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Meditation and Mindfulness Benefits

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dan Harris, who wrote “10% Happier” gives such a clear explanation of the benefits of meditation and how to practice mindfulness, that I wanted to share it with you here.  Even though many of us think that we don’t have time to practice, he asserts that even 5-10 minutes a day can make a big…

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Mindfulness for the holidays

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The one thing you can always count on during the holiday season is that there will be plenty of opportunities to observe your stress reactions and practice mindfulness.  Our overly busy schedules become fuller, we burn the candle at both ends to try to keep up with it all, our normal routines are disrupted and…

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Acceptance and Dropping the Agenda

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | September 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

If you find yourself in the midst of a conflict between what you had expected/planned and what is actually happening, you might be feeling pretty miserable.  The quickest way to feel better is to find acceptance of what is already here and give up the struggle.  Here is an example of what I mean:  …

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My Favorite Mindfulness Master

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | June 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

I am just returning from a short retreat with my favorite mindfulness master. Every eight weeks or so, I travel  to spend time with this ancient and wise being, immersing myself in the calm, understated energy that emanates from him. I let go of my life’s agendas and practice just being, opening up to whatever is…

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We pause now, for this important message…

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

All it takes to turn “nowhere” into “now here” is a pause. It may seem an inconsequential change, and I’d like to suggest it is anything but.  The simple act of pausing can turn an ordinary, unconscious moment into the moment of a lifetime. By inserting a break in the action, we can radically change…

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Did you really get that?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | January 1, 2014 | 5 Comments

My son got married last month and I had a front row seat.  As I sat there taking it all in, my ex-husband had his smart phone out and took pictures throughout the ceremony.  I found myself wondering how much of the wedding he was actually experiencing. Taking photos of every big and small life…

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Can you be your own best friend?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | November 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

While driving the other day, I saw a sign that read, “Friends have a finger on your faults, they just don’t rub it in.”  This got me thinking about the epidemic of self-criticism that I see in my students, the people I see in my clinical mental health practice and, yes, myself. Often, our automatic response to…

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Mindfulness for cancer, chronic illness and pain

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | August 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

To learn how Mindfulness is helpful in cancer care, chronic illness and pain, watch my recent video:  

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Why I don't take insurance for the mental health services I provide

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | April 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

People sometimes ask me why I don’t take insurance as payment for the mental health services I provide.  I thought I might explain the reasons having to do with you, the client,  here in my blog as well as on my website.  (I’ll take up the ethical issues for counselors in a future post.) It…

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Got Anxiety? Try this…

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

It seems that everywhere I look, I see signs of anxiety.  The yoga student who drums her fingers on the floor during savasana…the colleague who complains that he can’t sleep…the client who is afraid to go out of his house…the business woman who has chronic neck and back pain…the teen who reports a stomach ache…

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