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    The integration of mindfulness and cognitive therapy should become part of the basic training of every professional who {works with} people with depression, from psychiatric nurses and psychiatrists to clinical and counselling psychologists. – Daniel Goleman, PhD, author of Emotional Intelligence Our Health and Mental Health Professional courses are designed for those who want state-of-the-art […]

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    Depression is the leading cause of disability as measured by YLDs and the fourth leading contributor to the global burden of disease (DALYs) in 2000. By the year 2020, depression is projected to reach second place of the ranking of DALYs calculated for all ages, both sexes. Today, depression is already the second cause of […]

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    We all experience anxiety sometimes. It can make us feel crazy. Ultimately, if we practice mindfulness meditation the anxiety often dissipates. In reality however, meditating is sometimes too far a stretch from where we are, and we need to be Mindful of what is needed. I use two conceptual models that give a cognitive understanding of […]

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    It is not the difficulties that arise in life that unbalance us; it is our emotional responses to those difficulties  When our internal experience keeps us from connecting with ourselves in a calm and peaceful way we might react in one of three ways. We can respond: wanting to hold on, wanting to push away, […]

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      We tend to be gracious, ordered and successful in the areas of life we value most.   And we are vulnerable to feeling guilt, resentment, comparisons or sadness when others are gracious, ordered and successful in different areas. We can feel inadequate, or superior next to someone who is doing better/worse than us, forgetting that […]

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    People trust – and follow – people who are real, who are consistent, whose behaviour, values and beliefs are aligned. We trust people we do not constantly have to second guess. I recently gave the closing speech at Adelaide’s first Mindfulness Symposium for The Royal Adelaide Hospital Wellness Centre. All people who are influencing others are practicing […]

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    Relationship Conflict: learning to be mindful We all experience conflict with others at times.  It is a normal, albeit uncomfortable part of life.   We can feel confused, reactive, hurt, avoidant, angry and a myriad of other emotions as we react to what we think is going on.  This can make the distinction between difference and […]