Rewiring the Brain for Resilience and Well-Being

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Changing the Wallpaper

My friend Lynn shared with me the phrase from her German-born mother “die Tapeten wechseln”….translating roughly “to change the wallpaper” meaning roughly to find leisure and wellness in a change of environment, going for a walk to clear the mind, going on vacation to allow new sights and sounds to shift your perspective. Changing the […]

Chocolate as a Resource for Recovering Resilience

I’m serious. Ever since I learned that dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher) is a health food – because of its anti-depression and anti-oxidant compounds and its capacities, in moderation, to lower blood pressure and cholesterol (see August 2014 e-newsletter “Holistic Pain Relief”), I’ve been intrigued with the potential benefits of this 3,000 year old […]

18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving Kindness Meditation

(I teach the practice of loving kindness meditation in my book Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, in workshops for clinicians and lay people alike, and in my Deepening Joy and Mindful Self-Compassion groups. The article below posted in Huffington Post Live on September 29, 2014. More and more research data validating […]

Are you living your happiest life?

(This article was published in First for Women magazine in July 2014.  Several mental health professionals, including me, were interviewed about the mental traps that hold people back from taking risks, offering effective strategies for overcoming those traps.  May it be useful to you and yours.) Every time we’re weighing a new opportunity-whether to ask our boss […]

The Path to Self-Acceptance

(This week’s exercise is from the PeRLs of Wisdom e-newsletter created by my colleagues Judith Bell and Daniel Ellenberg, part of the trainings in their Rewire Leadership program.  A resonant fit with the tools and techniques offered in Bouncing Back.  Info about subscribing to the free PeRLs of Wisdom newsletter below.) Path to Self-Acceptance by Judith Bell, PhD Background Many […]

Coming to Terms with the Teenage Brain

These weekly/monthly posts began January 28, 2008, with the e-newsletter: Mindfulness and Empathy Create Conscious, Compassionate Connection based on hearing Dan Siegel speak at Spirit Rock Meditation Center about his latest book Mindsight: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being. I heard Dan speak at Spirit Rock Meditation Center again last week about his […]

Stoplight Exercise Gives a Green Light to Learning

(This post is excerpted from Daniel Goleman’s new book Focus) When second and third graders in a Seattle school are getting upset, they’re told to think of a traffic signal. Red light means stop – calm down. Take a long, deep breath and as you calm down a bit, tell yourself that the problem is […]

Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life

I’ve just read Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life by Michael Merzenich, PhD. Dr. Merzenich is considered by many to be the “father of brain plasticity.” After nearly five decades of research at the University of California – San Francisco into the functional organization and rehabilitation of the brain, […]

Meditation Changes Gene Expression

New research by scientists in Wisconsin, Spain and France indicates that even eight hours of intensive mindfulness practice by experienced meditators can reduce the activation of pro-inflammatory genes, which is turn correlates with faster physical recovery from stressful situations. Here’s the link to the study: http://www.news.wisc.edu/22370.  I’ve also included the entire article below. This week’s […]

Thriving Together and Negotiating Change

Negotiating Change When we experience conflict or disagreement in relationship, often we can see clearly what the other person is doing wrong, but we find it much harder to see clearly how what we are saying or doing may be hurting us, the other person, or the dynamic of the relationship.  The other person may […]

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