Category Archives: mindfulness

More on Mindfulness

It’s been a while. Like many Americans, I’ve been watching the news and riding the roller coaster. But something happened earlier today that brought me back to a kind of everyday mindfulness, which my Midwestern forebearers would have probably called … Continue reading

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Power Tool Safety

A theme that I come back to again and again in my work with clients is that one’s mind is powerful. My joke about that is that you need to use such a powerful tool safely. Another thing to keep … Continue reading

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Self Pity versus Self Mourning

Just a quick thought & a question– what is the difference between feeling sad about something bad in your life, and feeling self-pity? This came up recently in a session, where a client worried about sinking into self-pity. this is … Continue reading

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Spiritual Atheists

If you follow the buzz in certain circles, you’ve been hearing about various psychotherapeutic practitioners getting on board the spirituality bandwagon. This is, in some ways, amusing. Carl Jung was all over the spiritual side of things from the beginning, … Continue reading

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I Am Not My Symptom

There’s a mantra for you. Whether it’s physical pain, depression, anxiety, or even something as simple as being at the back of a long line, it’s helpful to remember that the person experienced as I is separate and distinct from the contents … Continue reading

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The Map Is Not The Territory

I was recently reading something about Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and the phrase I stole for the title of the post was there. It certainly is food for thought. I thought about the many highway maps I’ve looked at in my … Continue reading

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Learning to Fish– Or Not

There’s the proverb, alleged to be Chinese in origin, which says “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day: teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” (If you prefer gender neutral … Continue reading

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Wordless Mindfulness is Bliss

And a clean desk ain’t bad either. He probably knows how to delegate– with an excellent sense of non-attachment.

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I think, I feel, I do– not always in that order!

There is interesting information on brain plasticity that suggests that behavior changes the brain physically. Memories can become stronger depending on how often they’re recalled, and can change over time. Memory is a fallible thing, as we all know. By … Continue reading

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Gollum and the Buddha

  Most people are familiar with J. R. R. Tolkien’s character, Gollum. If you aren’t, and you plan on reading The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, you might want to go do that before you  read this post. Oh– … Continue reading

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