Category Archives: Mental Health

New Course: Presence, Integration, and the Cultivation of Well-Being in Relationships and Family Systems

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This new course, launching on July 14 — and only available for a limited time — focuses on how making sense of our experiences and relationships shapes the way we interact with others and the world around us. Cultivating presence can help support important changes in neural structure that lead to integration, balance, happiness, and more rewarding and deeply connected relationships.

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The Art & Science of Living with Presence & Connection: A Special Training Retreat with Jack Kornfield, PhD and Dan Siegel, MD

Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel will host a special retreat this January.

For the first time ever, Jack Kornfield and I will host a retreat for a small group in Santa Monica, California over the weekend of January 22-24, 2016. It will be a transformative, fun weekend, limited to 30 persons.

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Soul & Synapse

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Imagine immersing yourself in a systematic exploration of the nature of mind that gives you a new way to experience life. And then consider that you can “integrate consciousness” at the same time as you are diving deeply into a new way to knowing your mental world. But how do you integrate consciousness? What could be differentiated in our experience of being aware? And how can we then link those elements of consciousness to one another? Continue reading

Mindfulness As Integration

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Mindful awareness can be considered as a way of being, more than something that involves our “doing” something. Engage a certain “state of mind” that has the range of qualities we have heard repeatedly even though there is no fixed and final definition of mindfulness: How we pay attention (different from awareness), on purpose (but it doesn’t have to be done with active effort, it can in fact be an intention that happens Continue reading

Mind, Emotion, and the Spectrum of Autism

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Last month was Autism Awareness month and I’m writing today to remind us that autism continues to be a compelling global issue that consumes the tireless efforts of families and professionals throughout the year.

In our human family, there are many ways the now seven billion (and rising) of us live in the world.  Our culture shapes our communication with each other interconnecting us across the planet in our fast-moving digital age.  Human societal change unfolds as cultural evolution influences us by way of how our interactions with each other shape us across the generations.  Continue reading