Hi I’m Dr. Neil Kobrin, clinical psychologist, author of the book Emotional Well-Being: Embracing The Gift of Life, founder and president of Academy of Mindful Psychology and an international workshop leader in Mindfulness and Emotional Health.
My intention for this blog, entitled Mindful Moments, is to discuss topics related to what I have referred to as Mindful Psychology; the integration of mindfulness, psychology (both Western and Eastern) and neuroscience.
We are living in a very exciting time. New research continues to demonstrate the benefits of mindfulness, meditation and other contemplative practices on the brain, as well as for our emotional well-being. Imagine that by simply attending to our inner life through concentration, focus and attention, we could actually change not only how our brain functions but the structure of our brain itself. And this could influence how we function emotionally.
We are such an outwardly focused culture. Everything is “out there”. We are conditioned to believe that once we attain what is out there we will be happy. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to work. Even those who have gathered lots of out there stuff, those who have significant material wealth, seem to suffer the travails of life. Does it surprise you to know that after an initial spike in happiness lottery winners not only revert back to a their original base line of happiness but often fall below this line?
We need to refocus our attention. We need to attend to the present moment and not languish in the past or long for the future. We need to cultivate our loving heart, our compassionate heart, and realize that we are all in this together. We are all interconnected. Give of your heart and you will reap the benefits. Love fully and often and perhaps beyond all else, be kind and compassionate to yourself.
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.