Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Skills

How to Overcome Anxiety & Improve Resilience [Acceptance & Commitment Therapy]

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression

Closure Redux

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Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much–just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work–to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is [More About This Book]

How To Achieve A State Of Happiness

This is one subject that we all think about once in awhile. I have found that although difficult we can achieve a state of happiness so long as we direct our thinking to that state of mind. Sometimes I’ll watch these talk shows that are targeted towards helping people with concerns, like being overweight, being self critical, not knowing how to solve their problems, feelings of depression etc. and the one thing I find about these people with these problems is that they don’t seem to know that it’s their own thoughts, their own way of seeing themselves, their own ways of focusing on more negative thoughts than positive thoughts that make… [Read Entire Story]

Fear – You Will No Longer Control Me

We see it all of the time. With friends and family that are into something that just causes them pain and suffering. We wonder to ourselves why on earth are they still in the situation they are in? Could it be that they are happier in misery? Perhaps. But for the most part it could be that these people, in these unhappy and unhealthy situations, just don’t know how to get out of them or they are afraid to take steps on their own to change for the better. Mainly due to the fear that it wouldn’t work out on their own or … [Read Entire Story]

The Birth Of Violence – A Theory on How and Why It Exist

What is it about human beings that makes us resort to violence? Sometimes I ponder this question and wonder why humans are so easily angered into violent acts. If we think about it, violence has been in human behavior since the dawn of time. Cane and Able for example; Cane being the first murderer and Able being the first murdered victim. All over Cane being jealous of Able. Did this set the path for human behavior? Or were we created this way? If this set the path or we were created this way, either way, I believe our creators were NOT perfect. (Note: I … [Read Entire Story]

Self Acceptance – Builds Inner Strength

I love the writings of Karen Casey in her book: Each Day A New Beginning. Here she writes about Acceptance. God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change. Many times, yesterday, last week, today and even tomorrow, we’ll come..face to face with a seemingly intolerable situation. The compulsion to change the situation, to demand that another person change the situation is great. What a hard lesson it is to learn we can change only ourselves. The hidden gift in this lesson is that as our activities change, often… [Read Entire Story]

How We Handle Anger

An old Japanese tale goes, a belligerent samurai once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of heaven and hell. But the monk replied with scorn, “you’re nothing but a lout…I can’t waste my time with the likes of you!” His very honor attacked, the samurai flew into a rage and pulling his sword from it’s scabbard, yelled, “I could kill you for your impertinence!” That, the monk calmly replied, is hell. Startled at seeing the truth in what the master pointed out about the fury that had him in it’s grip, the samurai calmed down, sheathed his sword, and bowed, thanking the monk for his insight. And that, said the monk…is heaven. Anger is a trap. When we allow ourselves to… [Read Entire Story]