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A theraputic regard for the everyday struggle.

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Transcending the World

Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on September 22, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (800)

The way of transcending the world

Exists in passing the world right through.

It is not necessarily in severing ties

With others and fleeing the world altogeth

The means of understanding one’s mind

Exists in using the mind completely.

It is not  ecessarily in cutting off from desires

And turning the mind to ashes.

- Hung Ying-ming


Most of my clients come to therapy because they want to find a way to severe their ties to anxiety and depression. There is a strong desire for relief from their pain and a return to happiness. These are reasonable goals and our work begins with the intent of feeling better. We have to begin with understanding the feelings and meanings associated with the emotional pain. What is it like to be anxious or depressed. The basic assumptions we have about ourselves are usually very subtle and exist as givens in our mind. The assumptions about self worth are often connected to feeling happy or content. Any negative feelings or distracting worries are considered to be indicators of incompetence or failure. To use our mind completely involves all of our feelings and experiences. To be curious about our reactivity creates new opportunities for learning. The extreme strategies of isolation, avoidance, and denial have the capacity to turn our mind to ashes. We become trapped in the all-or-none thinking that actually increases our sorrow, shame, and fears. Transcending the world is not abandoning the world, rather it is gaining a richer and more fulfilling perspective of ourselves and others.




Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on March 26, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Never Rest

Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on September 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (64)

Those who awaken never rest in one place.

Like swans, they rise and leave the lake.

On the air they rise and fly an invisible course.

They live on emptiness.

They have seen how to break free.

Who can follow them?

- Buddha in the Dhammapada


Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on September 25, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (26)

The vastness of life can be managed when we decide to journey together.

Precious Moments

Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on February 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (217)

By keeping our focus on each moment in front of us we are able to accomplish great things.

Monster Check

Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on December 29, 2012 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (25)

When we face our fears, we are able to manage them rather than letting them manage us.

Self Care

Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on December 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (36)

We can always find ways to take care of ourselves.

From the Heart

Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on November 10, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (27)

When we speak from the heart we reveal our  true self.

A Single Step

Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on October 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Every journey has to begin with a single step.

The Opposite of Love

Posted by Peter Gross,LCSW on September 8, 2012 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (1514)

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.