I did my first 14er this summer. I woke up before dawn, climbed into the car and drove 1.5 hours to the trailhead. I had been given a list of supplies to bring but no information on the hike itself. I was told we were going to “knock out” Torrey’s Peak and then do Grey’s Peak as they are close together. I figured it would all be fine as I was with experienced hikers of 14ers. We started up the trail and just after dawn, we veered off the trail onto a set of rock ledges. I was told we would need to “scramble for a bit.” After a few minutes I found myself holding onto the side of a rock and noticed that the group just behind us had donned helmets. My heart started racing and I felt a tightness in my chest…
I experienced my first earthquake this summer. I was away from my family for a weekend in Palm Springs with some dear cousins and friends. We were sitting around a table outdoors finishing dinner when I started to feel nauseated and wondered if I was ill. Then I noticed a peculiar sound, the sound of waves. In the pool...
Is this scene all too familiar? You roll over and look at the clock (or worse, you roll over and check your phone that lights up and floods your system with blue light, disrupting normal melatonin production). It says 2AM. But how can that be?
A patient said the other day, “I just get so anxious, what is wrong with me? Why am I like this?” and burst into tears. A common complaint of our clients with anxiety and depression is that they beat themselves up over and over again. Their minds are filled with self-critical thoughts.
One of the benefits of writing a blog is that it provides the opportunity for the mind to wander. We focus a lot on mindfulness and paying attention moment by moment, however that is not to discount those times where we daydream or just let our thoughts drift to whatever happens to show up.
I was musing on the meaning of the two major holidays this past weekend. Easter is the day when Christ is said to have risen from the dead. The themes surrounding the holiday are rebirth, spring, joy, color and furry animals. Passover commemorates the freeing of the Jews who were enslaved in Egypt. Passover is also a spring holiday and according to tradition, it does not begin until the barley is ripe.
As I was mindlessly flipping through apps on my phone, I came across this article. Oh the irony. As a clinician I whole-heartedly believe in the positive impact that mindfulness can and does have in my life and in the lives of many of my clients. As a teacher of mindfulness practice one might assume that I can often be found in the lotus position, with an open stance, my awareness honed in on my breath. Not the case.
Anxiety affects all human beings. Anxiety is adaptive as it tells us when there is danger and helps us to survive in emergencies. Click here to learn more.
Happy New Year to everyone in the CBTDenver community! We hope that your holidays were festive and enjoyable and that you were able to take some time to breathe and relax.