"I agree 'outside perspectives can help but also distract the empathic attention needed in each case.' The psychological model you described at ITZI in September comes to mind: Objective situation > Triggered action >…"
"I agree Dharmavidya. Our reliance on hard evidence is not always helpful and can distract from what is relevant and meaningful to a specific individual. Failed scientific evidence is rarely published, brings bias and close minds…"
Different methods and approaches each have a place and contribution to make. The skills of a doctor might be (depending on circumstances) very different from those of a psychotherapist or psychologist. Or…"
"I got to know a bit about the outside view through the study of Medicine. This approach attracts and finds confidence in evidence, endless measuring, dividing, careful labelling, quantifying and explaining the process. It can be useful…"
"Thank you Dharmavidya for a very clear description of the unique way of Zen Therapy. I have personally benefited from the approach and seen it being useful to others. Zen therapy takes all I know about medicine and human beings, turns it…"
I know Namibia quite well. I have often travelled there. We used to spend quite a lot of holidays in Swakopmund and have often driven up as far as Etosha and into Botswana, but not for a few years now. I was talking to someone about it only a couple of days ago, coincidentally, and I think we might try it now that our son is a little bit older - he is 14 now - old enough to enjoy it, perhaps? On the other hand, he might be bored stiff. :)
Welcome Juline - very good to have you involved here. Do join some of the groups and join in discussions. This is a super group of people with lots of good ideas. Hope to see you again before tooooo long.
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Welcome to David Brazier at La Ville au Roi (Eleusis)
En l'absence de Darmavidya, j'ai - en ma qualité de voisine et d'amie - le privilège de m'occuper (un peu) de Tara, la petite chatte. C'est un bonheur de la voir me faire la fête chaque fois que je me rends à Eleusis: elle s'étire, se roule sur le dos au soleil ou saute sur mes genoux. J'ignore si elle a profité de l'enseignement du maître des lieux, mais j'ai comme l'impression qu'elle me donne une belle leçon de sagesse: elle…
At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…
My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…
“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue