- Copertina flessibile: 240 pagine
- Editore: Shambhala Pubns (12 novembre 1983)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0394721829
- ISBN-13: 978-0394721828
- Peso di spedizione: 372 g
Awakening the Heart: East/West Approaches to Psychotherapy and the Healing Relationship (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 12 nov 1983
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Can meditative practice assist and promote the healing relationship between psychotherapist and patient? The notable contributors to this book draw on a wide range of Eastern and Western disciplines - psychoanalysis, Gestalt, Aikido and various Christian, Hindu and Buddhist contemplative traditions - to show that it can. The text proposes a meeting between the Western psychotherapy (grounded in working with personal problems and the need to carve out a strong awareness of self), and Eastern tradition, which emphasizes a larger kind of awareness and equanimity as a continuosly available source of clarity and health for those who know how to find it. They show that joining psychotherapy with meditation can mutually awaken the hearts of both therapist and client, sparking them both to open more fully.
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It was a good book for me when I was early in my counseling career (ca. 1985), having exited an engineering career and become re-educated as a social worker. I gave gift copies to colleagues when I recently changed positions, and it was well-received, some 13 years after its initial publication. A good read for any counselor or any of his/her customers who are somewhat educated.
Roshi in "Where is the Self?" discusses the need to know how you are put together and what puts you together, essentially "know thyself" (Welwood, 1983). This allows one to become aware of a "unifying integrating function of the center of gravity." This produces respect for oneself and for others as well, He talks about true love as the "realization of the asbolute center of gravity," a two-phased process (I am paraphrasing on what Satori is) when one is able to 1) to realize absolute Self (there is no self "I am" consciousness left to experience), and when this unification breaks up and 2) to realize the individual self which objectifies the absolute (external projection of oneness, unity consciousness)
Satori means, "there is only one center of gravity in the universe, and you are sitting in the center of gravity," basically what one sees as the ultimate reality must become one's own experience. Once you have this experience within yourself, then "there is no need to go on seeking things outside yourself."
His basic thesis is that our culture cannot succeed and sustain itself as long as it is based on a partial definition of the Self. Those in Las Vegas in a perpetual search of meaning are stuck on Satori, incomplete on the first step without awareness of the second. He goes on to talk about the "essential tragedy of modern education," that we are taught only to affirm this one aspect. With a one-sided perspective one is "forever seeking that which appears only as an object to yourself...... You are enslaved by it, and you can never experience life in its true joy." Since you only "experience the world as external to you and you are never unified with it, then you are forever seeking the world." In fact, this is pervasive in modern civilization and the culture we know.