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Spirituality According to Oprah - AARP News

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Media mogul discuss the importance of spirituality and previews her new show, 'Belief.'
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When Cops Choose Empathy - The New Yorker

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Jamil Zaki reports on a training method that emphasizes empathy as a way of curtailing police violence and improving relations between communities and cops.
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Mindful language

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Σχολικός Εκφοβισμός: Μία επισκόπηση του προβλήματος

Σχολικός Εκφοβισμός: Μία επισκόπηση του προβλήματος | The Essense of Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Ένα από τα σοβαρά προβλήματα στο σύγχρονο σχολείο φαίνεται να είναι ο σχολικός εκφοβισμός. Το υπουργείο Παιδείας και Θρησκευμάτων προσπαθώντας να αντιμετωπίσει το πρόβλημα ίδρυσε το Δεκέμβριο του 2...

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The Myth of Persephone - Greek Goddess of the Underworld

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The myth of Persephone is one of the oldest of all Greek myths. Her story is a personification of some of the most universal concepts about life and death. In her youth, Persephone represents the powerful bond between a mother and a daughter and the often difficult transition from maidenhood to marriage. As the Goddess of Springtime and Rebirth, she is eternally connected to the cycles of the earth, which lies barren in her absence and bloom again each spring with her return. And her initiatory experience in the realm of the dead is such a powerful experience that it changes her life forever. It is after this transformation that we remember her most for her role as the Greek Goddess of the Underworld.

As the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone is often portrayed as a force to be feared. In Homer's Iliad (written c. 750-725 BCE) she is described as... (Click title for the full article)

 

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Thursday Therapy: a compelling narrative for your misery

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“The task, for each person, is to figure out what they are, and then heed that call instead of resisting it"

 

This is a radical and humbling way of thinking about psychology. It means that what you think you want from life probably isn’t what life wants from you. And it means that living meaningfully is almost certainly going to screw with your plans, forcing you out of comfort and certainty, and into suffering and the unknown.

 

What does matter... (Click title for more)


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Wounded Healer - James Hillman

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"The wounded healer does not mean merely that a person has been hurt and can empathize, which is too obvious and never enough to heal. Nor does it mean that a person can heal because he or she has been through an identical process, for this would not help unless the process had utterly altered consciousness. Let us remember that the wounded healer is not any human person, but a personification presenting a kind of consciousness. This kind of consciousness refers to mutilations and afflictions of the body organs in an organ- or body-consciousness. Healing comes then not because one is whole, integrated, and all together, but from a consciousness breaking through dismemberment.”


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Laura M. Smith's curator insight, September 3, 2015 8:24 PM

The dream will facilitate the dismemberment that Hillman refers to here. In the work I do with dreams, we explore the dyadic nature of a dream cluster. The dream presents our most difficult dilemmas and our deepest and most potent gifts and possibilities. We work the tension between these place which can result in a tear in the fabric of our story allowing for a deeper descent into the heart of who we truly are and why we are here...we all have capacity as a healer, a teacher, an advocate for the soul.

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The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind.

The case against e-readers: Why reading paper books is better for your mind. | The Essense of Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Hard copy books are just more pleasant to read.

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Jay Cross's curator insight, September 9, 2015 1:37 PM

I read books both ways but find that it's so much easier to abandon an ebook than a hard copy. Somehow, I  read online with a short-term mindset. If the going gets tough or the author dawdles, click and I'm out of there. 


I've ordered 25 books from Amazon this year and don't know how many from other sources.

1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life ListBadass: Making Users AwesomeCreating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the WorldDon't Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning AnythingGault & Millau Deutschland 2014How Google WorksHow We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It HappensInformal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and PerformanceMake It Stick: The Science of Successful LearningMake School Meaningful-And Fun! (Solutions)MICHELIN Guide Deutschland 2015 (Michelin Guide/Michelin) (German Edition)Mindset: The New Psychology of SuccessRick Steves Germany 2015Self-Directed Learning: A Practical Guide to Design, Development, and Implementation (Jossey-Bass Management)Social Engineering: The Art of Human HackingThe Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of TraumaThe Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightThe First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital RevolutionThe New Social Learning: Connect. Collaborate. Work., 2nd EditionThe Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessTraveling With Your Pet: The AAA PetBook
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The Correlation Between Arts and Crafts and a Nobel Prize

The Correlation Between Arts and Crafts and a Nobel Prize | The Essense of Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Highly-accomplished scientists are more likely to have an artsy hobby than the average scientist. And Nobel prize winners are even more likely.

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are genius scientists more artsy? find out!

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Emotional Intelligence: Developing Strong

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Find out what emotional intelligence is, and learn how you can develop yours.

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Hillman: Wounds and the Wounded Healer

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“Building the psychic vessel of containment, which is another way of speaking of soul-making, seems to require bleeding and leaking as its precondition. Why else go through that work unless we are driven by the despair of our unstoppered condition?

 

The shift  from anima-mess to anima-vessel shows in various ways: as a shift from weakness and suffering to humility and sensitivity; from bitterness and complaint to a tastefor salt and blood; from focus upon the emotional pain of the wound – its causes, perimeters, cures – to its imaginal depths; from displacements of the womb onto women and “femininity” to its locus in ones own bodily rhythm…

 

We have said that each symptom brings the archetypal condition of woundedness. Although the wound may be experienced through a symptom, they are not the same. A symptom belongs to diagnosis, pointing to something else underlying. But the wound, as we have (Click title to keep reading)


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Doing your dreamwork

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What Does It Mean To Raise A Spiritual Child? - Here And Now

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Psychologist Lisa Miller discusses the scientific link between spirituality and health, and how it relates to children.
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The Future of Authenticity: An Awakened We Space

In this conversation Sean, Jordan and John invite listeners to try on an embodied authentic communication that transcends and enhances authentic relating and ...
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Carl Jung: Perfectly normal people can have visions in certain moments.

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Attachment Theory

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Psychologist John Bowlby was the first to coin the term. His work in the late 60s established the precedent that childhood development depended heavily upon a child's ability to form a strong relationship with "at least one primary caregiver". Generally speaking, this is one of the parents.

Bowlby's studies in childhood development and "temperament" led him to the conclusion that a strong attachment to a caregiver provides a necessary sense of security and foundation.

 

Without such a relationship in place, Bowlby found that a great deal of developmental energy is expended in the search for stability and security. In general, those without such attachments are fearful and are less willing to seek out and learn from new experiences. By contrast, a child with a strong attachment to a parent knows that they have "back-up" so to speak, and thusly tend to be more adventurous and eager to have new experiences... (CLICK TITLE for more)


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Where Our Soul Goes When We Dream, According To Native Americans

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Dreaming was an extremely important part of the Native Culture.  It was woven deep into their tradition and their spiritual practice.  Children would be taught to remember their dreams from an early age so that they could decode them and extract guidance from them. But... (Click title for more)


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But according to Native Americans, we have 3 souls.  First is the ego-soul, which is embodied in the breath.  The second is the body-soul, which gives the body energy and life force during the waking state.  And the third is the free-soul which is the soul that leaves the body during dreams and trances. - See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/where-our-soul-goes-when-we-dream-according-to-native-americans/#sthash.3K7ijaru.dpuf
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Owning Our Shadow Self | The Creative Mind

Owning Our Shadow Self | The Creative Mind | The Essense of Psychotherapy | Scoop.it
When we cut away our shadows, what remains seems manufactured and superficial. You see, shadows add depth. Any decent artist will tell you that.

The dark side of some people is destructive or violent, but for most people the hidden or disowned parts of ourselves can help us lead a fulfilling and creative life...


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Myth and Psyche: The Evolution of Consciousness

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Mythology is the most archaic and profound record we have of mankind's essential spirit and nature. As far back as we are able to trace the origins of our species, we find myth and myth-making as the fundamental language through which man relates to life's mystery and fashions meaning from his experiences. The world of myth has its own laws and its own reality. Instead of concepts and facts that make logical sense, we find patterns of irrational imagery whose meaning must be discerned or experienced by the participant-observer. Discovering these patterns of meaning is what Jung meant by the symbolic approach to religion, myth, and dream.


The mythic image is not to be taken literally and concretely...we must approach myth symbolically as revealed eternal 'truths' about mankind's psychic existence — about the reality of the psyche. 'Once upon a time' does not mean 'once' in history but refers to events that occur in eternal time, always and everywhere. Any myth is very much alive today. Every night in sleep we sink back into that source of all mythological imagery, the unconscious psyche — the origin of dreams. Many of our games have their roots in mythology and much of contemporary art, literature, and film is shot through with mythological themes..... (Click title for more)


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Kathy Mays's curator insight, June 3, 2015 3:20 AM

Nice description of why we look to myths and the symbolic imagery they present, which is still so alive in our lives today.

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How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius

How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius | The Essense of Psychotherapy | Scoop.it

"Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought."

For as long as I can remember -- and certainly long before I


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What Emotions Are (and Aren’t)

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Most people believe that emotions are distinct, locatable entities inside us — but they’re not. No brain region is dedicated to any single emotion.

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a contrarian view on emotions.

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The Healing Power Of Compassion In Men's Lives

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Compassion begins with empathy. Empathy evokes thoughts and feelings that acknowledge and connect with the suffering of others (I know how you feel).

 

Fortified with empathy, compassion calls forth the intent and actions to help alleviate that suffering (I can relate to how you feel and I want to help you.) Self-compassion is being aware of your own suffering with an interior response that is supportive and kind rather than harsh (I made a bad mistake but I'm a good man and I can find a way to get through it).

Compassion is everywhere. Men perform countless acts of compassion on individual and grand scales. For example, a man exhausted from a day of work may drive miles to see his child play soccer


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“Dance as a Producer of Humanity – Kinaesthetic Empathy and the Art of being Human”


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