In times of difficulty one of the most helpful things to do is to simply respond with kindness. But that’s often easier said than done and it takes practice. Lovingkindness (LKM) or Metta meditation is a way to practice intentionally cultivating an attitude of kindness and friendliness, both to yourself and others. We’ve just recorded a new set of guided meditations that take you through the four phases of LKM which you can now find on our website here (under the Lovingkindness meditation series (female voice) heading). And in case you think this is all too warm and fuzzy for you, here are 21 science-based reasons to try Lovingkindness Meditation from our sister website ACTwithCompassion.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”– Jack Kornfield I have a secret, one that I hide from most of my other therapist friends and colleagues. I hate the concept of self-care. There, I said it. My name is Jenna, I am a therapist, and I say f%&k self-care! That could get … Read more Ditch self-care. Try values instead.
The podcast Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton incorporates an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective on the struggles we face, ideas about psychological flexibility and mental health, and what we can all do to lead a well-lived life.
Hello friends and colleagues. As we usher in a new year, we pause to take a look back at 2018, an exciting year of growth and new beginnings for us here at Portland Psychotherapy. Expansion of clinical staff means more specialized services and an increased ability to serve our community We just celebrated the one-year … Read more Portland Psychotherapy 2018 Year in Review
“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” — Rumi Just about three years ago, I wrote a blog post titled “Pain and values: two sides of the same coin” about our amazing … Read more Pain, values, compassion, and a dying dog