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Elisha Goldstein

How to Find the Right Mindfulness Teacher for You

Ira Israel | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

When I meet fellow mindfulness teachers I sometimes ask, "What do you think the difference is between mindfulness and Buddhism? If the teacher starts prattling on about brain states and alpha waves and prefrontal cortexs and amygdalas, I will wish him or her the best and quietly excuse myself.

Where Do We Find Peace and Freedom? An Interview With Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Tara Brach embodies and emphasizes that beneath the turbulence of our minds and hearts is a loving awareness that as we learn to tap into over and again can reveal a source of resiliency, peace and genuine happiness.

The Benefits Of A Quick Mental Check-In (WATCH)

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Don't look for mindfulness to cure your anxiety, depression or addiction; look at it more as a new way of relating to life, a way of coming home, nurturing a healthier heart and opening up to the experience of being alive.

Happiness Is The Way

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Sometimes we need to put our feet in front of our heads and then our thoughts and emotions will follow. We don't have to climb Mount Everest, but if all we can do is take even one step in that direction, it can make a difference.

Inspiring a Mindful Nation: An Interview With Tim Ryan

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

There have been a number of people and books raising awareness of the importance of cultivating greater mindfulness for the purpose of healing great stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, chronic pain and even creating great joy.

The Slow-Down Diet: Enjoying Food, Feeling Better

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 07.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Have you ever been sitting at a meal with someone, or even by yourself, and been halfway through the meal without having tasted the food? In my experience, the odds are likely that you'll be nodding your head up and down.

The Neuroscience of Bad Habits: Dr. Nora Volkow

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Just because our brains have been altered by addiction, doesn't mean we're destined to fall into the same habits. With the right skills, community and support we can learn how to break out of routine and into a life worth living.

Is Facebook Making Us Lonelier? The Great Mindful Experiment

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

We can make the argument that it's not the medium of social media that's making people lonelier or helping them feel more connected, it's the way people relate to the medium.

Refusing to Forgive: 9 Steps to Break Free

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Forgiving does not mean forgetting or condoning! Forgiveness is for the person who was perpetrated, not the perpetrator. It is saying, "I have already been offended against, I am going to let go of this so I don't continue to be burdened by it."

One Good Way To Kick A Bad Habit

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Bring this practice into the moments of your life at home and at work where you notice the habits occurring. Allow it to widen the space of awareness and choose a different response.

Mindful Parenting: The Buck Stops Here

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 06.20.2012 | Parents
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

One of the most important gifts a parent can give a child is their presence, validation and security.

A Simple Way to Trick Your Brain Toward Mindfulness

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 06.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Just like signs on the road may help remind us to slow down or remind us of children crossing, we can put up signs with short verses in our day to day to remind us to be how we want to be.

The Essential Ingredient You May Be Missing For Happiness

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 05.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Incorporating just a bit more play in your life, or even changing the way your relate to playful activities that you're already doing, can have great benefits in your life. Choose to sprinkle some of this in today.

Handing Your Brain Happiness And Stress Relief

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

One thing we now know is that a very simple type of connection actually reduces activity in the area of the brain that is responsible for releasing our stress hormones.

Outsmart Your Stress at Work: The 'Email Meditation'

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

In today's accelerating business world, people are constantly being told there's no time to "be" and they don't manage their time well, so it's no wonder why more and more people every day are left feeling exhausted, unfocused, unproductive, unhealthy, and burned out.

Take One Minute To Stress Less

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

When it comes to our stress or uncomfortable emotions, the brain mistakenly uses the same approach and unknowingly make our stress and pain worse.

The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change The Rest Of Your Life

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Millions of people, including professionals in mental health, medicine, business, sports, and even politics have begun to integrate mindfulness into their lives. Why? We're a culture that believes in science, and the science is speaking.

Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You Think

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

As we intentionally practice and repeat having these experiences they get stored as implicit memories. These are the memories that influence our immediate snap judgments and decision making from moment-to-moment.

The Now Effect: A Must-Read New Book on Mindfulness

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 05.01.2012 | Books
Dr. Susan Albers

It is my pleasure to introduce you to an excellent new book on mindfulness entitled,\ The Now Effect.

How To Break Free From The Addictive Fix

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

When caught up in the cycle of addictive behavior, there is an inability to accept whatever is being felt in the present moment and the mind is constantly wandering onto the next "fix."

Release Your Stress And Refocus

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

In this past year I've become acutely aware of the mounting stress that has been rising in our work culture.

A 500-Year Plan For Humanity's Mental Health

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 08.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Altruistic acts need to be introduced into our mental health plans. If you choose some way to help future generations and you're involved on an ongoing basis, you will absolutely benefit psychologically.

Sharon Salzberg On How To Get Real Happiness

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

I think we are basically looking for a happiness that isn't going to be vulnerable to changing conditions. So that's what I am calling real happiness. We get it, I think, from happy inner resources.

Technology Vs. Humans: Who's Controlling Whom?

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

If our most valuable resource is our attention and much of the time that attention is pulled toward our phones, iPads, computers, etc., then what part of life are we missing out on?

4 Steps To Get Unstuck

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

In order to get unstuck, we need to understand that there are perceptions, judgments and opinions that occur so quickly beneath our awareness that we get stuck before we even notice any thoughts arise.