360 of Compassion

Psychoanalyze, Don’t Moralize

Evil is not a psychological category.  Evil is a moral category.  I invite you to psychoanalyze, not moralize.  Here are a few propositions for you.

"There is no evil - there is just ignorance, greed, fear, obsession and indifference."

Ok, let's unpack this step by step.

Ignorance is not evil.  Ignorance is the result of any number of psychological, sociological and educational factors.  Ignorance can be the result of misguided cultural programming (eg racism, chauvinism, nationalism, etc).  Ignorance...
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Acceptance-Based Perfectionism

Never Mind This Book Review

I read a lot.  And I shamelessly deface the books that I read - I write in them.  I don't just underline, I circle, I annotate.  Books in my collection can never be resold by a traditional second-hand bookseller because they are full of my reading graffiti.  Wayne Liquorman's book "Never Mind: a Journey Into Non-duality" is totally destroyed after reading: it's dog-eared in a dozen of places, it's littered with notes, exclamation signs and coffee...
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Toroidal Emptiness

Toroidal beings are oral: we erroneously over-identify with our contents, unable to stomach the emptiness of our essence.  Toroidal orality is insatiable.  Accepting our emptiness is fulfilling.

Context:
What is "toroidal"?
That which is in the shape of a donut, with a hole in the middle.  That's what we really are like.  If you imagine any human body without limbs, just a torso, you will see that there is a hole/tube running through us.  It's the GI (gastrointestinal)...
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How Body Creates Mind

Something to ponder:

Look at your hand. Who is looking? This body that you call your mind, that you call "you." What are you looking at? You are looking at your body, which is you. So, a thing is looking at itself ... But here is the point to consider: looking is a distance sense.  Looking is for detecting others. So when this body uses its own distance-sense that is meant for looking at others, it...
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12-Step v. Non-Step

IRETA (Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions) published an article "Comparing 12-Step and Non-Step Models of Addiction Recovery" (2013) which offers a (favorable) review of my approach to substance use treatment.

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Here's an excerpt:

"Recovery Equation is Pittsburgh psychologist Pavel Somov’s novel approach to drug and alcohol treatment. His theory draws from a variety of teachings such as cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive dissonance, stress inoculation, and motivational enhancement therapy. Somov views recovery as the sum of three components: the development of...
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Want an Extra Eye?

Imagine you had the option of having an extra eye ... installed in your head.  Would you want one?  And where would you put it?  On top - so that you can always see the sky?  On the back - like a back-up camera...
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Chidakasha, the Headspace

There is more than one kind of space.  The space between your eyes and the screen you are looking at is an example of the Great Space that we all share.  Indeed, the Great Space that you find between you and I, between the stars and the grains of sand - that space is not a divider but a unifier.  That Great Space that we are familiar with - the so-called physical space - is...
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Money and Love

Understanding money is part of being healthy.

What is money?

Money is a distant echo of photosynthesis. Money is energy. Money motivates bodyminds to act. Money energizes.

But money is not the only source of energy. Love is another source. Love too motivates and energizes. Love is...
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Compassion is Self-Care

Melbourne Perfection (1)


Melbourne, Australia, June 2016:


 


I am here to teach a two-day workshop on mindfulness applications for worry, dysthymia, substance use, anger management, etc (through TATRA). I get set up: PowerPoint slides - check, mic - check, a glass of water - check, coffee - The conference room...
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Self-Finding Difficulty

On a recent trip, at a random social moment I found myself looking for a word. It was one of those "tip of the tongue" situations where you know that you know the word but you can't immediately access it. Prior experience with my...
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