Tag: mindfulness

Spiritual Practice for Depression: On a Scale of 1-10, How Effective is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness probably has some individual nuances for all of us, but an enjoyable read.

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Mindfulness isn’t what I had in mind. Here’s what I mean.

Right now, as research for this site, I’m reading Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zin for the first time. Now a modern classic, this gives one of the more detailed, systematic (even medical) approaches to mindfulness meditation. It’s based on the successful hospital classes led by Kabat-Zin many years ago, with more recent additions in the revised version I’m reading. I’m also reading several books by Thich Nhat Hanh right now, and listening to an Eckhart Tolle audiobook. I didn’t think of Tolle as a mindfulness meditation teacher, but I’m seeing now that he is (though he might not appreciate the label).

Previously, I viewed mindfulness as a sort of bland, unoriginal approach to spirituality. I mean, it’s just so popular, right? Even non-spiritual people are doing it. After doing the above reading, though, I changed my mind.

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Book Review: “How To Love” – Thich Nhat Hanh

"How to Love", by renowned Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, is a short, about 128 pages, but powerful articulation of how to love. A must read for anyone who aspires to have loving relationships with others. The key themes are:To love others, you must first love yourself.To love others, you must understand them.To understand others, … Continue reading Book Review: “How To Love” – Thich Nhat Hanh

The Path to Recovery: Deep Listening

Many of us are in recovery because we abandoned ourselves. We thought the feelings and wants of others were more important that our own. This destroyed our sense or worth, and made us needy, unable to function as adults, constantly looking for others to adult us, and/or indulging in unhealthy behaviors. After the initial crisis … Continue reading The Path to Recovery: Deep Listening

Welcoming All Our Guests

In the famous poem "Guest House" (below), by Jellaludin Rumi, we are reminded to welcome all the guests in our house, whether they might be thought of as "bad" or "good". I apply this philosophy to uncomfortable images as well as uncomfortable feelings. If there is a person that I believe is thinking badly of … Continue reading Welcoming All Our Guests

Recovery Poem

Recovery Poem The mission of recovery is to reconnect, with the unconscious beauty in all of us, represented by the deep burgundy rose, which in recovery, is the rose of acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, patience and love; The rose of rewired mindlessness; The rose of rewired coping skills; The rose of mindfulness. Recovery makes our … Continue reading Recovery Poem