Monthly Archive: February 2014

Feb 28 2014

Potential Psychological Dangers of Meditation – Especially Relevant for Those with PTSD

There are 84,000 Buddhist meditation techniques*, and there are many non-Buddhist meditation techniques as well. There are sitting meditation techniques that use the repetition of mantras and guided meditation techniques that use visualization and imagination. There are short meditations and extended meditation retreats in which one may meditate for 10 full days. Each kind of …

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Feb 12 2014

Understanding Guru Personalities – A Comprehensive Analysis of The Work of Byron Katie

(Guru Analytics Article 4) Like many spiritual gurus, Byron Katie seems to mix truth and lies, help and harm, wisdom and blindness. In the three previous articles, I dished out a lot of heartfelt praise and a lot of pretty harsh criticism as well. In this article I compile everything from the previous articles into …

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Feb 10 2014

My Insights about The Work of Byron Katie from 2001 to 2014

(Guru Analytics Article 3) I began studying The Work of Byron Katie in 2001. In the past 13 years I have had both great praise and great criticism of The Work. This article is actually a gathering of all remaining information about The Work of Byron Katie not covered in the first two articles. Note …

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Feb 10 2014

REBT and The Work of Byron Katie – A Comparison

(Guru Analytics Article 2) The Work of Byron Katie and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (a cognitive therapy developed by Albert Ellis) have many similarities. Since I have been both a student of The Work and a group leader for SMART Recovery, a recovery group that uses REBT to help people overcome addictive behaviors, in this …

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Feb 10 2014

The Work of Byron Katie Could Accidentally Cause Problems In Psychologically Vulnerable People

This is my first “guru analytics” blog post. In this series of posts I am attempting to do a kind of meta-analyses of guru personalities, capturing the entire picture including all the good and all the bad. Guru personalities are so complicated. While they do have legitimately helpful offerings, since they many times do not …

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