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What is Mindfulness and Contemplative Psychotherapy?

Deep within the human spirit,
Largely severed from its ancient moorings,
There is a new search unfolding.
For a larger vision of the human journey,
That includes all the different sides of our nature.

John Welwood

Mindfulness and Contemplative Psychotherapy

Mindfulness and contemplative psychotherapy asserts that our basic nature is characterized by clarity, openness and compassion. In practice, our awareness moves beyond the boundaries of our conditioned personality structure; and often breaks through into consciousness only when that structure is thoroughly flushing out. We are no longer courting our old, reactive subconscious patterns. Through compassion, we process feelings arising from the challenge of awakening to one’s larger nature.

Psychology of awakening

Mindfulness and contemplative psychotherapy bridges individual and interpersonal psychology. Connecting 2,500-year-old wisdom traditions of Buddhism, and the clinical traditions of Humanistic western psychotherapy a path awakening emerges. This means that we all have within ourselves natural dignity and wisdom. This wisdom may be temporality covered, or unknown to us due to symptoms of suffering, disease, patterns of behavior, but nonetheless, it is there and may be cultivated. Mindfulness and contemplative psychotherapy recognizes the sanity within even the most confused and disoriented states of mind.

The increasingly precarious state of our planet and its inhabitants is calling on us to wake up, reevaluate how we are living, and align ourselves with a larger sacred vision of human life.

John Welwood

Used daily, I practice mindfulness to support clarity and wellbeing in my life. It serves as a foundation for the ways in which I relate to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As a practice, mindfulness promotes spaciousness and ease. I feel more grounded and able to flow with what is arising, as opposed to reacting to the moment. As I react less, I am more able to create a life that reflects who I truly am.

If you would like to explore mindfulness and contemplative psychotherapy as it relates to your life, or would like more information contact me. You can reach me at

In peace.




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