Saturday, March 27, 2010

Something about beliefs

Oh, my goodness, people. This is so, so true:

The therapist does not treat patients by simply giving them another set of beliefs. He or she tries to help them see which kinds of ideas and beliefs have led to their suffering. Many patients want to get rid of their painful feelings, but they do not want to get rid of their beliefs, the viewpoints that are the very roots of their feelings.

-- Thich Nhat Hanh

I'm thinking now of having this printed out on a little card that I give to all my meditation therapy clients. Many would truly rather keep their pain than question some of their destructive beliefs about themselves and about life.

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