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Jul
04

Mindfulness Activity #108

Fourth of July Mindfulness Good Morning. Today is a holiday…the Fourth of July. This is the holiday that recognizes our independence from Britain and the birth of our new, independent country. I learned from my son who is studying U.S. History, that men who wrote our Declaration of Independence completed it on July 2. John […]

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Jul
03

Mindfulness Activity #107

Self-Acceptance Day 5 Good Morning. This week we are working on self-compassion. Researchers identify three components to self-compassion. The first is to recognize and tune into moments when you are in pain. These can be moments of suffering great or small. Instead of telling yourself to buck up, get moving…saying to yourself, “this sucks,” is […]

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Jul
03

Psychopathy – Can we treat it? The effects of Compassion-Focused Therapy on detained youth

Psychopathic traits are often thought to be extremely treatment-resistant. However, Compassion-Focused Therapy shows preliminary and promising evidence to be an effective modulator of psychopathic traits in justice-involved youth. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the Journal of Experimental Criminology. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well […]

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Jul
02

Introducing PsychoHairapy – Bringing Counseling Into the Salon with Ayanna Moss

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Priscilla Wilson speaks to Ayanna Moss about PsychoHairapy, a community health model created to secure a space for African Americans to address mental health and well-being through hair care. Ms. Moss details the PsychoHairapy concept, how services are provided, and beneficial outcomes. PresenterAbout Ayanna: Ayanna Moss is from Pine [...]
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Jul
02

Mindfulness Activity #106

Self-Acceptance-Day 4 Good Morning. As we continue this series on self-acceptance, I was pondering why this task is so difficult. Why do people police themselves to the degree that guilt is such a pervasive experience. People judge themselves even when practicing mindfulness, a task with no real measurable consequences. I attended college on a springboard […]

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Jul
01

Mindfulness Activity #105

Self-Acceptance Day 3 Good Morning. This quote by fashion designer, Diane Von Furstenberg, is simple but true. It illustrates a few things. First, that you cannot run away from yourself. You can try to avoid or escape your thoughts or vulnerabilities, but they are part of you. The way to overcome them is to work […]

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Jun
30

Mindfulness Activity #104

Self-Acceptance Day 2 Good Morning. Today is our second day practicing Self-Acceptance. To show you that the universe has a sense of humor, and always provides opportunities for learning…I did not realize that the multi-series courses in insight timer required a subscription. When I tried to share the second day of this series with you […]

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Jun
29

Mindfulness Activity #103

Self-Acceptance Good Morning. For those of you who have been practicing with these email blasts since we first self-isolated in New York (mid-March), we have practiced together for over 100 days! I have tried to send out a wide variety of practices so that people new to mindfulness could see all the different ways to […]

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Jun
29

On the road to better justice: Analyzing common police interrogation techniques

A new proposed effect taxonomy provides insight into 16 commonly used interrogation techniques by dividing them into one of four categories according to how these influence guilty and innocent suspects. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings […]

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Jun
28

Mindfulness Activity #102

What’s the Most Important Thing? Good Morning. We have discussed the concept of intention before. It is the idea of using the wisest part of yourself to ask yourself what is most important? It sets a course for where we wish to go with ourselves. But the tricky thing is that we often get obsessed […]

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Jun
27

Mindfulness Activity #101

Three Components of Mindfulness Practice Good Morning. Today I’d like to focus on three aspects of mindfulness: intention, attention, and attitude. Please watch this very short video that explains these concepts. What Is Mindfulness? In mindfulness practice, we set an intention with our instructions. You may also reflect on how the present practice links to […]

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Jun
26

Mindfulness Activity #100

Guided Mindfulness for Deep Relaxation Good Morning. The week I chose for us to practice relaxation and self-soothing turned out to be among the most stressful in recent memory for me. What good luck! Whether you are experiencing increased stress in your life or not, relaxation and self-soothing practices are an important part of any […]

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