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Questioning the NY Times Climate Change Coverage Decision

The decision by the New York Times to hire a well-known "climate denier" to its editorial staff is troubling. I understand the desire to understand how different people think and to illustrate different views.* But, with climate change there are certain rules. My view, and I think many other educated people agree, is that it [...]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Climate Change, Environmental Identity, Media|0 Comments

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance | Climate for Health

Source: Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance "Any of the interlinked problems within climate change—poverty, inequality, loss of treasured places, species extinction, threats to our well-being or livelihood—can hook us emotionally and intellectually.These issues lead to feelings of curiosity and insight, as well as fatigue and despair. Clinicians can help individuals [...]

Teaching and Learning Mindfulness Meditation

If we can call on an ability to remain present, this increases our options. We can be more resourceful. We can act rather than react.  You practice mindfulness so that this state becomes more common in your life.   Mindfulness, as in “mindfulness meditation,” has been defined simply as “paying attention, on purpose, in the [...]

An Office that Improves Your Mental Health

"Ideally your office should have a clean, living, generative sense—one that fosters a renewed sense of physical vitality, alertness and creativity for your clients and yourself..."   At the 2013 American Psychological Association (APA) Meeting, I provided a therapist's perspective at presentation "Design of the Psychotherapist's Office – Lessons from Research and Experience." During [...]

Two Ways to Cope When You Feel Bad about Environmental Issues

There are two basic coping strategies that people use to deal with the emotional impacts of environmental issues. It’s helpful to be aware of these, and to know your habitual style. It’s even better to learn how to be flexible and use both strategies to support yourself. Note: I'll be doing a series of posts in [...]

Contacting your elected officials? INSERT YOUR DREAM HERE

The story goes that during Reverend Martin Luther King’s famous speech at the March at Washington on August 28, 1963, the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson shouted to Rev. King, “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” at which point King set aside his prepared notes to improvise the famous, “I have a dream…” section of his speech. [...]

You Need a Mediterranean Lifestyle

Along with being careful about your time and setting do-able goals, another way to foster your personal sustainability is to check in on your overall lifestyle. This might seem too much to take on. But, I have an idea for you: Cultivate a "Mediterranean Lifestyle." To learn more, keep reading....    A client of mine [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Environmental Identity, Health|0 Comments

Groundhog Day as a Time of Inspiration 

Think about the time around Groundhog Day as opportunity to celebrate that you made it through the darkest period of winter. Imagine seeds of inspiration that are stirring within you. Take time to celebrate ancient, Earth-based holidays. It’s an ideal way synchronize your mental health with the seasons of the year and the cycles of [...]

Make a Positive Impact With Your Career (and Avoid Giver Burnout)

Life is short. Most of us must work to support ourselves. How can we design our careers so that we can have the most positive impact on the world? The Effective Altruism movement came up on my radar recently. (Maybe through my various research about the concept of the Social Contract?) Effective Altruism tries to [...]