Worrying is not mental health insurance

By Nicole Urdang | March 16, 2024
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Just the way insurance on your home does not prevent you from floods, fires, or other catastrophes, worrying is not insurance against future emotional challenges. Yet, strange as it may sound, both anxiety and worry often come from an unconscious part of you that thinks otherwise. It believes that with enough planning, rehearsing and imagining, […]

Using Bach flower remedies for tension myositis syndrome (TMS), neuroplastic pain, and mind-body syndrome.

By Nicole Urdang | December 4, 2023
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  Edward Bach, the doctor who developed 38 homeopathic flower remedies, was a highly sensitive person. While his remedies may work for wide swath of the population, I believe they’re best suited to people who are similarly sensitive. Since highly sensitive people often experience everything more intensely, when they have neuroplastic pain, TMS, or mind-body […]

How to slow down your monkey mind by activating the direct experience network in your brain.

By Nicole Urdang | April 2, 2022
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Neuroscientist Dr. Karolien Notebaert has a wonderful talk on the Insight Timer app that beautifully describes the difference between the default mode network (DMN) and the direct experience network (DEN). You can find it here: In short, the default mode network shows up when the brain is not engaged in a task. It roams through […]

What makes it so hard to truly befriend yourself?

By Nicole Urdang | March 17, 2022
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We are born helpless and incapable of living without other people’s assistance. We depend on caretakers, usually parents, to take care of us so that we can develop into adults able to live interdependently with others. This is just a fact. And from what we know of history, it’s been true since time immemorial. As […]

So Hum Breath Meditation & Yoga Nidra Inspired Body Scan

By Nicole Urdang | July 21, 2021
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Here is a fairly short practice that starts with a silent So Hum breath meditation and seamlessly moves into a different kind of body scan. What I love about this is how it’s perfect before sleep, upon waking, or anytime during the day. The body scan is my riff on a classical yoga nidra body […]

Cultivate Curiosity for Clarity, Calm & Perspective.

By Nicole Urdang | January 11, 2021
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  One inescapable truth is things will not always go your way. Your landlord suddenly raises the rent, you lose your job, your body acts out with a strange new symptom, your child’s teacher asks for a meeting, the roof leaks, the car dies, you get the idea. No one singled you out for extra […]