Tracy Ochester

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Ruby Wax on mindfulness and why she doesn’t like the term ‘mental health’

Comedian Ruby Wax is quick to tell me that her second book, <i>A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled</i>, is not a book about mental illness: “Mental illness …

Three ways to become more mindful in the new year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The lights dimmed, the music faded and — just like that! — I was floating in pitch black. The only sound: my own breathing. That …

Can I Make New Year’s Resolutions & Still Practice Non-Attachment?

So, if we’re supposed to let go, cease striving and cultivate acceptance, how do we reconcile this with the wishes and desires that bring many of us …

How to float your cares away: Three ways to become more mindful in the new year

The lights dimmed, the music faded and — just like that! — I was floating in pitch black. The only sound: my own breathing. That was a promising …

Self Compassion

Compassion is a willingness to be open to the suffering of another combined with a desire to eliminate the suffering. It is a seen as a virtue in …

Neither Praise Nor Blame

At different stages in my practice I have found it very useful to use a mantra – a sort of slogan, aphorism or catchphrase – to anchor me and remind …

Causes and Conditions

I have at times found it very useful to carry a particular mantra or aphorism with me in meeting the experiences of day to day life. These helpful …

Afflictive Emotions: Depression

For the purposes of this discussion, <i>depression</i> does not refer to any of the mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder. …

Multitasking Is No Longer Something to Boast About

<i>This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.</i><p>What are you doing while you read this? Are you dipping into your email while texting, reading …

Yoga nidra is gaining credibility as a stress-reducing technique

EASTON — It’s Friday night and while others unwind over cocktails after a tough week, 14 people come to Easton Yoga Center to lie side by side on the …

Key Scientific Papers

These are fundamental scientific papers – all in the public domain – related to brain science, relationships, well-being, contemplative practice, and …

It’s True, Mindfulness Can Suck…But it’s Supposed To.

Day by day the practitioner wanders further into the darkness until every last tiny light is extinguished through Right Exertion. Then… WHAMO!!! The …

Afflictive Emotions: Anxiety

For the purposes of this discussion, <i>anxiety</i> does not refer to any of the mental illnesses such as generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. …

Afflictive Emotions: Obstacles to Freedom

In this series, we will explore the <i>afflictive emotions,</i> mind states that can cloud our view of reality, causing suffering for ourselves and others. …

Practice Reflections: 2 Years of Mysore

This month concludes two years of daily Mysore style ashtanga yoga practice and I am grateful to have found this place of refuge in my life.<p>Ashtanga …

Mindfulness Myths

Mindfulness might be considered a household word these days and in its dissemination, it has been mischaracterized in a number of ways. It is a state …

Mindfulness Myths: #4 It’s a Quick Fix

Mindfulness has nearly become a household word, yet many of us only have only a surface understanding of its meaning and practices. In this series, I …

Watch the Tears as Community Pays For Beloved Crossing Guard’s Prosthetic Repairs

For ten years, Fetene has managed the same intersection despite his prosthetic limb now in need of repair – so the community decided to lend a …

Seva & Bodhicitta: Compassion in Action

Compassion is concern for suffering and the desire to eliminate it. <i>Seva</i> is a Sanskrit word spoken in yoga circles that means selfless service.</i> …

A Path Toward Happiness: Help Others, Help Yourself

Researchers have found that one of the key elements of happiness is altruism or kindness to others. It turns out that most human beings get a boost …

Lessons From the Döns

I’m a perpetual optimist and naturally pretty content. Research says I’m lucky to be that way, but it has also gotten me into trouble at times. …

Spirituality

Meditation the new tool to reach peak performance

It’s relatively easy to spot the physical differences between, say, an Olympic rower and a couch potato. But it’s the mind as much as the muscles that make a champion – so is it possible to pick an “elite brain” out of a crowd of ordinary grey matter?<p>That’s the challenge that a team of …

Take Heart, Have Courage, Pass it On

When life serves up something unexpected, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, we can find ourselves off balance. Even wanted change can be stressful. …

Mindfulness: Why isn't it working for me?

Pranayama: Breath as Vehicle

Pranayama is the 4th limb of ashtanga, the system of yoga the sage Patanjali described in his Yoga Sutra. It means <i>breath control</i> or extension of life …

Yoga

Pratyahara: Mastery of the Senses

Pratyahara is the 5th limb of Ashtanga, what the sage Patanjali called the eightfold path to enlightenment described in his Yoga Sutra. In this 5th …

The Power of Pet Peeves

Are you easily annoyed by people or situations? Does traffic on the commute to work make your teeth grind? Maybe the way your partner eats has you …

The You Factor in Psychotherapy

Did you know that <b>you</b> are the most important factor in your therapy? It may seem surprising given the amount of time we spend searching for the right …

Forget Drinking Games: The Final Presidential Debate Calls for Yoga

A guide to keeping calm once Clinton and Trump take the stage in Las Vegas<p>No matter whether you lean blue or red, the first and second presidential debates were stomach-churning experiences. The decline of civil discourse, the low popularity ratings of both candidates and the general feeling of …

Presidential Debate

Samadhi: Luminosity & Clarity of Mind

In meditation, when observer, act of observing, and object of observation collapse into oneness, this is <i>samadhi</i>, the 8th and final limb of yoga. …