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anxiety

Could A Walking Meditation In The Park Be The Way To Deal With Too Many Problems?

Ebola spreading.

Nukes increasing.

Isis lasting.

Families losing.

Couples splitting.

Children risking.

Depression targeting.

Self-hating.

Self-questioning.

Self.

Self.

Self.

Walking meditation, especially done in a natural setting, whether a city park or a wilderness trail, has the ability to help us gain new insights into problems both personal and global, as well as insights into ourselves.

There are various techniques that can get you started. Here are two:

Numbers Walk
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General

Three Universal Questions To Ask Ourselves During Rosh Hashana

This Wednesday night through Friday, Jewish people the world over will observe the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, literally translated as the Head of the Year.

The Jewish New Year is quite different from other New Years—though there are festive meals rich with tradition, Rosh Hashana is primarily spent in lengthy prayer, meditation, and self-reflection.

Many people take upon themselves a day or two of limiting or even refraining from trivial conversation, in order to better connect with the spiritual potential inherent in these days.

But whether we limit chatter or not, self-reflection is something every New Year observer is encouraged to engage in. But, self-reflection can feel static unless it involves the process of questioning and answering.
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anxiety

Letter To A Former Guru, Circa 1986

Shared recently:


I've been reading a lot about depression and buddhism (especially zen) on Psychcentral and other places.

It prompted me to write a letter to my former buddhist meditation teacher (circa 1986).

Dear G,

I remember what you said:

That we must buckle down and accept that life has no intrinsic meaning.

That we should just experience and seek bliss because that's the only valid experience of enlightenment.

That the body is an illusion.

That the soul is an illusion.

That money and ownership were illusions, too.

You said you were above greed, but you weren't.
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Addiction

Advice About Therapy, Religion, And You

"...higher levels of belief in God were associated with greater psychological well-being," reports PsychCentral professional blog on a study about belief in God and treatment outcomes.
"Religious affiliation (eg, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish) had no impact on treatment response, and neither belief in God nor religious affiliation were correlated with the level of symptoms prior to treatment; in other words, belief in God did not “protect” against more severe psychiatric symptoms."
It was belief in God in general that showed improved treatment outcomes.

I'm not surprised.
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Addiction

Starting Over From Despair

Slavery. War. Destruction of sacred places.

According to the Jewish mystical tradition, all events in the outside world are reflections of, even responses to, our inner mental, emotional, and spiritual states.

Just as world events appear to cycle up and down, so do we. And the down-times can be launching pads for rebirth, if we know how to harness the positive energy buried deep inside.
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Depression

Traditional Wisdom & Depression

A God in Therapy post:

In our previous post, we ask: Can faith and belief prevent depression?

Today, we ask: Is it possible that faith and belief can help with existing depression?

And, is a traditional technique for helping heal depression relevant, today?

Over two hundred years ago, the great Jewish teacher and mystic, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, explained that you can't think two thoughts at the same time. He tells us that we have the power to choose our thoughts, and not be victims of them. Therefore, if you introduce a positive thought, the negative thought goes away because your brain cannot focus on both.

Psychology seems to agree. Learning how to replace negative, unhealthy thoughts
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