MFMHP Controlling for Hope

by Janelle on March 8, 2012

Our third class led us into cultural ideas of health, the ethics of medication and the allowance of a broader spectrum of feelings. We explored the idea that therapy gives patients an “experience” of their intrinsic health and to medicate or to alleviate symptoms before a reverence and understanding for them is developed is cheating our patients from this experience. We noticed how it can be desirable to reduce suffering in our patients as a means of creating comfort for ourselves. We explored how each of us related to meditation as a practice that is increasing our ability to be with our own suffering and with others’ in a more spacious and less emergent manner.

We came into contact with the contemplative notion of “exchange” through and experiential exercise with one another.

For our fourth and final class we will further explore the clinical applications of “exchange”, “pratityasamutpada”, “tong len” and psychosis from a contemplative perspective. The following readings will prepare us and help in the continuity of this exploration.

Touch and Go in Clinical Practice
Dependent Coarising
Hatred of Health
Body Speech Mind

Mindfulness for Mental Health Professionals Class 2

by Janelle on February 29, 2012

Through the ages, thousands of meditators observed the same unfolding process in working with their minds. There are nine ways that the mind can be true to its inherent stability, clarity and strength. These stages are a map into this process are quite helpful because the vast terrain of the mind may cause us to wander and get lost in thought.

The first four stages—placement, continual placement, repeated placement and close placement—have to do with developing stability. Stages five and six—taming and pacifying—have to do with developing clarity. And the last three stages—thoroughly pacifying, one-pointed and equanimity—have to do with building strength.

You can read more here:
Nine Stages of Training the Mind Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Depression as a Loss of Heart John Welwood

Meditation_and_the_Dilemma_of_Narcissism Mark Epstein

Mindfulness for Mental Health Professionals Class 1

February 17, 2012

Our first class will delve into the four foundations of mindfulness through a sensory understanding of the present moment. In addition we will begin to explore the history of sanity, our fundamental views of self and other and how the cultivation of mindfulness gives us an opportunity for a direct experience with life. Alan Watts […]

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The Importance of Myth

November 28, 2011

In 1917 Jung described the archetypes, inter alia, as “deposits of the constantly repeated experiences of humanity” which are “grounded in the peculiarities of the living organism itself and … therefore direct expressions of life whose nature cannot be further explained.” In my therapeutic work, I have come to find, time and time again that […]

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Working with Adversity

November 28, 2011

There’s nothing that does not grow light Through habit and familiarity. Putting up with little cares, I’ll train myself to bear with great adversity. -Shantideva A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life It’s near impossible to begin training our minds toward patience and non-attachment with the great adversities of life. So we find the […]

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