Through quieting the mind we become aware of our unconscious tensions and the act of awareness itself serves to heal those tensions. Buddhist teacher of Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation, clinical psychologist and author of Living Masters of Buddhism and A Clear Forest Pool, Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., seeks out the factors common to all varieties of meditation.
"Some of the issues that one faces in clinical psychology and in Buddhist practice are the same, which are the issues of human happiness. Buddhist meditation's purpose is to make people happy, to find ways that they can release old wounds from the past, live more fully in the present, let go of attachments that cause a lot of suffering in their lives; and in some way you can see clinical psychology as working in the same direction."
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