Tag: Psychology

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…

Just a Thought

Just a Thought The term ‘thought’ is widely used in contemporary society. For example, most people probably don’t go for more than a day or two before they say or hear an expression such as ‘I’ve just had an interesting thought’, ‘What are your…

How to Tame a Monkey Mind

How to Tame a Monkey Mind Within Buddhism, the term ‘monkey mind’ is sometimes used to describe people that have very unsettled minds. If you have a monkey mind, it basically means that just like a naughty monkey, your mind constantly jumps from one…

Deconstructing the Self: A Buddhist perspective on addiction and psychotherapeutic treatment

Deconstructing the Self: A Buddhist perspective on addiction and psychotherapeutic treatment (By Ven. Edo Shonin, Ven. William Van Gordon, and Dr. Mark Griffiths) Psychological approaches to treating mental illness or improving psychological wellbeing are invariably based on the explicit or implicit acceptance that there…

Should Mindfulness be taught to Improve Military and Business Effectiveness?

Should Mindfulness be taught to Improve Military and Business Effectiveness? During one of our recent talks on mindfulness, we were asked whether we feel it is ethically and morally correct for mindfulness to be taught for the purposes of improving military or business effectiveness….

An Alternative Approach to Defining Mindfulness

An Alternative Approach to Defining Mindfulness It seems that nearly every academic paper concerning mindfulness includes a statement to the effect that ‘there is currently a lack of consensus amongst Western psychologists in terms of how to define mindfulness’. However, we’re not sure whether…

Tips for using Mindfulness in Psychotherapy Contexts

Tips for using Mindfulness in Psychotherapy Contexts Recently, we were joined by our friend and academic colleague Professor Mark Griffiths in writing a paper on ‘Meditation as Medication: Are Attitudes Changing?’ (the paper is currently in press with the British Journal of General Practice).1…

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