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Wellness Matters: Hanging on to negative thoughts? Don’t, try mindfulness instead

By Jan Carden KyForward columnist   We all struggle with negative thinking – negative thinking about our work, our bodies, our financial situation, other people, the meal we just ate, politics, the future, something someone said to us, events in the past.   It’s seemingly endless.   But it’s not surprising. We are hardwired to track and to hold onto negative information...

Wellness Matters: If parent/child conflicts persist, behavior modification can help

By Jan Carden KyForward columnist   (Editor’s note: All names used in this column have been changed to protect confidentiality.)   Julie and her 13-year-old daughter, Amy, came for an appointment the other day to discuss concerns for the upcoming school year.     Julie described her daughter as always having a sweet disposition and as very precocious.  Throughout elementary school,...

Wellness Matters: Live mindfully this spring to improve mood, reduce stress, be happier

By Jan Carden KyForward columnist   There’s a wealth of information about the benefits of mindfulness. Being present in the moment without judging or reacting is associated with improved mood, a reduction in stress responses, enhanced concentration, better relationships and overall healthier living.   Very naturally we can get caught up in what is not going right, focused on what we want,...

Wellness Matters: ‘Letting go’ is difficult
but in the end can bring tremendous relief

By Jan Carden KyForward columnist   Pain is physical, suffering is mental. Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting. It is a sign of our unwillingness to move, to flow with life. Although all life has pain, a wise life is free of suffering. Nisargadatta   Wanting something, fearing the loss of something and trying to hold on to something are likely our greatest sources of emotional...

Wellness Matters: Clear unhealthy wants, desires from thoughts, find joy in the present

By Jan Carden Access Wellness Group   “Seeking is endless. It never comes to a state of rest; it never ceases.”  – Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness   The first time I heard how wanting and grasping is actually a source of pain I thought that seemed a bit extreme. Now I get it. As I’ve gotten older I understand how my constant wanting mind...