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Nurturing the seed of the specifically human capacity.

PNJF15-1The Perils of Mainstream Acceptance

By Mary Sykes Wylie

By replacing the exotic aura of spirituality with the language of science and a down-to-earth self-help approach, mindfulness has brought practices once considered New Age hokum into mainstream acceptance. But as it increasingly becomes a product to be sold in the marketplace, does it risk losing something vital to its transformative power?

PNJF15-2Staying in the Moment with Jon Kabat-Zinn

A Conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Since he first developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn has not only become a key figure in shaping our ideas about physical and mental health, but a cultural icon. Here he talks about handling his public role and being placed on a pedestal.

PNJF15-3The Paradox of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

By Ronald Siegel

If we engage in meditation long enough, we discover that our sense of being a separate, coherent, enduring self is actually a delusion maintained by our constant inner chatter. Seeing ourselves in this light can pull the rug out from under us in alarming—though potentially liberating—ways.

PNJF15-4Jack Kornfield on Creating a Sacred Space in Therapy

A Conversation with Jack Kornfield

As pressures mount to narrow the focus of psychotherapy into a medicalized, evidence-based approach, one of the teachers who first helped integrate mindfulness into psychotherapy argues for recognizing the role of ritual and embracing the sacred in our work.

PNJF15-5How the Virtual World Is Rewiring Our Senses

By Diane Ackerman

For the first time in history, we’re mainly experiencing nature through intermediary technology that paradoxically provides more detail while flattening our sensory experience. Can becoming entranced by electronic media alter our brains?

The Pot Shoppe on Main Street

The Anatomy of Procrastination: Helping the ADHD Client Make Changes Stick

Clients with ADHD often know the coping skills that can improve their lives—the problem is applying them in daily life.

Voices of Reason: Empowering clients to alter their internal experiences

The case of a young man hearing voices shows how even problems that first appear to be extreme can be resolved by empowering clients to alter subtle aspects of their internal experience.

Reinventing Couplehood: Intimacy and Commitment in the Age of Consumer Marriage

Esther Perel, a couples therapist whose TED talk has had more than 5 million views, believes that it’s time to challenge the mismatch between the romantic ideal and the changing realities of contemporary life.

Who Failed Robert Peace?: Even a Yale Degree Couldn’t Save Him

Review of: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

Why did a seeming rags-to-riches story of a young man’s triumph over poverty and the lure of the streets end so tragically?

A Little Wiggle Room: It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Story

By Mary Pipher

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Mindfulness Goes Viral

What Would Buddah Say?

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