Befriending ourselves

Loving-kindness (maitri) toward ourselves doesn't mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away or become something better. It's about befriending who we are... Continue Reading →

Well-being is maintained through relationship

Health and spiritual well-being are maintained through relationships, not through self-sufficiency. No one is so enlightened that they don't need help. Rather, they are enlightened because they receive the help they need. Enlightenment is a state of dependency. And to the extent that any other being is sick in any way, so is each of... Continue Reading →

Addicted to therapy?

"Wounded Genius" the therapy satirist/cartoonist has captured a brilliant moment once again. Addict – Therapy Tales #197  I had a psychoanalyst years ago who said that she and her colleagues "never graduated." She did not see it as a good thing... It was perhaps the only helpful thing she ever said to me! ***Wounded Genius did... Continue Reading →

Genetics? We like to blame everything on genes. Is that realistic?

In our modern world genetics is a popular concept. Almost every health problem is commonly blamed on genetics. We pollute the water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe with industrial and nuclear wastes and when we get ill we blame it all on genetics. We deplete our soils of minerals and other nutrients and replace them with pesticides, organophosphates, weedkillers and lots of other chemicals, we grow our crops on these soils, we eat these crops, we get ill and blame it all on genetics. We damage our children’s immune systems with vaccinations and antibiotics and blame it all on genetics. We regularly consume processed foods with virtually no nourishment for the body and full of chemicals, detrimental to health, and when we get ill we blame it all on genetics. We regularly intoxicate ourselves with alcohol, tobacco and drugs and when we get ill we blame it all on genetics.

The more we are conscious, the deeper the joy

These are some statements by Nisargadatta Maharaj on the topic of accepting reality as it is. These three passages come from I Am That. Nisargadatta led a very humble life in a poor part of Bombay. He wasn't insulated from the vicissitudes and tests of everyday life -- in other words, he spoke from experience.... Continue Reading →

“This I Believe”

The 1950s in booming, post-war America was a different time.  Maybe some of you were alive then – but for me that period is one of many historical eras (the fall of the Roman Empire, the French Revolution) that I have experienced only through textbooks and Hollywood representations.  And here’s the funny thing about history... Continue Reading →

Trauma release exercises (works with simple tension too)

TRE can stand for trauma release or tension release, underscoring the practicality of these exercises. Everyone experiences stressors from which one can benefit in releasing.

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