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Just Is

Thich Nhat Hanh says: “Reality, ultimate reality, is free from all adjectives.”

This is an essential point: reality isn’t this or that, reality isn’t good or bad, reality just is.

The rest is mind-work of adjectivizing.

[Adjectivizing (labeling, describing) is the psychology of suffering. As soon as you begin to talk of good, you begin to brace for bad. As soon as you begin to talk of bad, you start to yearn for good. To describe is to suffer and to suffer is to describe. In the meantime, reality just indescribably is.]

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Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is www.pavelsomov.com and his practice website is www.drsomov.com

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).


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Somov, P. (2014). Just Is. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2014/04/just-is/

 

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