.
Our Brains React to Worry According to research by The American Psychological Association in 2015, some of the core sources of severe stress reaction for Americans are: financial problems, job-related problems, family problems, and health problems. Risks and Solutions for Compassion Fatigue Perhaps nothing more than compassion fatigue causes more helpers to prematurely exit their fields. Concentration, Contentment, and Loving Kindness I have written various entries on concentration meditations in prior posts. Woman Times is a weekly blog series devoted to giving voice to the women of the Central New York community. That being said, now that we have put away all the holiday trinkets, stripped the beloved tree of its ornaments, waved a cheerio! I know, this is one more thing to do in an already overburdened day, week, month, hence year. My first experience meditating was in group settings, where everyone sits in silent solidarity, striving to release the distractions of everyday life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. I relented to pressure from my best friend to go with her to the local Zen Center to take a class combining mindfulness art with group meditation.
When I was young, my mother referred to the cobwebs hanging carelessly in neglected corners of rooms as, “boyfriends.” I asked her why she called them that. Painful session after painful session passed until one day the acolyte leading the meditation approached me and asked me if I was having difficulty.
I did return and participated in the inky art work while my ever present state of insomnia had me yawning uncontrollably.
As I lay emotionally barren on the barren floor of the meditation room, its mirage image became a vivid oasis in my mind. The experiences at the Zen Center inspired me to commit to deepening my practice or as I like to think of it, arriving at my own comfortable practice of meditation. Roseanne Olszewski is a writer, thinker and all around spiritual disciple who believes in the power of owning your presence in the world. About Syracuse New TimesThe Syracuse New Times has deep roots in the Arts, Entertainment, Dining, and Community Events market, covering a 5 county geography in Central New York. And, if you are like most people, then “mindful eating,” might simply mean “remembering to eat.” After all, there are days when you’re running from one appointment to the next, and you’re lucky if you eat a meal at all.
This guide is especially for anyone wanting to eat better, eat less, and eat more enjoyably without guilt or restrictions. This Mindful Eating Guide provides you with useful information and an effective, easy solution for gaining control of your eating in today’s fast-paced, high-pressure world…without dieting.
We could speculate for an eternity as to why eating no longer holds the same significance that it did in times past.
Yet today, many people give very little thought to their food choices, eating habits, and other nutritional factors. Processed foods are often overlooked as one of the culprits in our inability to eat mindfully.
Society and agriculture have evolved so rapidly that we, the human race, have not been able to keep up with such significant changes.
David Kessler, MD, author of “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite,” strongly asserts that the food industry produces processed foods highly rich in sugar, fat, and salt for the purpose of bombarding and coaxing our brains to eat beyond the point of satisfaction or necessity. Therefore, consciously deciding to lavish yourself with a well-deserved and much-needed break from work or study will provide you both nutrition, and rest. Mindful eating essentially puts healthy eating habits on autopilot so that your choices become effortless, enjoyable, and beneficial. Is there anything else contributing to “mindless” eating other than daily hectic demands, new traditions, and processed foods?
The above five (5) factors are likely to blame for much of your overeating, eating the wrong foods, or inability to enjoy your food and meals.
Living in an era that places non-stop demands on you, leaves you with few options other than dividing your attention among multiple tasks.
In fact, it’s automatic for us to attempt to simultaneously complete many activities, tasks, and responsibilities.


When you divide or split your attention while eating, you easily (and unknowingly) eat more food than if you actually focused on your eating experience. And, to make sure that you really enjoying eating, your brain is easily pleasured by foods that stimulate its pleasure center and trigger a release of dopamine. Food manufacturer’s and food scientists have long known about the power sugar, fat, and salt has over your brain. To further cripple your willpower is convenient, dopamine-producing foods on essentially every corner.
Generally, it takes about twenty to thirty minutes for your brain to receive the message from your stomach that you are no longer hungry or full. Let’s consider a study conducted by The Journal of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
The concept of mindful eating emerged several years ago, and has received a great deal of attention. The essence of mindful eating comes down to eating in such a way that allows you to enjoy the experience, while simultaneously eating no more or no less than your body requires. Most people don’t even know that it is possible to experience a healthy and pleasurable relationship with food.
Most people abuse food because it’s perfectly legal to do so, and it’s available everywhere, 24 hours each day. It provides you with a healthy alternative to “mindless out–of-control eating.” Instead of turning to food for relief of stress or boredom, mindless eating helps you pinpoint the source of your hunger or craving so you can avoid eating to relieve emotional discomfort or pain. Knowing what “mindful eating” is, and its benefits are only worthwhile if you have some doable, easy-to-implement strategies and tactics. 3) Create Tiny Triggers: A trigger is anything that brings about a certain memory, feeling, or action. Physical Triggers – use any object that will instantly trigger or remind you to be more mindful with your meals.
4) Add More Steps: Consider “steps” to be the distance or degree of difficulty required for you to perform a certain task or bad habit. Therefore, instead of trying to use willpower, you make it more difficult to indulge in an undesirable habit.
For example, you might place the cookies in the refrigerator in the garage so that they are out of sight, and further away than arm’s length.
Another idea is to simply be to cleanse your home, cabinets, and kitchen of all junk foods. Take 60 seconds before you order, purchase, or prepare your food to ask yourself “what is the primary reason” you feel the need to eat at that particular moment.
Next, after determining your mood and reason for eating at that particular moment, ask yourself if food is the right choice. It’s strongly recommended that if you are stressed, anxious, or filling a bit down, then put aside eating until later. And, return to the table when your motive for eating is nourishment of your body instead of stress relief. Ignore distractions, avoid judgments, and release criticisms while eating, so you can fully experience your food and drink. Take a moment before eating to appreciate all that was required in order to bring each different food that makes up your meal.
Most people know that mastering their appetite and eating is often the toughest and most essential part of any diet program. Becoming a “mindful eater” also allows you to pinpoint whether your hunger is being triggered by boredom, stress, or something else other than your body’s need for nourishment. Mindful eating helps you put a stop to your constant, frustrating battle with food…without restriction, deprivation, or guilt.
With mindful eating, you can finally say good-bye to overeating, unwanted pounds, and non-stop dieting. Too often people become totally immersed in enthusiasm resulting in them biting off more than they can chew.
At the end of thirty (30) days, you’ll definitely have acquired one or two new, powerful, and automatic mindful eating habits. Therefore, if one of your reasons for becoming a “mindful eater” is to lose some unwanted pounds, then “starting small” is the best way to enjoy life-long lasting results without punishing yourself with the latest fad diet.
How to Create Your LimitLess Life (in 12 Acts) Life can be your victory if you’re ready to challenge the limits of what you think is possible. About JustinI'm inspired by how simple changes made to your nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle choices can effect your overall well-being in such dramatic ways. I studied Mindfulness with John Julian in Melbourne, Victoria which deepened my understanding of everyday mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. Neuroscientists speculate that mirror neurons (reportedly in the Broca’s area of the prefrontal cortex) activate perceptual responses for internal motor-emotional responses. Liebman Center for Secular Meditation in Monkton, Vermont Mindful Approaches for Enhanced Emotion Regulation; here are some approaches to practice. Many people new to meditation often confuse the differences between mindfulness or accepted bare attention to whatever arises in the moment and concentration or strong penetrating awareness on one thing without distraction. Leven in het nu en niet met je gedachten afdwalen naar het verleden of de toekomst is hierbij het streven. What’s that you say?  “I don’t have time to meditate, I don’t want to meditate, I don’t know how to meditate, I don’t believe in meditation.
Meditating for me felt like sitting under a glaring annoying flickering humming fluorescent light cracking overhead creating spooky shadows around me. It consisted of dipping the brush into ink then swiping the brush across the paper using only one stroke. My foot fell asleep, my butt was numb, my back wanted to slump and my mind would not shut down. My cryptic response was a combination of lying through my teeth and coming clean about my true state of mind. I was aware of the floor as it supported me, but then my body, as if in direct contrast to all rules of relativity, began to seep into the varnished surface.  From my mind’s eye I saw my physical body morph into the floor becoming a form of blurry weightlessness. I had no choice but to clear away the cobwebbed corners of my soul that were blocking my happiness. We are all here for a reason, what is yours?  The owner of a Metamorphosis, Become Who You Are Meant To Be!, Roseanne works as an educator, consultant and counselor, focusing on personal development. We help an educated, affluent readership to discover options for their disposable time and income. Here is a PDF version for your downloading pleasures so that easier reading can be done at a later time if necessary.
For instance, most of our ancestors had to hunt, grow, and prepare their food for every meal, every day, for their entire lives. It’s unfortunate to realize that we have forgotten the powerful, life-sustaining role that food plays in our lives.
As a result, we now eat foods of questionable nutrition in excess, including processed foods that are toxic to our fragile bodies.
Our bodies have not had enough time to adjust to processed foods that are rich in calories, fat, sugar, and other ingredients. As a result, your brain sends signals “to eat,” in an attempt to replenish your body’s resources and balance. After all, up until modern times, more people died due to starvation than excess consumption of food and calories.
As a result, your consumption of these foods increases the level of dopamine in your brain… the same way that methamphetamines, amphetamines, and cocaine do.
In addition, they know that your willpower is quite useless against your brain’s hard-wiring for such foods, which have a tendency to entice and tempt people like nothing else.
It involved thirty (30) healthy women to determine any difference that eating at various rates might have on calorie consumption and satiety. That’s why eating is such a common, quick, and easy response to negative emotions or stress. Nevertheless, mindful eating has been practiced by people of various cultures and certain religions for thousands of years. For example, you might place a post-it note on your TV or computer monitor that says, “I eat my meals free of TV or Computers.


For example, you might move all snacks and beverages away from your desk or computer area…and instead replace them with an apple or some nuts. Eating dessert at 11:30 at night won’t seem like such a good idea when you have to get dressed, hop in the car, and drive to go get it.
Becoming a “mindful eater” before trying any diet will almost guarantee that you keep the weight off long-term. However, few people realize or understand how to gain control of their eating, hunger, and appetite. Being able to identify your “hunger triggers” is a powerful way to consume fewer calories and better nutrition. That’s why it’s best to adopt only one or two “mindful eating” tactics or habits during any thirty (30) day period.
Those initial one or two brand new mindful eating habits become the foundation on top of which you’ll build more habits. Find out how you can join hundreds of others learning to build healthy habits and LimitlessFITNESS here. Get started with my 12 favorite strategies for extraordinary living by entering your email.Plus, act now and get access to the 8-week transformation challenge. More energy, improved mood, increased happiness, strength, power, and sheer enjoyment for life is what I do.
Be aware of your thoughts, be aware of your feelings, be aware of any physical sensations, be aware of the sounds and smell around you. Mr Larochet is practicing Mindfulness and Meditation techniques with his students to address their behavioral problems.  In the article, “Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness,” the practice is having a positive impact on their behavior.
Caught in the grips of an impending divorce, deeply strained relationships with my family and falling into desperate intimate relationships to fill the void in my life, I was a hot mess! I would discover as time went by that the shadows I was dodging were spun from cobwebs clinging in the corners of my soul. One stroke of ink splashed across one piece of paper then on to the next all in contemplative silence.
Time was at a standstill for those around me, but I was still in a state of exhausted high gear.
From this vantage point I was observing myself as if I were under the water just below the surface.
Gardening and walking my dog have replaced the solid wood floor of the Zen Center as a place for me to become silent enough to encounter the Gods. The Syracuse New Times is one of the oldest, locally owned alternative newsweeklies in America (founded 1969), delivering a welcome dose of insight and irreverence to the region.
When, in fact, our bodies have been conditioned and hardwired over countless centuries to eat and behave in a certain way. Kessler believes that we need to develop new skills to overcome the temptation of these “highly palatable” processed foods. It’s important that you don’t underestimate the drug-like effect that food can have on you. It’s hard for will power to resist such temptation when everywhere you turn, there’s food – of every imaginable kind – loaded with sugar, fat, and salt.
Their research findings, published in 2008, showed that the women who ate their meals slowly actually consumed fewer calories, drank more water, and felt satiated quickly. While not a healthy way of relieving stress, eating is nevertheless, a very effective remedy…and your body knows it. I focus 100% on eating.” This will remind you that these activities are to be done separately, and you are to focus 100% on your snack or beverage.
Mastering “mindful eating” before trying any worthwhile diet helps you to achieve lasting results, quickly and more easily. So, once you’ve completed 30 days with your new mindful eating habit (s), you then simply select an additional one mindful eating strategy or tactics for the next 30 days.
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Yes, it is true, our resolutions, barely a month old, are getting harder and harder to sustain. In fact, I stumbled upon meditation years ago in a desperate attempt to not die from insomnia. My insomnia was killing me, and I thought meditation would cure it and make me a happy person.
I had a lot more living to do and many more mistakes to make before I discovered through meditation, the ‘boyfriends” hanging out in the corners of my soul were hanging there without any purpose except to cause me more work. Later, in our quieted state, we would climb the stairs to the top of the house and enter the meditation room.
The acolyte insisted I join the group in any position I felt comfortable in but I had to be a part of the group. These are moments throughout the day when you’ve had an opportunity to be mindful and meditate.  When you offer a silent prayer, think of a loved one, say hello to a stranger you’re meditating.
Larochette founded the Mindful Life Project in order to share his model with other schools progressive enough to acknowledge the need for alternative methods of addressing problems.
The mindfulness part, well that took a while to achieve, but when I eventually opened to it, mindfulness was what really saved me.  It has taken some time, but I can say with certainty, I have fulfilled my 2002 New Year’s resolutions. Nobody likes cobwebs, those invisible sticky strings of neglected debris that stick on you with their invisible sticky-ness.
Everyone was whole and well- rounded while I was sticking out, elongated with a bruised and blemished complexion.
I dragged my pillow over to them with the pomp and circumstance of a spoiled child forced to join the family in the parlor after dinner. Later, meditation brought me mindfulness which brought me to conclude I am in charge of my happiness.
Not just a quick swipe at the obvious coat of dust lying on the surface, but a thorough cleaning deep into the darkened recesses where the “boyfriends” hang out. It’s the mindfulness within those moments that opens the window to your soul allowing the breeze to bring you the focus you need to reset and achieve your New Year’s goals and resolutions.
But when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive. It seems certain at the very least, that behavior problems in our schools contribute to an inability of students to focus on setting and achieving goals. The hard wood floor gleamed with such intensity it resembled a placid lake whose flat surface was temporarily disrupted by a gentle breeze. Reclaim, recommit, and return to your resolution with renewed focus, what have you got to lose? All I wanted was sleep and sleep would make me happy and she seemed happy so what did I have to lose?
I heard every siren that passed by and would imagine the tragic circumstances the siren was responding to.
Settled down, the acolyte gently struck a gong emanating a vibrational ripple that quieted the room. I heard the collective unison of slow inhaled then exhaled breaths knowing mine were out of sync with the group by a breath or two. More and more their rhythmic breathing influenced my breathing, slowing it down until my breath was in tandem with theirs. Ik kan je zeggen, met alleen lezen kom je er niet maar een zelfhulpboek kan wel helpen om jezelf te verbeteren. Niet iedereen kan namelijk even goed met veranderingen omgaan omdat het flexibiliteit van je vraagt. Het belangrijkste is daarom dat je in eerste instantie accepteert dat alles constant verandert en anders kan lopen dan verwacht. Afgelopen twee weken ben ik in een enorme opruimbui en stuitte op een hoop tijdschriften die maar ergens in een kast lagen. Dat was natuurlijk een ideale basis voor het maken van een vision board, oftewel moodboard. Ik ben Anita en blog over zaken die mij bezig houden (mind) en waar ik vrolijk van word (joy). Op maandag is het 'mindfulness maandag' waarbij ik elke eerste maandag van de maand een ander aan het woord laat in 'hoe mindful is' en op de laatste zondag van de maand kijk ik positief terug in 'joy in my mind'.



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