I take great joy in being a clinical psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher. There are many links between the capacity to “sit with oneself” as a prerequisite to being able to “sit with another,” something I consider one of the most important elements in psychotherapy, perhaps, even, its essence. "If the therapist can sit with him or herself, and tolerate arising emotion, then," says the client, "maybe I can, too."
The year 2011 featured precarious but potentially far-reaching gains for media freedom in the Middle East and North Africa. Major steps forward were recorded in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, where longtime dictators were removed after successful popular uprisings. While trends in these countries were not uniformly positive, with important setbacks to democratic prospects in both Egypt and Libya toward year’s end, the magnitude of the improvements—especially in Tunisia and Libya—represented major breakthroughs in a region that has a long history of media control by autocratic leaders. The gains more than offset declines in several other countries in the Middle East. And even the greatest declines, in Bahrain and Syria, reflected the regimes’ alarmed and violent reactions to tenacious protest movements, whose bold demands for greater freedom included calls for a more open media environment.
I used to joke that “my sabbatical turned into a life.” In the mid 90‘s, during a difficult passage in my life, I moved to the east coast on a journey to reclaim myself. I was looking for “my people” and “my work.” Someone told me to connect with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM). Little did I know that this chance meeting would completely change the direction of my life. The Center gave me a language for what I was already doing and a structure that brought out my greatest gifts as a teacher/healer.
Saybrook University provides many opportunities for learning about how to become a transformative change agent and social innovator, able to address the pressing social, political and cultural challenges of our times.
Saybrook University College of Mind-Body Medicine: Join us for the first day of our Residential Conference!05/03/2012
On Saturday, May 19th from 9:30am – 5:30pm PT, experience what it's like to be a Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) student at Saybrook University. Join MBM students and faculty as we open our doors to prospective students to participate as observers in our Imagery for Health course.