Spiritual Bypassing

“When we are spiritually bypassing, we often use the goal of awakening or liberation to try to rise above the raw and messy side of our humanness before we have fully faced and made peace with it.”–John Welwood

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Bruce Cantwell
Facing Reality

In honor of Friday's youth climate strike, our discussion will respond to some advice by Heather Havrilesky to someone struggling with climate anxiety, which applies to other forms of anxiety too, I think.

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Bruce Cantwell
Designing Your Leaven

"Life is all about growth and change. It’s not static. It’s not about some destination. It’s not about answering the question once and for all and then it’s all done.” Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

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Bruce Cantwell
Does Pleasure Hinder Happiness?

If we aspire to fulfill human potential, overcome sorrow and complaint, end discontent, and attain the flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind, there are mental processes that can hinder that.

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Bruce Cantwell
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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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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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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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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