Would you like to cultivate a healthy mind, a wise heart and
become less emotionally reactive?
Mindfulness-based psychotherapy brings out the best of human possibilities. It focuses less on your childhood or history, looking for pathology or what’s wrong about you, more on what is going on right now and positive aspects of yourself, leading to increased empowerment. In other words, you aren’t the problem, you’re great the way you are…but your thinking, or behavior could be improved upon!
Developing awareness of your thoughts and emotions through skillful practices such as mindfulness can help reduce unpleasant internal states such as ruminating, obsessive thoughts, persistent uncomfortable negative feelings or judgments. Learn more here about how to apply mindfulness to life situations.
A contemplative practice helps the mind become quiet, focused, spacious and stable, in addition to reducing mind-chatter.Consequently, this allows insight and clarity to arise, which leads to increased self-awareness, resulting in being less emotionally reactive. Ultimately, more accurate perception, judgment and decision-making emerge.
Does this sound good to you?
Cutting edge research with brain imaging indicates, among other findings, that areas of the brain associated with intense or reactive emotions like fear or anxiety become inactive, or calm, during meditation, whereas centers responsible for compassion and loving feelings become more active!
Mark Epstein M.D. describes Buddhism in ‘Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart’ (Broadway Books. New York. 1998.), as “The most psychological of the world’s religions, and the most spiritual of the world’s psychologies.”
“Dr. Levine does powerful work…From an HIV+ man afraid to disclose, to a woman beset by inexplicably unresponsive physical symptoms, I’ve watched in wonder as their health and life considerably improved during their work with Josie. As a busy M.D., I’ve found her to be an invaluable asset to my practice.”Mary Romeyn, M.D.