The Skill of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a skill like any other. It can sometimes be difficult to learn, because it is so diametrically opposed to the way we’re accustomed to thinking, acting, and doing. Some of the techniques of mindfulness may feel strange at first, simply because they are different. ‘Different’ doesn’t mean ‘better’ or ‘worse,’ it simply means … Read more

Last Chance to Save on the MBE Facilitator Certification!

The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Program is a program developed by the Mindful Ecotherapy Center, LLC to train the general public in the skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy. It meets once per month for twelve weeks. The Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy Program is designed to help the general public develop the skills of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy and is led by a … Read more

What is Mindfulness?

The most basic mindfulness technique involves simply paying attention to the moment. One way to do this is to focus only on your breathing, without thinking about anything. If a thought comes to mind, simply note it and let it go, without judging yourself or the thought. It’s perfectly natural that thoughts will try to … Read more

Negative and Positive Thoughts

Human beings in general are very good at getting caught in negative thought processes. You might try this activity sometime to illustrate the point: Buy a bag of marbles and carry them in your pocket all day. Every time you catch yourself having a negative thought during the day, take a marble out of the … Read more

Living in the Moment

We all have things that make us anxious. Think about some things that cause you anxiety or stress. Now ask yourself, “How many of them have to do with worrying about events that happened in the past?” It doesn’t matter how recently in the past the event took place. It could have been five years … Read more

Process Addictions

Emotional aggressors can sometimes become addicted to their gaslighting behaviors. The three major symptoms of an addiction are withdrawal, tolerance, and loss of control. In substance abuse, “withdrawal” manifests in physical and psychological symptoms upon abstaining from the drug of choice. “Tolerance” means that it takes more and more of the same drug to get … Read more

How Gaslighting Works

Last week we talked about what emotional aggression is and how emotionally aggressive people often use gaslighting to achieve their goals. Today we’re going to talk about how gaslighting works. We’ll also discuss some common statements used by gaslighters who are being emotionally aggressive. The term “gaslighting” comes from the 1938 play, Gaslight. This was … Read more

Emotional Aggression and Gaslighting

One of the concepts we frequently talk about in Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy is emotional aggression. Emotional aggression is the aggressive use of our own emotional states in an attempt to manipulate or control others, or in an attempt to make others be responsible for our moods. If I hold others responsible for my emotional state, I … Read more

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