Advanced Recovery Skill: Silence

Accepting silence is an advanced recovery skill. Learning how to be happy with silence and maintain your focus in silence takes practice. That’s because silence leaves our brains unoccupied, and when unhealthy brains are unoccupied, they fall back on all of the compulsions that have become so easy for them, like ruminating and catastrophising. Your brain is just trying to help you fill the silence (with imaginary horror movies starring you and your loved ones)! One reason things like music

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5 Tips for Improving Focus

It’s not possible to be awesome at focusing unless you practice focusing and push your limits, just like it’s not possible to be awesome at running unless you practice running and push your limits. Here are five ways to practice focusing that have really helped me get my mind to stay in one place at a time: 1. Meditate. Start with short periods and then gradually extend the time you spend meditating. Setting aside three minutes every day for meditation

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Learning the Basics of Mindfulness with the Full Catastrophe Living Book Club

FCL Book Club – Week #1 It’s time to make some space in your life for breathing. READING THIS WEEK: Chapter 1 – You Only Have Moments to Live Chapter 2 – The Foundations of Mindfulness Practice: Attitudes and Commitment Chapter 3 – The Power of Breathing: Your Unsuspected Ally in the Healing Process This week’s video looks at some basic questions like “What is meditation?” and also includes the three minute silent breathing exercise mentioned in this week’s reading:

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Follow your mind with a meditation journal.

A meditation journal can be a helpful way to spot patterns in challenges you’re encountering while meditating and that can help you figure out ways to support yourself in overcoming those challenges. I started a journal last week to track the experience of going through the eight weeks of meditation exercises for our Full Catastrophe Living book club. It’s okay for meditation to be a struggle. Just trying to meditate is useful. As you can see from the entries in

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The top 10 best places to meditate: your brain.

Don’t get into the habit of thinking there are good places for meditation or bad places. Like many things we do in the hope of making a task easier, we only create barriers when we insist we require something before we do something else. If you find you have trouble meditating in certain places, meditate there more. It will help your meditation skills improve while simultaneously decreasing the excuses in your life.    

The top 10 things you need to start meditating:

All you need is your brain. You don’t even need expensive shoes or Under Armor or a helmet to meditate. Of course, you could wear all of that while you meditate if you wanted to. You could wear a pink apron and a yellow dress and boxing gloves if you wanted to. But you don’t have to. You already have the one thing you need to start meditating. You woke up with it.      

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