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Archives for September, 2010

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Kabbalistic Meditation: Magic, Religion, or Healthy Boundaries?


Kabbalistic meditation deserves the same kind of examination we applied to other meditative disciplines (here and here). Perhaps even more so because there is so much confusion about what Kabbalah is.

As with Zen, yoga, TM, and so forth, it is valid to ask if Kabbalistic meditation has religious content. It doesn’t do to equivocate—authentic Kabbalah meditation is absolutely a type of Jewish...
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Transcendental Meditation and Kabbalah: The Great Meditation Debate Continues


In our first post on the Great Meditation Debate we briefly introduced yogic and Zen meditation styles and mentioned TM and Kabbalistic meditation as well. We'll get to Kabbalistic meditation shortly but want to continue with one of the most popular meditative techniques, TM.

In America, where passions run high when discussing religion (both pro and con passions), there is still debate about whether or not Zen, yoga, TM (Transcendental...
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Diet Pills and Weight Loss: Weekly Poll

A greatly anticipated diet pill has once again been shot down by the FDA. Arena Pharmaceuticals' magic bullet, lorcaserin, is simply too risky, say government officials.

Look, I am open to all kinds of medical treatments, especially for life-threatening health concerns such as clinical obesity. But when it comes to weight loss I personally believe education, retraining, active support, and values-based interventions are mentally and physically healthier "weighs to go" in the quest to lose weight. Perhaps for some, appetite suppressants are a necessary...
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Zen, Yoga, TM, and Kabbalah: The Great Meditation Debate


Zen, Yoga, TM, and Kabbalah: Meditation Styles

Meditation for the masses has been around for nearly 50 years—and that’s pretty much a good thing. Even the American Psychological Association touts the benefits of meditation, which are widely accepted and include: relief from stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, feelings of well being, and much more.

Since meditation became acceptable in the West (beginning in a big way...
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interviews

Funny On Demand: Cartoonist Mark Hill





We continue our conversation with cartoonist and illustrator, Mark Hill. How did you get interested in cartoons? How many cartoons do you generally draw/write a month?



I fell into my passion for cartoons while in college. I was pre-med at the University of Illinois, and during my sophomore year, a drawing I had done for a friend caught the eye of the editor of the student newspaper. (It was...
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ADHD Medication News: Weekly Poll

In a recent Business Week article, a new ADHD study was brought to light. Researchers at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in NY says that by paying more attention to dosing and taking the time to get just the right dosage, ADHD medications such as Ritalin can "significantly reduce or eliminate aggressive behavior" in at least 50 percent of very aggressive kids.

A skilled psychiatrist will spend many weeks, months, or if necessary longer, adjusting dosages and medications to make sure that symptoms are...
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God in Therapy

Kabbalah’s Secrets of Creation and the Therapy Process


Everyone loves the story of their own birth—ask any five year old (they tend to be openly enthralled by their own, magical beginnings). Many of us, perhaps even or especially, those who profess not to care, are intrigued by the mysteries of humanity’s origins, too.

In the Bible*, creation features heavily — creation of the world, of humankind, and of a people. Naturally enough, creation is a hot topic in...
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interviews

The Cartoonist Is In: Therapy Soup Interviews Mark Hill


It seems that therapy is a frequent subject for cartoons—the most famous perhaps being Charles Schultz’s “The Shrink is In” cartoons which really hit home with so many mental health professionals and patients, even to this day.

Cartoonist and illustrator Mark Hill*, whose work has been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers including Time Magazine, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and others has created cartoons about our favorite Therapy Soup...
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