suffering is natural

suffering is natural

One of my teachers, Michele McDonald-Smith, once recounted that a 92 year old relative of hers, on being informed by her doctor of a terminal cancer diagnosis, became upset and implored: [wps_pullquote style=”classic” align=”left”]“Why me?”[/wps_pullquote] As a species we seem to have solidified a very real revulsion for the inevitable, as well as toward the…

no self help
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no self help

Mindfulness meditation leaves the self-help mindset in the dust by challenging the existence of the very thing we are setting out to improve, the self. In an article on the self-help movement in New York Magazine back in 2013, Kathryn Shultz observed she knows people who “wouldn’t so much as walk through the self-help section…