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NEW "WILD MOODS" BOOK RELEASE by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression A collected volume of The Wild Moods has just been issued, edited, culled, and in many cases, re-written, with a new introduction. It is divided into three sections (th ... Read on »
About "Buddha and the Couch" by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression My name is Marty Cooper. I'm a licensed psychotherapist practicing in San Francisco, CA, specializing in working with depression and anxiety conditions as experienced by spi ... Read on »
Depression and meditation by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Howard Cohn ( link ) offers a public meditation group every Tuesday evening in the Mission district of San Francisco. This last week I had, unusually, an evening off, so I w ... Read on »
Freud and Buddha by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Here is Ken Wilber's remarkably concise summation of the relationship of psychotherapy to Buddhist practice, and of the way in which "shadow" elements of our psyches inhibit ... Read on »
Eating the Blame by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression I was out running in Golden GatePark a month ago, and the title of a Zen koan (teaching story/exercise), without the actual koan, popped into my head. I found the story on ... Read on »
"Dissecting thoughts? And why would you want to do that?" by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression I was recently experimenting with meditating on thoughts per say, and describing to my wife the curious experience of breaking a thought down to its components. She got to h ... Read on »
New Year's Resolutions by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Happy New Year to you all! May the upcoming year be full of joy and rich challenges. Here's a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh to begin the new year, which applies equally to ... Read on »
Adjusting one's robe by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression The other day, while talking with my wife and an old friend, a fragment of memory was dislodged from some underground crevice and shot up to the surface of my mind, vivid in ... Read on »
Morning with Adyashanti by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression The morning was crisp, the sky mostly clear over Lake Merritt; runners and walkers and lake cleaners and kids with moms and dogs--the wonderful gaggle of humans were out enj ... Read on »
Likes and dislikes, sunlight and overcast by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression It has been raining heavily in San Francisco these last few days, in counterpoint to what has been a pretty dry winter. Last night, hail the size and shape of ball bearings ... Read on »
Innocence by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression One place where psychotherapy is, to my mind, gaining immensely from Buddhist practice is in its experimenting with mindfulness techniques--i.e., experiential, here-and-now ... Read on »
Big Mind by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Sitting with big souls, those who e e cummings called "Delectable Mountains," is certainly an invaluable, irreplaceable experience...but Youtube offers a decent second ... Read on »
The "doing" and "non-doing" of anxiety and depression by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression The treatment of depression and anxiety conditions comes in two forms, it seems to me: the management of the symptoms in order to avoid overwhelm, which inevitably means mor ... Read on »
Thinking isserious by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Daniel Goleman has written a follow-up to his book Emotional Intelligence , his 1995 work arguing that there are various lines of intelligence, not simply a cogniti ... Read on »
Body language by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression I am very fortunate to be taking a class with Don Hanlon Johnson (a professor of somatics at CIIS a ... Read on »
Rumi's "Chickpea to Cook" by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Here's Rumi on the development of both the teacher and student, from the understanding of pain and change as persecution, to learning how to align with difficult exper ... Read on »
A Wily Kindness by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression My experience has been that when you are really effectively dealing with depression and anxiety, what you're doing is a kind of wily kindness . Much of the suffering in ... Read on »
Cafe Gratitude by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression It wasn't really my intention when starting this blog to include restaurant reviews, but Cafe Gratitude, which has several locations throughout SF and the East Bay, ... Read on »
The Unavoidable Filters of Spiritual Practice by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression Jack Engler kicks off the recently published anthology, Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures , with a punchy essay entitled "Promises and Perils of the Spiritual P ... Read on »
The astounding climb (pt.2): The uses of awe by Marty Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Depression My last post ( here ) has gotten me thinking about the experience of awe, especially in how it figures into the project of dismantling depression and anxiety. (Actually, ... Read on »