Pattern Break # 56-8a

I use this blog page to break mind-patterns because, in my definition, psychological wellbeing (mental health) depends on our ability to reflect the ever changing reality of our lives.  Once a new idea opens the mind, the mind - in my experience - remains...
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Nature-Assisted Kinhin

There are a lot of Eastern tent caterpillars (Malacasoma americanum) in my backyard.  Before I would have thought this to be a nuisance.  My self sees this as a good thing: I have to watch where I step.  It's a nature-assisted kinhin of sorts (kinhin is a walking meditation practice).

Reality has a way of waking us up.  Each new variable, each unforeseen complication awakens the sleeping monarch of our consciousness so that it can...
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The Bananas of Slip, Lapse and Re-Lapse Prevention

The essay below is adapted from Recovery Equation (Somov, Somova 2003-4) and is written up with a prospective client in mind.  You can also find a detailed application of this approach to tobacco cessation in Smoke-Free Smoke-Break: Stop Smoking Now with Mindfulness and Acceptance (Somov, P. & Somova, M., 2011, New Harbinger)

Slip, Lapse, Relapse – Aren’t These All the Same?! Resolving the Relapse Prevention Confusion through the Banana Peel Metaphor

Here's a way of sorting out all of these slippery distinctions between "slip," "lapse,"...
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Ponder Your Journey, Living Matter

The Celtic classic, Book of Taliesin, tells a story of a bard Taliesin and of our own yesterdays and our tomorrows:
“The second time I was created, I was a blue salmon. I was a dog, I was a stag; I was a roe-buck on the mountain side, I was a treasure chest, I was a spade; I was a hand-held drinking horn; I was a pair of fire-tongs for a year and a day; I...
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360 of Compassion

Relating to Whatever Is Alive

Some rescue dogs. I rescue garlic. When I see a sprouting clove I find it really hard to chop it up. I think: "Just like me, you little bastard, you wanna see the " And I feel compelled to rescue it. Surely, it is compassion (identification) that borders on neurosis. Everything can be in excess, even compassion. This Jain wanna-be knows But then again I take the tribute by callously biting off...
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