6 Steps to Ignite Your Core Creativity

6 Steps to Ignite Your Inner Creativity

Most of us were taught that creativity comes from the thoughts and emotions of the mind. The greatest singers, dancers, painters, writers, and filmmakers recognize that the most original, and even transformative, ideas actually come from the core of our being, which is accessed through an “open-mind consciousness.” In ancient traditions, open-mind consciousness was considered Read more »

The Wanting Mind of Depression

The Wanting Mind of Depression

As a therapist in Los Angeles I’ve seen more than my share of patients who are dealing with various forms of depression and unhappiness. One common personality trait I’ve found and wrote extensively about in my book, Wise Mind Open Mind is their unwholesome thoughts and beliefs that come from what I call the “wanting Read more »

Access Your Core Creativity with a Mindful Pause

As I write in my book, Wise Mind, Open Mind, you don’t have to “try” to be creative when you access your core creativity. You don’t have to “think through” what to do next, because a sense of possibility and wonder will simply come to you, followed by ideas that flow into you. By becoming Read more »

3 Steps to Mindfully Shift Negative Thoughts & Feelings

The belief “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is false, at least as far as brain science is concerned. It has proven that the brain is far more malleable than we ever thought. We can develop new relationship, communication, and money-management skills at any age, especially with mindfulness training. Mindfulness allows you to Read more »

The Art of Mindfully Letting Go with Buddha’s 4 Noble Truths

Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Buddha was like the first psychologist, teaching his followers about the power of changing their mental processes in order to alleviate emotional discomfort and embrace change. One of his insights were the four noble truths that helped people free themselves from the patterns of thinking and behaving that perpetuate their Read more »

Mindfulness, Music and the Creative Flow

I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely and unique Jenny Boyd, author of It’s Not Only Rock’n’Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal The Source of Their Creativity. Jenny was a model with her sister Pattie Boyd in the psychedelic 60’s. The two of them where known as the original, “Apple Music Girls,” living in an exciting Read more »

Mindfully Surrendering Stress

Stress is primarily caused by external triggers and how we deal and process it depends upon our constitution and temperament. People who handle stress mindfully will tend to be less reactive, are more macro focused on the “big picture” and have a thicker skin. Those who are micro focused on the little details are usually Read more »

Four Steps to Mindfully Ride the Ebb of Life

Adapted from Ronald Alexander’s book, “Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss and Change” As a therapist working with people in creative industries, I’ve seen how the idea that “you’re only as good as your last project” creates an unwholesome dissatisfaction and constant striving to do better, a perfectionism Read more »

8 Mindful Paths to Let Go of the Need to Control

A few years ago, in my capacity as a mindfulness based business coach I was brought into a record company to help resolve a crisis that was plaguing the marketing team. I asked to sit in on their strategy meeting and, within minutes, noticed that they were all fighting for control of the situation. What Read more »

Top 5 Resistances to Change & Their Remedies

I often see patients in my psychotherapy practice who are unable to make changes in their life and do not understand why they keep sabotaging their efforts. Usually this is due to a hidden resistance or unwholesome belief associated with the desired change. There are five hindrances that I’ve found to be particularly common in Read more »