On Fear

Numbing fear, avoiding, or denying it  have become common ways of handling this emotion. However, when we avoid what scares us, the result is phobia and anxiety. Every year millions are diagnosed with anxiety disorders: OCD, PTSD, GAD, acute stress disorder, substance-induced anxiety disorder, anxiety disorder not otherwise specified etc. Anxiety is a generalized state …

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Grief

I would like to recommend a great book by Miriam Greenspan – ‘Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear and Despair.’ The author, a psychotherapist with over 33 years of experience, is convinced that suffering can deepen our connection to life and compassion towards ourselves and others. She believes that our tendency …

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Forgiveness

Forgiving ourselves is a process that continues through our life. When we truly forgive ourselves we are not simply saying: ‘I  couldn’t help doing what I did..so I might forget about it.’ We take responsibility. However, feeling guilty and bad about ourselves is only likely to lead to more harmful actions. We can’t punish ourselves …

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Being with suffering

Understanding that the pain in our life is an expression of universal suffering can open us to just being with it. Rather than treating it as a problem or a failure. Whenever you are aware that you are suffering, if you offer yourself care- through attention, words, touch – compassion will naturally awaken. ‘Overcome any …

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