What Should I Do With My Mind?

When we’re not busy thinking about our problems, what should we do with our mental energy? Is it a good idea to just let our minds wander to the next topic, or is there something more beneficial we could be doing?  We will briefly overview research on how mental focus affects our moods, and offer […]

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Self-Compassion Revisited

Research shows that self-compassion, a core idea of Buddhist practice, is a better predictor of mental health than self-esteem. Last December Doc presented an overview of self-compassion. This time, we’ll take another look at this powerful concept and how it can help us in the coming year. Frederick “Doc” Heide is associate professor at the […]

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The idea that you should love yourself has been around a long time, but new psychology research shows that this actually is a smart thing to do. Although often confused with self-esteem, Self-Compassion is a separate approach and has significant advantages. This talk will briefly overview the three components of Self-Compassion: (1) self-kindness, (2) recognizing […]

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Although we require assumptions to conduct our lives, we run into problems when we base our actions on assumptions that appear true but turn out to be faulty.  Starting with an anecdote about a dog that seemingly defied the laws of physics, Doc will describe the value of an open-minded nonjudgmental stance that holds lightly […]

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