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REACTING WITH LOVINGKINDNESS

As those of you who are familiar with lovingkindness meditation already know, it is a practice that provides us with significant and profound benefits. It can bring greater awareness of our true nature, catapulting us out of what Tara Brach calls the ”Trance of Unworthiness” and into the light of our true identities. Lovingkindness practice

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MINDFULNESS AND LOVINGKINDNESS: TAKING YOUR THERAPY DEEPER

With psychotherapy, therapist and patient form a trusting alliance in which they can collaborate to work through problems and determine healthier directions. In therapy, we deal with thoughts, attitudes, dreams, relationships, and feelings. After having worked within a strictly psychotherapeutic model for over 25 years, I began to find ways of using my growing interest

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COVID19 2.0: WORKING WITH DISTANCE IN SEARCH OF TRUTH

COVID19 2.0: WORKING WITH DISTANCE IN SEARCH OF TRUTH: JAMES N KRAUT, PSY.D.   If you read some of my older articles, you will find that I often discuss how far we humans have drifted from each other in the last few decades. I discussed in those pieces the unpleasant, at times unsafe and occasionally

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COVID19, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND VIRTUAL THERAPY

COVID19, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND VIRTUAL THERAPY JAMES N KRAUT, PSY.D.   At this point, no one needs to be told how strange and anxiety-provoking these times and our suddenly new world are. We all experienced how the endless political news cycle suddenly gave way to a scary biological story in which we all appear as

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LEARNING FROM THE HEART OF MAX YASGUR

LEARNING FROM THE HEART OF MAX YASGUR  JAMES N KRAUT, PSY.D.   It’s difficult to imagine a world with no Woodstock. The iconic three-day music festival, which took place in the summer of 1969, drew nearly a half million young people and 50 years later still stands as one of the most significant, profound and

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LETTING IT BE

JAMES N KRAUT, PSY.D. Let’s start with a little exercise: Take a blank piece of 8 ½ x 11 paper and sit down in a comfortable chair or on a cushion. Imagine that everything that you see, feel or otherwise experience in life as difficult, frightening, stressful or otherwise unpleasant is represented in that piece

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Learning to Listen with More Flexibility

THE PROBLEM WITH HAVING TO BE RIGHT

Learning to Listen with More Flexibility James N Kraut, Psy.D. When we were growing up, chances are we were told and shown that we were wrong a lot. As soon as we began to move around by ourselves, our human/primate DNA sent us on an endless quest to apprehend the world outside of us, to

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LETTING GO OF YOUR KIDS James N Kraut, Psy.D.

LETTING GO OF YOUR KIDS

LETTING GO OF YOUR KIDS James N Kraut, Psy.D.  From the time your children are born, your job is to get them to not need you to do your job. The human journey begins with complete dependency and as parents, we attempt, gradually, to give our kids the skills to be able to live autonomously.

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THOUGHTS ON DREAMS

THOUGHTS ON DREAMS | JAMES N KRAUT, PSY.D.

THOUGHTS ON DREAMS JAMES N KRAUT, PSY.D. Even if you never remember your dreams, you’re surely having them every night. Everyone dreams. The meaning of dreams, however, is not so nailed down as the evidence of their universal existence. There are a number of widely varying theories regarding the meaning of dreaming. One theory is

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QUIET TROUBLE IS EASIER TO MISS

QUIET TROUBLE IS EASIER TO MISS James N Kraut, Psy.D. Children whose behavior deteriorates have no trouble getting our attention. Unfortunately, however, kids can respond to stress, trauma and pain by either externalizing or internalizing it. They can either take their trouble out into the world or pull it deep inside themselves. If your child’s

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Dr. James Kraut

My passion is to help guide you if you have chosen to look profoundly into the questions of your life. My goal is to help you get to the point where your existence on this wonderful planet has become a richer, deeper, and more meaningful process. Every story is unique and I would love to learn about yours.

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