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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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Recollections are What Exactly?

Each moment you reminisce you are tapping your imaginational wherewithal. You are tapping the record of your past experience and, picking and choosing from that ‘data’, a piece of the puzzle.  The event in real time was necessarily filtered; you saw from your own vantage point only. And now, something in the moment has triggered [...]

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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‘Witness’ your Thoughts

Can you witness your thoughts at least twice today? Obviously you are aware of your thoughts. We are typically immersed in our thoughts, profoundly influenced by them.  Hopefully, we are frequently entertained by our them. This is good! However ‘witnessing’  your thoughts is tricky. Imagine yourself sitting beside the stream of your own consciousness. Oh,  There’s [...]

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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Your Mental Wherewithal

Edit and Code Thoughts? Your mind is an information management system. It can be managed. One of the most common ‘errors’ I encountered as a therapist was confusion of thoughts with emotions. I would ask, ‘how do you feel about that?‘ Someone would reply, ‘Well, I think that…’. I might ask again, ‘how do you [...]

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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Children Heal Themselves

My post regarding Mindful Children has generated some interest. I have been asked to elaborate regarding the self healing abilities of children in particular. Non-Directive Therapy for Children. Parents can create therapeutic conditions for their children at home. Parents primary job is of course, to mother and father, however children are possessed of extraordinary abilities [...]

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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Enough with the Brain Bashing

Your brain is at all times doing it’s best on your behalf! It is a system percolating in the background making decisions on your behalf, always. You  cannot control it. You have this little thing called a ‘self’ folks but your brain cares little for your conception of your self. This is the good news. [...]

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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Ambivalence-Evidence of the Quantum Aspect of Mind? Yep.

Have you ever said ‘I’m of two minds on the subject?’ or ‘I do and I don’t want to do it?’ We have the extraordinary ability to witness parallel processing in our brain. This constitutes a glimpse into the quantum aspect of mind. Why the quantum aspect? Because the quantum domain is about the relationship [...]

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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