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Therapy and the Limitations of Mindfulness

May/June 2018
For Buddhist therapist Mark Epstein, mindfulness is just the beginning.

Clinician's Digest

Making Mindfulness More Racially Sensitive

March/April 2018
A push to make mindfulness practices more racially sensitive.

Bookmarks

Beyond Illusion

November/December 2017
Review: Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Exploring contemplative practice may not be for everyone.

Inside the Heart of Healing

When Moment-to-Moment Awareness Isn't Enough

September/October 2015
As the mindfulness movement sweeps through our field, many therapists are discovering that traditional contemplative practices grounded in detached self-observation have limits. When we’re overwhelmed with intense and disturbing emotions, just observing moment-to-moment experience is often not enough.
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The Mindfulness Explosion

The Perils of Mainstream Acceptance

January/February 2015
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?

The Fiction of the Self

The Paradox of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

January/February 2015
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.
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A Doorway to Mystery

Creating a Sacred Space in Therapy

January/February 2015
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.

Shaking & Dancing in Dharamsala

A Group of Tibetan Refugees Find their Inner Guides

November/December 2013
How do you help 200 teenagers who’ve had to flee their country find a path to peace in a new place? A psychiatrist who’s traveled across the world to help traumatized refugees from Tibet guides them to a source of wisdom and hope within themselves.

Wisdom In Psychotherapy

Can We Afford It?

March/April 2013
It wasn’t their research results or bestselling books that set apart Freud, Rogers, Minuchin, and Satir. They seemed to have a sense of what really mattered. But today, have conceptions about clinical wisdom become obsolete?
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Visions Of A Sustainable Planet

We Need to Expand Our Moral Imagination

September/October 2012
We live in a culture of denial, especially about the grim reality of climate change. Sure, we want to savor the occasional shrimp cocktail without having to brood about ruined mangroves, but we can’t solve a problem we can’t face.
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