CALM Compassion Study @ Emory

For many, though, the hard part is receiving kindness or compassion. How many times do you flinch or winch when someone says something good to you? Or maybe they offer to do a simple good thing. Do you receive gratefully or push it away?   Years ago I was at a conference where Charles Raison, […]

H.E.A.L. Process [Rick Hanson]

In the last newsletter I wrote about the negativity bias. Today I want to expand on that, using Rick Hanson’s HEAL Process. I wanted to share some of what I learned from the Harvard Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy I spoke at two weekends ago. In order to learn we need to actively cultivate two […]

Negativity Bias: Learning from Rick Hanson [what a joy!]

  I was scared (excited?) – and thrilled – to be presenting at the Harvard Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy right after Rick Hanson (great hero of so many of ours.) I hung onto every word he said for the two hours he spoke. What he taught us in the conference (and in his many books) aligns […]

3 Days To Go!

I have been on retreat — and suddenly realized, Goodness! The book comes out in 3 days!!!  Jeepers. People have been incredibly supportive. Some received their copies having bought directly from the publisher, W.W. Norton. My friend and colleague, Kristen, from Sweden posted her comments on Facebook. I shared her comment on the video. If […]

Deirdre’s podcast on the Trauma Therapist Project

Here’s a podcast from the podcast The Trauma Therapist Project. In the interview I share a bit about how my own trauma history came up and how I used the wisdom of yoga to transform my life. you might want to skip to about 2 minutes to the interview. In the interview I strongly advocated […]

Meditation…. why bother?

We all know that meditation is supposed to be good for us. And if we’ve tried it, and even if we have a long term practice, we realize meditation isn’t the simplest thing to do.  Our brain is tricky, as Paul Gilbert often says! So why bother?  Recently I read a study by a team […]

Wizarding World & Healing

I’m not a big fan of theme parks, but that changed when I had the chance to take my 12 year old niece to Harry Potter’s Wizarding World. We entered a brilliantly created magical world, complete with interactive wands to practice spells. Healing requires a similar immersion, a shift from one world to another. When […]

Me and Rick Hanson? Wow

When I saw this flyer I wrote Chris Germer who had invited me to speak at the Harvard conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy. “Wow. I don’t know if I should thank you or what. You’ve got me speaking after Rick Hanson!”   It’s truly an honor. And I’m practicing all the skills I have and […]

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