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Mindfulness-Based Practices for Mastery and Wellbeing
Mindfulness-Based Practices for Mastery and Wellbeing

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Many mindfulness studies, and nature itself, support a healthy cycle of growth and rest.

The path of personal growth has plateaus, or as I like to think of them, periods of rest. These plateaus, or rest periods, are essential to one’s growth. Many mindfulness studies, and nature itself, support a healthy cycle of growth and rest. Do not worry…
Video: Growth Has Plateaus
Video: Growth Has Plateaus
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You Can Survive Even the Most Painful Feelings: Suffering without suffering... #inyourownhands

It is normal to believe that we would not be able to survive a traumatic life event such as the death of our child, our spouse being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or any number of other tragic and traumatic life events. However, once we develop the ability…
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I have often talked about suffering less by accepting and being fully present with pain or other symptoms. But, this seems counterintuitive and risky. A common question is: When I’m really afraid or in a lot of pain, why would I want to experience more of…
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Acceptance of Feelings Creates Self-Acceptance: When we learn how to practice coming home to the body we develop loving self-care. #IYOH

When we learn how to practice coming home to the body, especially when feeling overwhelmed by too much to do, traumatic life events, or by strong emotions, we develop loving self-care, self-compassion, self-empowerment, self-efficacy, self-valuing,…
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We are all masters of practice in that we are practicing something in every moment. We commonly practice unhealthy behaviors and behaviors that are not aligned with our personal life values. #IYOH

We are all masters of practice in that we are practicing something in every moment. We commonly practice unhealthy behaviors and behaviors that are not aligned with our personal life values. If we go around all day being self-critical, we will have a very…
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Video: Meaning and Purpose to Your Life - Meaningful actions are always in accord with our personal life values.

The terms meaning and purpose often appear together, and I would frame their relationship this way: when we act with purpose, we take actions that are important enough to lend meaning to our lives. Meaningful actions are always in accord with our personal…
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Many of us hold ourselves back from doing things that would enhance our lives because we’re afraid of embarrassment, shame, or failure. On the other hand, some people, especially those with bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder, act…
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Embrace your bodily, felt experience of a strong emotion with acceptance serves to immediately diminish it.

Although it is important to learn loving self-care practices and to incorporate those practices into as much of waking life as possible, it would not be effective to bypass full acceptance of your bodily experiences of unpleasant thoughts and feelings.…
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Video: The Importance of Being Open and Vulnerable (The result is a new feeling that I am perfectly OK) #forgiveness

We are a lot like lobsters. Lobsters have a hard exoskeleton, which they must shed several times in order to grow into a mature lobster. Because of the hard shell, the only way for the lobster to grow up is to shed its exoskeleton each time it outgrows…
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The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this monthly Q&A column,…
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