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About Ira Israel

Licensed Counselor & Licensed Psychotherapist

UCLA Mind, Consciousness, and The Cultivation of Wellbeing: Transformation through the Lifespan Conference: Review

The models that we have established in modern society are killing us. ~ Deepak Chopra Over 800 people gathered at UCLA last weekend for the truly amazing and groundbreaking “Mind, Consciousness, and The Cultivation of Wellbeing” conference, which Deepak Chopra summed up by stating “We do not know HOW wisdom-practices (meditation, yoga, mindfulness) affect [...]

2017-03-23T07:33:33+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on UCLA Mind, Consciousness, and The Cultivation of Wellbeing: Transformation through the Lifespan Conference: Review

“YOGA FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Yoga – from Asana to Yama” by Richard Rosen: Book Review

“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” ~ Rumi Richard Rosen’s “YOGA FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Yoga - from Asana to Yama” is a portal. Through Rosen’s modern lens we traverse the history and evolution of yoga from its ancient spiritual practice to its contemporary incarnation [...]

2017-03-19T15:59:14+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Yoga|Comments Off on “YOGA FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Yoga – from Asana to Yama” by Richard Rosen: Book Review

“The Red Pill:” Film Review

Virtually every society that survived did so by socializing its sons to be disposable. ~ Warren Farrell “The Red Pill” documents Cassie Jaye’s three year odyssey tracing the Men’s Rights Movement to deliver a well-crafted, poignant and insightful film. I would guess that the vast majority of the over 100 million murders committed during the [...]

2017-03-06T19:15:34+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “The Red Pill:” Film Review

“Roots, Rock, Rama” by Jai Uttal: CD Review

I was very fortunate to see Jai Uttal perform some of the songs from his new double CD “Roots, Rock, Rama” last week and was blown away by the richness and elegance of the harmonies. This eclectic and epic recording transcends all genres and manages to pack Jai’s 50 years of musical and spiritual seeking [...]

2017-03-03T11:46:56+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Roots, Rock, Rama” by Jai Uttal: CD Review

“Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief” by Joanne Cacciatore: Book Review

How does one make sense of the most unnatural thing possible? The pain of some tragedies is ineffable. Words offer little solace to those who have lost a child (or other loved ones traumatically, suddenly). Dr. Joanne Cacciatore’s “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief“ is one of those rare [...]

2017-02-19T18:21:27+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief” by Joanne Cacciatore: Book Review

“How Soon Is Now” by Daniel Pinchbeck: Book Review

“…This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light of the stars requires time; deeds, though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than most distant stars [...]

2017-03-19T21:19:01+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “How Soon Is Now” by Daniel Pinchbeck: Book Review

“America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks” by Ruth Whippman: Book Review

Ruth Whippman is whip smart; her writing is nothing short of a genius. And scathingly hysterical. Her sociological insights into the New Age movement are spot on and her skewering of Positive Psychology is brilliant. Ms. Whippman would absolutely loathe the sold-out happiness and mindfulness workshops that I teach at The Esalen Institute! Firstly, [...]

2017-02-19T18:19:55+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks” by Ruth Whippman: Book Review

“Westworld:” Television Review

“Our business is to wake up.” ~ Aldous Huxley It has been amusing to read all of the banter floating around the Internet concerning the story lines of "Westworld." Humans are immensely talented creatures when it comes to creating stories, creating narratives - especially mysteries and paradoxes. We are equally deft at making maps. [...]

2017-03-09T07:53:12+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Westworld:” Television Review

Mindful Holidays

If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family! ~ Ram Dass Although Americans enjoy more privileges and freedoms than people in many other countries, growing up in such a highly competitive society where children are constantly pushed to get good grades and “achieve” various goals on daily, weekly, monthly, and [...]

2016-11-21T15:18:19+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Mindful Holidays

“Manchester by the Sea:” Film Review

"When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem resembles a nail." ~ Abraham Maslow Writer/Director Kenneth Lonergan is a tremendous explorer of psychological terrains seldom traversed due to their complexity. Played by Casey Affleck, the character Lee Chandler is an average American Joe who does not have the tools necessary to [...]

2016-11-12T18:19:28+00:00 November 12th, 2016|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Manchester by the Sea:” Film Review