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Excellent synthesis of compassionate self-awareness with questions of ethics – strong emphasis on nourishing the self and maybe approaching ethical “speed bumps” from a place of strength.  I feel experientially encouraged to trust that, with spaciousness and mindfulness, I have capacity to come to a realization about the way forward.”

06
Aug

Calm

This is a short talk by Nelly Kaufer about how the soft, friendly, gentle approach of Reflective Meditation can produce calm states.  
31
Dec

How meditation supports differentiation

The article below, written by Katrina Gould, LCSW, is an example of how meditation can help us navigate relationships healthfully. A couple of weeks ago, my partner asked if we could have some friends over for dinner the next night. We were coming off a flurry of houseguests and assorted...
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15
Oct

Permission to do Any Practice

– Photo by Judy Butler – PREAMBLE We have been working with creative ways to reflect before and after our meditation practice. One way we discovered is through free-form writing. In the piece below, we chose the topic of “permission to do any practice in Reflective Meditation” and wrote for...
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15
Oct

An Unconventional Glossary of Buddhist Qualities

– Photograph by Barb Tillman – An Unconventional Glossary of Buddhist Qualities In English translated from Meditative Experience and Pali* …Or the Meanderings of Nelly Kaufer’s mind Alphabetize This glossary is “somewhat alphabetical”. It’s like our inner life. For a while we can alphabetize, order, structure and define it; then we’re...
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15
Oct

Certainty

– Photograph by Nelly Kaufer –  When you’re absolutely certain about what a client should do or shouldn’t do, you best be cautious. Your certainty might be rooted in insecurity. You, alone, can’t change the course of your client’s life. It’s probably your countertransference that is dictating. When you grasp...
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15
Oct

Listening

– Photograph by Nelly Kaufer –  We listen to our clients, and to their inner worlds, all day long. We listen with them in sessions and at times in between sessions. We travel with them to myriad states of mind and internal places: to their pain, satisfaction, boredom, stuckness, joy–...
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15
Oct

Sitting with Dukkha

– Photograph by Carol Kast –  I sit day in and day out, year in and year out, with client after client — their pain-anguish-anger-fear-rage. You name it. That’s why they come to me. They’re hurting. They wouldn’t bear their soul and shame to a stranger if it was otherwise....
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15
Oct

A Therapist’s Needs

– Photograph by Barb Tillman –  A boundary violation is the rupture of the sacred agreement a psychotherapist makes with a client. “I will put my client’s needs above my own.” Maybe it seems that for fifty minutes you have no personal needs beyond ensuring that the client and their...
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