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Prepare for the anxious moment

Hi there, Group. Thanks for your time. I’m grateful for the chance to spend time with you. To listen to this as a podcast, click here. This week, we’re discussing how to prepare for the anxious moment. We’ve already covered the therapeutic attitude of willing acceptance and differentiating between anxiety and danger. Let’s quickly review. Remember …

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The therapeutic attitude of willing acceptance

The first Core Principle Module is The Therapeutic Attitude of Willing Acceptance.This module is an introductory session and a summary of the next five which explain the therapeutic attitude of willing acceptance in greater detail.  Differentiate between anxiety and dangerPrepare for the anxious moment Embrace uncertaintyAvoid avoidancesFloat through anxious experiences mindfully Meet Wise Mind Do you …

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Run after the bus, sometimes.

Hi there, Group. Great week. Question for you: When you are half a block away and people are getting on the bus you’re about to miss, what do you do?  Your answer helps us understand your experience during incidental exposure.  The short answer is run after the bus, sometimes. Flexibly. Humorously. Like your life depends on …

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Intentional Practice – Part I

You’re wondering if you are doing ERP correctly and if it will make you better. Great question. There’s a lot to discuss, so we’ll break this up over the next several weeks.  ERP stands for exposure and response prevention. It is a cognitive behavioral treatment technique. Anxiety is created, maintained, and intensified by experiential avoidance. …

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Paradoxical effort

Try to remember that your present is a gift. Don’t try too hard. Let’s talk more about paradoxical effort.  As we’ve discussed, if you try to use mindfulness to suppress or control your thoughts and feelings, they will increase and grow stronger. Mindfulness in any given moment is not meant to alleviate psychological suffering. A …

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The present is a gift.

Let’s elaborate on building a compassionate attitude towards the present moment.  While anxious, so many sufferers have critical thoughts like, I’m supposed to be mindful right now. I should be using my skills. I’m not doing this right. It makes everything worse. If this is you, try cueing yourself with My present moment is a gift I can offer myself right …

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