Psychologist, Author, Teacher of Mindfulness and Compassion

Short Essays and Blog Posts Featuring Dr. Susan Pollak


Please Make It Stop!
"Please make it stop!" my client cried in frustration on the Zoom screen. "I’m so done. My family always told me that life never gives us more than we can handle..."
Ghosts
As I walk into the waiting room of the family clinic where I work, a tall woman with deep, dark circles under her eyes rises when I call her name. I’m struck by the words on her faded black T-shirt: It Ain't Easy Being Me. And I pause to take in what she has told me without uttering a word...
Wise Hope
Transitioning out of a post-covid world can bring up a lot of conflicting emotions. "How safe are we? Will the vaccine really work..." Follow the link to download the Ten Percent Happier app to listen to the talk...
How to Help Your Kids Cope
Your moods are contagious. To help your children know that they are alright, safe, and cared for, you have to center yourself first.
- Follow link, scroll down to "Talks"...
Warm Mindfulness
"I've tried everything, and I mean everything, to stop smoking. And it hasn't worked. I just can't stop," Michael told me, looking ashamed. "I feel like such a failure."...
Making Fun of Your Inner Critic
In these uncertain times our lives have become much quieter, but people tell me that their inner critics are blaring at full volume on loudspeaker. "As if things aren't hard enough, the critical voices in...
How to Meditate if You're Going Through Trauma
For those experiencing trauma, it's often best *not* to focus on the breath. Here are some alternatives for meditation techniques that are safe and grounding for those who have been traumatized...
Do You Have 'Zoom Apnea'?
In this new reality in which we are living, many of us now live the bulk of our lives online. From work negotiations, to talking with friends, to family interactions and even holiday celebrations, we depend...
Illness as a Dharma Door
Have you felt awkward lately? If so, don’t worry, you are not alone. As we collectively rebuild our social and communal lives, many of us are feeling unexpectedly awkward at what were once routine...
Covid Transition Anxiety
In the 1960s, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., acquired a white tiger named Mohini. For decades, she lived in a 12-foot by 12-foot cage with iron bars. Day and night she would pace the pen...
Cultivating Resilience with our Parents
The pandemic has been especially hard on the elderly. Even though, at last, many are now receiving vaccines, people over 70 remain at increased risk not only of Covid-19, but also of anxiety, depression...
You Are Not Alone
For many of us, being confined to quarantine because of the coronavirus has been the most challenging time in our lives. The very scaffolding of our world, all that we had depended on to sustain us...
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