Category Archives for "Exercises"

Applying R.A.I.N. (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) When Blaming Others

When client after client comes into my office sharing – exclaiming – the transformative benefit they have received from Tara Brach’s practice of R.A.I.N. (see below) I pay attention and listen up. Tara, of course, a clinical psychologist herself and one of the most beloved meditation teachers of our age, is one of anybody’s favorite […]

Peace in the Best of Times, in the Worst of Times

Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. -author unknown, on a coffee cup given to Linda by a friend In the northern hemisphere, we’re heading into […]

This Is the World I Want to Live In…the Shared World

I recently taught a two-day training in Istanbul, Turkey on Resilience: Coping with Life’s Disappointments, Difficulties, and Even Disasters. The clinicians were well-trained in contemporary Western psychology and eager to engage in deep and broad-ranging discussions. My sponsors were well organized and more than generous in sharing their country’s history and culture with me. The […]

Taking Care of Things that Happen Inside of You…and Around You

“To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.” — Thich Nhat Hanh The mindfulness we practice on our cushion in the morning is the same mindfulness we […]

When Life Takes a Sharp Left Turn

I know this has happened to you as it has happened to me. You’re going along, having a good enough day, and suddenly life goes wonky in a most unexpected way. Your morning commute is going well; just a few blocks from your office or dropping the kids off at school, then suddenly unbelievable out-of-nowhere […]

Taking Charge – Life Off Screens

I saw the film Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience last week – “screenagers” being the term acknowledging how much time modern teens spend on screens, more time than anything else except sleep, sometimes even more than sleep. The film documents the measurable and rapid rise of stress, anxiety, and depression among American […]

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

I have recommended The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson to so many friends and clients, I realize I really should-could recommend it to you, too. Bill Bryson is an awesomely gifted writer; The Body is a head-to-toe tour of the marvel of the human body and three billion years of evolutionary tweaks, […]

Learning Goes On Forever

A good friend sent me this quote last week from T.H. White’s The Once and Future King: The best thing… is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may […]

A Dog’s Love and Companionship Heals

I see a lot of “art house” films – mostly independent, many documentaries, many foreign.  “Triumph over adversity on behalf of a noble cause” is my favorite genre. Two days ago I saw To Be of Service, a poignant documentary about U.S. military veterans assigned a service dog after treatment with medications and/or therapy failed […]

“The War to End All Wars”…Didn’t

Today, November 11, is the 101st anniversary of the official end of World War I, “the war to end all  wars.”  Wars haven’t ended. The deaths, injuries, and PTSD from combat continue; the suffering of the innocent as well as the combatants continues. Teaching quite a bit about Bouncing Back, Moving Forward: Resilience and Post-Traumatic […]

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