Mindful voices

Monday, August 22 2011

Binge eating feels like the ultimate loss of control. Those who suffer from it often worry that their self-destructive relationship with food will define their lives forever. However, a recent study identifies a path to healing: yoga.

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posted by Kelly McGonigal, 1:45 pm
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Friday, August 19 2011

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?

I first began practicing mindfulness based meditation in the academic environment at Lesley University. A tenured professor in the school of counseling psychology suggested that I enroll in a mindfulness-based course to add depth to my studies.

I had previously read articles that suggested mindfulness-based stress reduction as an effective remedy for chronic pain symptoms. Several years ago, I had a severe spinal cord injury and this injury has led to chronic pain. I was intrigued that mindfulness could be used as a self-healing modality and that I would be able to integrate this knowledge into my graduate education. It was an added bonus that I would be able to learn and use myself as a laboratory during this class and see if mindfulness-based stress reduction could help calm my body down, increase my immune system response and alleviate chronic pain symptoms.

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posted by Mindful readers..., 4:21 pm
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Thursday, August 18 2011

Many years ago, I was told that a teacher learns more from her student than the student learns from the teacher. This has certainly proven to be true in my experiences as a teacher, whether I was teaching business law, fourth graders or mindful leadership. And, as importantly, I have noticed that when I am open to the full experience of the moment, the lesson offered is exactly what I needed to learn.

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posted by Janice Marturano, 10:56 am
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Monday, August 15 2011

As a novice teacher, one of my greatest challenges was dealing with the constant and incessant demands of my kindergarten students. Like a Greek chorus, the children called out: “Ms. Jennings, I can’t find my pencil.” “Suzie took my eraser!” “Teacher, I don’t understand this stuff. I need help.”

This cacophony was so irritating because I had no skills to deal with the problem or with my frustration. Bothered by the unending demands, I would lose patience. Knowing it wasn’t appropriate to snap at my tender young students, I suppressed my feelings and quietly fumed.

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posted by Tish Jennings, 12:15 pm
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Thursday, August 11 2011

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?

I started practicing several years ago after attending a workshop on social intelligence. The research presented on the effectiveness of mindfulness as a tool for well-being was so staggering that I felt like it just wasn’t an option not to take this on.

Did you take a class? If so, what sort of a class did you take?

I went to a retreat offered by Steve Flowers and Bob Stahl—Mindfulness for Health Professionals. It was life changing. I loved the retreat so much that I promised myself I would go back once a year. It’s ended up being 2-3 times a year ever since.

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posted by Mindful readers..., 4:38 pm
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