The Refugees of Mindfulness: Rethinking Psychology’s Experiment with Meditation

"Jill" is 32 and works as a lawyer in the southwest. She wrote to me explaining that during her meditation she sometimes feels a panic attack coming on and has disturbing mental images. She cannot control it and does not know what she is doing wrong. When we talk for the first time I ask her when it began. "It started a few months after my therapist taught me mindfulness..." … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Why I went from being a top student to an expelled dropout

This is a kid following his heart and head with integrity believe it or not. I suspect he will be successful in life. Learning to trust ourselves is more than half the battle and our school system sure as heck does not teach us that.

ACEs Too High

I was expelled from school in 9th grade, and I’m currently 19 years old with no plans on ‘finishing’ my education (as if education ever ends). I say this with pride, because too often, people dismiss academic-underachievers as “lazy,” and any attempt to explain our side is labelled an excuse. I feel a need to show why it’s rarely that simple for the kids who leave school. I used to be a top student, the kind that got praised by teachers, friends, and family alike. For me to leave that behind, it had to take something special. Through the following moments, I will share how I went from a parent’s dream child, to a delinquent with a reticent family.

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Petty stuff in our psyches

When we're exhausted/sick/tired remain mindful. This allows us the opportunity to become mindful of all the petty stuff in our psyches...This is when our mind loves to toss up all the deep, dark crap. Watch without attachment. It will pass. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Less is often more when it comes to medicine

The Agenda asks: are patients over treated and overprescribed in modern health care? The second of two programs looking at the modern realities of medicine. In support: A medical system where patient harm is part of standard care, yes, here in the USA … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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