Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy (Paperback)
In the midst of our busy activity we often feel fragmented. We experience conflicting demands from our work, our personal relationships, our families, and our spiritual practice. In this book the author, a practicing psychotherapist, explores the challenges and joys of making our life into a coherent whole. Psychotherapy addresses a sense of fragmentation in an effort to help us be uniquely ourselves. Zen Buddhist practice insists we find ourselves in every moment of our lives; it speaks to the basic connectedness of all things. This books attempts to integrate the two. Each chapter stitches together an aspect of Zen practice with the realization of psychotherapy, and their manifestation in daily life. Through the stories his clients' and his own difficulties and discoveries, the author invites each reader to actualize the fundamental point: to realize the joy and compassion that arises when we touch the basic ground of life and put it into play in our everyday activity.