Archive | Buddhist Pause

The Power of the Moment

First and foremost, taking what I like to call a ‘Buddhist Pause’, permits us to witness our own interior processing. We can then see the patterns of thoughts and feelings flowing by as if they were ‘debris’ floating upon the stream of consciousness. We become witness the very business of being.

Secondarily, any and all opportunities to influence that internal activity exist in real time only.

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Become a Botanist of Mind

Botanists get the ball rolling. They identify plant forms. They identify the position of each form on the phylogenetic chart. They distinguish it as a type. They note it’s relationship to other types. From that, much science follows. Typing permits one kind of understanding; the nature of the form, it’s history, it’s wherewithal. Exploration of those characteristics [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Drinking Too Much Wine? Take a ‘Buddhist Pause’

Five minutes is all it takes. You may opt for ten. At the end of the day many folks  look forward to a glass of wine, then perhaps a second. Roughly 50 % of folks I’ve worked with have overcome this problem simply taking what I call a ‘Buddhist Pause’. The point of the pause [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Mindful Children

Mindfulness is a popular phrase referring to hyperpresent states that can be achieved with meditation practice. Techniques taught by practitioners familiar with Buddhist practice and/or yogi philosophy are extremely useful, particularly, given the busyness of contemporary life. However, we also experience  meditative states spontaneously under a variety of conditions. How often have you heard the [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Willing a ‘Buddhist Pause’

Mindful moments occur spontaneously. We become hyper aware. Interestingly this state of being has much in common with ADD. Our focus is not concentrated. It is diffuse. In this state we are actually aware of much more that is in play in the moment. Under all manner of circumstances this is highly functional; in a [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Quantum Aspect of Mind Dictates ‘Therapeutic’ Approach

The science is here folks; Mindfulness and exercise of Free Won’t provides the platform for growth. Call it therapy if you like. I don’t call it ‘therapy’ myself. Like Freud, I see our ways of being as simply the end result of a trajectory. We’ve been building our world view and  ’templates for action’ for [...]

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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Not All Thoughts are Created Equal

I once saw a bumper sticker, ‘Not All Thoughts are Created Equal’. Wow! That’s an understatement. But, we think what we think don’t we? The question arises…how might we exploit our own brilliance and not shoot ourselves in the proverbial foot?

About Diane Kern

Diane has been a practicing psychotherapist for over thirty years. She is credentialed to teach college level psychology, social science and anthropology. She has taught at California Community Colleges and Universities. She studied psychoanalytic theory and practice in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree. She traveled to India to study cross-cultural conceptions of mental illness. Research was undertaken in social work agencies and at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. She has had a balanced yoga practice for twenty five years.

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