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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below and I will answer them on a future Friday in […]

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Skills, Not Pills

Change in Response to Discomfort Discomfort or new signs or symptoms are often warnings that something needs to change. The reason for this is that all pathological conditions, no matter how minor, have come into existence in a very specific physiological environment. Although it is often difficult to uncover the cause of the new symptom […]

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When Experiential Avoidance Is Healthy

Recently, I’ve been addressing the dangers of how cognitive fusion and experiential avoidance can prevent us from living in full contact with our present moment, lived experiences. However, there are situations where going into a trance and escaping our current experience serve a useful function. For example, when experiencing a dangerous, harmful situation over which […]

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What is mindfulness?

Wearing a 128-channel geodesic sensor net, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard sits in a soundproof room and talks with Dr. Richard J. Davidson. Why Is Mindfulness A Valuable Practice? One of the great values of mindfulness practice is that it helps us become aware of habitual and problematic behavior. Once we become aware of our behavior, […]

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Practicing in the Eye of the Hurricane: Part Two

Ordinarily, when we are fully engaged in the activity at hand, fully aware in the peaceful eye of the present moment, we are unflappable when things go wrong and we can actually thrive when they do. We accomplish this by training ourselves to develop and practice mindfulness of present-moment thoughts, images, emotions, and sensations and […]

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