Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of by Bruce Tift, Tami Simon

By Bruce Tift, Tami Simon

Why are a growing number of psychotherapists embracing meditation perform, whereas such a lot of Buddhists are exploring psychology? "Both psychology and Buddhism search to supply freedom from suffering," explains Bruce Tift, "yet every one bargains a totally diverse strategy for achieving this goal." In Already Free, Tift opens a clean and provocative discussion among those profound views at the human condition.

Tift finds how psychotherapy's "Developmental" process of knowing the way in which our formative years wounds form our grownup selves either contradicts and helps the "Fruitional" strategy of Buddhism, which tells us that the liberty we search is often on hand. during this research, he uncovers insights for connecting with genuine adventure, liberating behaviors that not serve us, bettering our relations, and extra. "When we use the Western and japanese methods together," writes Bruce Tift, "they may also help us open to all of life-its richness, its disturbances, and its inherent completeness."

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Our tolerance for those feelings is generally low, because we don’t like the experience of having them. ” What we usually find is that our habitual patterns are being maintained and driven by the attempt to not feel our core vulnerabilities—to not experience our worst fears. We see more and more clearly that neurotic strategies are avoidant strategies. We don’t like the experience of feeling abandoned, not feeling good enough, or feeling angry. No matter what we do, they are a part of our experience.

Neurotic neutrality, or ignoring, is the most difficult of the three forms of fundamental aggression to spontaneously wake up from. The more these clients are willing to feel embodied, to engage in life circumstances, or to talk to their partner, the more they can see their strategy of subtly claiming that they are not really here. We all experience all three forms of aggression, though each of us tends to lead with one preferred style. In my experience, this aggression is always serving a function.

We are all aging and heading toward death. We’re never going to be without limitations. Strangely enough, the Buddhist idea of freedom is completely the opposite—a more profound experience of freedom arises from an unconditional commitment to the truth of our experience, and our relative experience is basically a collection of limitations. We intentionally explore the claustrophobia of our profoundly limited human lives. As we discover that this is not a problem, we start to relax our struggle with reality.

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