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Discounted Massage Therapy

Low-cost massage options in the greater Baltimore area.

Combination treatment for depression

This post discusses the benefits of combining psychotherapy and antidepressant drug therapy for certain individuals with depression, and offers research-based theories on why this may be especially beneficial for certain people.

Are antidepressants effective?

This post takes a look at the most recent and most rigorous large-scale research study comparing antidepressant drugs with placebo in individuals with moderate-to-severe depression.

Mindfulness teachers

Links to my favorite Western mindfulness teachers are provided.

Social media pages on mindfulness

Links to well-known mindfulness resources on social media are provided.

Online courses on mindfulness

Links to online courses on mindfulness are provided.

The sacred pause

We live in a world that has become very busy, too busy. To meet all of the perceived demands on us, we have been multitasking our lives away. We easily slip into an autopilot mode — unconsciously jumping from one activity to another. The meditative practices of the world remind us to take time […]

Keep the beginner’s mind

In his book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki wrote: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” One of the practices of mindfulness is to keep an open mind, like the mind of a child. This allows us to see things clearly — just as they are […]


Ideally, one of the things that we learn from our parents is empathy and compassion for others, and fortunately many of us do. But another developmental accomplishment is the achievement of self-compassion. This, by comparison, is something that many of us continue to struggle with in adulthood. We’re never taught how to befriend and […]

Emotional acceptance


Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach (Book)