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Self-Care: Selected Resources

In November, BCACC co-sponsored a Skills for Mindful Living Series event entitled “Holistic Model of Self-Care Practice” presented by Avraham Cohen, Ph.D., RCC, CCC & Heesoon Bai, Ph.D., RCC. In follow-up to this event Avraham Cohen and Heesoon Bai have shared the Self-Care Selected Resources list they offered at this presentation. 


by Avraham Cohen and Heeson Bai

There are, of course, many more resources; too many to put in this brief starting list.  Feel free to send along your questions, or come and see me for inner work and coaching about further development of your holistic life.  Avraham Cohen – | Tel: 604-313-8423   Heesoon Bai –



Bai, H., Beatch, M., Chang, D. & Cohen, A. (2017). Recalibrating of Mindfulness for Education (chapter) Powietrzynska & K. Tobin (Eds.), in Weaving complementary knowledge systems and mindfulness to educate a literate citizenry for sustainable and healthy lives (pp. xx). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Link to a video about our chapter in the book that Heesoon and I did related to this recently published book.
Link to the book:  if you open the preview offering, you will see the actual chapter on p. 21.

What it is: Many ideas about mindfulness and its integration with education. The view that inner work is about education about self, relationship, and life fits with this chapter.


Cohen, A. (2015).  Becoming fully human within education environments: Inner life, relationship, and learning (2nd ed.). Vancouver BC: Writeroom.

What it is: An integration of process-oriented practices with education. Particularly, the chapter on inner work with my (Avraham) dream contains very many ideas about how to do inner work on your own.


Cohen, A., Bai, H., & Fiorini, K. (2017). The Self-Cultivation Model of Lifelong Learning: Towards Post-Egoic Development. In Adult and community health education: Tools, trends, and methodologies. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

What it is: A book chapter that talks in detail about self-care.


Gibala, M. (2017). The one minute workout: Science shows a way to get fit. London, UK: Penguin.

What it is: This book gives many ideas, research, and practical application about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). I think that the argument that the selling point for HIIT is that it takes little time is not a strong one. However, the practices are well-described and easily used.


Little, J. R., & McGuff, D. (2009). Body by science: A research based program. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill.

What it is: This book gives much research about the value and what I believe is an advanced method of weight training.


Mercola, J. (2017). Fat for fuel. New York, NY: Hay House.

What it is: A well written and researched book on the value of proper fat intake along with the other components of a potentially healthy diet.


Mosely, M., & Spencer, M. (2013). The fast diet: Lose weight, stay healthy, and live longer. New York, NY: Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster.

What it is: A provocative approach to food intake timing. I follow this myself with a certain lenience. It is about what is called Intermittent Fasting (IF), which is, I would say a misnomer. It is about timing of eating and not eating. I particularly found that starting the day without eating, or eating only a small of amount of nutrient rich food is extremely facilitative of a clear consciousness. However, this does not work for everyone. Heesoon finds that she gets light-headed when she goes any length of time without food.  Here is a video link that covers a lot in a short time about IF and HIIT.


Siff, J. (2010). Unlearning Meditation: What to do when the instructions get in the way. Boston, MA: Shambhala.

What it is: Jason Siff’s book, in our view and with his overall approach, teaches meditation in a way that is much more useable for most people. We have been working with him for some time and familiar with his work for even longer. So, we are familiar with the approach. It is very consistent.


Why you will marry the wrong person –  Alain de Botton

What it is: Very humorous and also making a lot of key points about what people and relationships are really like.


How to make stress your friend – Kelly McGonigal

What it is: Definitely an alternative view of stress that hits many good points.



Dr. Avraham Cohen has conducted a private psychotherapy practice since 1987 and has been working in the therapy field since 1969. He was formerly professor, and associate director of a full-time Master in Counselling program at a private university. He also has authored/co-authored numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and books in the fields of education and psychotherapy.

Dr. Heesoon Bai is Professor and a doctoral program coordinator, specializing in Philosophy of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has also developed Masters in Education program in Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches to Education. Her therapeutic work is deeply informed by contemplative theory and practice.


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