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Donna Rockwell, PsyD
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Dr. Donna Rockwell is a mindfulness meditation teacher, with expertise developed over 15 years in Shambhala International meditation training and the Harvard University Continuing Education Program in Meditation and Psychotherapy. Dr. Rockwell is a grant recipient of Marjorie S. Fisher (Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation) for The Mindfulness Initiative through which Dr. Rockwell designed the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy curriculum in the Michigan School of Professional Psychology doctoral program, training graduate students in mindfulness-based theory and clinical practice. She also teaches Mindfulness, Meditation and Health at Saybrook University, Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine, and has presented at Esalen Institute. Dr. Rockwell is a researcher in the field of mindfulness and its role in clinical psychology training and practice, presenting her original research at annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, as well as at national and international conferences.

Dr. Rockwell is a specialist in Celebrity Mental Health, with published research on the experience of fame and celebrity in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, and in the book Film and Television Stardom, in the chapter: Ready for the Close-up: Celebrity Experience and the Phenomenology of Fame. Dr. Rockwell is a celebrity mental health expert who is quoted in major print media, regularly appears on TV and radio, and treats celebrity clients in her New York practice. Dr. Rockwell was mentored by Humanistic psychology founder, Clark Moustakas, PhD, at the Center for Humanistic Studies, where she was trained in person-centered psychotherapy and qualitative research, including phenomenological and heuristic research methods. Her training includes humanistic-existential psychotherapy, existential dream analysis, and play therapy.

In her clinical work, Dr. Rockwell is a psychologist in private practice, working with individuals, couples and adolescents in New York City and Farmington Hills, Michigan. Dr. Rockwell is a former TV journalist, covering Capitol Hill, the White House, and national politics for CNN and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. She is a regular contributor to Detroit’s Ambassador Magazine, in her column Being & Becoming and blogs for Huffington Post in Mindfulness in Everyday Life.

Entries by Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Mindfulness In Everyday Life: After the Honeymoon: A Memo on Marriage

(4) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:20 AM

Listen up. Marriage is hard work.

As trumpeted in I Do. I Did. Now What? Life After the Wedding Dress, by Jenny Lee, "There are always plenty of friends to argue the finer points of engagement rings, prenuptial diets, French bustles, and tiara vs. headpiece." But, the author...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: The Space Around Thoughts -- Mind the Gap

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Life. Running here and there. Preoccupied with this and that. Swept away by one thought or another.

We barely have time enough to notice time passing, never mind the preposterous proposition, dare I say, to notice not just our thoughts, but the space around them: a momentary peripheral reverberation,...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Embracing Your Sensuality: 6 Steps to Enhancing Your Sex Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:48 PM

A couple of years ago, I presented a paper on mindfulness in China, touring some of that country's major cities. I was reminded of being a young girl growing up in New Jersey, digging a hole in my backyard with a kitchen spoon all the way through the earth to...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Desperately Seeking Happiness (It's Easier Than You Think)

(5) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 4:35 PM

What does it mean to be happy? It is the most elusive of questions, and permeates much of our daily lives. While we toil away in our work and personal lives, we secretly pray for happiness. "I just want to be happy," so many people say. But do we even...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life -- So You Want to Be Famous? What You Need to Know About Celebrity

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 8:46 AM

When I was a young girl, my brother, sister and I would visit my grandparents in their Miami Beach condominium. One of my fondest memories is the way my grandmother would greet us at the door. "My celebrities!" she would shout, her arms outstretched, receiving us like rock stars on...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Sitting in a Darkened Theater -- Movies and the Mind

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Sitting in a darkened theater, no one can see my face. Cloaked and hidden, I am in a private world. My stomach clenches. Droplets of sweat sit on my lip. My heart is pounding. The hero of the film is emerging from a critical situation. I hold my breath. He...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: My Day With the Dalai Lama -- A Primer for Happiness

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 9:08 PM

After seeing President Obama meet with The Dalai Lama, I remembered my special day with him. On that day, The Dalai Lama smiled, shaking his head. There is no difference between the East and the West, he said. Everyone has the same "mind," so every person has the chance to...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: How to Meditate: 18 Tips to Successful Sitting Practice

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 6:10 PM

In order to lead a more enlightened life, it is important, first of all, to understand how the human mind works. We are often unknowing prisoners of our minds, swept away by whatever thought we may be having at the time. We give our thoughts too much power.


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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: 5 Sure Steps to Achieve New Year's Resolutions

(16) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 8:49 AM

We do the same thing every year. New Year's Eve comes and goes, and our New Year's resolutions, promised so fiercely at the stroke of midnight, are dismissed shortly thereafter, fading away over time, like friends who've moved to another city. It is the dirty not-so-little secret of New Year's...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Why Giving Makes Us So Happy

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 2:37 PM

Every day at one o'clock in the afternoon, a petite gray-haired woman pulls her silver Buick into the driveway of Common Ground Sanctuary, a home for adolescent runaways in Royal Oak, MI, where it stays until she leaves, late into the night. For the past 30 years, Barb Broesamle has...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: The Heart of Leadership, An Ode to Nelson Mandela

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 11:51 PM

What makes a great leader? Can benevolence be balanced with pragmatism? Can bottom line co-exist with the greater good? What are the quintessential signs of successful leadership? The passing of Nelson Mandela brings such questions to the fore. Nelson Mandela was a natural leader. The essence of the man propelled...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Compassion and the Art of Having Fun

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 11:42 AM

The world is a competitive place. That is why it's important to remember the value of kindness and compassion, or we might be taken over by a will to succeed at all costs and never have any fun or experience true joy. There is a quote from the

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: A Female Call to Arms to Be Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 1:47 PM

Consider throwing away all the extras and showing your boyfriend the real you. If you don't, if you choose instead to hide behind fake eyelashes and highly reinforced hair, if you primp and prod in order to look as much as you can like Angelina, or Beyoncé, or Rihanna, remember...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Raising Windhorse -- How to Harness Innate Personal Power

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 12:46 PM

America: the land of opportunity? In these challenging times, it is in each of our best interests to get the most from ourselves, plumbing our potential both personally and professionally, in order to turn those opportunities into realized dreams. To this end, everyone hopes to harness all the power they...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Famed Journalist Daniel Schorr Teaches Lasting Life Lessons

(6) Comments | Posted August 31, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Daniel Schorr taught me everything I know. Well, almost everything.

The famous Murrow Boy, who would have turned 97 today, is a Jungian archetype of the news junkie, a patron saint of journalism, a deity of telling-it-like-it-is reporting, a journalist's journalist. Dan was still a regular...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: The Trials of Michael Jackson: How Fame Killed the King of Pop

(21) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 3:02 PM

Mindfulness is an excellent intervention to help those in the public eye retain the requisite self-awareness to inoculate them against the greater ravages of the fame experience. The on-going Michael Jackson wrongful death civil trial focuses on assessing who is responsible for the pop singer's demise. But, in the end,...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: A Walk in the Woods and Return to Essential Nature

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 1:23 PM

In these modern times, I fear that we may be losing touch with our essential nature. Life has become so fast-paced, yet we are disconnected in our ostensible technological connections and cannot find firm grounding on the very earth beneath our feet. Run by emotion and speed, video-gamed and overtired,...

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Don't Be Afraid! Fearlessness -- A Place Beyond Fear

(4) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Many years ago, when my two 20-something sons were just babies, I would sometimes awake at three in the morning overcome with fear. It was a sense of foreboding that would tightly grab a hold of me, leaving me desperate, breathing in those short, panicky breaths unique to that hour....

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Personal Power -- Believe in the Power Within and Use It

(17) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 6:17 PM

When I was a young girl, I would venture into the woods behind my house almost every day. There was something special about the pristine world that began beyond the tree line. I knew it well: the huge throne-like rock on which I'd sit breathing in the clean air; the...

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Living a Successful Life: Lessons From My Father

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 11:51 AM

My father and I had a less-than-perfect relationship. As I would come to see, he didn't understand me very well at all, and our constant squabbles attested to that fact. So, one summer, home from college, it surprised me when, while discussing my future hopes and dreams, my father, with...

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