Last Updated on October 8, 2020 by Paul Farrell, MRP, JD, PhD

Relationships Zone #5 - Therapy is an action meditation, into past, now and future!

Relationships Zone #5 – Therapy is an action meditation, into past, now and future!

We already know that seventy to ninety percent of all doctors’ visits are stress-related. A third have high blood pressure. We also know that more than half of all Americans see counselors and go into therapy sometime during the course of their lives, to handle stresses of all kinds – the loss of a loved one, health problems, bankruptcies, job losses, addictions and much more. There was a special bond between us during our sessions, we were meditating together.

Counseling and Therapy as Meditation

Earlier, for fourteen years before I started working as a professional career and crisis consultant, I was on the other side of the couch struggling through a long “dark night of the soul.” I needed help and got it from all kinds of therapists, counselors, ministers, psychologists and psychiatrists. And on occasion I also got advice from unconventional sources: astrologers, psychics, shamans, Tarot card readers, numerologists, palmists, hypnotists, New Age gurus, healers, I Ching masters and for a few years I worked with a neo-Reichian Sikh.

During this long dark night I became increasingly aware that whatever meditation was, it was happening right there during each one of these sessions. Today I know there is actually nothing unusual about seeing the therapeutic relationship as a meditation: As I learned much later, the goal of Buddhist insight meditation, Vipassana, is identical to Western psychotherapy, both seeking greater awareness, higher consciousness and enlightenment.

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