Elisha Goldstein

Thursday, December 27 2012

As this New Year dawns on us, how about we don’t set rigid New Year’s resolutions, but instead see this year as a practice. There is some implied rule within resolutions that we’ll actually stick to them and when we don’t, we set ourselves up for the same old habitual mind traps that have kept us stuck in the past.

“I’ve failed once again,” arises, leading to a sense of sluggishness and the next thought, “What’s the point?”

There’s another way.

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posted by Elisha Goldstein, 2:16 pm
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Tuesday, October 2 2012

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.

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posted by Line Goguen-Hughes, 10:09 am
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Tuesday, August 14 2012

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.

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posted by Elisha Goldstein, 10:30 am
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Wednesday, May 23 2012

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.

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posted by Elisha Goldstein, 10:17 am
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Thursday, March 8 2012

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:

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posted by Elisha Goldstein, 12:02 pm
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