The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life by Mark Epstein

<table The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in LifeThe Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life by Mark Epstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic book. General introduction, reflection on cases, quiet closure–basically everything you could ask for from a Kornfield clone. The highlights include the Zen poetry, the Ram Das, and the general approach to therapy–the reflections on his own motivations, what he sees and what he is trying to do in session is very helpful.

A good integration of meditation practice throught–clearly Epstein has put his time in on the mat.

The early stuff of “justifying” the medical value of meditation was odd for me–I cam up when that was already established and to hear him reflect on the act of establishment was a good reminder that things change. He also reflects on the current state of Mindfulness in ways that I found helpful.

Not a book for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

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