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7 Reasons to Keep a Travel Journal

I love journalling. Not just because I like doodling, and scribbling, and getting my brain to quiet down every now and then (read: what, like you don’t have voices in your head, too? 407 more words

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WHETHER YOUR SHOES ARE TIGHT OR LOOSE

For a little over a year, I’ve been aware of, and making use of, a mindfulness technique put forth by Dr. Nirbhay Singh and colleagues. It’s officially called the (unwieldy but descriptive) “Meditation on the Soles of the Feet” and was designed for use with a developmentally challenged, aggressive adult in a community living environment. 487 more words

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TELLTALE AND CELEBRATORY RED

 

Luz, age 8, had come to counseling for help with intrusive thoughts of death and other worries. I could easily relate. I, too, used to feel anxious about things like lava, just because it could be found, glowing and deadly, 404 more words

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13 OF A'S SKILLS

In acknowledgment of the New Year, with its unknown challenges and joys, I would like to celebrate the intelligence and resilience of the eleven-year-old girl who was my first-ever client. 1,265 more words

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO MY BREATH

This fall I began working with an eight-year-old girl named Luz with a history of anxiety, who was experiencing crying spells, restless sleep, and intrusive thoughts, especially of death. 371 more words

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MINDFULLER THAN THOU (Part 1)

Almost before I’d even begun this project—which is still very much taking shape, finding form and direction, its raison d’être—I knew I would need to address my own ambivalence toward the language of mindfulness. 276 more words

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"THIS IS WHAT I FEEL"

As I stated in an introductory post, it’s important to me to include here voices other than my own, and I’m particularly interested in the experiences of those for whom mindfulness is, was, or could have been a saving grace based on childhood challenges of all kinds. 1,219 more words

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