Live your best life: Mindfully control your brain’s reaction to stress Did you know that the brain’s “stress center,” the amygdala, shrinks post mindfulness practice? In addition, the functional connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex are weakened. This allows
This blog post originally appeared on THRIVE GLOBAL Here are five digestible bytes of well-regarded facts, opinions, and ideas about mindfulness meditation’s ability to lead to greater well-being! 1. Reframe the Experience of Pain: Mindfulness meditation’s ability to provide pai
This blog post originally appeared on YogaCity. Trying to write my dissertation jolted me into a realm of self-blame and self-criticism. I procrastinated because it was a burden, a dragon whose fiery mouth I wanted to avoid at all cost. I was anxious and I struggled with that intern
This post originally appeared on Mindful.org When you watch the Olympics, you can’t help but imagine the countless hours of training all of the athletes have devoted themselves to in order to accomplish the unfathomable feats of stamina, incomprehensible shows of endurance, and extrao
This blog post originally appeared on About Meditation. As a psychologist, I often use elements of mindfulness practice with my clients, and before I do, I talk to them about what mindfulness actually means and how it can help cultivate wellbeing. In today’s day and age, mindful and m
This blog post originally appeared in The Huffington Post. I feel extraordinary heartbroken at the news of the shooting death of at least 49 human beings who came together in a place they felt safe; a place whose four walls bore witness to love without its shackles. The Pulse nightcl
This blog post originally appeared on Mindful.org If we were able to prove that individuals suffering from PTSD are experiencing reversible neurological changes, would that help to alleviate any taboo associated with trauma, so sufferers are able to get the treatment they need?
This blog post originally appeared on About Meditation. I want to bust a myth associated with what it truly means to “practice mindfulness.” And I want to share some tips about how to bring mindfulness into your life. I have found that the most common misconception about mindfulness m
This blog post originally appeared on Mindful.Org Imagine being poked by a thermal probe that heats a small area of your skin to 120.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Ouch. Now imagine trying mindfulness meditation, and having that probe touch your skin again. Painful, you’d think. Not as
This blog post originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Less might sometimes be more, but two brains are most definitely better than one! How extraordinary then that research continues to confirm a second brain that resides in our guts. Yes, our gut has its own neural network, the
Dr. Wolkin graduated with highest honors from Queens College, City University of New York. She then earned a PhD in Psychology, with a behavioral health emphasis, from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University. Subsequently, she completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School.