FEED THE RIGHT WOLF

Michael HoffmanConsciousness, Mindfulness, Personal Growth, Self-Improvement

Pema Chödrön describes the process of looking compassionately and honestly at our own minds. In the end, she says, freeing ourselves from anger and hostility comes down to choosing which wolf we want to feed. As human beings we have the potential to disentangle ourselves from old habits, and the potential to love and care about each other. We have the capacity to wake up and live consciously, but, you may have noticed, we also have a strong inclination to stay asleep. It’s as if we are always at a crossroad, continuously choosing which way to go. Moment by moment, ... Read More

MUST READ BOOK FOR MEDITATORS

Michael HoffmanMeditation

ATTENTION MEDITATORS! BE SURE TO READ THIS NEW BOOK! Do you feel that your meditation practice could be more alive, more dynamic? Are you having trouble beginning? Do you feel a sense of frustration or ineffectiveness when you sit, or you’re not sure how to integrate it into your daily life? Maybe you’re beating yourself up for the method or frequency of your practice? Maybe you once believed in a “hero’s journey” of practice but now feel disenchanted? Morgan says he was hesitant to write this book, because “who wants to read a ‘self-hell’ book?” But after seeing how common ... Read More

NOTE FROM MICHAEL HOFFMAN

Michael HoffmanMental Health, Psychology

Hello and Thanks to all Sober Buddha Blog readers! The following post from the work of Roy Baumeister is the first in a new policy for this blog. It's long and violates the basic readability rule that blogs should be short, easy-to-digest snapshots. NOT TRUE. Our culture has already been hypnotized into stupidity by technology-structured writing, and Sober Buddha is fighting back. New posts here will often be at least 500 words and will require careful attention and afterthought. They will often be excerpted from the brave, excellent work of writers whose work the mainstream corporate media is prohibited from ... Read More

THE HEALING POWER OF NEGATIVE SYMPTOMS

Michael HoffmanMental Health

You don't have to let negative symptoms of depression, anxiety and addiction drag you down. This article from Mad in America shows you how to see the hidden power of healing in the symptoms themselves. Are They "Symptoms" or "Strategies?" by Ron Unger, LCSW What exactly are “mental health problems”? In the mainstream, psychological difficulties are seen as “symptoms” of an “illness” or “mental disorder” and based on this the focus is put on suppressing them, either by using drugs, or shock, or by psychological interventions that also aim to “eliminate the problem.” Unfortunately, this mainstream approach often works poorly, ... Read More

ATTACK OF THE THERAPY APPS

Michael HoffmanConsciousness, Counseling, Humor, Meditation, Personal Growth, Self-Improvement, Therapy

I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked into Starbucks yesterday. There were three old men sitting on tall cafe stools in a middle table, surrounded by a crowd of teens, soccer moms, retirees from Leisure World and dapper young Turks in Armani suits. Usually people sit in anonymous pairs or just small groups and talk quietly, but this was a big event because the three white-haired men in the middle of the frenzy were Socrates, the father of question and answer therapy; Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychoanalysis and Dr. Carl Jung, the father of depth psychology. They ... Read More

KINDERGARTENERS TALK ABOUT MINDFULNESS IN “JUST BREATHE” SHORT FILM

Michael HoffmanMeditation

Call and write your Congressmen demanding legislation requiring all schools K-12 to teach meditative breathing. In this four-minute film, kindergarteners talk about coping with emotions and using meditation and breathing techniques. About Michael HoffmanMichael Hoffman Facebook Twitter Google+Professional counselor Michael Hoffman motivates clients to overcome anxiety, depression and addiction by transforming self-limiting beliefs. His mindfulness meditation techniques help them discover new meaning in life as they grow more conscious of their psychological and spiritual potential. He is a Doctor of Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD) and a certified hypnotherapist (CHt).Share this Post

TIMBERRR! PSYCHIATRY’S EVIDENCE BASE FOR ANTIPSYCHOTICS COMES CRASHING TO THE GROUND

Michael HoffmanMedication, Psychiatry

If this is true, how many other ineffective or even harmful diagnoses and treatments get recommended to mental health patients every day? By ROBERT WHITAKER Featured Blogs | December 29, 2015 from Mad in America When I wrote Anatomy of an Epidemic, one of my foremost hopes was that it would prompt mainstream researchers to revisit the scientific literature. Was there evidence that any class of psychiatric medications—antipsychotics, antidepressants, stimulants, benzodiazepines, and so forth—provided a long-term benefit? Now epidemiologists at Columbia University and City College of New York have reported that they have done such an investigation about antipsychotics, and ... Read More

PTSD-RELATED MDMA STUDY CLAIMS TO HEAL FEARS AND HEARTBREAKS

Michael HoffmanLove Issues, Self-Improvement

Don't rush out and buy Ecstasy to heal your old fears and heartbreaks. This is new research on mice -- not people. From PsyPost.org: Researchers have discovered that MDMA — commonly known as ecstasy or molly — speeds up the extinction of the conditioned fear response in mice. The findings help explain why the psychedelic drug is of benefit to people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Clinical studies have found that using MDMA as an aid during psychotherapy resulted in long-lasting improvements in PTSD symptoms. But Matthew Young of Emory University and his colleagues wanted to understand the psychological mechanism ... Read More