When Illness Interrupts

Like death, the time of illness is uncertain, and the only thing that can help us in times of illness is how we’ve trained our mind. But, how does this training training translate to caregiving?

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Bruce Cantwell
Observing Citta (Mind)

As an old Zen monk once said to a group of us in his extremely thick Japanese accent, “Some people say there is mind. I say there is no mind, but never mind! Heh, heh, heh!”—Daniel M. Ingram

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Bruce Cantwell
Tension in our Bodies

“Even if we've already dealt with the actual causes of stress and calmed our minds, our bodies may remain convinced there is a tiger after us, because we haven't signaled to it that we're safe by having run away really fast and then experiencing a sense of relief and celebration.”

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Bruce Cantwell
The Pocket Pema Chödrön

“All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we're bad and hoping that we're good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy, and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun.”

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Bruce Cantwell
Fear of Uncertainty

In her 1942 book Self-Analysis, Karen Horney outlined her theory of neurosis, describing different types of neurotic behavior that result from overusing coping strategies to deal with basic anxiety. We asked what role mindfulness could play in creating response diversity.

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Bruce Cantwell
Investigating Thoughts

I usually see the invasion of thought as a mindfulness error to be corrected. Though, even knowing this, if I am particularly troubled and weakened by stress, I unapologetically indulge my thoughts, which usually consist of problem-solving and planning.

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Bruce Cantwell