Offerings of Buddhism:
Having been engaged in Buddhist lineage over half my life, I find that the Buddhist perspective has a way of infiltrating my therapy practice. As human beings, we are often at the mercy of strong habits of mind that lead us to acting out compulsions and addictions in our efforts to seek happiness and fulfillment outside of ourselves. While this at times can be satisfying, the results are often unpredictable and forever changing. As outer circumstances ebb and flow we are like blades of grass tossed to the winds of our attachments. There is a Buddhist phrase, "turning the light inward," that to me really captures the essence of the first necessary step towards healing. We cannot really begin to find an inner sanctuary until there is a genuine willingness to take a look at our own minds and get curious about how we are relating to the myriad parts of ourselves that show up through our lives. I see it as my role in the therapeutic relationship to encourage this inner listening, because as we engage this skill, we are simultaneously engaging our inner wisdom, cultivating the capacity to see with honesty and spaciousness.