Why we must make friends with OCD(and anxiety)- a little story

The less we truly know OCD (or anxiety in general),  the more we struggle with it.  The more we get to know OCD, the less of a struggle we have.  Below is a little story to illustrate this:  In it I'll touch upon the 4 steps of RAIN (Recognize, Accept/allow, Investigate, Nurture).  This is the … Continue reading Why we must make friends with OCD(and anxiety)- a little story

How embodied connection can help us face our social fears

Embodied connection can help us move closer to our social values and face our social fears. When we are not acting according to our social values, we are often unaware of what’s happening in the moment. Despite our best intentions, we end up acting in the same ways we have always acted.  There have been … Continue reading How embodied connection can help us face our social fears

A model for social freedom

Social Connection model or “What am I unwilling to feel socially?” Connection-Benefits us and others (we all want connection) Connection (with ourselves and others)requires contacting the direct felt sense of what we experience in our bodies and making friends with it.  Our bodies move towards pleasant sensations and away from unpleasant sensationsOur fears around connection are … Continue reading A model for social freedom

Social connection and social habit loops (my story)

Recognizing Social Habit loops In previous posts, I have talked about how the first step in befriending anxiety is to become aware of how the mind works by mapping out our habit loops around anxiety.  If we are not aware of what’s happening, it will be impossible to change.  The following article talks about some … Continue reading Social connection and social habit loops (my story)

Healing OCD and anxiety-my story(the long version)

Healing OCD and Anxiety- My story (the long version) While certainly not always a pleasant path(what treatment for OCD is though?!), my experience has shown me that there is astonishing healing possible when combining exposure therapy with mindfulness practices and training.  In the long run, and with practice, it’s the mindfulness practice itself that becomes … Continue reading Healing OCD and anxiety-my story(the long version)

Treating OCD with the mindfulness and compassion tool RAIN

Three steps to healing OCD with RAIN Mapping OCD habit loopsSeeing clearly that OCD doesn't feel goodBefriending OCD with RAIN.  Replacing compulsions with more rewarding behaviors like mindfulness and compassion. 1. The first step is to get a clear understanding about how our OCD habit loops are driving the neverending nature of OCD.  We need … Continue reading Treating OCD with the mindfulness and compassion tool RAIN

Mindfulness, how it can help with OCD and anxiety, and resourcing revisited (with practices)

So what is mindfulness and how can it help if you are suffering with OCD or anxiety?  Mindfulness is really about coming back to the present moment; back to our senses.  It’s a present moment awareness that can befriend life’s varied experiences without judgement.  We can become aware of sights, smells, sounds, tastes, body sensations, … Continue reading Mindfulness, how it can help with OCD and anxiety, and resourcing revisited (with practices)

Befriending OCD with mindfulness and compassion training-(my healing journey)

My experience has shown me that healing from anxiety/OCD is possible when combining exposure therapy with mindfulness practices and training.  In the long run, and with practice, it’s the mindfulness practice itself that becomes the exposure therapy.  I learned to turn towards the difficult sensations of OCD, anxiety, and panic and get curious about their … Continue reading Befriending OCD with mindfulness and compassion training-(my healing journey)