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About Ira Israel

Licensed Counselor & Licensed Psychotherapist

Why All Children Should Say That Their Parents Did The Best They Could and All Parents Should Tell Their Children That They Could Have Done Better

What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I’d done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was [...]

2017-05-24T23:18:39+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Psychology|Comments Off on Why All Children Should Say That Their Parents Did The Best They Could and All Parents Should Tell Their Children That They Could Have Done Better

Esalen 2017

After weeks of rains it was extremely sunny on the south side of the Julia Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur on Sunday, February 12th. Which made it even more surreal when the California Highway Patrol officer told us that we would probably have to leave our cars in Big Sur for the winter, hitchhike [...]

2017-05-15T08:08:05+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Yoga|Comments Off on Esalen 2017

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 [...]

2017-04-29T18:20:15+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Mindfulness|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 [...]

2017-04-29T17:54:18+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Book Reviews, 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 [...]

2017-04-29T17:54:42+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Film 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|Music & 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 [...]

2017-04-29T17:55:08+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Book 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 [...]

2017-04-29T17:55:27+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Book Reviews|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, here is [...]

2017-06-21T16:42:46+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Book 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. [...]

2017-04-29T17:56:18+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Film Reviews|Comments Off on “Westworld:” Television Review