About Ira Israel

Licensed Counselor & Licensed Psychotherapist

Best Psychologist

I have heard that putting on a show is 'the art of stopping people coughing', and I do rather like the idea. ~ Derren Brown At the University of Pennsylvania I was privileged to study sociology with leading sociologists such as Philip Rieff and Elijah Anderson, yet would argue that the most astute sociologists in [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:20+00:00 May 30th, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on Best Psychologist

On Genius

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald It is heartwarming that over 8,200 people LIKE-d Martha Nussbaum's eulogy of Hilary Putnam in the Huffington Post last week. I read his work [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:20+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on On Genius

Entrepreneurs Or Slaves?

“Capital is different from money. Money is used simply to purchase goods and services for consumption. Capital is more durable and is used to generate wealth through investment. Examples of capital include automobiles, patents, software and brand names. All of these things are inputs that can be used to create wealth. Besides being used in [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:20+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on Entrepreneurs Or Slaves?

Is Your Meditation Teacher Authentic?

...there may actually be puritanical fanatics of conscience who even prefer to lie down and die on a certain nothing than an uncertain something. ~ Nietzsche ...every artist first attains the supreme pinnacle of his greatness when he can look down into himself and his art, when he can laugh at himself. ~ Nietzsche I [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:20+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Is Your Meditation Teacher Authentic?

How To Crush And Destroy The Mother (or Father) Of Your Children

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house. ~ Rod Stewart Here in sunny California, marriages of 10 years or more are considered marriages of "long duration" and if divorce occurs thereafter the court is NOT allowed to set a definite termination date [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:20+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on How To Crush And Destroy The Mother (or Father) Of Your Children

The Opposite of War Is Not Peace; The Opposite of War Is Art

We possess art lest we perish of the truth. ~ Nietzsche I think that by all measures and standards I would be considered a hack as a jazz guitarist. That does not detract from the pleasure I receive through being creative and learning new melodies on the guitar. People such as Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, [...]

2015-12-27T22:03:03+00:00 December 26th, 2015|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on The Opposite of War Is Not Peace; The Opposite of War Is Art

10 Things You Should Know About Meditation

10. Paradoxically, meditation is the most difficult and most simple activity you will ever partake in. 9. There are infinite "anchors" (phenomena on which to focus your attention) and you need to find one or several that work for you. 8. The anchors - e.g., your breath, sensations, sounds, thoughts, steps, mantras, etc. - may [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:21+00:00 November 7th, 2015|Mindfulness|Comments Off on 10 Things You Should Know About Meditation

The Problem With “Steve Jobs”

" opinion is that it's certainly best to separate an artist far enough from his work, so that one does not take him with the same seriousness as one does his work. In the final analysis, he is only the precondition for his work, its maternal womb, the soil or, in some cases, the dung [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:21+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on The Problem With “Steve Jobs”

Esalen and the Guru of No Gurus

We teach best what we most need to learn. ~ Richard Bach If you meet the Buddha, kill him. ~ Zen Master Linji There is no spiritual bypass. ~ John Wellwood In his lyrical masterpiece "Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion," Jeffrey Kripal traces the confluence and intertwining of Western psychology and Eastern [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:21+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|Yoga|Comments Off on Esalen and the Guru of No Gurus

How to Earn an Honest Living as a Yoga Teacher

I find it fascinating that the yoga industry has come to mirror Wall Street more than provide it with a new compassionate, abundant business model to emulate.  Like the scarcity consciousness of Wall Street, there is the 1% of yoga millionaires and then the 99% of yoga teachers, many of whom are struggling to earn a livable [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:21+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Yoga|Comments Off on How to Earn an Honest Living as a Yoga Teacher