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Apr
22

Mindfulness Activity #35

Persistence Mindfulness I think it is safe to say that we are all getting tired of self-isolation and the discipline of keeping our environments and ourselves safe and clean. Today, I thought we would focus our practice on the concept of persistence. I work with an amazing group of professionals and girls at an agency […]

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Apr
21

Mindfulness Activity #34

Today, I thought we would talk about loneliness. Loneliness is in the sadness family. Loneliness is experienced when one is alone and unhappy about it. Being alone can be experienced as solitude (which may be peaceful or pleasant) or it can be experienced as a sense of wanting to be connected to others and related […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Mindfulness Activity
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Apr
21

Trusting the Natural World – During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond with Katie Asmus

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: We are the natural world. Drawing from over 30 years of experience, Katie discusses practical strategies that counselors and their clients can use to connect to the natural world for self-care, guidance, and support during this challenging time. Katie shares experiential and trauma-informed exercises that therapists can utilize during in-person and [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Apr
20

Mindfulness Activity #33

Mindfulness for Boredom: Beginner’s Mind We have all been quarantining, self-isolating, or sheltering. People have experimented with new ways to stay connected…therapy on telephones, meetings on Zoom, school from home. For those who are living with others, there are cherished times and challenging times. People are picking up old hobbies and finding ways to occupy […]

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Apr
19

Resources for Managing Stress

The National Center for PTSD has developed Resources for Managing Stress during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak. Please feel free to share and distribute widely.  For Anyone: Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak Helpful Thinking During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Tips for Providing Support to Others During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak For Providers: For […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Professional Training
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Apr
19

Mindfulness Activity #32

Many mindfulness practices involve sitting and focusing on breath. They are valuable practices, because they help us to train our minds to shift towards or away from things as we need in order to be more comfortable, to tolerate things we can’t control, or to be more effective and productive in our lives. There are […]

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Apr
18

Mindfulness Activity #31

As I look out my window this morning and hear the birds, the ground in covering in a light blanket of late season snow. Tomorrow’s forecast predicts a sunny 60 degree day. It’s hard to keep up with changes day to day. Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in a particular way. That particular way […]

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Apr
17

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Perpetrators of Violent Offenses: The Other Side of the Coin

Incarcerated offenders are more likely to experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associated symptoms than the general population. This study examined the symptoms and predictors of PTSD in 150 male offenders incarcerated for committing a violent offense. Participants rated symptoms of PTSD for acts of reactive and instrumental violence, poorly recalled violence, and subjectively disturbing […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Apr
17

Mindfulness Activity #30

Loving Kindness for Loss It has been over a month since many of us began sheltering in place here in New York City. For those living in hospitals or other facilities, days may seem long with even less freedom than normal. You may notice a favorite staff member absent and have little information about what […]

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Apr
16

Mindfulness Activity #29

Middle Ages Mindfulness We often think of mindfulness meditations as linked with Buddhism, and today, the concept of mindfulness as it is used in psychology, business, and the health sciences draws heavily on Eastern mindfulness traditions. But, in fact, all major religions have had contemplative practices at some point in their history. Julian of Norwich […]

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Apr
15

Mindfulness Activity #28

Good Morning! I have been reflecting on how and why people practice mindfulness. Mindfulness can be thought of as self-care and often we do self-care only when we are calm and relaxed. In other words, when conditions are perfect, then we relax, light a candle, or take a bath. Ironically, those are the times when […]

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Apr
14

Mindfulness Activity #27

Basic Breathing to Begin the Day Breathing can be thought of as the core of any mindfulness practice. Many of you might be thinking you do not have time to practice. You may be thinking that mindfulness will not fix all your problems. In fact, it may not fix anything, but it may help with […]

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