Buddhism and psychotherapy. Warsaw, 2005
This is a lightly edited transcript of a talk/workshop with James Low. It arose from a meeting of people interested in, or practising, buddhism, many of whom also had an interest in, or were working within the psychotherapeutic field.
Warsaw, Poland. 11th and 12th November 2005
Prepared by Magda Linca and Sarah Allen
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… Nothing lasts forever. When the spring is there, the flowers will come out; when autumn comes, the flowers die, then in winter we don’t have flowers. When I began work as a therapist, I didn’t know so much; everything was summer time. Now, I know a lot more, but it’s winter time. That’s life. So many of the things I could do, I now can’t do.This is very important. It is about how we take our place in the world, according to the season. When winter comes and we shrink, we can learn a lot from that. If we are lucky, if we are healthy, our lives are advancing. However our patients’ lives are shrinking, so when we know directly a lot about shrinking, on all levels, then we have a more nuanced conversation.