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Happiness Eternal

It is the afternoon. I make a call, feel better. An hour passes; where did feeling better go? I ask, was talking to my brother about him graduating not enough to last the rest of the day? I cannot drink tea, not this late in the afternoon. I feel better when the sun comes out (I can feel it in my stomach). It has always been a warm feeling, at least I imagine it is. Then it fades, and I return to a state of general discontent, realizing at moments that it is largely the fact that I dislike how I feel, that I feel unwell. Somehow that paradox escapes me. I learn to relax as the evening comes. Who can tell if this is it; if relaxation is what I have been looking for. Then I want to sleep, to w

Subjective Honesty and the Bi-Product of Altruism

It transcends reason, yet it is thoroughly in reality, in our lives. Why would a person commit themselves to a life of helping others, without any personal gain; without any material, physical, and perhaps emotional or psychological gain? Perhaps there is something which goes beyond gain and wants and needs and all that comes with them; in a moment, or a year, of altruism, these people assist others when they get stuck in the mire of their efforts for accomplishment. They are affirmed. Perhaps altruism has threads in every day life, some that we do not notice. Thoughts seem almost material; it has been this way. Not in a delusional way, but in that they are taken as seriously as material obj

Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in particular, is a lot like taking notes and then refining them. The client notes what is on their mind, or the topics they find most important at the time, and it is then the therapist’s task to make meaning of it. In client centered therapy, unless they are not speaking, the client often instigates the topic, and the therapist responds with a translation of the client’s perspective. In certain circumstances, the therapist may remain silent, which can cause damage in that the patient can not only feel rejected and unaffirmed, but the therapist proves a sort of credit of power. In non-client centered therapy, this can be multiply damaging. With th

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