Psychologist, Author, Teacher of Mindfulness and Compassion

Short Essays and Blog Posts Featuring Dr. Susan Pollak


Meditation for Zoom Fails
"A few months ago, I experienced a very public and humiliating Zoom crash. It was something out of a classic anxiety nightmare, only updated..."
Finding Compassion and Kindness During Tough Times
"As I reflect on the fighting in the Ukraine, as well as the political fighting, violence, and hatred within our country, the words of the poet Warsan Shire grab me..."
Finding Compassion and Kindness During Tough Times
"There’s an ancient Zen saying that I believe speaks to our current situation: The whole world is upside down. I think about this as I listen to the news of storms..."
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...
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.
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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...