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Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Boldness: Genius, might, & magic” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Boldness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Boldness: Genius, might, & magic Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder I started full-time private practice as the Great Recession […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Balance: Gyroscopes and personal flywheels”

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Balance” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome. Balance: Gyroscopes and personal flywheels Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder My first therapy supervisor once remarked, with only slight […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: “Awareness: Breaking the Spell” (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Awareness” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome Awareness: Breaking the Spell Copyright 2012 David J. Bookbinder In August, 2003, I attended a five-day, mostly silent retreat […]

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: Attachment: ‘There is no spoon’ (first draft)

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Attachment” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome Attachment: ‘There is no spoon’     Meditation and other mindfulness practices encourage us to focus on the present […]

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The Transformative Power of Misfortune (5)
"Everything Happens for a Reason" I often hear the phrase "Everything happens for a reason" when I talk with people about their lives. The usual context is that something unexpected, often something bad, has occurred either in the distant past or more recently, and with a philosophical shrug and a

posted 12:24:49am Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (4)
Another post from a reader: A Journey of a Lifetime Being stranded at the bus stop in Rosendale more than 5,000 miles from home and a random act of kindness has led to an unbelievable journey for a SUNY Ulster student from the Republic of Azerbaijan. When Gulnar Babayeva arrived in the Hudson

posted 1:30:55pm Nov. 16, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Art (1)
Haas & Hahn: How Painting Can Transform Communities Here's an example, on a big scale, of the transformative power of art! In a TED talk, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn demonstrate how they built community and transformed neighborhoods by through painting -- and by throwing neighborhood

posted 10:00:20am Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (3)
A poem about her triumph over adversity from a reader: I could write to you about a grown up run away child that really ... Loved to love- Got beat up by a man that I loved That was 2009 I went to Kauai Walked and swam Looked at beautiful things Transformed I returned to the scene of the cri

posted 9:16:20am Nov. 10, 2014 | read full post »

The Transformative Power of Misfortune (2)
A few days ago I was talking with another friend about misfortune. She did what she called a "quick scan" of the misfortunes in her life and concluded that if they were transformative, the transformation must be slow. That's often the case, and because transformation can be slow, it may seem as if i

posted 11:20:53am Nov. 07, 2014 | read full post »


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