Tag Archives: ACT

Observe your mind before you react

Our unconscious automatic reactions make us miserable. What’s wrong when you’ve tried and you just don’t seem to change? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) sees psychological flexibility as central to living a mentally and emotionally healthy life. Managing the moment you are actually living in right this second requires you to be psychologically nimble and adaptive. […]

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OBEAR – a handy little tool

I got this from Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap. “OBEAR” is a handy process to remember in a time of emotional distress. If you are starting to get mentally or emotionally swept away, do this: 1. OBSERVE.Bring awareness to the feelings in your body. 2. BREATHE. Take a few deep breaths. Breathe into and […]

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Pain is Natural, Suffering is Personal

What state are you in now, right this moment? Take a moment to relax, breathe, and drop into mindfulness of the present moment. OK. Are you here, present, reading? Or..? The ability to see your state of mind is a wonderful tool. When you cannot see your state of mind you are effectively blind. If […]

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Changing Patterns

In this essay I outline ways to change personal behavior patterns. But first, some words from a former President of the United States: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln. So before we start chopping, let’s sharpen the ax. When […]

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