Ronald Alexander's Articles (26)

7 Strategies to Transform a Broken Heart

How can you mend a broken heart?

How can you stop the rain from falling down?

How can you stop the sun from shining?

……Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.

- Lyrics from the Bee Gee’s 1971 Hit Song

When we suffer a deep loss or trauma our hearts can literally feel that they have been shattered into a million pieces. Or we feel that our heart has broken open and we are bleeding…


Added by Ronald Alexander on October 1, 2012 at 7:09pm — No Comments

What's Your Excuse to Procrastinate?

Most people at one time or other have procrastinated, which is normal but when it becomes obsessive and chronic then there could be an underlying psychological disorder behind it. Procrastination can result in additional stress, a sense of guilt and crisis, loss of personal productivity and social disapproval for not meeting one’s responsibilities or commitments. Avoidance also prevents us from entering into our creative process and keeps us from experiencing life to its fullest. …


Added by Ronald Alexander on February 23, 2012 at 3:10pm — No Comments

How to Mindfully Manage ADHD

Even though it was only diagnosed about fifty years ago it seems that most people today have either dealt with or at least heard about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Now there are variations of this disorder including AD/HD and ADD but basically the key behavioral signs in children are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Adults with ADHD often exhibit signs of depression, mood swings, anger and relationship issues, poor time management skills, and procrastination.…


Added by Ronald Alexander on November 25, 2011 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Vitality Meditation

Many of my clients are finding that today's stresses are causing them to feel at times overwhelmed and despondent. A major part of these feelings is the lack of energy or motivation to get out of bed, to do what needs to be done without procrastinating or giving in to the feeling that there’s no point in taking action. To remedy torpor and depression, you have to experience the vital life force that sharpens the mind and focuses the awareness like a laser beam. The traditional Buddhist…


Added by Ronald Alexander on November 8, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

The Power of Affirmations: How to Make Them Work for You

Affirmations (meaning a statement said with confidence about a perceived truth) have helped thousands of people make significant changes in their lives. But they don’t always work for everyone. Why can one person have great success using this tool while another see's no results at all?

An affirmation can work as it has the ability to program your mind into believing the stated concept. This is because the mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real or fantasy. When you…


Added by Ronald Alexander on September 8, 2011 at 7:53pm — No Comments

6 Techniques to Ignite Your Inner Creativity & Passion

Most of us were taught that creativity comes from the thoughts and emotions of the mind. The greatest singers, dancers, painters, writers, and filmmakers recognize that the most original, and even transformative, ideas actually come from the core of our being, which is accessed through an “open-mind consciousness.”

In ancient traditions, open-mind consciousness was considered to be a spiritual awakening, the great enlightenment that dissolves the darkness of confusion and fear, and…


Added by Ronald Alexander on April 26, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Six Mindful Strategies to Recover from the Shock of Loss

Today many of us are dealing with devastating losses in our lives from natural disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, to losing our homes, jobs and relationships.  After the initial shock of any type of trauma there are of course the various stages of grief that everyone goes through such as denial, rationalization, anger and acceptance. For those who are on this journey it is important to have faith in yourself and your inner compass that guides you. If you do this, you’ll…


Added by Ronald Alexander on March 30, 2011 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Expressing Mindful Love Through Service

Last month I discovered an obscure holiday called Random Acts of Kindness Week that starts around February 14th. Now this seems appropriate since St. Valentine’s Day is supposedly based on the martyred saints who around 200 AD performed marriages for soldiers ordered by the Roman Emperor to remain single. Their acts weren’t necessarily random but they were based on kindness and service.

Today service, or Seva, as we say in Sanskrit, is essential for one’s transformation,…


Added by Ronald Alexander on February 21, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A Key to Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year when we reflect on the past and plan for the future, and that means resolving to change those habits or circumstances that we’ve been unhappy with. For many of us, it also means making the same resolutions we’ve made—and haven’t fulfilled—year after year. Even though we all desire or even need to make changes in our lives, whether we are aware of it or not many of us are resistant to letting go of old…


Added by Ronald Alexander on December 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Expand Your Consciousness with Meditation

I am pleased to have Brian Culkin B.A. as a contributor for this article.

If one were to describe the makeup of the universe in one word, the most apparent word would be MOTION. The word we use to describe the motion of objects through space is ENERGY. All objects are made up of both as you’ll recall learning in high school physics that what we perceive in life to be solid is actually not motionless; in fact that table, the chair you sit on,… Continue

Added by Ronald Alexander on November 24, 2010 at 10:05pm — No Comments

How to Powerfully Journal Your Meditations

One of the concerns about meditating that my clients often have is the fear that if they quiet down, a great idea will come to them and they’ll have no way of capturing it before it leaves their consciousness. I suggest you create and work with a mindfulness journal, a blank book that you can use to record your sensations, observations, thoughts, feelings, emotions, images, creative ideas, and messages of wisdom from your mind and body as you become mindful of them. When you write, be mindful… Continue

Added by Ronald Alexander on October 27, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Hungry Ghosts: The Wanting Mind of Depression

As a therapist in Los Angeles I’ve seen more than my share of patients who are dealing with various forms of depression and unhappiness. One common personality trait I’ve found with them is their unwholesome thoughts and beliefs that come from what I call the “wanting mind.” In wanting mind, we feel that our current state of unhappiness can only be cured if we have more money, recognition, fame, or power. Often we cause ourselves needless suffering when we ache for something that lies out of… Continue

Added by Ronald Alexander on October 14, 2010 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Too Busy to Meditate? Think Again!

The benefits of meditation are many and varied from reducing stress, blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes to increasing one’s cognition and creativity. As well meditation decreases our need for sleep by heightening our concentration, allowing us to be more productive. Ray Kroc, who took over McDonald’s in its early days and built it into a business of outstanding success, once reported that he’d spontaneously fall into states of meditative reverie during the day and thus didn’t need a lot… Continue

Added by Ronald Alexander on September 17, 2010 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Improve Your Relationships with Wise Speech

Recently there has been a great deal of media focus on Mel Gibson’s abusive outbursts against his girlfriend. As a psychotherapist working with couples and families I know that there are always two sides in any relationship although no one has the right to verbally or physically attack another individual. Even though directing angry and hurtful words at another is not necessarily life threatening the emotional wounds they create can be just as deep as physical abuse.

From both a… Continue

Added by Ronald Alexander on August 23, 2010 at 1:19pm — No Comments

The Demons of the Egoic Mind

Doesn’t everyone desire happiness, joy, bliss, and peace? Then why are so many people stuck in unhealthy or unfulfilling jobs and relationships? Traditionally, we’ve been told that to achieve happiness, we should use our minds to figure out what would make us happy and then work hard to achieve our goal. The problem is that even the sharpest, most clever mind is limited in its ability to create opportunities and see possibilities. Without guidance from the heart, we’re merely playing notes on a… Continue

Added by Ronald Alexander on July 24, 2010 at 1:22pm — 1 Comment

Recovering from Sorrow, Loss and Heartache

Sometimes, when we are recovering from sorrow, loss or heartache we feel the need to push aside our grief lest it overwhelms us with its intensity. This is understandable, but the longer you avoid your pain and attempt to push it away, the more difficult it will be to break out of the paralysis. Just as birds are drawn to bread crumbs on the ground, the pain will keep returning after you shoo it away. Buddhism teaches that as you sit with your pain and grief, simply noticing it as if you were… Continue

Added by Ronald Alexander on May 14, 2010 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Mindfully Managing Stress

Adapted from Dr. Ronald Alexander’s new book, Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss, and Change (New Harbinger Publications, 2009).

Stress is primarily caused by external triggers and how we deal and process it depends upon our constitution and temperament. People…


Added by Ronald Alexander on April 22, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mindfulness Meditation & Addiction

One of the first steps in dealing with addiction is to discover the emotional cause of it, whether it is fear, depression, anxiety, or pessimism clinical feelings of emptiness. Many times these unwholesome thoughts and beliefs come from what I call the “wanting mind.” In wanting mind, we feel that our current state of unhappiness could be cured if only we could have the money, job, relationship, recognition, or power we had and lost, or never had and…


Added by Ronald Alexander on March 22, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

How to Make Real Change in Your Life!

Want to make a change in your life? Whether it’s losing weight, a career change, or remaking a relationship if you want to make any real and lasting changes then you can’t do it alone. I work with hundreds of patients and workshop attendees who desire to transform their lives…


Added by Ronald Alexander on February 10, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

How To Be A Mindful Leader

Everyone can benefit from being a mindful leader, a mindful manager, a mindful, assistant, even a mindful parent, wife or husband as it applies to one’s personal and business lives. My work as a transformational coach teaches individuals and those at all levels in the corporate and organizational culture how to become mindful leaders in all aspects of their lives.

A mindful leader leads from a position of mindful awareness, or what I call mindstrength, by knowing how to respond with…


Added by Ronald Alexander on January 22, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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