A Simple Practice for Our Clients and Ourselves
By Susan Pollak - I particularly like the suggestion to use the time we spend washing our hands during this pandemic to build up mindful compassion in ourselves. So, rather than sing the rather insipid “Happy Birthday to Me” song for 20 seconds, why not repeat these compassion phrases instead? I’m finding that this simple version helps my clients feel more connected and less helpless as they go through their day.
An Eight-Step Practice for Parents
By Susan Pollak - Often when we have an intense emotion, we respond to it as a call to action. We feel we have to “do” something. Yet emotions reveal important information, and they’re here for a reason. It’s good to get curious about them, to notice them, to allow ourselves to feel them in the body, rather than push them away. Here's an eight-step process for doing so.
A Mindful Exercise for Healing Old Wounds
By Susan Pollak - Becoming a parent gives us a chance to grow by attending to old wounds, including many that we may have forgotten. The aim is not to deny our history, but to understand it and develop a new relationship with it, bringing self-compassion to ourselves in those moments when we lose it. Here's a seven-step process that can help.
Four Strategies for Helping Therapy Clients Embrace Mindfulness
Clinicians often make a variety of mistakes while trying to introduce mindfulness, and in my 30 years of trying to figure it out, I’ve made all of them. So let me share some of my bloopers with you in the hopes that you can avoid them. After all, meditation teachers often say, “This practice is simple, but it isn’t easy.” Perhaps the best piece of advice for helping people stay with mindfulness is to have them find something enjoyable in the practice. And above all, do your best to make sure that the practice fits the patient.
Seven Myths about Meditation: A one-size approach doesn’t fit all
Seven myths about meditation for clinicians to ponder.