Cultivating Mindful Awareness - Transforming Depression and Anxiety | Befriending Emotions

Lee Lipp, Ph.D.

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Now More Good News!!

Combining mindfulness practices and psychotherapeutic approaches can help us to see more clearly the mental habit patterns of the mind. Why would we want to do this? Because some of the most recent neuroscience research points to us being able to see that our brain is always changing throughout life. It is not static; it is always changing. We used to believe that we couldn’t grow new brain cells. We now know through sophisticated brain imaging tools in neuroscience labs that that’s old-fashioned thinking.

“Who are you? said the Caterpillar.
Alice replied, rather shyly, “I-I hardly know, Sir, just at present-at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then.”
... Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

We continue to grow new brain cells! which means that we’re able to change and relate to old mental habit patterns in new ways. Ahh, relief… we’re not stuck with those patterns-they can change. With the practice of mindfulness, we’re able to recognize old-fashioned thoughts and relate to them differently.

So now you have the key!

For cultivating skills and encouragement to use the key you may wish to participate in one of Dr. Lipp's workshops.

This “The Whole World is Medicine” article
will help you know how we use the key.