Ordinary Mind as the Path V (Shame)

Levels The way I see it [and the way I see reflected in the UM framework], there are 2 levels on which to work with overpowering emotions like shame: The Semantic level (content): introspection, self-study, healing conversation, meaning-making — emotional states (made up of thoughts + sensations) are treated like guidance systems used to make […]

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Ordinary Mind as the Path IV (Depression)

What is it? There are a set of somewhat standard symptoms that make up the constellation that is depression: sadness, apathy, inability to experience pleasure, concentration/sleep disturbance, low energy, flat-lined emotional experience, harmfully negative intrusive thoughts, feelings of guilt or emptiness, etc.. More generally, however, depression can range from a ferocious self-contempt to a profoundly […]

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Ordinary Mind as the Path III (Anger)

When anger is, it seems as though that’s all there is: no space, no negotiation, no flexibility… only inward or outward pressure (or both) explosively exposing themselves to the world of thought and action. Sometimes violent, sometimes seething; sometimes abrupt, sometimes gradual; sometimes fiery, sometimes frozen. The two poles of anger (one wild, loose, and […]

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