Shrink Yourself and Buddhist Psychology
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I went to my meditation class yesterday. It was very, very interesting. Not only is there meditation, but the group reads books on Buddhism and discusses the books chapter by chapter. Right now they are reading the book "The Wise Heart" by Jack Kornfield. Yesterday's topic was "The Storytelling Mind". Basically, one needs to identify the negative tapes running in ones mind, name them, and not hold on to them anymore. What would a person's experience be like if they would just let these thoughts go.....It made me think about the Shrink Yourself philosophy of identifying why you overeat, accepting it, and then trying to move on from there....
The book is wonderful if you haven't read it. Chapter 2 discusses how self hatred colors everything. Again I thought of Shrink Yourself.
The meditation practice was great. I haven't felt this good in months; last night I slept very, very well....something that hasn't happened in a while. ...I think I'm on to something!
...the first "assignment" in the book is to look for the divine in everyone. I have this one down well; it is one of the reasons why I love teaching so very much. All of my students have wonderfulness in them; the key is, now I have to be as kind to myself and find and acknowledge the wonderfulness in me. Then I think I won't want to eat so much anymore!
Off to enjoy my day....meeting an old friend I haven't seen in over 20 years!