Psychotherapy and Meditation – February 13 2018

Being a person is not something one can do. It is not a performance. It may require that we stop our frantic business, that we take time out to breathe and to feel. In the process we may feel our pain, but if we have the courage to accept it, we will also have pleasure. If we can face our inner emptiness, we will find fulfillment. If we can go through our despair, we will discover joy. In this therapeutic undertaking we may need help.
Alexander Lowen, M.D.,
Fear of Life, from the Introduction
 
There is a place for therapy in our world. We may at times need the help of a professional to sort through the twists and turns of our inner world in order to find our way to the fullest expression of life possible, and Dr. Lowen has helped countless people with his writings, myself included. It was his book, Bioenergetics, that first allowed me to begin the healing of my mind through the instrument of the body, a revolutionary approach to healing neurosis that, at the time, gave me hope where before there had been none.
 
Lowen goes on to say:
 
The neurotic individual is in conflict with himself. Part of his being is trying to overcome another part. His ego is trying to master his body; his rational mind, to control his feelings; his will, to overcome his fears and anxieties.
 
A therapy that is complete uses the tools of the spirit as well as a therapeutic approach to an untangling of the neurotic mind and body. 
 
In meditation, we transcend these disparate factions, time after time, day after day, twice each day. We are becoming familiar with the place of truth within, the uncovering of which is the goal of all therapy. We are moving beyond all the warring voices and resistance to this place of peace within, and learning that this place within is the truth of us. The more we contact this place of truth, the less the voices and resistance can effect us. We still may benefit from the help of a professional in untangling these conflicts in the mind and body, but it is a far easier task when one is guided by an inner light that becomes brighter and brighter each time we visit it.
 
Life is about learning to live. We make use of whatever tool is available that resonates with us us. Regardless of which tools we make use of as individuals, meditation always and only will help.
 
Today I will meditate morning and evening in order to touch upon the truth within, and if I am beset by conflict within my mind, I will remind myself that this conflict is not me, its voices are not me; that what I am is far deeper, far brighter, far more real than anything my mind may come up with; and I will be sure to stop long enough to feel this deeper sense of Self.
Frankie at the Gym, North Hollywood, CA
All original material copyright © 2018 Jeff Kober

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