• Anxiety,  Buddhist Psychology,  Uncategorized

    What Anxiety Does to the Body

    Humble Warrior Therapy is a holistic, integrative approach to mental health, emphasizing the inextricable link between mind and body. This mindfulness-based therapy is rooted in philosophies of yoga and Buddhism, which both promote an extremely comprehensive notion of health. When we experience a certain state of mind, our physical body is affected (and vice versa). So what are the effects of anxiety on our physical health? How does feeling anxious affect the various systems and functioning of our bodies? Read on to learn about some of the physical health symptoms of anxiety: Headaches Breathing problems Increased heart rate Decreased sex drive Upset stomach Muscle aches and pains Extreme fatigue Increased blood…

  • Trauma,  Uncategorized

    Healing PTSD through Buddhist Therapy

    PTSD is a disorder that develops following a scary, shocking or dangerous event. The clinical diagnosis as laid out by the DSM states that adults with PTSD must experience all of the following symptoms for a period of at least 1 month: At least one re-experiencing symptom: Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating Bad dreams Frightening thoughts At least one avoidance symptom: Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the traumatic experience Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms: Being easily startled Feeling tense or “on edge” Having…

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    In Need of Some Inspiration? Check Out These Quotes

    “Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are; it solely relies on what you think.” – Buddha “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha “Be patient; everything comes to you in the right moment.” – Buddha “You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.” – Vironika Tugaleva “Stop trying to ‘fix’ yourself; you’re not broken! You are perfectly imperfect and powerful beyond measure.” – Steve Maraboli “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” – Wayne Dyer…

  • Mindfulness & Meditation,  Uncategorized

    Meditation Jitters?

    According to Yogapedia, meditation is “the process of quieting the mind in order to spend time in thought for relaxation or religious/spiritual purposes” with the goal of attaining “an inner state of awareness and intensify(ing) personal and spiritual growth.” In order to achieve such inner peace and quiet, meditation teaches us to concentrate the mind on a sound, image or feeling (such as the breath or a mantra). In recent decades, numerous studies have been undertaken documenting the physical and mental health benefits of meditation, including the following: Increases immune function Decreases Pain Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level Increases Positive Emotion Decreases Depression Decreases Anxiety Decreases Stress Increases social…

  • Anxiety,  Uncategorized

    How to Survive A Panic Attack

    What is a panic attack? According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), a panic attack is “the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes and includes at least four of the following symptoms: Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate Sweating Trembling or shaking Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering Feelings of choking Chest pain or discomfort Nausea or abdominal distress Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint Chills or heat sensations Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations) Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself) Fear of losing control or “going crazy” Fear of dying” (ADAA.org) Panic attacks are…

  • Stress,  Uncategorized

    Is Stress Your Constant Companion?

    Stress. Stress Management. Being stressed out. For so many of us, these words are part of our daily vocabulary. We find ourselves stressed out by anything and everything, constantly anxious and about to explode. Why? Does it have to be this way? Can we ever find peace of mind or are we doomed to live a life of chaos? According to Buddhist psychology, the answer is no, it doesn’t have to be this way, and yes, we CAN find peace of mind. Stress is the result of cognitive appraisal: according to appraisal theory, stress occurs when we evaluate a situation as being something we can’t manage or handle. The key…

  • Relationships,  Uncategorized

    Relationships, Marriage & Couples Counseling

    One of the most common reasons people seek therapy is problems in their relationship. From communication issues and conflict management to intimacy, sex and fidelity concerns, relationships are filled with opportunities for self-growth. And this, from the perspective of Buddhist psychology, is the key to it all: wanting to grow and evolve into your highest self. Relationships trigger the deepest issues in all of us, touching on problems and patterns we first experienced as young children. Issues with attachment, codependency and autonomy seem to abound, with so many of us trying to navigate the waters of long-term monogamy or marriage. The Buddha said “You yourself, as much as anybody in…