The Zen Way of Counseling: A Meditative Approach to Working with People Paperback – 29 Oct 2009
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About the Author
Svagito R. Liebermeister has over 25 years practical experience in working with people as a therapist. Every year, he travels extensively offering courses and training programs in over 15 different countries. He lives in Muenchen, Germany.
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There is a lot in this book and I will reread it. I gave it 5 stars. Simply brilliant.
Only time will tell if it should have gotten more stars. Perhaps a constellation.
I would first say that this book is an upside down view of therapy... forget what you thought you knew and turn it on it's head... and you may just begin to heal yourself instead! I loved this book. So simple, clear, obvious... it's about using therapy as a tool to heal rather than to 'fix it'. It's about learning the art of Being. And from that state of presence, therapy happens... therapy from the heart... the silent heart... rather than the head. The book could be in danger of becoming yet another theoretical guide-book... so I would recommend anyone reading it to begin to practice it and experience it for yourself.
I have learned traditional forms of counselling, but never did I find a way offered me my own healing and relaxation as part of the experience, the shared experience of two human beings saying 'yes' to what is in the present moment.
I will stop there... I don't think I'm doing it the justice it deserves. If you connect, you have given a yourself a great gift!
This is an important concept in day to day life but perhaps most important for counselors and therapists. If we get caught up in a mirror while trying to help a client, we won't be doing much good. In fact, we could do a great deal of harm by reinforcing a negative judgment or increasing anxiety which could make the self exploration process more difficult. We could even unconsciously guide the client away from their healing path.
The Zen Way of Counseling is an important resource that all counselors and therapists should read. Not only does this book remind us that we need to clean up our own back yard before we step into the counseling chair but that we have to be open to whatever is needed for each particular individual. Often, we get so caught up in specializing that we fail to see that each situation is unique and must be treated as such. Pacing, methods, and the end result will look different for each person.
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