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Resource-Based Mindfulness – A Contemporary Approach To Mindfulness

Our organism is a structured and interactive collection of variously patterned energy flows, such as the individual cells and their interconnections, the hormonal and organ systems, and the different aspects of the mind including awareness, cognition/thoughts, emotions, and somatic sensations. These energy flows are in a constant process of self-regulation for survival and thriving, which unfolds through self-monitoring and appraising how fluid and adaptive the different energy flows and their intricate interactions are at any one moment. Once a determination is made that these energies flow sub-optimally, the organism proceeds to modify them by creating, tapping into, and using resources in such a way as to achieve maximal integration towards health and wellbeing. […]

By |2021-05-17T20:16:49+00:00May 16th, 2021|Mindfulness|

Nature’s Ways As Inspiration For Mindfulness

The oceanographer Francois Serano recounts an experience with a young male sperm whale, who approached the researchers with curiosity and communicated the way sperm whales usually only communicate when they intimately interact among themselves. It was a highly unusual encounter, as if the whale wanted to tame the researchers and invite them to become part of their own. […]

By |2021-04-04T15:09:57+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Mindfulness|

Mindfulness In Meditation And Psychotherapy

What the mindfulness journey is really about Was it not for a recent dream one of my patients brought into a session, in which a two-faced person appeared, I would likely not have started this blog with Janus. Consciously, my patient knew nothing about this Roman god. I concluded, that the collective unconscious Carl Jung described is alive and well even in this technological day and age of science and computers, where studying Roman mythology is hardly the main menu in our school curriculums anymore. […]

By |2021-05-11T13:37:52+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Mindfulness|

In The Beginning Is Beginner’s Mind

Beginner’s mind is an attitude of openness Beginner’s mind is a notion that originated in the Buddhist Zen tradition, referring to an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when examining one’s mind. Maintaining beginner’s mind is what’s most difficult in mindfulness because we are customarily imprisoned by our mind’s incessant chatter. […]

By |2021-05-11T13:43:32+00:00January 20th, 2021|Mindfulness|

Mirror, Mirror … In The Brain

The mirror neuron A mirror reflects back to us what we cannot see directly. We cannot directly see the inner subjective experience of someone else, and yet the capacity to ‘put ourselves into someone else’s shoes’ is essential for human survival, good relationships, and health in general. What does it mean to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, and how do we do that? […]

By |2021-01-20T17:01:06+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Mindfulness|

The Often Elusive Sense Of Who We Are

Thrive to live meaningful lives in health and well-being Occasionally, as during this past week, important insights of potentially universal interest arise from the work in self-exploration in my psychodynamic groups. What we can learn from the detailed work the group members were involved in, is worth sharing for the benefit of a larger audience. For reasons of confidentiality, no identifying details are mentioned of course. […]

By |2021-04-06T13:51:26+00:00October 12th, 2020|Essays, Mindfulness|

In The Beginning Is Now – Mindsight Intensive

The Mindsight Intensive course begins soon, and during the preparation, the notion of a beginning intrigued me. Not only are we at the beginning of an academic year, but to me, the fall is also the beginning of a descent into the unconscious realms of our psyche, in which we roam during the winter, and hopefully derive great benefit from the creative potential to be unleashed for the upcoming spring and summer. […]

By |2021-04-06T13:53:46+00:00October 4th, 2020|Mindfulness|

The 2020/2021 Mindsight Intensive Curriculum

Mindsight Topics and Programs for wisdom, peace, and equanimity. As usual, this year’s program will introduce new topics not emphasized or explored before. We will expand our tools beyond mindsight to include mindful action from a deeper understanding of the power of the present moment. This program will be heavily experiential, immersing students into the direct and in-depth exploration of direct, intimate experience through mindsight, both internally with themselves and externally with others. Our goal is wisdom, peace, and equanimity NOW, not tomorrow. […]

By |2021-05-11T14:00:39+00:00September 7th, 2020|Mindfulness, News|

Long-term intensive group psychotherapy – a magnificent therapeutic modality in danger of extinction

Group Psychotherapy provides exactly the kind of safe, but intense transformative environment some of us need to heal deeply. On June 14, 2020, Dr. John Salvendy, co-founder and first president of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association sadly passed away. In 1984 he became my group psychotherapy supervisor during my psychiatric residency at the University of Toronto. Within 3 years he taught me everything I needed to know to begin my own 35 years of group psychotherapy practice. […]

By |2022-04-10T16:23:42+00:00July 26th, 2020|Mindfulness|

Our COVID-19 Program Approach

Navigating our mindfulness and therapy programs in COVID times. Our government is following a general world-wide trend of beginning to loosen our social isolation so that society can get back to more ‘normal’ interaction patterns, work, and economic prosperity. Within this context, our team had to decide when we can start meeting with our patients, students, and participants in person again. […]

By |2021-08-11T19:26:34+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Short reflections|
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