Can therapists learn anything useful from mindfulness teachings? And can their clients—many of whom are often grappling with issues that demand a more pinpointed, thorough response than simple directives to breathe deeply or focus on the body—use them to find lasting relief?
What does it take to really heal?
In the following video clip from his Networker Symposium keynote, "What Really Heals and Awakens," psychologist and Buddhist practitioner Jack Kornfield explains the values that mindfulness practice and psychotherapy have in common, and shares a touching story about how mindfulness can help our clients.
Jack Kornfield, PhD, is a psychologist and one of the key teachers to introduce mindfulness to the West. An author of many bestselling books, he teaches meditation to large audiences nationwide.
As Kornfield notes, therapists and their clients are engaged in a beautiful, mysterious dance in which the client's desire to be witnessed and known is of the utmost importance, putting aside from any reputable therapeutic "tools" the clinician may possess.
"The outer development of humanity," he says, "has to be met with the inner growth of the heart of humanity. Our work at this point is a transformation of consciousness that's called upon in all parts of the world."
Did you enjoy this video? Check out this clip from Jon Kabat-Zinn, where he explains how practicing mindfulness in this day and age is a radical, transformative act. Or, you might also enjoy the Networker issue on mindfulness, Mindfulness Goes Viral: What Would Buddha Say?, with articles from Ronald Siegel, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and many more!
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