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Mindfulness-Based Parenting Intervention

MindfulnessTrauma-Informed, Mindfulness-Based Intervention Significantly Improves Parenting

Researchers at Jefferson’s Maternal Addiction Treatment Education & Research (MATER) program found significant improvement in the quality of parenting among mothers who participated in a trauma-informed, mindfulness-based parenting intervention while also in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Results of the study, the first to scientifically test a mindfulness-based parenting intervention with this population, were published July 27 in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

“Our results validate a powerful intervention when it is needed most,” said senior author Diane Abatemarco, Ph.D., MSW, principal investigator, Director of MATER and Associate Professor of OB/GYN and Pediatrics in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. “By improving parenting through mindfulness, we may be able to change the intergenerational trajectory of trauma and improve children’s and families’ lives.”

A total of 160 women participated in a 12-week mindful parenting intervention at Jefferson’s Family Center, an outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment center that cares for women who are pregnant, parenting or working toward reuniting with their child. The mindfulness-based program included mother/baby education and practice, education on the impact of trauma, and mindfulness meditation. Themes included non-judgment, full attention and compassion.
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The Scientific Power of Meditation

How exactly does meditation affect your body?


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Counseling, Hypnosis & Guided Imagery

Counseling, Hypnosis & Guided Imagery

Counseling is beneficial to all. Counselor holds up mirror, doesn’t judge us. Counselor is partner with tools like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps shift patterns in thinking. Shifting the ways we think about stress can help. Clinical Hypnosis for relaxation and healing. Helpful before and after surgery. Relieve tension in muscles. Headache pain and lower back pain. Using mind to help the body. Guided imagery uses imagination to relieve tension. Healing thoughts that can relax us. “Go” to a peaceful place in your mind.


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10 Tips & a Meditation for Riding Life’s Turbulent Waters

Meditation10 Tips & a Meditation for Riding Life’s Turbulent Waters

We can’t stop the waves from coming in and out of our lives, but we can learn to skillfully surf them when they do roll our way. Here are yoga and meditation teacher Coby Kozlowski’s 10 tips for navigating rough waters, plus a meditation on The Power of Pause, which is part of her new Quarterlife collection of guided meditations for Meditation Studio.

Coby Kozlowski’s Tips for Riding Life’s Turbulent Waters

1. Learn to trust life.
Nature teaches us that there are cycles to life: beginnings, middles, and endings. Knowing this helps us to feel more confident that things will, in fact, change.

2. Remember that there are things you just don’t know yet.
We often suffer because we forget that there is more to unfold. Have faith that things will become clearer as they unfold over time.

3. Celebrate your authentic self, exactly as you are.
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MindfulnessTake A Moment to Be Mindful

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment, such as how the air smells and feels as you walk your dog, or how a bite of bread tastes with dinner. The ultimate goal is to help shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life.

Scientific examination of mindfulness shows that it can improve both physical and psychological symptoms and create positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors.

Here are two mindfulness exercises you can try on your own.

Basic mindfulness meditation

Sit on a straight-backed chair or cross-legged on the floor.

Focus on an aspect of your breathing, such as the sensation of air flowing into your nostrils and out of your mouth, or your belly rising and falling as you inhale and exhale.

Once you’ve narrowed your concentration in this way, begin to widen your focus. Become aware of sounds, sensations, and ideas.

Embrace and consider each thought or sensation without judging it as good or bad. If your mind starts to race, return your focus to your breathing. Then expand your awareness again. Read More


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