- When Meditation Becomes Problematic. Interview with Leigh Brasington about what happens in meditation when emotional issues come to the foreground, and the problems that can pose.
- A brief profile of Mahasi Sayadaw (1904-1982) an influential Buddhist meditation teacher. Links to a number of his books and writings in pdf form, for the interested. Includes Practical Vipassana Exercises and a link to a Buddhist Geeks piece.
- Kenneth Folk coined the phrase “contemplative fitness.” Here he Takes A Stab at Defining Meditation. Short and sweet.
- Shamatha Retreat with B. Alan Wallace an accomplished author and interpreter to the Dalai Lama. Here are roughly 12-hours(!) of instruction on this concentration meditation. Each session is separated into bite-size files.
- Something Lacking in the Secular. A first-person musing on not being religious, but finding secular meditation somehow disappointing.
- A brief profile of and quote from Bhante Gunaratana, author of Mindfulness in Plain English. The post includes links to this and titles by the author, in free, downloadable pdf format. The aforementioned text is a great place to start.
- Positive review of Pema Chodron’s How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind. The subtitle is the key to the book. Recommended.
Unsurprisingly very nice piece by Dachel Keltner and Paul Ekman in the New York Times on the portrayal of emotions in the recent Pixar movie “Inside Out.”
…studies find that sadness is associated with elevated physiological arousal, activating the body to respond to loss. And in the film, Sadness is frumpy and off-putting. More often in real life, one person’s sadness pulls other people in to comfort and help.
First, emotions organize — rather than disrupt — rational thinking. Traditionally, in the history of Western thought, the prevailing view has been that emotions are enemies of rationality and disruptive of cooperative social relations.
Also posted at LA Eastsider Depressed
I’ve got another blog kicking around. Though it’s called LA Eastsider Depressed it’s devoted to a number of topics, much like this blog. The style is a little less wordy than here, and I’m making more of an effort toward variety — quotes, images, videos, poetry, etc. Some of the recent posts:
- Sonja Lyuborminsky: Happiness Research Very solid research on what you can do to foster happiness.
- Peter Kramer of Romanticizing Depression Terrific essay by the author of “Listening to Prozac”.
- “We’ve had a lot of trouble with Western mental healthcare workers…” Funny/sad perspective on how we treat depression, from Solomon’s talk (see below).
- Emily Dickinson on Depression Painful, but if you suffer from depression, familiar.
- I Felt a Funeral in My Brain Andrew Solomon wrote “Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.” Here is his moving first-person account of depression.
- Two Great Graphic Novels that Deal with Depression Both highly recommended.
- Is Depression Related to Inflammation? Therese Borchard looks at some fascinating research.
- Red State Blues New York Times Op-Ed piece looks at the rate of suicides and correlates it to utilization of services in the South.
- 10 Bestselling Books on Depression
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Well, maybe not the mindfulness blog. Since much of it falls outside the realm of psychotherapy and mental health, I write about things related to mindfulness at this blog, LA Eastsider Mindful.
Some recent posts:
- Mindfulness and Mental Illness, Enlightenment’s Evil Twin
- How the Mindfulness Movement Went Mainstream and the Backlash that Came with it
- Finding a Meditation Teacher
- Email Meditation Course
- Secular Buddhism — What Got Left Out of Meditation?
- Meditations for Download
Perhaps you’ll stop by for a visit.
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Since my practice moved to the Los Feliz neighborhood, about a year ago, I decided it was time to shift my web presence. To emphasize that this is “old stuff”, I revived an old blog template (“Misty Look”) that I used a few years ago. I decided to keep the blog as an archive, since I wrote quite a bit that reflects my thinking.
There’s a map on the sidebar to the right, should you wish to locate my new office.
And online, find me at kaleachapman.wordpress.com
I hope you’ll stop by!
For some time now I’ve hosted a page with a compilation of thoughts on “What is Psychotherapy?” I’ve now combined and lightly edited these posts, and bundled them together into a free ebook, Psychotherapy: Frequently Asked Questions. The book is divided into two parts.
Part I focuses on the many questions — frequently relating to doubts, fears, and misconceptions – that people have about psychotherapy.
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