These are two of the main concepts that are core to my approach in working with others here in my private practice.
The main topics of this article are just what are values, why are they important? Why we should focus on them? and how to discover what your values are.
This article is about moving beyond some of the simple mindfulness techniques as well as adding something novel to your practice to energize your practice.
Yet another reason that stresses the importance of mindfulness and the real benefit of having a consistent practice. Are you creating this moment by moment experience, this presence where you currently are, or are you living in an echo chamber?
While it's true that if you can consistently practice anything, and dedicate time to it, it becomes a stronger skill and mindfulness is no exception. However, mindfulness, unlike the gym, doesn’t require extra time, just adding the concept onto whatever it is that you are already doing. The following are examples of little ways you can add mindfulness to your day and before you know it, you too can reap the benefits of such a practice.
We have all heard by now the benefits of having an active lifestyle on your health. Better weight management, stronger and more flexible bodies, and being able to manage one's emotional state better. What most people don't think about is how dancing has these same effects plus a few additional bonuses to the health of your brain.
A short discussion about the importance of mindfulness and the effects that having a mindfulness practice can have on enhancing your life and dealing with difficult emotional states like depression or anxiety.
In order to create a new neural pathway in the brain (and therefore modify older behaviors or create new ones) you need to create a system that allows you to be able to pay attention to what it is you are doing. This can be using a log, a fitbit or other tracker, an application on your phone or, as I explain in detail in my last article, creating a chain analysis of the behavior you wish to target.
Some of the most striking differences between those who do well in managing stress are based upon the rules and tools that they learned from their family of origin. If the family was supportive and validating, then the person learned effective coping mechanisms (tools), learned how things generally worked themselves out (rules), and developed a good sense of self-worth. In other words they developed the abilities to be flexible, resilient, and remain curious.