What's taken me so long to tune in to Mindful in May? The month-long online curated journey hosted by excellent host and Australian psychiatrist Elise Bialylew is inspirational. 👌👍
Here's some awe-inspiring highlights:
👉 Judson Brewer Psychiatrist, neuroscientist
In his book The Craving Mind, Brewer explains how mindfulness intervenes with tenacious addictions. For example the Facebook scroll. It's no good telling yourself "stop it". Instead, pay bare attention to the actual feeling it gives you. Pleasant? Or not?
👉 Tania Singer Social neuroscientist
The difference between empathy and compassion (each occupy distinct brain circuits). An overdose of empathy leads to empathic distress and withdrawal. Compassionate intent or loving-kindness, on the other hand, results in helpful behaviours, without burnout.
👉 Kelly McGonigal Health Psychologist and Stanford lecturer
Regular exercise jumpstarts the reward system, sensitising the brain to joy and pleasure, because during exercise, muscles secrete uplifting chemicals, like hope molecules, according to McGonigal in her book The Joy of Movement.
👉 Helen Hunt & Harville Hendrix Relationship coaches
Relationship is two people and the space between them. The space of silence, of tension, of playfulness, of misunderstanding. People need to feel safe to connect. Tone of voice is a deal-breaker. The ‘zero negativity’ principle saved their own marriage.