Addiction

What is your favorite kind of trance???  Yesterday we talked about getting sucked into drama as a way of avoiding the reality of our own present moment.  What else puts you in a trance?  With all of the distractions available how can we even tell the difference between zoning out, going on auto-pilot and being […]

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40 Days of Letting Go: Day 35 ~ Letting go of drama

by Donna Torney on October 5, 2015 · 0 comments

We humans will go to great lengths to stay out of the present moment. The present moment terrifies us. We can be very ingenious with the variety of drama we create and cling to in order to stay away from the here-and-now. Today’s letting go exercise:  What kind of drama do you create for yourself? Read through the […]

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We all have them, habits that get in our way of reaching our full potential.  At it’s heart, mindfulness is about changing habits  –  habits of the mind that feed into unskillful action. In our mindfulness practice we work with unproductive, habitual thoughts – for this is the start of any addiction.  For example we might […]

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40 Days of Letting Go: Day 3 ~ Let go of shame

by Donna Torney on September 3, 2015 · 0 comments

What do you feel when you hear the word shame?  How about guilt?  Shame is usually a toxic emotion that keeps us frozen in time.  Guilt on the other hand, can be instructive, and can spur us on to be our best selves.  Your mindfulness practice can help you develop your best, loving, calm, abiding self.  So first, […]

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Recovery 2.0 Free Online Conference

by Donna Torney on June 8, 2015 · 3 comments

The free on-line 2015 Recovery 2.0 Conference starts June 15 and offers CEUs for health care providers.  Check out the youtube video below to learn more about the Recovery 2.0 movement:

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Motivation, liking, and wanting

by Donna Torney on May 17, 2015 · 0 comments

Liking without wanting is sometimes described as heaven.  Wanting without liking can be described as hell.  Can you think of a time when you wanted but didn’t like?  This unhappy state usually comes about when we caught up in a bad habit, or following some scripted life plan that does not really align with our values. […]

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Passion vs. Addiction

by Donna Torney on May 16, 2015 · 0 comments

How do you know you are pursuing a healthy passion or following an addictive drive? In his book, The Realm of the Hungry Ghost, Gabor Maté looks at the elements of passion and addiction: “Any passion can become an addiction.   How to distinguish between the two? (ask) Who’s in charge – The individual or the […]

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Gabor Maté takes a mindful look at addiction, in all its forms:

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In our culture it’s a point of pride to be over scheduled, stressed, and frazzled.  Anything else qualifies us as lazy, unmotivated, and (gasp!) average.  True story:  I overheard the following conversation in a restaurant in Harvard Square last fall.  I assume  it was parents’ weekend at Harvard, for as I looked around the restaurant […]

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Pulling, Pushing, and Positive Emotion

by Donna Torney on March 22, 2015 · 0 comments

Reduce the amount of time you spend in uncomfortable mood states.

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