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CredibleMind Blog by Dustin DiPerna M.A. | View Original Blog

Welcome back to our series, “Faces of CredibleMind.” Over the next few weeks, we are sharing interviews with our content contributors. You can learn about who they are, what inspires them, and their self-care practices. This includes actionable tips and practices you can do to positively affect your wellbeing.

Last time, we featured Ari Goldfield and Jennifer Stern. This week, we are featuring Dustin DiPerna, an author and meditation teacher. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief at CredibleMind and expert on Meditation, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology. Learn more about Dustin’s passions below.

1. Who’s inspired you in the field of mental health and spiritual growth?

My two closest mentors are Ken Wilber and Daniel P. Brown. My personal relationship with both of them has changed my life. Ken taught me how to love other human beings through mere presence and how to think using frameworks that can integrate vast sums of human knowledge. …


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CredibleMind Blog by Michael Stern | View Original Blog

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, public health data in the U.S. was showing an alarming rise in the rates of physical diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, as well as increases in mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and suicide. The pandemic has only made matters worse.

Behavioral patterns tend to spread among family members when they live in the same household, and children watch what parents do and are likely to follow their cues. This makes it hard for kids to break out of unhealthy patterns when everyone around them is engaging in the same behaviors. …


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CredibleMind Blog by Kirsti Frazier M.A. | View Original Blog

Yoga is more than 5,000 years old. Since it was originally developed and practiced in northern India, this ancient practice evolved over the centuries into a system that rejuvenates the body and focuses the mind for yoga enthusiasts worldwide.

Yoga made its way to the West around the turn of the 20th century, and now, yoga studios and online yoga classes abound, making it easy to find and drop in on a class from anywhere, including the comfort of your own home.

If you choose to invest your time and money in any style of yoga class, you are likely to benefit as research has shown that practicing yoga enhances physical and mental wellbeing. It’s not surprising that it has become so popular in the West. Yet there are so many styles of yoga to choose from that it can be hard for beginners to know where to start. And even if you are an experienced yoga practitioner and would like to try something different, you might not know which of the many styles would be a good match for your unique needs and wellness goals. …


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CredibleMind Blog by Jennifer Stern, LISW | View Original Blog

Welcome back to our series, “Faces of CredibleMind.” Over the next few weeks, we are sharing interviews with our content contributors. You can learn about who they are, what inspires them, and their self-care practices. This includes actionable tips and practices you can do to positively affect your wellbeing.

Last time, we featured Ari Goldfield. This week, we are featuring Jennifer Stern, LISW, a cognitive behavioral therapist. She is a blog writer and Grief & Loss expert for CredibleMind. Learn more about Jennifer’s passions below.

1. Who’s inspired you in the field of mental health and spiritual growth?

Many people have inspired me in my personal and professional spiritual life. One of whom is my Grandmother’s best friend, Maggie. I can picture her wearing blue jeans, in her 80’s, sitting with her legs folded beneath her on the ground, talking endlessly about spirituality, and sharing her beliefs about death. She believed that when your spirit is ready to move beyond the physical it leaves the space suit that is your body and roams freely. …


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CredibleMind Blog by Ari Goldfield, M.A. J.D. | View Original Blog

Welcome to our new series, “Faces of CredibleMind.” Over the next few weeks, we will share interviews with our content contributors. You can learn about who they are, what inspires them, and their self-care practices. This includes actionable tips and practices you can do to positively affect your wellbeing. First, in this series, we are featuring Ari Goldfield, M.A. J.D., a licensed psychotherapist. He is a blog writer for CredibleMind, covering topics such as meditation, election stress, and more. Learn more about his passions below.

1. Who’s inspired you in the field of mental health and spiritual growth?

My Buddhist teacher, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso. I spent twelve years with him. He taught me that rather than being frightened by my experience, I could open to it, and it would actually reveal itself as workable. In the field of psychology: John Bowlby and Heinz Kohut, who emphasize the importance of love and nurturing; and Carl Rogers, who encourages us to look on individuals (including ourselves) with unconditional positive regard, and to not let up in my efforts to know my own experience and be empathic with that of others. …


Tips for National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10)

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CredibleMind Ambassador Blog by Mara Waldhorn M.S.| View Original Blog

When I was in my twenties, a dear friend frequently called to express suicidal thoughts and feelings of deep depression. I’d often be out when she called and would squat against the side of a building as the bustle of New York City whizzed by. I’d pick up no matter where I was, secretly terrified that if I didn’t, my friend would take her life. …


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CredibleMind Ambassador Blog by Rev. Chelsea MacMillan | View Original Blog

I’ve always loved a good personality test. When I was an awkward adolescent, I spent hours on sparknotes.com, which I sometimes used for help on my English homework, but mostly visited in order to do silly quizzes like “Which Friends Character Are You?” or “What Kind of Cheese Are You?”

Back then, I don’t think that I could have named why these quizzes were so interesting to me. I know now that I was learning about myself by relating to various archetypes and metaphors, no matter how silly. …


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CredibleMind Ambassador Blog by Leo Bierman, MS, LAc | View Original Blog

Grief is a part of life, and it comes in many forms. It often comes when we don’t expect it, whether it is from a new loss, or from an old loss that is paying our hearts a visit again. Grief is natural, just as death is, yet it can be profoundly difficult to experience. Grief can sometimes remain for a long time; far longer than we sometimes might want or expect. Despite its difficulty, grief can teach us deep lessons about how to relate to life and to death. …


The Second Wave of Mental Health Harms That Follows Disasters Is Here

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CredibleMind and UC Berkeley Article by Jonathan Adler, MD, FACEP and Deryk Van Brunt, DrPH| View Original Blog

Natural History of Mental Health Impacts

Humans constantly experience death and despair on a wide scale due to natural disasters and violent conflict. Across humanity, about 56 million people die each year.[1] Natural disasters, including contagion, killed 11,000 people in 2019 and 120,000–150,000 die in violence associated with armed conflict. …


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CredibleMind Ambassador Blog by Rev. Chelsea MacMillan | View Original Blog

As we move into July, it feels important to acknowledge that June was PTSD Awareness Month. This year, our world has been rocked by pandemic, economic instability, and here in the US, police brutality and subsequent uprisings. With all of this intense turmoil, the word trauma is taking on a new meaning, with many experts predicting that the “second wave” of COVID-19 will be the mental health crisis caused by skyrocketing unemployment, ongoing social isolation, and an uncertain future.

Personally, this time has felt pretty tough, but I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I live in a house with two wonderful people, I live close to a big park, I’m healthy and safe and don’t know anyone who’s died from the pandemic. It hadn’t really crossed my mind that I could be experiencing trauma during this time. …

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