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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!

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    I've been reading Shrink Yourself. I am only in Chapter 2 and already I have cried and had some "aha" moments. I never realized how hard I was being on myself until I started reading this book. Thanks for the recommendation.
    I find it strange how a person can see all the great things in other people but not in themselves. This is something really need to work on. I see now it is the only way I will ever truly be happy.
    I think your a wonderful person! Thank you for the great advice. Thanks for being my spark friend. emoticon
    2900 days ago
    quite interesting. My son who just entered college visited a Buddhist Temple today. He said he felt very at home there and he plans to return next week. He has always been very hard on himself and I am glad he found a place that brings him peace. It sounds like the philosphies would be good for all of us!
    2917 days ago
    Very interesting! I've always been curious about Buddhist philosophies and want to learn more but never made a connection to using some of the ideas for health & weight loss. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)
    2919 days ago
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