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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|

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|