Today's invisible global phenomenon is profound distraction. Obsessive distraction (busyness, workaholism, multitasking, smartphones, materialism, etc) is almost obliterating humanity's evolution towards wisdom. We increasingly favor quantity over quality, speed over care, cheap labor over employing people in our own communities. The vast majority of people have no training, ability, time or interest in living according to timeless wisdom traditions.
Humanity struggles, having abandoned en mass timeless profound human technologies for living meaningful lives - "ordinary unhappiness" is pandemic. Even health care is sadly forgetting the ideal of the wise, kind physician in a mindless rush toward big pharma and high-tech gadgetry. The "physician as the therapeutic agent" and "excellent bedside manner" sound strangely antiquated, despite their pivotal importance to healing.
Mercifully mental health professionals are paying renewed attention to "common therapeutic factors": empathy, warmth, congruence, and the therapeutic alliance. These are “helpful to extremely helpful with virtually all clients” and "may, in fact, be at the core of therapeutic change.
Many researchers and critics of counselor education suggest that training programs do not do enough to develop the person of the counselor or the requisite cognitive skills for establishing a strong working alliance. Together, this suggests that new training approaches may be needed. Mindfulness meditation practice may fill this gap."
Bentley Greason P, Welfare LE. "The Impact of Mindfulness and Meditation Practice on Client Perceptions of Common Therapeutic Factors." Journal of Humanistic Counseling 2013; 52: 235-53.
Therapeutic Presence: http://healthyhealers.blogspot.ca/2013/11/therapeutic-presence.html
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