Monday, January 23, 2017

Thinking and Wellness

If you haven't explored the mindfulness movement, it may be time to do so. A clear mind, an open mind that has a positive and optimistic focus creates happiness and health. Don't just take my word for it. There is a plethora of research and documentation on the benefits of meditation, relaxation training, yoga, biofeedback, hypnosis, visual imagery for mental rehearsal, music, art and exercise.

However, how we think about things becomes the lens we view everything. Our thoughts and beliefs direct our actions. In all of our lives, it is possible identify or find patterns that lead us to freedom or roadblocks. Unfortunately, doing this without a guide, coach, therapist is VERY difficult. 

One reason to consider this difficulty is to ask yourself the following; Do you ever lose an argument to yourself in your own mind?" I doubt it. If you are interested in finding out, leave the "screen time" and move to "face time" with trusted friends or colleagues. It may be time for a paradigm shift or as I mention to many in our sessions together, an upgraded operating system is needed.  Mindfulness changes the brain in positive ways. See the simplicity, calm and beauty all around you. Be present, thoughtful and observant. Then, feel gratitude. Clear your mind of the clutter. The founder of MBSR Jon Kabat-Zinn has published books, a curriculum and practices to be more mindful. Remember, an empty mind is an open mind. An open mind gives you a sense of calm.

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Visibility Matters

I was both surprised and delighted to get this notice from Google. WOW.....10,000 hits to our office location. Not only does The Lovett Center have a great building, atmosphere, we have a warm, professional staff, offer many different programs for a number of problems with individual sessions, groups, intensive outpatient services and programs, continuing education programs, services for children and adults and collaboration with other highly regarded professionals and centers. 
Feel free to check out The Lovett Center website to view the clinicians and programs. Click on the link below to view the center website.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happiness: To be or not to be.....

Happiness is a journey, not a destination. How you travel in this world has a lot to do with attitude, optimism and the lens you use to view the world. Let's start with these questions.

  • Are you awake to your own life? 
  • Are you living in the present vs. the past or future? 
  • Are you paying attention & honoring your friendships, love relationships? 
  • As Freud suggested, do you have balance in your work, love and play?
  • What are you doing to enhance your happiness?
  • What are the roadblocks to your happiness?
Take these questions and explore the inner dimensions of thought to understand and engage in thoughts and actions that enhance your happiness. Since life is precious, taking time to evaluate who and what is valuable to you is a good starting place. There is usually a direct correlation of your thankfulness and daily gratitude with happiness. Taking time each day either in the morning to start your day or end your day with a review of things you are grateful for is a good practice.

Researchers tell us that one of the most important elements of a longer life, a healthier existence and recovery from chronic illness, trauma or loss-----are loving supportive relationships. Shakespeare made this a declarative essence a choice. Do I chose to be happy or not? Why not? 2017 may be a time to break free to find and live a happier life. 
Study happiness, spend time with happy people, seek out activities and engage in experiences that can bring you happiness. One last thought, I doubt happiness will come knowing on your door. You have to go out knocking to find it.  

Link to Presentation below.

Why Worry? Recently, a reprint of the book  Why Worry  by friend and prolific author, Eric A. Kimmel was recently released. Gayle and ...