Nowadays it is very fashionable to hate, to be angry, righteous and opinionated.
Somehow, it feels like strength. Is it? yesterday I saw a documentary about the life of Gandhi, I did not realize, that he himself was beaten close to death few times in his life. Especially in the years he spent in South Africa as a lawyer. In all the times that he was brutalized he never thought of revenge. He never allowed himself to become bitter and hateful. In his recorded words about th
Our planet, with us and all its creatures, is being destroyed by greed. Our personal and social freedoms are sabotaged. Political strife, compounded by the overwhelming outpour of media and internet, is distorting our basic social structures. It seems as though the onslaught of problems are becoming a daily routine rather than a rare and shocking phenomenon. Some of the recent examples are the Las Vegas shooting, the truck that struck pedestrians on the streets of New York Ci
This past weekend, the streets of Charlottesville, VA were flooded with white nationalists... ...armed with tiki torches, protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. This rally quickly unraveled into a throng of people throwing Nazi salutes and chanting “blood and soil” (the English translation of the Nazi’s old chant). The abundance of counter protesters threw tensions into disarray with multiple fights and acts of violence between the two groups. This unfortunately
Yesterday I had sessions with two different clients and both expressed deep grief. Their grief was exposed when they let go of addictive clinging to external, “feel good” crutches.
One of them was coming to terms with the fact that her partner is not able or available to be in a healthy, committed relationship. She spent years resisting the acknowledgment of the situation, holding on to the illusion of “they lived happily ever after”. Underneath the denial was the pain and
As life happens we all get hypnotized by and engrossed in the events of our daily life. Our Defensive Self is continuously on guard watching out for problems, pain, and possible failures. It feels that it must be ready and able to tackle both life’s little and big disasters. God knows it finds the “danger” even where it does not exist. It is persistently on edge, worried, and trying to maintain control. On the other hand, our Emotional Self is full of emotional reactions. It