Selected Articles (Health and Wellness)

Bell, L. G.. (2009). Mindful Psychotherapy. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 11, 126-144.
This paper, written mainly for therapists, focuses on meditation and the benefits it can bring to psychotherapy practice. A regular meditation practice supports a clarity of mind which the therapist brings to his or her work and can thus greatly impact both the quality and usefulness of the work, as well as the health of the therapist. The article reviews the roots of mindfulness in mysticism, addresses research on the benefits of meditation and the varied ways meditative methods can be used in practice.
Bell, L. G., and C. S. Cornwell. (2015). Evaluation of Family Matters: A Family Wellness Course for Persons in Prison. Journal of Correctional Education, 66, 45-57.
Bell, L. G. . (2011). Communication in families related to health and illness. In M. Craft-Rosenberg and Pehler, S. R. Eds., Encyclopedia of Family Health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 214-215.
This very brief article makes suggestions for families that might help them when work with doctors and nurses when they have a loved one in the hospital, and also advice for hospital staff for including families in the healing process.
Bell, L.. (2013). Some Thoughts about 'Both And'. In L. X. Hy (Ed.), Fostering Spiritual and Psychological Development. Baton Rouge, LA: St. Michael.
The teenage years are often challenging times for families. As a parent I want my children to be safe and to respect our family values. I also want them to learn the skills they need to be successful in their adult life. This article focuses on the strengths and challenges for families with two cultures. And other complementarities like respect and affection.
Bell, L. G.. (1992). Song without Words. In R. Simon, C. Barrilleaux, M. S. Wylie, and L. M. Markowitz (Eds.), The Evolving Therapist, New York: Guilford, 81 - 86. (reprinted from The Family Therapy Networker, 1989).
A personal report of the experience of Japanese culture and Japanese family therapy compared with American culture. Topics included American talkativeness and how it may be seen by Japanese, attitudes toward child-rearing, family structure and the self concept. Differences in group process, caring for others compared with asserting oneself. Harmony, wholeness, and complementarity. "A group of Japanese people gathered together are like a clutch of different-colored foam rubber balls, compressed into a small space; the balls can adapt, accommodate their shape in order to make a fit. Americans are more like wooden cubes."