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“Breaking Free from Your Comfort Zone”

and embrace the pathway to change

Published on August 8, 2011 by Mel Schwartz, L.C.S.W. in A Shift of Mind

The most intimate relationship we will have in our lives is not with our parents, our spouses, our children or closest friends. It is with our thoughts. They are our constant companions. Our thoughts will impact our lives far more than any relationship. In fact, they will greatly impact those relations. The quality and nature of what our thoughts tell us will largely script the experience of our lives. Learning to break free from the confines of old thought is the key to personal growth.

Thoughts can either be our supportive allies or our critical antagonists.  They are the very filters through which we experience our lives. A particular thought – embedded as part of a larger belief – can either imprison or liberate us. Our thoughts very much tend to be self-fulfilling prophecies. read more

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“What Do You Want?”

We don’t often know ourselves what we most deeply desire

Published on August 5, 2012 by Alex Lickerman, M.D. in Happiness in this World

“What do you want?”What question could be more basic—or more imperative—to answer? From publishing a bestselling book to getting married to taking our next breath, the narratives of our lives are driven ultimately by the desires we feel. But as simple as the question may be, identifying the answer is often anything but.

Research suggests that our conscious minds aren’t so much in charge of the decisions we make as they are great rationalizers of them. Which means they often collude with our unconscious minds to craft stories about why we do things and even why we feel things that are just blatantly untrue. We often have far more invested in seeing ourselves as virtuous, noble, fair-minded, and good than we do in recognizing the truth: that we often want things and therefore do things that make us base, selfish, self-righteous, and unjust. read more

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“Happiness & Health”

Social Connection Improves Health, Well-Being & Longevity
Published on August 26, 2012 by Emma M. Seppala, Ph.D. in Feeling It

We all know the basics of health 101: eat your veggies, go to the gym and get proper rest. But how many of us know that social connection is as important? Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. On the the flip side, strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity.

Social connection strengthens our immune system (research by Steve Cole shows that genes impacted by social connection also code for immune function and inflammation), helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our liferead more

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“Mind-wandering and mindfulness”

If you haven’t tried mindfulness meditation yet, you must.

Published on January 31, 2012 by Susan L. Smalley, Ph.D. in Look Around and Look Within

If you haven’t tried mindfulness meditation yet, you must.  A new study by scientists at Yale and the University of Oregon just gave us another reason why.

This new study looked at the effects of mindfulness meditation practice on the brain state called the ‘default-mode network’ or DMN.  The DMN has been shown to be important in self-referencing (helping us shape our view of ‘who we are’) and in mind-wandering.  While mind-wandering may be helpful sometimes (it is linked to creativity when you are aware that you are mind-wandering) most of us mind-wander up to 50% of the time, and without any awareness that we are doing so.  This in effect means we are not present with what we are doing for half our lives, instead, our minds are wandering to other sorts of thoughts – worries, ruminations, thoughts of the past or future read more

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