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Stress Management

Plan "B"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / August 3, 2009 /

In the summer, I normally spend long weekends and an occasional week at our family cottage in northern Michigan. As my parents age, I have increased the amount of time I am there, because I want to be with them as much as possible before they return south for the winter. This year, I arranged…

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Building strong roots for mental health

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / May 27, 2009 /

I have a cottage on a lake in northern Michigan, surrounded by old and mighty trees. They persevere through the most ferocious blizzards and thunderstorms that come up out of the west. Yet each spring, I find trees that have fallen towards the west, by winds that have come from the east. After some contemplation,…

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Don't believe everything you think!

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / May 6, 2009 /

How often do you examine your thoughts? Are you even aware that you are thinking most of the time? Most of us are not. And this opens the door for your thoughts to run your life, rather than you. “We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts,…

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Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / April 16, 2009 /

Looking for an effective means of stress reduction?  Mindfulness is an effective way to improve the quality of your life – whether you are dealing with chronic illness or pain, anxiety or depression, or just feel that life is too  full, yet empty. This YouTube video of Jon’s mindfulness talk at Google is a great…

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Comments from MBSR students

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / February 12, 2009 /

Here are some comments from students who have taken the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class at Awakening Health: “This class has helped me to, each day, live mindfully. I am more comfortable in “letting life unfold” and being aware of what is going on around me…and inside me.” Connie “This course helped me discover the…

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Gratitude

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / November 16, 2008 /

What do you have to be grateful for? It might seem like a funny question with all that is going on in the world these days, and it is an important question. So important that I believe we should be asking ourselves every day. When we choose to focus our attention on what is going…

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Attention to just "being"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / July 24, 2008 /

Many of us are feeling overwhelmed and depleted. Family issues, politics and war, the economy, our jobs, our health, all occupy our thoughts. We worry about the future and may be obsessed with things in our past. All of these concerns weigh us down and we may not know how to start caring for ourselves…

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / September 30, 2007 /

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class will teach you a way to relate directly to the events in your life, to consciously and systematically work through experiences. You will develop healthy and positive approaches to handling stressful challenges, whether they are physical or emotional. By enrolling, you will discover: • Practical tools and skills for handling…

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / September 30, 2007 /

Through the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class at Awakening Health, you can become the change agent of your life. Receive support and instruction as you participate in this deeply engaging course. This life-affirming class is offered in 8 weekly sessions. New sessions begin every Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer term. Some employers provide reimbursement for…

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