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Working With Anxiety – An Experienced Mindfulness Student’s Perspective

For anonymity’s sake let’s call my student Sean. For years his anxiety was debilitating! He has struggled with it for about 30 years and sought help in many different ways, including counselling and medication treatment. After a course of individual psychotherapy with me, as well as intense involvement in the practice of mindfulness meditation, he eventually got to the point of being able to live without medication, most of the time symptom-free.  […]

By |2018-10-22T15:40:51+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Essays|

Kundalini Or Cardiologist? – How To Handle Symptoms During Meditation Wisely

I recently received the following question from a mindsight student: “I was wondering if you could address something that has been capturing my awareness almost since I started meditating three years ago. I have brought to your attention several times, either through email or through direct conversation, several physical sensations that I have experienced during formal practice. These sensations often become border-line intolerable, (albeit they have lessened in frequency during recent months). […]

By |2018-10-16T04:12:20+00:00October 14th, 2018|Essays|

The Integration Of Consciousness In A Dream

Wherever you look, there is mind, and wherever is mind, the opportunity for mindfulness presents itself – that means everywhere and all the time. It is not just about meditation, but about insight into one’s inner world, empathy for others and integration of the energy flow within ourselves and between each other. The stories we tell are part of the landscape of mind to be mined for the hidden treasures of meaning our illusions have so deeply buried. […]

By |2018-10-09T03:25:58+00:00October 9th, 2018|Short reflections|

Thoughts Are Not Facts

This topic was recently discussed in the Mindfulness Community Group (MCG) as one some people have trouble with. A few participants offered helpful clarifications to help understand what is meant. I remained unclear about whether the discussion really went far enough, as it seemed to stop short of the core issue at stake. Here is a short synopsis to shed light on what I mean. […]

By |2018-09-25T00:46:55+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Short reflections|

To Be Or Not To Be?

Mindfulness is about how we live, not a theory to be indulged. Having the opportunity to witness fellow travelers and students expressing with succinct beauty and force how the directly experienced journey really looks like from within, always touches me. […]

By |2018-09-25T00:43:33+00:00September 22nd, 2018|By students|

The Mindsight Intensive 2018/2019 academic year

The feel of the course this year will be exploratory and experiential. Many participants are familiar with many of the principles of Dynamic Mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology. What we will be focusing on is learning to play and be creative with this knowledge, so that it becomes life-transforming and integrative. In each session we will practice meditation, interact as a group and digest new nuggets of knowledge I present. […]

By |2018-08-06T16:11:13+00:00August 5th, 2018|News|

The Lights Are On, But Nobody Is Home

Your doorbell rings at 2 o’clock in the morning. Startled, you get up, make your way downstairs and open the door. A man stands before you wearing diamond rings and a fur coat; a Rolls Royce stands behind him. He is sorry to wake you up at this ridiculous hour, but he is in the middle of a scavenger hunt. He needs a piece of wood about three by seven feet, two inches thick. Can you help him? […]

By |2018-06-14T11:37:18+00:00June 14th, 2018|Short reflections|

Reflection – Reviving a Dinosaur?

I am not a historian. Who knows how most people lived and thought in the privacy of their home before the age of Facebook. Through Facebook I am told that a vague acquaintance of mine just made a bean soup, and the notification is accompanied by a picture of said soup. Another one informs me of someone using a new deodorant, and why this seems to be a life-changing event. A third one shows off their new dog, obviously soaking in the accolades of friends expressing their admirations. Really? Should I care about soups, deodorants, pets and whatever else the kitchen sink can swallow in other people’s homes? […]

By |2018-06-11T14:54:50+00:00June 10th, 2018|Essays|