Mindfulness for the Wallflower

Mindfulness for the Wallflower

By Jason Drwal Kevin Schjerning, a 48-year-old film and video editor, doesn’t simply dislike social gatherings; he finds them overwhelming. “I basically feel claustrophobic,” he says. “I have to get out of there.” An estimated 22 million people in the U.S. have social anxiety disorder, an intense and disabling fear of being judged or humiliated in social situations. Living with…

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Connect To Your Heart Center

Connect To Your Heart Center

Meditation doesn’t come easily for many of us. In fact, most people I know find it challenging and give up after a few tries. Because it’s definitely not one-size-fits-all, I’ve often felt that if everyone had access to a variety of different practices we would have a larger community of meditators. For me meditation is getting up at 5:30 in…

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How To Activate Your Brain’s Caring Center: Compassion

How To Activate Your Brain’s Caring Center: Compassion

5 ways to increase your skills at compassion and the benefits The quality of cultivating and expressing compassion is central to almost every religion on Earth, and also a major focus in the field of psychology. Concepts such as “mindfulness” or “loving-kindness meditation” have been steadily growing in popularity for several decades, and today a large body of evidence supports the…

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