Month: February 2015

The Holding Environment

It is the luck of most babies to be held well most of the time. On this they build confidence in a friendly world, but, more important, because of being held well enough they are able to make the grade in their very rapid emotional growth. D.W. Winnicott Pediatrician and psychoanalyst DW Winnicott (1876-1971) introduced the influential concept of the “holding environment”, where the … Read More The Holding Environment

Waking Up

Whatever occurs isn’t considered an interruption or as an obstacle but a way to wake up. Pema Chodron Somehow we have this idea that we are doing it “right” if we are feeling good, if we are at peace with the world, if we’ve had a great meditation session, peaceful walk in nature, conversation with a friend, or if we feel connected to our … Read More Waking Up

The Path

If personality is to become path rather than harden into pathology, we need to learn to work with ourselves as we are, without aggression or blame. -John Welwood I spent most of my life convinced that there was something wrong with me, and I dedicated my life to fixing this broken person I saw myself to be. I went to therapy to fix my … Read More The Path

Self-inquiry

Self-inquiry is simple. It does not require you to do anything, change anything, think anything, or understand anything. It only asks you to pay careful attention to what is true and real. -Arjuna Ardagh Self-inquiry has become one of the most fundamental aspects of my spiritual practice. It is one of the most enriching and it is also one of the most challenging. What … Read More Self-inquiry