Tag Archives: psychology

Happiness: What it is and How to Find It

I came across this still proverbial Tibetan saying in my pre-meditation reading the other day that I wanted to share with you: “Seeking happiness outside is like waiting for sunshine in a cave facing north.” In short, our happiness must … Continue reading

Posted in Psychology, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open the door and come right in….

Mindfulness is everywhere these days. I was at our local Kroger store yesterday, sampling its magazine section and, sure enough, there were two mindfulness magazines. Go to Whole Foods, it’s the same. Mindfulness has taken off in the medical community … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Health | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Leap Frogging

I continue to read Shinzen Young (The Science of Enlightenment), and always with the thrill of discovery. No one, and I mean no one, has opened up the insides of mindfulness meditation more for me. You know you’re keeping good … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Psychology, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Live Longer Now

It’s funny how your mind takes vast jumps, transcending time and space, hurling you into the past or thrusting you into the future. It’s happening to me now. I remember sitting in my sixth grade class in Florida, fascinated with … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Lifestyle, Psychology, Reflections, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Rummaging

We dream–it is good we are dreaming– It would hurt us–were we awake. Emily Dickinson Freud in his London office (1939) Do you dream a lot? I know I do. Incessantly. I dream more now that I’ve gotten older, abetted … Continue reading

Posted in Psychology, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Worrying Helps

Bob Marley’s hit song “Everythings Gonna Be Alright,” delivered with hypnotic reggae beat, buoys our spirits when we travel troubled waters: Don’t worry about a thing Cause every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t you just wish it could … Continue reading

Posted in Psychology, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

You Aren’t Who You Think You Are!

Have you ever found yourself so angry, say in an argument, that you’ve yelled, or said mean things, or left the room, or slammed a door, only to feel ashamed later? Have you ever panicked, ready to pull your hair … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Health, Psychology, Reflections | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

On living with ambiguity

Those of you familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator will recall that its end letter comes down to either a P or a J, denoting perception vs judgment modalities.  P types can tolerate, if not thrive on, open-ended movies.  Conversely, … Continue reading

Posted in Psychology, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dodging puddles: Things we avoid

As a college freshman, there was one essay we had to read in composition class that made an indelible impression on me that lingers still: George Orwell’s “Hanging,” with its vivid irony in observing the curious behavior of an about … Continue reading

Posted in Psychology, Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mindfulness and the recovery of compassion, empathy and joy

Nearly always I come upon new reads, not through lists but, unexpectedly, in the marketplace of life.  I like it this way–the surprise of it, the joy of discovery, the smack of fate rather than coincidence, like the chance finding … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Lifestyle, Psychology, Reflections | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment