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George Hofmann
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ACA Open Enrollment Deadline is Friday
Friday, December 15th is the deadline to enroll for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  Complete mental health coverage is still included in the available plans.  Access to healthcare is one of the most important steps one can take toward wellness and ...
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Maybe It's The Discipline
Mindfulness works as a therapy to increase impulse control.  While the results of practice are well-researched, the neurological mechanisms are indeterminate.   Something about mindfulness practice actually changes the cortical make-up of the brain.  Why th...
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Meditating with Purpose
If mindfulness is the sharpening of one’s ability to notice, then perhaps this noticing can be applied to the subtle changes in thoughts, behavior, and emotions that precede or come concurrently with the onset of a mood change or a psychotic episode.    One...
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A Simple Practice
Here's a simple meditation technique that anyone can fit into their schedule.  It’s called the Twenty Breaths Practice.  It only takes a few minutes, can be performed almost anywhere, and can yield great stress relief. Sit comfortably but with good posture....
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ACA Open Enrollment
The Health Insurance Marketplace of the Affordable Care Act is open for enrollment.  Despite much back and forth in politics and the press, all plans in the marketplace still include full coverage for mental healthcare.  Don't be left without coverage. From...
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To Begin
Meditation is quite different from sitting there doing nothing, thinking nothing.  It is instead a focused attention on one’s present experience.  A chance to minimize the distractions that pull one away from the present. Pleasant events are often spoiled b...
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New Meditation Class
I'll be teaching a mindfulness meditation class at Mama's Wellness Joint (11th and Pine in Philadelphia) on Tuesday evenings in November.  For information or to sign up, click on this link: http://www.mamaswellnessjoint.com/events/meditation-for-beginners-w...
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Our Fear of Silence
The cultivation of mindfulness requires periods of focused attention.  Many proponents of mindfulness maintain that this is best developed through seated, silent meditation.  So, while I’d like to investigate how to focus the attention, we must first consid...
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Calling Donald Trump Crazy is an Insult to Those with Mental Illness
I've had an op-ed piece published on PsychCentral that concerns the impact on the stigma against those with mental illness that can result from the political actions of mental health professionals.  The group in question is called Duty to Warn and has colle...
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Be in Touch
If you'd like to contact me with comments, suggestions, or just to reach out, find me at: contact@practicingmentalillness.com
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