Archive for July, 2011

July 10

Review: The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

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I purchased this book while perusing a Borders that was going out of business, and strictly because of the title. As a therapist and a practitioner of Eastern philosophy I am aware of how although we believe we have the freedom of choice, quite often our choices are made out of our conditioning. I fully expected this book to reaffirm that thinking, and to discuss how to overcome it. The book met and surpassed this expectation.

Some books create a peace in me by just catching a glimpse of them. This is the case of this book. From the time of my purchase it served as a meditation bell. It …

July 5

Be With Me Or Let Me Be

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This is my latest article for Psychology Today. You can read it here.

July 3

Review: Island

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I finished “Island” by Aldous Huxley last night. It is a novel about a utopian society, lost (at least temporarily) to the roar of capitalism and consumerism, that a cynical, shame ridden English protagonist finds himself shipwrecked on. The story follows his introduction to this society, his education about it, and his perceptions while he works both sides of the beginning of a conflict about to come to fruition.

I suppose at this point I have to modify my general statement that I don’t read fiction, to I read fiction about philosophy or therapy or spirituality about 20% of my reading time (I notice in the last two years I’ve read …

July 1

July, Thoughts…

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31. As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it. The Dalai Lama

30. You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you. Joseph Campbell

29. No man is free who cannot command himself. Pythagoras

28. In Buddhism there is no judgement; just, the world is so constructed that that we bring joy or trouble upon ourselves. David Brazier, Zen Therapy

27. Where …