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Child psychologists observe that children are most creative when they're at play. The same principle also applies to most adults. With "52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief" ( 

I've recently completed my book "Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas," a distillation of what I've learned so far from psychotherapy, Buddhism, surviving a near-death experience, and 60+ years on the planet. The book is a compilation of my Flower Mandala image... 


February 7th, 2014

Will: Break on through Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder There are many ways psychotherapists can help people. We can provide validation, emotional support, help formulate goals, encourage, motivate, identify dysfunctional patterns, devise strat... 


January 30th, 2014

Uniqueness: Blooming Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder Recently, I had the relatively rare experience of having a movie introduce me to a new way of looking at things. The central idea of Martin Scorcese’s Hugo explicitly emerges midway throug... 


January 25th, 2014

Uncertainty: Negative capability Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder Perhaps the greatest fear I run across as a therapist is fear of uncertainty. This fear is great because it is so vague and encompassing. We are uncertain about how people see... 


January 6th, 2014

Trust: Experienced Innocence Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder When I was in Boy Scouts, we all had to memorize the Scout Law: "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and rev... 


December 22nd, 2013

Suffering: So it goes Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. Helen Keller once said that the world is full of suffering, but also of the overcoming of it. But it is also full of suffering that is unrelieved. I have thought ab... 


December 6th, 2013

Choice: Repatterning Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: The opinions expressed in the following joke do not represent those held by The Management. So, there is this joke about two lawyers. One of them is walking ... 


November 30th, 2013

Stillness: Bells and watches Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. At a meditation retreat I attended years ago, I was introduced to the concept of the Mindfulness Bell. At apparently random times throughout each day, a monk or... 


November 22nd, 2013

Solitude: Shiftings Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. In solitude, we can inhabit our deepest selves, feel intense spiritual connection, and experience self love. Or we can dwell in their contraries, finding only disconnec... 


November 11th, 2013

Silence: Outside in Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. About silence I am tempted to say, “I have nothing to say.” And yet I do. I have always had an ambivalent relationship with silence. Initially, silence was a haven.... 

Self Love

October 30th, 2013

Self Love: Evolution Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In my more troubled youth, I was often told that to truly love anyone, I needed first to love myself. This advice, though well-intentioned, set up an unhelpful dynamic. To "love myself" se... 


October 23rd, 2013

Risk: Rewards Images and text Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When they first arrive at my office, most of the people I see are in a state of comfortable uncomfortableness. Although people come to psychotherapy wanting change, most of us do ... 


October 13th, 2013

PRESENCE: NOW, BE, HERE Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. I was 20 when I first encountered Baba Ram Dass’s square, purple-covered Be Here Now, the book that launched many of my generation on an Eastern-inspired journey. I... 


October 13th, 2013

PURPOSE: ARCS Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. More than things, more than work, more, even, than love, having a sense of purpose can not only help us withstand the turbulence in our lives, it can also guide us through fo... 


October 13th, 2013

RESILIENCE: MODALITIES Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. Along with perseverance and a sense of purpose, an essential capacity for successfully traversing the Hero’s Journey that describes our lives is resilience. Resil...