The Mindfulness and Health Blog is a space to share science, ideas and practical experiences about how the practice of mindfulness relates to health (personal balance). The blog content is meant to be simple so it can be applied in real life – right here, right now. The blog is not intended to create back and forth responses, nor to give specific “right” answers, but rather to create conditions for people to practice and experience hands-on if what we offer works to improve their health.
Chronic pain is a prevalent disease, affecting 1 in 10 U.S. adults, according a 2012 national survey . Commonly these patients are prescribed opioids to dull the physical experience of their pain. This has led to an opioid epidemic - in 2012 alone there were enough opioid prescriptions written for [...]
While it is a given that muscle training and technique are crucial to peak performance, recently more and more attention has been given to the impact mindfulness has on performance. The connection between the essence of mindfulness, the experience of flow, and peak performance lies in maintaining a nonjudgmental present-moment [...]
Improving quality of life is one of the most important goals in health care, particularly in the treatment of chronic conditions. Emotions can play a critical role in the quality of life of individuals with chronic conditions. For example in individuals diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), one of [...]
As a provider I have come to realize that the challenges and difficulties we face when dealing with the health care system are a given. It is only through profound listening and observation that we can recognize the moment for action, the opportunity for growth, the path that will allow [...]
Often when we speak, we assume that the other person is intently listening to what we are saying. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Without truly listening, proper communication cannot take place. This breakdown in communication is particularly devastating within the context of medical care, when a person’s health [...]