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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

It’s pretty safe to say that everybody, at one point or another, has felt the pain of regret-a missed opportunity, perhaps, or the sense of having made a mistake. But when Abigail Stewart, PhD, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan, started tracking women in their late 30s, she found that this pain can be turned to your advantage.

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Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Mindfulness meditation — nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings, and state of mind — has been proven to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. According to the Harvard Gazette, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are the first to document meditation-produced changes in the brain.

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Mindfulness: Meditative Awareness

Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives and being aware of whatever is happening in the present moment – without judgment. Mindfulness is about cultivating a curiosity about ourselves and about who we are – being curious about how we view our world and our place in it…and about appreciating the fullness of each moment that we are given on this earth. Mindfulness is about paying attention in a particular and very important way: on purpose and in the present moment, with kindness and compassion.

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Eating Mindfully: An Introduction and Overview

This year, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26-March 3, 2012. In recognition of this significant event, my thoughts are with both the individuals suffering from a diagnosed eating disorder as well as with the individuals who fall outside of the diagnostic box yet who suffer daily in many ways. As a medical professional treating people with eating disorders and related issues, I understand firsthand that these individuals long for a life of balance and wise nourishment yet find themselves eating in unhealthy ways, often causing weight gain and distress. Emotional eating can become a way of life, leaving a person feeling trapped and at the mercy of their thoughts, feelings and habitual behavior.

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