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What is Mindfulness?

"Although mindfulness has its origins in Buddhism and Yoga, it is also advocated in the West by teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg, who have jointly been attributed with playing a significant role in bringing the practice to a new audience. Mindfulness is also attracting increasing interest among western clinical psychologists and psychiatrists as a non-pharmacological means of dealing with stress, anxiety, and depressive mood states." wikipedia "Being aware of and paying attention to the moment in which we find ourselves. Our past is gone, our future is not yet here. So what exist between them is the present moment. If I can observe and not get caught up in my thoughts, it is all that I have. The here and now, the present is the link which holds what was and what will be. My past was a series of present moments which brought me to this present moment. My future should it happen will be a series of present moments effe

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

http://www.portlandna.com/out_of_area.htm Friday 7pm, Sunday 6pm 911 Walnut, The Dalles (to be moving soon)

Gamblers Anonymous

Hood River G.A. Thurs. 6:00 PM St. Marks Church 11th & Eugene Hood River, OR http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/

Christian Support Groups

At Christian Missionary Alliance: http://www.hoodriveralliance.org/ Drug and Alcohol Recovery Group This 12 step support/recovery group uses the book Power to Choose meets each Thursday @ 7:00pm in Modular #2. If you need more information, contact Kristina Burck 354-1650. 10 Stages of Grief Group Meets Wednesday evenings 7pm. Grief can result from the loss of a loved one, finances, relationships, health or a job. Recovery comes in stages. For more details about this group which uses the booklet Good Grief, Contact Lud Tolbert 541-308-5339. Grief Support Group Meets Wednesday evenings ~ co facilitated between Francine Emmons 541-490-6226 and G. Scott Ritchie 541-806-4223 contact for details. This group is a continuation for those who have gone through the 10 Stages of Grief Group with Lud Tolbert. Recovery Groups for Men Only Pure Desire Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in Modular #1 the "Pure Desire" recovery and accountability group meets for men struggling with pornogra

AA Meetings in the Gorge

Download a schedule or newsletter at: new.district14aa.org Will be moving to: http://jdbizz.com/hosted/district14aa.org/ Also, official AA Website: aa.org Gorge 12 Step Recovery: http://gorgerecovery.blogspot.com/

Spanish Speaking AA Meetings

Nueva Amanecer: Monday/Lunes Odell, 6pm Iglesia United Methodist 3422 Odell Highway, Nueva Vida: Tuesday/Martes 7pm, Friday/Viernes, 6pm, now at Iglesia St. Mary’s, 1501 Belmont, Hood River, Nueva Esperanza: Saturday/Sabado, 6pm, Iglesia St. Mary’s, 1501 Belmont The Dalles, Friday/Viernes, 7pm, en la Iglesia Catolica Parish Hall, 10th & Cherry Heights

AlAnon in the Gorge

AlAnon www.al-anon.alateen.org Tuesday, 8pm @ St. Mark’s Episcopal Church,11th & Eugene, Hood River Friday Spanish Speaking, 6pm @ St. Mary’s Church, 1501 Belmont, Hood River Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Hermelida Torres, CSWA, MSW

Bilingual Colleague Linda has experience working with at risk children and families and adults in the Columbia River Gorge. She has worked with local organizations such as Mid-Columbia Center for Living, La Clinica Del Carino, and The Next Door, Inc. As a mental health therapist she has worked in community mental health providing intensive services for children and families. Her practice specializes in working with children and adolescents and adults, treating depression, anxiety, family conflict, and stress reduction. Linda holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and is currently working towards licensure with the Oregon State Board of Clinical Social Workers. 205 Oak St., Suite 14 | Hood River, OR 97031 (541) 380-1808 | hermelinda@gorge.net

Did you know you have choices?

Many clients share with me that they were brought up in a church, or attended on as an adult, and suffered some experience that was painful, which now keeps them from returning. Sometimes I ask them about what denomination they attended and whether they have tried another. Usually they look a little astonished, perhaps not realizing they could shop around a little. Check out this quiz that will rank order over 20 denominations as to what is the best fit for you: Christian Denomination Selector

Spirituality and Mental Health

Various articles: "Comprehensive research evidence shows that religious and spiritual beliefs and practices help prevent many physical and mental illnesses, reducing both symptom severity and relapse rate, speeding up and enhancing recovery, as well as rendering distress and disability easier to endure." Source Koenig H. Spirituality in Patient Care: Why, How, When and What . Philadelphia, London: Templeton Foundation Press, 2002. "Using religion as a therapeutic tool is a little controversial and still emerging," Hathaway says. "Techniques include use of prayer during a session, ways to direct clients to pray, spiritual journaling, forgiveness protocols, using biblical texts to reinforce healthy mental and emotional habits and working to change punitive God images." Source "With an eye toward understanding the inner workings of the mind and using that knowledge to reduce human suffering, psychologists and Buddhist monks may have more in common

The Twelve Promises of Co-Dependents Anonymous

I can expect a miraculous change in my life by working the program of Co-Dependents Anonymous. As I make an honest effort to work the Twelve Steps and follow the Twelve Traditions... I know a new sense of belonging. The feeling of emptiness and loneliness will disappear. I am no longer controlled by my fears. I overcome my fears and act with courage, integrity and dignity. I know a new freedom. I release myself from worry, guilt, and regret about my past and present. I am aware enough not to repeat it. I know a new love and acceptance of myself and others. I feel genuinely lovable, loving and loved. I learn to see myself as equal to others. My new and renewed relationships are all with equal partners. I am capable of developing and maintaining healthy and loving relationships. The need to control and manipulate others will disappear as I learn to trust those who are trustworthy. I learn that it is possible to mend - to become more loving, intimate and supportive. I have the choice of

Codependents Anonymous

There are two meetings of Codependents Anonymous a week. Mon. 12:30, Cascade Locks City Hall Fri. 5:30, Senior Center, Hood River The Twelve Promises of Co-Dependents Anonymous I can expect a miraculous change in my life by working the program of Co-Dependents Anonymous. As I make an honest effort to work the Twelve Steps and follow the Twelve Traditions... I know a new sense of belonging. The feeling of emptiness and loneliness will disappear. I am no longer controlled by my fears. I overcome my fears and act with courage, integrity and dignity. I know a new freedom. I release myself from worry, guilt, and regret about my past and present. I am aware enough not to repeat it. I know a new love and acceptance of myself and others. I feel genuinely lovable, loving and loved. I learn to see myself as equal to others. My new and renewed relationships are all with equal partners. I am capable of developing and maintaining healthy and loving relationships. The need to control and

Meditation from BellaOnline.com

Here are the featured articles from the last two weeks in the Cyber Meditation Garden @ BellaOnline.com 1. Shape of My Heart - Music for Dance Meditation "Who would have ever thought I´d be recommending a song that is sung by Sting and co-written by Sting and his guitarist, Dominic Miller, to use for your dance meditation, but I am." http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art58962.asp 2. Prayer in Honor of All Saints Day "Let us honor the lives of saints who´ve tread the path we are now on, by remembering them on November 1st." http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art58106.asp Please visit Meditation.bellaonline.com for even more great content about Meditation.

Notes from the Universe:

Jane, your gifts are innumerable; your depth is incalculable; your presence is unforgettable. Your touch is healing; your style is appealing; your power is mind reeling. And you are loved and adored on a moment-to-moment basis, more than you can now comprehend. Just like we planned - The Universe Thoughts become things... choose the good ones! ® © www.tut.com ®

DBT: Half-Smile

DBT Self Help HALF-SMILE WHILE CONTEMPLATING THE PERSON YOU HATE OR DESPISE THE MOST Sit quietly. Breathe and smile a half-smile. Imagine the image of the person who has caused you the most suffering. Regard the features you hate or despise the most or find the most repulsive. Try to examine what makes this person happy and what causes suffering in his or her daily life. Imagine the person's perceptions; try to see what patterns of thought and reason this person follows. Examine what motivates this person's hopes and actions. Finally, consider the person's consciousness. See whether the person's views and insights are open and free or not, and whether or not the person has been influenced by any prejudices, narrow-mindedness, hatred, or anger. See whether or not the person is master of himself or herself. Continue until you feel compassion rise in your heart like a well filling with fresh water, and your anger and resentment disappear. Practice this exercise many tim

Blog Inception

This is a blog I started to talk about my life as a therapist. But, it's more of a collection of resources now... You can choose a topic from the index at the right.