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Friday, August 31, 2007

Sayings of the BUDDHA...

DON'T WORRY, BE HEALTHY - Vol III


How to care for the sick? How to live long and healthy? How does karma affect health? How to deal with pain? How to counsel the dying? How to confront death? How to meditate for health? How to heal with compassion? How to eat for healthy mind and body? How to be mentally healthy? How does chanting affect health? How to deal with addiction?
DWBHealthy - Book 1,2 & 3 - Full

DON'T WORRY, BE HEALTHY - Vol II


How to care for the sick? How to live long and healthy? How does karma affect health? How to deal with pain? How to counsel the dying? How to confront death? How to meditate for health? How to heal with compassion? How to eat for healthy mind and body? How to be mentally healthy? How does chanting affect health? How to deal with addiction?
DWBHealthy - Book 1,2 & 3 - Full

DON'T WORRY, BE HEALTHY - Vol I


How to care for the sick? How to live long and healthy? How does karma affect health? How to deal with pain? How to counsel the dying? How to confront death? How to meditate for health? How to heal with compassion? How to eat for healthy mind and body? How to be mentally healthy? How does chanting affect health? How to deal with addiction?
DWBHealthy - Book 1, 2 & 3 - Full

Thursday, August 30, 2007

My BOOK - No WORRY-Lah, Be HAPPY !


NO WORRY-LAH, Be HAPPY ! -
A Medical Student's Motivational & Inspirational Guide

This is a compilation of stories, quotations, poems, similes, cartoons and articles that I used to motivate and inspire myself when I was a medical student. As a mental health professional now, I would like to share the treasures with the community as a way to promote mental health. May you be well, happy and peaceful after consuming the nutritious mental food found in this book. This book can be downloaded at DWLBH.

An online sequel to this book can be found HERE.


ADDICTION Mx - The Middle WAY

Buddhist Philosophy & The Treatment of Addictive Behavior
By G. Alan Marlatt, University of Washington

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of how Buddhist philosophy can be applied in the treatment of individuals with substance abuse problems (alcohol, smoking, and illicit drug use) and other addictive behaviors (e.g., compulsive eating and gambling). First I describe the background of my own interest in meditation and Buddhist psychology, followed by a brief summary of my prior research on the effects of meditation on alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers. In the second section, I outline some of the basic principles of Buddhist philosophy that provide a theoretical underpinning for defining addiction, how it develops, and how it can be alleviated. The third and final section presents four principles within Buddhist psychology that have direct implications for the cognitive-behavioral treatment of addictive behavior: mindfulness meditation, the Middle Way philosophy, the Doctrine of Impermanence, and compassion and the Eightfold Noble Path. Clinical interventions and case examples are described/or each of these four principles based on my research and clinical practice with clients seeking help for resolving addictive behavior problems. Click "G. Alan Marlatt" to download the paper.

BUDDHIST PSYCHOTHERAPY


By Dr. Tan Eng Kong (MD)
(Consultant Psychiatrist & Psychoanalyst)
Presented at YBAM 35th Anniversary Seminar, August 2005

SUICIDE - A Buddhist Perspective

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

ANXIETY TEST - Are you anxious?


The only place on earth without anxiety is 6 feet under the ground, when we are dead. Some amount of anxiety is part and parcel of life and may even be important for optimal performance in life. But, when the anxiety level is too high and interferring with our lives, it's important that we learn how to cope with anxiety. You may want to begin by learning how to relax through progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and mindful relaxation breathing (MRB) found in the earlier posts.

Monday, August 27, 2007

RELAXATION BREATHING - How to breathe and relax?


Mindful Relaxation Breathing (MRB)

A 10-step instruction on how to breath in a mindful and relaxing way (click on "MRB")


Guided Relaxation Breathing (GRB)

A 10-minute guided visualization and relaxation breathing with soothing background music (click on "GRB")


MINDFULNESS TEST - Are you Mindful?


Frieburg Mindfulness Inventory

You can take the following 14-item test to see your level of mindfulness (click on "FMI").

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Saturday, August 25, 2007

MINDFULNESS AFFIRMATION


Affirmation is what we say or think to ourselves. What we say or think to ourselves can condition our emotions and behavior. These verses of mindfulness affirmation would be useful in helping us to cultivate mindfulness as a way of life. To download the affirmation, click on "Mindfulness Affirmation!".

CONTENTMENT - Mudita Count!

Be grateful for things that went RIGHT!
Be grateful for things that didn't GO WRONG!
Be grateful for things that WENT WRONG!

PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION

When we are under stress, there are many associated bodily changes and one of the common ones is muscle tension. This inevitably leads to body aches, fatigue, difficulty in breathing and poor concentration. These in turn lead to more muscle tension. PMR is a technique developed by Dr. Jacobson to relax our muscles and break this viscious cycle. In this version, there are 10 postures of repeated alternative muscle contraction and relaxation, each posture to be done 3 rounds and each round consist of 10 counts - this will take roughly about 5 minutes. For maximum effect, this should be practiced at least 2 times in a day e.g. morning and night. To download illustrations, kindly click on 'PMR'.

Audio file for downloading:


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