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Stop the Mindfulness!!!

Mindfulness has become all the rage of late, particularly within the helping and healing professions. As with many Eastern practices co-opted by the West, similar to yoga and martial arts, mindfulness has become painfully diluted, moving further and further away from its Buddhist roots. That’s a problem, because, without its foundation, mindfulness loses all gravity and becomes an empty exercise; what many critics have come to call McMindfulness.
Mindfulness has become all the rage of late, particularly within the helping and healing professions. Since it was introduced by Jon Kabbat-Zin as a mea ...
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Quite an interesting spin on it [?]. Kindly, I would say the model is not for everyone though, as like the practice of meditation; Much to what you've stated though, you seem very persuasive with your articulation.    
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Michael J. Formica

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[Online Workshop] My latest online workshop is available and begins December 21st! Finding your voice can support you in building the practice of your dreams. It’s taken me a long time to find my voice, and along the way I am grateful to have had the support and guidance of some incredibly generous mentors and colleagues whose guidance has led me along a unique path of professional development. I’ve developed a workshop for sharing some of those lessons here, providing you with guideposts for establishing an outline for your own unique journey. I’ve provided a link below for you to follow, and I hope you’ll join me on this journey! Registration closes Monday, December 
Establish your unique professional presence by raising your personal and professional self-awareness, finding your voice, delivering your message, establishing your authority and owning your expertise.
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If we look closely, what we find nested inside our comfort zone is a little rabbit hole—our complacency zone.

My latest at Psychology Today.
How patterns of behavior restrict us
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Thanks for sharing! This is awesome.
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Buddhist approach  - 
 
Buddhist psychology—and the Shankya yoga science from which it issues – describes seven psychological characteristics that inform our four life meta-categories (work, relationship, self and spirit) and also map directly to the various needs spectrums found in Western motivational psychology. My Integral Life Coaching model considers these four areas of life experience--self-development, relationships, work-life balance and self-awareness--helping clients lead their best life.
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Finding a recovery coach to work with you on your unique journey can sometimes be as challenging as the journey itself. My work connects me with people all over the country who, like you, may be finding it difficult to access help in your immediate area. Call me for a FREE 15-minute consultation so we can further explore the possibilities of working together.
Board certified counselor and integral life coach serving individuals, couples, families and organizations in Doylestown, Bucks County PA and nationally.
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Thanks, it's good to see more post such as this, being in recovery , working & volunteering in the recovery field, I find it to be more beneficial in more & more situation working as a coach, than a counselor.
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The business side of private practice is something that eludes many, if not most, mental health professionals. As an outgrowth of his practice, Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese has created an iTunes podcast called Selling the Couch, which is an on-going series of interviews with thought leaders in practice building, marketing and social media like Keri Nola, Becky DeGrossa and Cory Bank, among others. I interviewed Dr. Varghese about his experience developing the project, and his perspective on the therapist as solopreneur. A full list of current interviews is available at the end of the interview.
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Stop the Mindfulness!!! Mindfulness has become all the rage of late, particularly within the helping and healing professions. It has become a go-to modality for anything from acute traumatic stress to depression. As with many Eastern practices co-opted by the West, similar to yoga and martial arts, mindfulness has become painfully diluted, moving further and further away from its Buddhist roots, losing its gravity and becoming an empty exercise.
Mindfulness has become all the rage of late, particularly within the helping and healing professions. Since it was introduced by Jon Kabbat-Zin as a mea ...
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When self-medication winds its way into compulsive dependence, we give up a great deal: our power; what little control we may believe we have; a certain amount of dignity. Mostly, we give up ourselves. We disappear behind a veil that leaves us in a sort of social and emotional suspended animation and, when we reemerge, we are right where we were when we reached our initial tipping point.
Trying to fix adult problems with an adolescent mind
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From a clinical perspective, depression is typically categorized as psychological, situational or some combination of the two. What we often overlook is the spiritual aspect of depression, which is not clinical, but existential.
The perennial search for sense and meaning
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Parents of addicts are confronted with a unique set of challenges. One of those challenges is re-investing trust in a child or young adult travelling recovery's long road. My work connects me with people all over the country who, like you, may be finding it difficult to access help in your immediate area. Call me for a FREE 15-minute consultation so we can further explore the possibilities of working together.
One of the more difficult challenges facing those confronted with addiction has to do with the social consequences that they create for themselves by virtue of that addiction. Parents, spouses, employers and significant others are faced with a relationship that engenders a constant potential for relapse and, in the face …
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The business side of private practice is something that eludes many, if not most, mental health professionals. As an outgrowth of his practice, Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese has created an iTunes podcast called Selling the Couch, which is an on-going series of interviews with thought leaders in practice building, marketing and social media like Keri Nola, Becky DeGrossa and Cory Bank, among others. I interviewed Dr. Varghese about his experience developing the project, and his perspective on the therapist as solopreneur. A full list of current interviews is available at the end of the interview.
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I recently did an interview with Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese on being a professional blogger and the importance of writing and blogging for practice building on his Selling The Couch iTunes podcast. I also had the opportunity to talk about my personal approach and perspective on working with clients.
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Board Certified Counselor | Integral Life Coach | Blogger @ Psychology Today & Huffington Post
Introduction

Board Certified Counselor and Integral Life Coach committed to supporting transformational development by integrating Eastern and Western psychology, motivation science and emotional intelligence.

Bragging rights
Founder/Director, LifeWorks Compass, LLC; Executive Director, World Society of Motivation Scientists and Professionals; Blogger at Psychology Today; Blogger at Huffington Post; Contributing Professor, Saylor Foundation
Education
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
    EdM, Counseling & Psychotherapy, 1986 - 1988
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
    MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1986 - 1987
  • University of Hartford
    MS, Experimental Psychology, 1984 - 1986
  • Providence College
    BA, Psychology/Philosophy/Theology, 1980 - 1984
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50 Characteristics of Healthy Relationships
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Cognitive Restructuring
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Six ways to do cognitive restructuring.