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The Many Faces Of Aloneness

Like the weather shaping landscapes, aloneness pervades our psyche in ways that continually modulate its character. This topic recently came to be worked through in one of my psychotherapy groups, and as if by synchronicity, it also surfaced in the Mindsight Intensive during our explorations of unfamiliar modes of awareness we can access through meditation. I took this as an opportunity to try to put some order in this complex topic that elicited many questions from patients and students alike. […]

By |2022-04-25T19:45:53+00:00April 25th, 2022|Essays|

The Dream Of Ordinary Waking Consciousness

Examining ordinary waking consciousness The content of this article is taught in a practical and experiential manner in next year’s 2022 Mindsight Intensive. Details of the curriculum can be found here. The movie Escape Plan with Stallone and Schwarzenegger depicts an archetype we have to wrestle with when we want to examine ordinary waking consciousness. Stallone is a top-secret agent specializing in breaking out of prisons to reveal weaknesses in the prisons’ security. […]

By |2021-12-14T16:45:05+00:00November 15th, 2021|Essays|

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|

Initiation Renaissance In Our Pandemic Times

Mindsight in Our Pandemic Times COVID is one of those unpredictable natural phenomena that throws the whole of humanity into multi-level turmoil, challenging much of how we thought we can live our lives. We are forced to reflect, review and rethink how we live on this planet, making it improbable to hold on to the old consciousness horizons we were used to. This can be seen as a form of initiation we are willy-nilly subjected to. […]

By |2021-05-25T14:29:17+00:00April 18th, 2020|Essays, Mindfulness|

Dealing With Limb Movements And Pain In Mindfulness Meditation

Awareness into deeper unconscious energy with Mindfulness Meditation An important rule in proper meditation is to relinquish control of one’s limbs, because the brain uses movements of arms and legs to express restlessness, discharge nervous energy and avoid the deeper awareness of painful subjective experiences. Without even noticing, we wiggle, jiggle, shake and scratch, not realizing how deeply we interfere through arm and leg movements with the penetration of our attention and awareness into deeper unconscious energy flows that drive our suffering. […]

By |2021-06-21T14:25:13+00:00June 2nd, 2019|Essays|

The Core Secret Of Mindsight – Get Out Of Your Own Way

Consciousness and Mindsight Does this sound familiar? You consciously decide to have a snack and you go ahead and have one. You then decide to put on laundry, and you go down to the laundry room to do it. It then occurs to you that it’s a good idea to get married to your partner, and you arrange to do so. And by the way, it’s time to buy a house, and off you go and look for houses. Finally, you decide to watch some TV and there you go, watching it. This is more or less how your day unfolds, just with many more decisions you believe having consciously made. But is that really what goes on? […]

By |2021-07-13T14:49:59+00:00March 31st, 2019|Essays, Mindfulness|

Control Or No Control? – That Is The Algorithmic Question

Awareness – Wiring your brain for mindfulness rather than mindlessness. Here are two related questions that two students recently asked about mindfulness meditation: “I am confused about control. There seems to be a contradiction: On one hand it feels like we take control in meditation, on the other hand we learn to relinquish control. What’s the solution?” […]

By |2021-08-10T14:22:08+00:00January 27th, 2019|Essays, Q & A|

Light and shadow

The relationship between the darkness we face in both life and meditation, and the light we all so fervently seek. When I saw these little meditating skeletons ornate with a Santa hat, a whole slew of complex feelings and ideas came to mind, inspiring me to use them for a Christmas blog. I wondered how Coca Cola, Santa, skeletons, meditation, Christ and festivals of light such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Diwali are all connected? Sit down with a tea as I did, as we embark together in reflection, leaving entrenched belief systems you may have at the door waiting. […]

By |2021-07-27T16:01:45+00:00December 16th, 2018|Essays|

Working With Anxiety – An Experienced Mindfulness Student’s Perspective

Managing anxiety and mindfulness principles 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 |2021-07-27T16:12:14+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Essays|

Kundalini Or Cardiologist? – How to Handle Symptoms during Meditation Wisely

Energy Patterns, physical sensations, and the complexity of the body-mind 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 borderline intolerable, (albeit they have lessened in frequency during recent months). […]

By |2021-08-11T19:11:35+00:00October 14th, 2018|Essays|
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