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The Secret Life of Sleep

Research focusing on the benefits to the body of exercise, sleep and good nutrition is expanding to the benefits of the same for the brain. It’s not rocket science; it’s neuroscience that’s generating the new data that can guide lifestyle choices that strengthen and protect the brain as we age and reduce the risk, even […]

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

I’m getting behinder and behinder. Carol Dweck’s paradigm-shifting book Mindset was first published 10 years ago. I read it in one cover-to-cover weekend last month. The research into the impact of our mindset on how we deal with failures, setbacks, disappointments, is as relevant for our resilience and well-being today as it was a decade […]

Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

In preparing for a number of upcoming trainings (Sounds True Neuroscience Summit, May 15, 2016, details soon, and “Healing Attachment Trauma by Rewiring the Brain” August 25-September 2, 2016 in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Australia), I re-read Mathew Lieberman’s book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect and learned all over again the evolutionary […]

Creating Racial Justice through Compassion and Self-Awareness

I read the article “What We Say, Not What We Do” in the most recent Wise Brain Bulletin and immediately contacted the author, Shakil Choudhury, requesting permission to reprint the article here. (see Reflections below) A subsequent delightful phone conversation confirmed, yes, this is everything I teach applied to racial justice and using our tools […]

Bouncing Back, Bouncing Forward, Bouncing Around

For me, it was just simply being rear-ended while driving through town, no real damage to either car, no apparent damage to me nor the very apologetic and gracious driver who hit me. But a few days later when a headache began that wouldn’t quit, my doctor diagnosed a concussion or “brain bruise” and ordered […]

Reclaiming Conversation

We live in a technological world in which we are always communicating and yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. We turn away from each other and toward our phones.  We are forever elsewhere.  But to empathize, to grow, to love and be loved, to take the measure of ourselves or another, to fully […]

Play: How It Shapes the Brain and Opens the Imagination

Very often in these monthly e-newsletters, I write about books recently published, sometimes even pre-published, that I think offer amazing resources for recovering resilience: Jan. 2015 The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and at Work by Christine Carter, published that month Feb. 2015 The Upside Side of Your Dark Side by […]

Putting Real Muscle into Self-Compassion Practice

I teach self-compassion in my own clinical practice and in workshops around the world. I practice self-compassion many times a day. (Life simply gives us those opportunities to practice all the time.) I’ve recommended many excellent practices in these posts and recommended many other teachers of these practices in these posts [see Resources below.] Now […]

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