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Being Mindful of Race

I’m saddened by the immense suffering in our country and in our world. We’re grappling with racial injustice, domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse, mental illness, and all to the backdrop of 120 thousand plus deaths due to COVID-19. While I feel ill-equipped to adequately address the complexities of race, I am going to do my best to speak about racial injustice in an honest and compassionate way. I apologize in advance for any oversights or biases caused by my own misperceptions about race. I work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, which means I help people foster and grow healthy relationships with themselves and others. When I meet an individual, family or couple, I ask what’s bringing them to counseling and gather a detialed history...

#45: Responding with Wisdom and Gratitude

**Announcement** A Keen Mind will host a NEW Online Community Meditation Group: Next Meeting: May 17th, 4pm EST- Details and how to register below.  This episode will help you explore how to respond to stress with wisdom and gratitude. Following this brief talk, there is a guided meditation that focuses on gratitude.  The NEW Online Community Meditation Group meets every other Sunday and is an opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness-meditation with the support of others. The group is open to everyone on a drop-in basis. There is no need to have prior meditation experience; however, you may find listening to this episode #43: Understanding Mindfulness and Meditation will help you understand more about mindfulness and meditation as you prepare to join the group. This community group...

#44: Finding Strength with Self-Compassion

**Announcement** A Keen Mind will host a NEW Online Community Meditation Group: First Meeting: May 3rd, 4pm EST- Details and how to register below. Practicing mindfulness helps us manage stress and can also help you become more resilient in the face of challenges.  Being mindful also means having compassion for yourself.  Practicing self-compassion and loving-kindness meditation reduces negative emotions, increases positive emotions, fosters resilience and   Self-compassion helps us feel more connected to ourselves and others, even when we are apart from each other. This episode covers the 3 components of self-compassion followed by a loving-kindness meditation The NEW Online Community Meditation Group that will be offered at the starting May 3rd at 4pm EST is an opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness-meditation with the support of others....

#43: Understanding Mindfulness & Meditation

**Announcement** A Keen Mind will host a NEW Online Community Meditation Group: First Meeting: May 3rd, 4pm EST- Details and how to register below. Meditation has been around for thousands of years, but it has not been until the last 40 years that science has taken a closer look at the benefits of a regular meditation practice. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., created Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as a way of bringing mindfulness meditation into the mainstream.  Dr. Kabat-Zinn said that he wanted to make meditation as popular as jogging; in my opinion, I would say that he has done an amazing job making movement towards this goal!  He has helped to popularize meditation by inspiring the creation of over 750 MBSR programs worldwide.  Mindfulness-meditation has received national...

Lower Anxiety and Put Your Logical Brain Back Online

Fear is a survival mechanism that teaches us to avoid possibly dangerous situations in the future. Since we know that the coronavirus is very contagious, it is wise to take precautions-but buying all the toliet paper shouldn't be at the top of our list. Logically, we understand that stockpiling mass quantities of toilet paper is not logical, however when we see other people pilling it into their carts, anxiety becomes contagious. The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain that helps us plan for the future by making predictions based on our past experiences. If we don't have enough information to safely predict what will happen, then we feel anxious, nervous or worried. It's normal to have anxiety during this...