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This site was created as a project, dedicated to helping people to make sense of the psychotherapy process, inform them about its benefits and potential dangers, as well as discuss a wide variety of mental health related topics.
You can find out more details of what this project is about on the Call to Action page of this website. In this post, I’d like to take a few minutes to explain what it is NOT about.
It is not about bashing mental health professionals and the practice of psychotherapy, as many of my colleagues feel, when they come across my posts. Pointing out the systemic failures that are real is not bashing, it’s helping the profession to reform itself for the better, it’s helping it to improve for the common good of the society and for the common good of professionals themselves. Just like admitting to having a problem is the first step to solving it, as the 12-step rightfully suggests.[Continue reading…]
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I’ve had some good results with this type of practice, esp. with pain reduction.
Finally, a good excuse to simply lie down and do nothing! Although, it would be misleading to say that the body scan practice is simply about relaxation. Rather, the aim is to be aware of the different regions of your body, and allow yourself to experience how each part feels, without trying to change anything. Just being with what is there.
In Mindfulness for Dummies, Shamash Alidina describes the body scan as a way to get in touch with the body, let go of feelings of needing to get stuff done, and release pent-up emotions. Just like other forms of meditation, the body scan also trains attention. Alidina says:[…]
Posted by Andy Alt / 2014-02-06
At the end of a post by Kelly Brogan, M.D. — Steps to a Healthy Microbiome — I wrote the following as a comment:
I’ve been meditating for six years. Of the many things I’ve learned, one is that negative and positive energy from others – especially in proximity – can be “contagious”. My question is: has there been much research into the effects of how a mother’s “energy” affects a developing fetus? If a mother was having prolonged relationship difficulties during a pregnancy, or other stresses, to what extent would her negative energy affect the baby, if at all? Could this be one factor in “hereditary” mental health issues? On the flip-side, if a mother generally had a low-stress pregnancy, meditated regularly, would a baby be more likely to be physically, mentally, and emotionally more healthy?