The Magic of Esalen

Last year, a week prior to my Esalen workshop, I received a call from a woman in Colorado. She informed me that her daughter was in a “bad way” — suffering from depression and anxiety and not having tools to navigate challenging circumstances. The woman thought that my “Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga” [...]

2019-02-23T17:22:52-08:00August 29th, 2018|Mindfulness|Comments Off on The Magic of Esalen

The ABCs of Mindful Living: Authenticity, Balance & Compassion

To help people understand what it means to live mindfully, I have broken it down to ABCs: A: Authenticity. The definition of authenticity is elusive. Provocatively and paradoxically I was taught that people can only be authentic when decrying their own inauthenticities. Thus one cannot authentically say, "I authentically love you" but one can [...]

2018-12-09T10:50:13-08:00July 9th, 2018|Mindfulness|Comments Off on The ABCs of Mindful Living: Authenticity, Balance & Compassion

Mindful Teaching

Although I greatly admire Benjamin Bratton's provocative anti-TED TEDx Talk and remain surprised that some disgruntled blogger has not yet posted a coequal anti-blog such as "How Blogging Is Tantamount To Slavery," I do not entirely agree with Professor Bratton who derides TED Talks stating that "the key rhetorical device of any TED Talk [...]

2018-12-09T08:54:12-08:00April 7th, 2018|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Mindful Teaching

Mindful Therapy

When working with psychotherapy clients in my private practice, I usually try to discern and track two major themes: 1. What is the corrective emotional experience that the client is subconsciously yearning for? 2. Who am I showing up as subconsciously for the client? Or, what dynamic or pattern from his or her past [...]

2018-12-09T10:53:10-08:00March 9th, 2018|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Mindful Therapy

Mindful Sex

The journey is the destination. Dan Eldon In his book "Constructing the Sexual Crucible: An Integration of Sexual and Marital Therapy," David Schnarch posits that sexual intercourse in America has become akin to mutual masturbation, that the way we approach recreational sex is too goal oriented, too focused on orgasm; thus, for some couples [...]

2018-12-09T16:44:23-08:00July 9th, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Mindful Sex

What Is Authenticity?

In his Sunday New York Times article "'Be Yourself' Is Terrible Advice," Adam Grant states that, "Authenticity means erasing the gap between what you firmly believe inside and what you reveal to the outside world." In fact, what Professor Grant provides is the exact definition of "congruence," not "authenticity." Congruence is when what one [...]

2018-12-09T08:58:36-08:00June 7th, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on What Is Authenticity?

Buddhism Does Not Exist

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2018-12-09T22:05:05-08:00May 9th, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Buddhism Does Not Exist

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 [...]

2017-04-29T18:20:15-07:00March 22nd, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on UCLA Mind, Consciousness, and The Cultivation of Wellbeing: Transformation through the Lifespan Conference: 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 [...]

2016-11-21T15:18:19-08:00November 21st, 2016|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Mindful Holidays

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 [...]

2018-12-09T08:38:38-08:00February 1st, 2016