Cultivating the safety needed to turn towards sensations of anxiety

Healing from anxiety is ultimately about developing the courage to feel unpleasant sensations, thoughts, and emotions.  It’s our inability to be present with these experiences that leads to unskillful behaviors like obsessing and emotional eating.  However, it’s not always easy to turn towards these sensations.  Often they are incredibly strong and can seem downright scary.  … Continue reading Cultivating the safety needed to turn towards sensations of anxiety

How embodied connection can help us face our social fears

Embodied connection can help us move closer to our social values and face our social fears. When we are not acting according to our social values, we are often unaware of what’s happening in the moment. Despite our best intentions, we end up acting in the same ways we have always acted.  There have been … Continue reading How embodied connection can help us face our social fears

Healing OCD and anxiety-my story(the long version)

Healing OCD and Anxiety- My story (the long version) While certainly not always a pleasant path(what treatment for OCD is though?!), my experience has shown me that there is astonishing healing possible when combining exposure therapy with mindfulness practices and training.  In the long run, and with practice, it’s the mindfulness practice itself that becomes … Continue reading Healing OCD and anxiety-my story(the long version)

Treating OCD with the mindfulness and compassion tool RAIN

Three steps to healing OCD with RAIN Mapping OCD habit loopsSeeing clearly that OCD doesn't feel goodBefriending OCD with RAIN.  Replacing compulsions with more rewarding behaviors like mindfulness and compassion. 1. The first step is to get a clear understanding about how our OCD habit loops are driving the neverending nature of OCD.  We need … Continue reading Treating OCD with the mindfulness and compassion tool RAIN

Out of the anxiety habit loop- Recognize and Allow with RAIN

Mindfulness and Compassion offer us a way out of the anxiety habit loop because upon investigation they turn out to be more rewarding than our previous anxiety behaviors.  In this article I want to introduce a tool for dealing with anxiety and difficult emotions called RAIN or the RAIN of self compassion.  This acronym has … Continue reading Out of the anxiety habit loop- Recognize and Allow with RAIN

Befriending OCD with mindfulness and compassion training-(my healing journey)

My experience has shown me that healing from anxiety/OCD is possible when combining exposure therapy with mindfulness practices and training.  In the long run, and with practice, it’s the mindfulness practice itself that becomes the exposure therapy.  I learned to turn towards the difficult sensations of OCD, anxiety, and panic and get curious about their … Continue reading Befriending OCD with mindfulness and compassion training-(my healing journey)