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Gisele Bundchen told Anderson Cooper why meditation is important to her | Boston.com

World famous model, Gisele Bundchen, recently reflected on how meditation has helped her to manage her anxiety and panic attacks. She said: "I think the breathing and meditation daily really helped me because it helped center me. It helped me become the observer versus being in the middle of the storm." Her daily practice is … Continue reading Gisele Bundchen told Anderson Cooper why meditation is important to her | Boston.com

If The Mind Is A Time Machine

To Dr. Amisha Jha, of the University of Miami, the mind is like a time travel Mp3 player: Press 'Rewind' and it goes back in time to recall and replay past events - sometimes over and over, again and again; Hit "Fast-Forward and off it goes, into the future, projecting outcomes of events not even … Continue reading If The Mind Is A Time Machine

Yet Another Reason For Mindfulness and Counseling – Your Heart Health

An article in The Lancet (1/7/17) medical journal reports¬† that activity in the amygdala is a predictor of acute cardiovascular risk. The amygdala is known to be the center of the brain responsible for the stress response. So increased activity in the amygdala indicates increased stress. When followed up after 3 to 5 years, those … Continue reading Yet Another Reason For Mindfulness and Counseling – Your Heart Health

New Mindfulness Classes in St. Petersburg

8 Session Mindfulness Awareness Training Course Tuesday Drop-In Classes Weekly @ Noon - Station House Mindful Awareness Training Course (MBSR-Style) Registration is now open for the next Mindfulness Awareness Training (MAT-8) course.¬† Get started on your immersive journey in Mindfulness. Experience the benefits and transformational potential of Present Moment practices. Seven weekly classes combining teaching … Continue reading New Mindfulness Classes in St. Petersburg

Important Discovery for the 11.2 million People with Chronic Pain: Mindfulness Meditation provides effective pain reduction without opioids…

...AND it may provide a synergistic effect if used with opioids, thereby allowing for a reduction in opioid dosages. This is big news for the 11+ million people in the U.S. enduring chronic pain and the resulting increases in anxiety and depression. ¬†Effective management of pain is a major medical challenge in our country at … Continue reading Important Discovery for the 11.2 million People with Chronic Pain: Mindfulness Meditation provides effective pain reduction without opioids…

Counseling and Mindfulness St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota

NIH Study: Mindfulness Relieves Lower Back Pain – Better and Longer

Check out this major study funded by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health and published by the AMA reporting that lower back pain sufferers got more relief and greater functioning for a longer time from mindfulness (MBSR) than from traditional medical treatment or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. … Continue reading NIH Study: Mindfulness Relieves Lower Back Pain – Better and Longer

Retreat, Recharge, Renew

Retreat, Recharge, Renew. In her article "Why a Mindfulness Retreat Is the Best Gift I Could Have Given Myself" Caroline Daus describes how her participation in a 4-hour mindfulness retreat was helpful for her in meeting personal goals to reduce stress, bring compassion and meaning into her life and cultivating a daily mindfulness practice. Being … Continue reading Retreat, Recharge, Renew

Tune In! DayQuest Life iRadio Hour Begins Today – 7/7/15!

I am really excited announce the start of DayQuest Life iRadio Hour July 7 at 3:06 PM!! Join me, Michael Whalen, your host, for stimulating conversation about living life optimally and questing for the answer to the question: "What is Life asking of you today?" Enjoy Facinating Guests, the Research Rundown, Poetry Pause, and more … Continue reading Tune In! DayQuest Life iRadio Hour Begins Today – 7/7/15!

“Ok, A Mindful Mouse; Really!?”

"Ok", I thought, "using a mouse to explain mindfulness - too cute". But, hey, this mouse is really grounded! Check out this animation posted on Happify.com A couple of things though: Even though the mouse is correct in saying you don't need anything, including joining a group, a Mindful Awareness Training course is helpful in: … Continue reading “Ok, A Mindful Mouse; Really!?”

Take a Break – Stop and See!

Take a Break - Stop and See! Really looking at what is around and within you is a good addition to your mindfulness practice. Each time you practice you strengthen your mindful brain! And, like playing the piano, being mindful takes practice. That's the sort-of-bad news. The good news is twofold: I've never left a … Continue reading Take a Break – Stop and See!