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Aug
26

Mindfulness Activity #161

Good Morning! Today’s practice is to greet your day thoughtfully. Before you begin anything else you need to do, before you even think about all that you need to do or want to do today, begin your day by connecting to your world in a connected and centered way. Sit tall, stretch and roll your […]

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Aug
25

Mindfulness Activity #160

Good Afternoon! Apologies for sending this out later than normal. This time of year is hectic for many people. Summer is still here, but it is beginning to get darker earlier. People are beginning to prepare for fall. This year, because of COVID restrictions, we do not know what to prepare for. This has resulted […]

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Aug
25

Wilderness Family Therapy – Embracing Nature as Co-Therapist with Scott Bandoroff

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Scott Bandoroff about his work in wilderness family therapy, how nature acts like a co-therapist as families integrate new ways of being together, and how we can bridge the gap between the traditional counseling room and the great outdoors. PresenterAbout Scott: Dr. Scott Bandoroff is a [...]
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Aug
24

Mindfulness Activity #159

Mindfulness with Music Good Morning. Today’s practice is mindfulness to a very relaxing piece of flute music. By now, most of you are becoming familiar with these practices so feel free to do your favorite–breathing in and out with a longer exhale or half smile or stretching or mindful walking. To begin, breathe in once […]

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Aug
23

Mindfulness Activity #158

Mindful Stretching Good Morning! Mindfulness is all about noticing your experience. Because we live our lives in our bodies, our physical sensations are often the starting place for noticing. Breath is often emphasized. Today’s practice is a guided mindfulness practice that directs you to notice and connect breath and body as you stretch different areas […]

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Aug
22

Mindfulness Activity #157

Good morning. ️It is a beautiful, sunny day today. Definitely something to be grateful for. Somehow we often forget how special this is until winter when we really miss the warmth of summer. The idea of present connectedness has us squarely in the present, not wishing for past or future—just taking in the present without […]

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Aug
21

Mindfulness Activity #156

Loving Kindness Independent Practice Week-Day 5 Good Morning. You have made it to Friday. A whole work week of practice. Take a moment to reflect. Are you able to notice any impact from your practice? Does beginning your day with a routine of Metta Practice shape your day or your responses to your day? Stretch […]

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Aug
21

Who is more likely to experience seclusion? Research seeks to uncover factors predicting in-patient seclusion in forensic psychiatric units

Factors predicting forensic in-patient seclusion are unclear, however some key demographic and clinical factors have been identified and need further consideration clinically and in research. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

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Aug
20

Mindfulness Activity #155

Loving Kindness Independent Practice Week-Day 4 Good Morning. Today we continue to practice the Loving Kindness practice each of you have chosen for the week. Are you becoming frustrated with the same practice? Do you find comfort in the routine? Notice these things as they are all part of the practice. Stretch and breathe, settle […]

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Aug
19

Mindfulness Activity #154

Loving Kindness Independent Practice Week-Day 3 Good Morning. Today you are invited to begin the Loving Kindness practice you have chosen for the week. yesterday. This week you will repeat the exact same practice each day. You will notice the use of the word practice in all my emails. You engage in a practice–you practice […]

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Aug
18

Mindfulness Activity #153

Loving Kindness Independent Practice Week-Day 2 Good Morning. Today you are invited to practice the same Loving Kindness practice that you chose yesterday. This week you will repeat the exact same practice each day. All practices involve some benefits and some challenges. The learning is often in the struggles. Since March, we have been practicing […]

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Aug
17

Mindfulness Activity #152

Loving Kindness Independent Practice Week Good Morning. It’s Monday…always more challenging than Sunday. We are beginning a week of self-guided mindfulness practice (or for those of you in groups, you can vote as a group and repeat the same practice for the week). I wanted to take a moment to review. Loving-kindness is really a […]

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