Bite-Sized Meditations for the Busy Human Being

The third in a series by Linda Graham, MFT, based on Healthy Brain, Happy Life by Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscientist at NYU. Dr. Suzuki acknowledges her own struggles, as so many of us have, with sticking to a formal meditation practice…. Read more »

The Importance of Sleep for Emotional Health, Brain and Body

Linda Graham, MFT examines ways that adequate sleep serves your emotional and physical health; the brain, nervous system, heart, mood and stress levels.  She offers ways to set up the conditions for replenishing sleep. I’ve often written about resilience in… Read more »

Rest in Center

Rick Hanson, PhD takes a look at the experience of being “all over the place” and how to get centered.  He encourages you to seek your wisdom, especially in the face of fear, anxiety and self doubt. Gravity and entropy are powerful processes… Read more »

Do Positive Experiences “Stick to Your Ribs?” Take in the Good.

Rick Hanson, PhD takes a look at how the brain’s negativity bias sets many of us up to struggle with allowing positive experiences to stick. Scientists believe that your brain has a built-in “negativity bias.” In other words, as we… Read more »

Resilience Through Creating a Circle of Support

Linda Graham, MFT examines how creating a circle of support as a refuge can build resilience, whether in life or visualized. Refuge simply means a safe, supportive place to be when we are fragile or confused, a safe place to… Read more »

Tools for Resilience: “Hand on the Heart” for Calm

Linda Graham, MFT looks at oxytocin’s ability to calm the mind/body and increase resilience.  She offers an exercise to do that. Oxytocin is the neurotransmitter of the “calm and connect” response and is the brain’s direct and immediate antidote to… Read more »

Are We There Yet?

Rick Hanson, PhD, examines how we can spend too much time trying to get “somewhere,” the impact on the brain  and offers tools to be more present. We spend so much of our time trying to get somewhere.  Part of… Read more »

Do One Scary Thing a Day

Linda Graham, MFT looks at the benefits of doing something scary every day which can build the brain’s capacity for resilience. The scary things we could choose to do each day could vary quite a bit from person to person or… Read more »

Lower the Pressure

Rick Hanson, PhD looks at stress management from a neuroscience perspective and how we can “lower the pressure” we put on ourselves. Why? Things come at us with so much urgency and demand these days. Phones ring, texts buzz, emails… Read more »

Pet the Lizard

Rick Hanson, PhD takes a playful look at how we all can benefit from “petting our inner iguana” to calm our brains – and reduce fear, anxiety and trauma.   I’ve always liked lizards. Growing up in the outskirts of… Read more »