Category Archives: selfreflection

TENDERNESS AND THE TRUTH

One could reasonably say that our egos are totally structured around the need to defend ourselves from what we believe at our core we could not tolerate experiencing. From this standpoint, our spiritual path is to let ourselves make contact … Continue reading

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Dear Group, I came across this piece by a Zen teacher in the Tricycle magazine, a Buddhist publication, and I have not seen a more penetrating and accurate description of true joy than this. So I wanted to share it with you! Blessings, Robert Cornell … Continue reading

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WORKING WITH OUR INNER CONTROL FREAK

Many of us have got a strong Inner Control Freak (ICF). Its job, as it sees it, is to monitor our emotions and to make sure they stay in acceptable bounds – not too high not too low. And there are … Continue reading

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Tender Loving Kindness for our meditation

Dear Group,   We will be continuing on the theme of Tender Loving Kindness for our meditation meeting this Friday. Some of you may have Inner Critics that will turn up their noses on this topic with disdain or possibly … Continue reading

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PRACTICING TENDER LOVING KINDNESS

  As part of my spiritual practices I have once again been allowing myself to to enter into the realm of tender loving kindness. For me, there is something of an effort in this: a connecting to the heart in an … Continue reading

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THE TERRAIN OF TENDERNESS

Why do I go on about becoming aware of and understanding our Inner Critics and other negative parts of the Ego? Isn’t that focusing on the negative when we should be focusing on the positive? Perhaps. But what I have found for myself is that knowing … Continue reading

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FIFTY WAYS OF LETTING GO

Fifty Ways of Letting Go “Robert Cornell has written a wise and practical book for our times. A book that beautifully integrates psychological health and well-being with a genuine spiritual path.” —Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse , Zen Life & Meditation … Continue reading

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 Watching out for the Inner Meanies

WWW.SPIRITTHERAPIST.COM  Many of us have severe Inner Critics that cause us much suffering. Whenever I have a client who suffers from depression, I can just about assume that they have a mean Inner Critic that gets on their case a … Continue reading

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Spiritual Practice and Baggage

We also bring a great deal of baggage into spiritual practice from our cultural values and attitudes. Our culture is hyper individualistic and focused on success and competition and so we will tend to bring a very competitive individualistic attitude … Continue reading

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Dethroning the Inner Critics in Spiritual Practice

Dethroning the Inner Critics in Spiritual Practice It is often said and very truthfully that spiritual practice is mostly unlearning what we bring to our spirituality rather than what we learn and try to add to ourselves.  Letting go of False Self, … Continue reading

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