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SOA13 105 with Jack Kornfield

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3 Responses to SOA13 105 with Jack Kornfield

  1. mgibson says:

    Well, I feel such a sense of having shared a great vision of wisdom, listening to Jack Kornfield. After that, what do I say? I think of how the subject of mindfulness and mindfulness practices seems to have such depth and breadth to it. I view presentations by Tara Brach, by Ron Siegel, Francine Shapiro, Rick Hanson, and find fresh and varied aspects being presented. It reminds me of the old story of blind men describing an elephant–each one different, but all surely a part of the elephant.
    But here, with Jack Kornfield, there is something yet different–what he describes as a wedding of Eastern and Western thought–an integration of the inner awakening with outer activism–brings with it a different sort of challenge. I think that for many therapists, we have great difficulty bringing considerations of spirituality into our work of therapy–we aren’t quite sure what to do with the topic, or how to address spiritual subjects or concerns that our patients/clients may introduce into a session. The meaningful integration of spirituality and psychotherapy still has a ways to go for many of us, I think.
    And it is this very challenge that we deal with every day. Life comes to us in an infinite variety of ways, and we are forever balancing the elements of our lives. I appreciated the honesty and practical discussions that were offered here. I don’t honestly feel ready to write anything particularly meaningful about this presentation. I need time to consider what I heard today. I am deeply grateful for the insights and information that appeared here today.
    Merrilee Nolan Gibson, Psy.D.
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  2. janetsinclair says:

    Thank you, Jack, for your gift of presence — which comes through so strongly even in this disembodied medium. Your books have been a great help during the past decade or so in returning me to myself. What I seem to need to learn again and again as a therapist is that I am effective to the extant that I am deeply centred in that meditative core where all the stuff is stilled and there is simple awareness. It is only then that I can be present enough to the other to experience who they are; and, join with them in their awareness journey. Your story about the ritual of the stones/dead friends was especially helpful. Have you written about rituals for entering shared spiritual space?
    Janet

  3. jazminenrussell says:

    I found this discussion great. You really picked up on the tendency of humans to latch onto method rather than discover what lies beyond that, and be mindful about what they really need or want to work on, which is somewhat outside of technique. I also liked the comment about therapists who haven’t done their own work. I think that being exploratory, as you seem to be, can be a great way to discover what works for you, what doesn’t, and helps you find different ways to help your patients. Thanks for you wise words!

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