Tag Archives: psychology

From troubled couples to problem kids, mindful awareness to the rescue

Washington Post It Isn’t About the Trash Can explores some of the growing uses of mindfulness by psychologists:

In mental health terms, mindfulness is the awareness that emerges from focusing on the present and the ability to perceive — but not judge — your own emotions with detachment; it enables you to choose helpful responses to difficult situations rather than reacting out of habit. While Western thought separates religion and science, Buddhists see mindfulness as both a spiritual and psychological force.

Also check out the test for innate mindfulness. None of this stuff is earth-shattering news for anyone who has been practicing. It’s the mainstreaming of non-Western knowledge.

My yoga intention for the new year

I was reading the Bulletin Board from eSutra (brought to you by the NYC’s Breathing Project) and saw an interesting idea: Kelly McGonigal is offering an e-mail based course called “Can Yoga Really Change My Life?” It will last all year and consist of weekly course content sent to you (by e-mail, naturally) and include:

“instructions for specific breathing exercises, meditations, or yoga poses, as well as more general themes for your personal practice. Practice suggestions integrate yoga philosophy and tradition with current  psychological and medical research. You will also receive ideas for applying your practice to daily life.”

I have cited Kelly’s website and her work often. She is associated with Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. I like her approach to yoga, and her involvement in Western scientific research in yoga.