Stay Abstinent from Smoking Mindfully

Stay Abstinent from Smoking Mindfully   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “I liken it to having weeds in your garden. Standard treatments—for example, avoiding triggers such as ashtrays and lighters or using substitutes such as eating carrot sticks and chewing on your pen—just pull the heads off the weeds, so they grow back. […]

MORE Mindfulness for Stopping Smoking

MORE Mindfulness for Stopping Smoking   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “I liken it to having weeds in your garden. Standard treatments—for example, avoiding triggers such as ashtrays and lighters or using substitutes such as eating carrot sticks and chewing on your pen—just pull the heads off the weeds, so they grow back. […]

Reduce Cigarette Smoking and Cravings with Mindfulness

  By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Mindfulness, which is commonly described as present-moment, nonjudgmental awareness, can be an effective tool for riding out cravings and “sitting with” the distress associated with the quitting process. Furthermore, mindfulness can help foster an attitude of acceptance of present-moment challenges and thoughts (such as, “Quitting feels extremely […]

Quit Smoking Mindfully

  “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” – Mark Twain   “Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these […]

Decrease Cardiovascular Disease Risk with Yoga

Decrease Cardiovascular Disease Risk with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Yoga is designed to bring about increased physical, mental and emotional well-being. Hand in hand with leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, it really is possible for a yoga-based model to help prevent or reverse heart disease. It may not completely reverse it, but […]

Improve Balance in Stroke Survivors with Qigong

Improve Balance in Stroke Survivors with Qigong   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “One of the main issues that a stroke survivor experiences is a problem with balance. Factors contributing to this issue include vision impairments, unbalanced inner-ear equilibrium, or physical weakness on one side of the body. This is where tai chi […]