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Tom Diffenderfer LADAC II & Author of The art of struggle reduction
"Peace is a natural state, and when the mind is settled, peace exists. So what causes the mind to become unsettled? Many forms of negative thinking and self-talk, irrational thoughts, worry, fear, obsessive guilt and shame, envy and jealously—simply put, it is our own internal struggle that kidnaps our minds from the awareness of peace. So the question is not how does one find peace, but instead, how does one reduce struggle. For the last 20 years I have been helping clients increase the awareness of peace in their lives by decreasing the struggle that creates anxiety and stress. I call this The Art of Struggle Reduction."
This unique approach to anxiety and stress management, provides the foundation for viewing life through a different lens. Imagine the ease of walking straight through an empty room to the other side instead of winding your way through piles of clutter. The heart of Struggle Reduction is less clutter. A mind that is settled and clear is a mind at peace.
The workbook contains everything you need to begin enjoying a more peaceful and relaxed lifestyle. The origin, principles, and methods of The Art of Struggle Reduction are presented in an easy to read and understand format. By observing your thoughts, you can identify areas of internal struggle. Then by using a few simple strategies, learn to reduce or release the struggle that is blocking your awareness of present moment peace. If you are a substance abuse counselor or other mental health provider, The Art of Struggle Reduction can be a valuable addition to your practice.
Struggle reduction methods and strategies
- Live with passion
- Use the DTM scale
- Peace by subtraction
- Set appropriate boundaries
- List internal and external struggles
- Bring awareness to peace in the present moment
- Decrease useless worry thinking with thought replacement
- Acquire peace through integrity and gain control of your life again
- Utilize meditation, PMR, deep breathing, hypnotherapy and cue relaxation
- Pause several times a day to let go of the thoughts that are causing struggle
Struggle reduction sessions are 1 hour in length. One session per week for 3-4 weeks is recommended to become acquainted with the concepts and methods. To schedule your session call 615-904-9338 email firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost is $65 for a one hour session. The workbook and all guided relaxations are included in the cost.
the art of struggle reduction, guided meditation, and deep relaxation
Many people in America suffer from unhealthy anxiety and stress in one form or another. Over half of the patients seeking counseling for addictions and other mental health problems, report difficulties managing high levels of anxiety. Left unmanaged, unhealthy anxiety can often lead to drug or alcohol relapse along with other emotional and physical problems. Learning how to reduce anxiety to healthy levels is very achievable. For the last 20 years, Tom Diffenderfer LADAC II has been helping others increase emotional well-being
Counselors, therapists, and spiritual teachers have been recommending various forms of guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation and meditation for many years. It is well known that practicing this type of deep relaxation has emotional, physical and spiritual benefits.
"Our guided meditations mixed with therapeutic music and sounds of nature, have been shown to be effective for managing anxiety along with a variety of other health concerns. Guided meditation and deep relaxation when used in concert with Struggle Reduction methods, can form a solid foundation for a more calm, anxiety reduced lifestyle."
what others are saying
Cured a Migraine better than medication. "I felt a migraine coming on and laid down with an ice pack, eye mask and zoned out to this cd. The migraine then dissipated throughout the day instead of turning evil on me. FOUR STARS. I also use it for insomnia. I have many other relaxation cds, this hypnosis one works the best. Thank you Tom Diffenderfer." Review on amazon.com for the album PMR, Hypnotherapy, and Acoustic Guitar, June 04, 2015
5 out of 5 stars Very Helpful! "I suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome and this soothes me so I can sleep. I'm also Bipolar and this really eases my tension and anger! Wonderful acoustic guitar music. Progressive muscle relaxation with guided visualization. Perfect length. Highly recommend, you won't be disappointed! Review on amazon.com for the album PMR, Hypnotherapy, and Acoustic Guitar, January 05, 2016
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Peace exists in the absence of struggle