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Elisha Goldstein shares this introduction to his new e-book, Mindfulness Meditations for the Frantic Parent.
When my wife and I first became parents we were on the hunt for great baby books that would help us be as prepared as we needed to be.Read more »
If you’ve been following recent news in the mindfulness world, you may have heard about a recent study by David Creswell out of Carnegie Mellon University that showed the wonderful effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as a reduction on perceived loneliness in healthy older adults age 55-85.
Loneliness is something that most of us experience from time to time, caused and exacerbated by stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma, but you may not have known how staggering the statistics truly are. A recent survey taken from the AARP showed more than 44 million people are lonely and longing to connect with another living, breathing human being.Read more »
While there may be many books out there on parenting, there really isn't any definitive guide because every baby and child is unique and all parents come with unique baggage from childhood and genetics.
Becoming a parent is wonderful for stirring up all of those old memories and connections from our own upbringing. Mix this in with our fractured attention spans and we begin to see why it is becoming increasingly important for us to learn how to attune ourselves to our own thoughts, feelings and emotions so we can have the ability to do that with our children.Read more »
Mindful.org's "On Mental Health" blogger, Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., has recently published a book—The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life. Read Dr. Susan Albers's review of it here on The Huffington Post. The following is an excerpt adapted from The Now Effect.
Dr. Christopher Germer is a friend and colleague of mine who grew up with a great fear of speaking. It wasn’t always easy, but over time he began to cultivate an awareness of the feeling of fear as it arose and practiced systematically relating to it with greater mindfulness and compassion. Chris trained his brain to have what I call “The Mindful Instinct.” What actually happened?
In a chapter titled “Compassion is a Verb” from my new book, The Now Effect, I share how this practice led to an experience that changed Chris’ relationship to his fear of speaking:Read more »
The day Rabbi Harold Kushner was told by a pediatrician that his three-year-old son Aaron would never grow taller than three feet—suffering the symptoms of progeria, or “rapid aging”—his entire belief about God went out the window.
He would go on to wonder how a God that he had been so loyal to could do such a terrible thing to him. Rabbi Kushner went on to make it his life’s work to explore this idea, eventually penning a book about it—When Bad Things Happen to Good People.Read more »