Monthly Archives: July 2015

Thích Nhất Hạnh on blaming, reasoning & the core conditions

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet … Continue reading

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The ‘professional’s’ role in a free society

‘It is my opinion that the professional’s role in a free society should be limited to contributing technical information men need to make their own decisions on the basis of their own values. When he pre-empts the authority to direct, … Continue reading

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Gabor Maté on the roots of addiction

“Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, … Continue reading

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Medical Education: Psychiatry and Reductionism as a First-year Medical Student – Evan Einstein

http://www.madinamerica.com/2015/07/medical-education-psychiatry-and-reductionism-as-a-first-year-medical-student/ This is interesting and hopeful… Gratitude to Evan for his willingness and openness to think, question, and challenge – rather than conform and comply, as we are encouraged/constrained to do in our cultures, both here and on the other … Continue reading

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Charles Eisenstein on Sacred Economics

Essential questions for our time. The concept of all life as sacred infuses person-centred, as we understand and practice it. It also offers hope for a desperately needed cultural paradigm shift. Here’s the You Tube description:- ‘Sacred Economics traces the … Continue reading

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The Magical Healing Power Of Caring and Hope in Psychotherapy – Allen Frances

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allen-frances/the-magical-healing-power_b_7020540.html Allen is a Professor Emeritus at Duke University. His perspective differs in some important respects from the writer’s – and she wholeheartedly agrees with some of his key statements, which closely reflect how we work at this service:- ‘….a … Continue reading

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Jung on balance and the full palette

“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning … Continue reading

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