Guiding Principles

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Everyone is capable of great courage and has a remarkable ability to change.

All of us can create a calm place from which we can face our thoughts, emotions, and relationships.

The mind and body are fluidly connected.

The state of the mind is dependent on the state of the body, and vice versa. As one shifts, the other will follow in kind.

Relief can be found in facts.

Freedom from worry and anxiety can often be found by focusing on the facts or objective truth of the situation rather than on a fragmented understanding or fantasy-driven fear.

Habits of the mind influence our lives.

What we think affects how we feel. Our thoughts are of our own making. As we are the only ones who are thinking our thoughts, we can choose to create habits of mind that give us peace and success.

There is a “reciprocal loop” in all communication.

In every encounter between individuals, there is a back-and-forth interaction that creates the mood and the message between the participants. Awareness and ownership of how we influence our interactions is profoundly important in the development of healthy and satisfying relationships.

Our intentions help to focus our attention.

The simple act of attending to ourselves—our body, our breath, our thoughts—wit nurturing acceptance and encouragement is a powerful mechanism for change. It is important that we come to understand the goals that underlie our thoughts, words, and actions. These are not always conscious, and they are critical.

Greiner-Ferris, J. & Khalsa, MK. (2017) The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Press.