Category: Reflections

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change Gone, all is gone. Nothing remains. Completely alone. Silence abounds.   Nothing to fight for. No more doing. No more being. The path has been discarded.   How sublime to abide in nothingness. Seeing beyond the reach of time and…

Do You Really Know Yourself?

Do You Really Know Yourself? The words ‘know thyself’ appear frequently in the work of the Greek philosopher Plato and have been used by writers and philosophers for thousands of years. But what does it mean to know oneself, why is it important, and…

Should Buddhists Celebrate Christmas?

Should Buddhists Celebrate Christmas? Our immediate response to the question of whether Buddhists should celebrate Christmas is: ‘if they feel like it’. However, we suspect that some readers might be looking for a fuller account of our view on this matter. Therefore, here are…

The Four Types of Psychologist: Ineffective, Satisfactory, Gifted and Gone Beyond

Note: The following post was written with Professor Mark Griffiths and has recently been published on PsychCentral. The full reference is: Van Gordon, W., Shonin., E., & Griffiths, MD. The Four Types of Psychologist: Ineffective, Satisfactory, Gifted, and Gone Beyond. Psych Central. Available at: http://pro.psychcentral.com/the-four-types-of-psychologist-ineffective-satisfactory-gifted-and-gone-beyond/0016491.html …

Mindfulness for Pet Dogs

Mindfulness for Pet Dogs   Unsurprisingly, a search of the academic literature reveals that there has been little (if any) scientific investigation into whether dogs can be taught mindfulness. In fact, you would be forgiven for thinking that teaching dogs mindfulness is taking things…

A Big Pair of Dharma Balls

A Big Pair of Dharma Balls Today, perhaps more than ever before, it is easy to be drawn into what we call the cycle of soap-opera living. Soap-opera living is, unfortunately, rather common. A person caught up in soap-opera living is like a piece…

Is Buddhism One or Many?

Is Buddhism One or Many? In our experience, most individuals who assert that ‘Buddhism is one’ are generally not well informed or are secret (or in some cases open) advocates of ‘hippyism’! Accordingly, the preferred scholarly position appears to be that there are ‘many…

Before Time Goes By

Before Time Goes By Clicca qui per l’Italiano Growing and play Adventure each day The joys of childhood But time goes by … Education and training Ignorance waning The value of knowledge But time goes by … Courtship and romance Love’s heart-warming dance  The…

Does Mindfulness Work?

Does Mindfulness Work? We were recently invited to write a paper for the British Medical Journal that discusses the treatment efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions. The paper has just been published and is entitled ‘Does Mindfulness Work?’. It can be accessed (for free) here: http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h6919.full?ijkey=Q3IuzuNeBFUkrZP&keytype=ref…

“Keeping Your Shit Together”: A Perspective on the Buddhist Middle-Way Approach

“Keeping Your Shit Together”: A Perspective on the Buddhist Middle-Way Approach Some people like fast cars, some people like fine dining, and some people like expensive clothes. Some people are partial towards liquor, some towards gambling, and some towards tobacco. Some people like men…

Meditate to medicate: Mindfulness as a treatment for behavioural addiction

Originally posted on drmarkgriffiths:
Please note: A version of the following article was first published on addiction.com and was co-written with my research colleagues Edo Shonin and William Van Gordon Mindfulness is a form of meditation that derives from Buddhist practice and is one…

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