Opioid Road to Success

 

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Hi Everyone, and Happy Saturday. 
I have so many clients who feel (think) that a taper from Medication-Assisted Treatment is impossible, and I’m here to tell you it’s not. 
I have a new article over at The Fix. Check it out, and get yourself a dose of hope and success! 
Read the full story here: Opioid Road to Success:Tapering Off Methadone.

 

Laura 

 

 

 

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

 

M&M: The World You Create

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Insight tastes good.

 

 

Hi Everyone and Happy Happy Monday!   
Here is this week’s M&M: If you were to take more responsibility for the world you create…what might that look like? What might you do differently- or stop doing? 

 

Have fun with it, 
Laura

 

 

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, writer, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

 

An Empowered Walk Through Addiction

 

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. 

This quote by Joseph Campbell is one I often use with patients. I present the quote, sit silent for a while and allow them to contemplate the words. The quote opens inner doors most of my patients have never entertained and we begin to explore what the words mean. At some point, a proposition is made as to whether they want to use their journey of addiction as this privilege of a lifetime. 

Read the full article here → An Empowered Walk Through Addiction 

Enjoy! 

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* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, writer, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

 

Why Meditating to “Fix” Will Fail You.

 

 

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Hello Everyone. Welcome to The Studio today. 
Today I want to share a potential pitfall with a mindfulness meditation practice, and I want to be specific to a mindfulness practice –  I can not speak for other meditation practices. 
Using mindfulness meditation to fix yourself is like trying to climb a mountain with a friend and always telling your friend to do it this way, do it that way, stop this, and start doing that. 
This type of travel companion is exhausting; not kind, nor fun, and will fail to give you the experience of a beautiful, amazing journey of exploration. 

Mindfulness meditation is more about the exploration.

Mindfulness is more about the discovery, and in the coming to know yourself. It’s more about observation. More “being” with ourselves; and less doing.  We come to the practice of sitting with ourselves to cultivate a relationship. It’s a relationship of learning to relate to ourselves no matter what shows up- the good, the bad, and the ugly.

You become the friend on the mountain. 

So with the friend on the mountain, it looks more like simply letting them be, walking by their side, being with, and getting curious about them.
The most amazing by-product of learning to travel well with ourselves in patience, kindness, love, self-discovery, and non-judgement, is that we will automatically learn to be with others in this way.
Mindfulness meditation is not about trying to fix ourselves.  We know this from the friendships we feel most comfortable in; they don’t try to fix us.
Mindfulness meditation is not just another thing to do. We know this because we don’t bring this attitude to our friends, nor do we feel we have to try so hard or to prove ourselves. It’s a practice of wanting to be with ourselves. 
There is an entire mountain. A never ending summit. An inner world to be discovered.  And when you meet your very own inner best friend, everyday is a crazy amazing experience. 
Much like climbing a mountain, each day is a new adventure. Some days the adventure is full of fun and beauty. Somedays it’s full of hard work, fear, and pain. All the same, at the end of the day, even the pain and fear is worth it. 
Life becomes a discovery of waking up to what’s here now? – and the adventure keeps going, and going, and going, with another day, another mountain, so it’s best to befriend yourself along the way.
Best to you, and your inner relationship, 
laura

 

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, therapist, writer, and founder of livemorestudio.com.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

Start Your Life Passport.

 

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I decided: no more bucket list, and no more passport. I decided to travel my life by creating a Life Passport for myself, and it has been ridiculously more fun than I thought.

 

Hi Everyone! 

I have a new post;  Start Your Life Passport over at Psych Central.

I hope you decide to try it for yourself!

Click here for the full post→ Start Your Life Passport and have fun with it!

 

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* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, therapist, writer, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

The Science Behind, “I’ll be Happy When.”

 

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Hola, and welcome to The Studio:)  
Today, I want to share the science behind what we do to ourselves when we say, “I’ll be happy when…”
I’ve heard many teaching on this topic, I however, for the first time, heard Shawn Achor (the positive psychology guy), talk about what happens in our brain, and how we will always be seeking happiness (never actually arriving), if we continue the pattern of, “I’ll be happy when…” 
According to Achor’s research, this mindset trains our brains to always place happiness on the other side of the fence. So – when we do actually meet a goal…our brain says, “Nope, you’ll be happy when____, ” leaving us feeling disappointed over the long term after our initial success. Our brain leaves us to set another goal, as the thinking pattern continues with, “You’ll be happy when___.”  
This reminds me of people (myself included) who always think the grass is greener on the other side, until I heard this quote: 

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What’s the solution? 

Be happy now. 
Find it today. Find some happiness now. It’s there…you just have to look for it! 
And if you are not happy with your current circumstances, the trick it to find some pleasure in the process of where you want to go. To start watering what you want to grow in your life.
Like planting a garden, there can be enjoyment in the process – we are actually happy to do the tilling, planting, watering, all the while waiting for the fruit of our labor. 
Have fun with it, 
laura

 

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, therapist, writer, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

Finding Brilliance in Politics.

 

 

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Welcome to The Studio today:)
What a political time of mayhem and excitement huh?
For today’s show, I want to introduce you to a local friend of ours here at UVA, Jonathan Haidt. Jonathan is a social psychologist, and former professor at UVA.  I came to know Jonathan for his book, The Happiness Hypothesis, but today,  I want to introduce his research on The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives.
Perspective matters, and interestingly, the first time I had a political perspective shift was about 10 years ago…from a South Park episode – not kidding. I do think there is some brilliance in South Park, however, I can’t back up that brilliance with any valid research- but! Jonathan can.
Why is Jonathan’s work so important and impressionable at this time in the midst of our political uproar? Because the research he presents is utterly brilliant, and highlights the larger picture of the political mayhem.
Click the link below, and enjoy the show!

The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

 

Laura

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, therapist, writer, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer