Loosening the grip of fear

Fear is often experienced as a formidable foe. In Buddhist psychology, there's an understanding that much of our orientation toward life is driven by desire and aversion which is accompanied by various shades of fear (e.g., worry, anxiety, panic). We grasp after things we want, fearful of losing a positive experience, and we push away or avoid things we don't want, fearful of encountering a negative experience. “I want a loving relationship, a good job, a sense of purpose. I’m scared of losing what’s important to me — my health, my partner. I want to be liked. I’m afraid of failing.” The genesis of fear, supported both by Buddhist psychology and modern neuroscience, is seen to be our expe

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Welcome! You'll find a mix of writings here about cultivating an embodied life. Some posts are educational topics I teach in therapy. Others reflect on awareness, compassion and radical intimacy with the present moment as helpful dispositions in navigating life.

My intention, no matter what the subject, is to support your unique unfolding toward greater wholeness, creativity, and aliveness. As Howard Thurman says, '“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

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