A growing number of psychoanalytically informed psychotherapists are adding meditation instruction to their ongoing therapy practices. Some are writing books and journal articles on the subject. And now, I have stuck my own neck out, by creating a website, in both style and content, that feels so much more Zen than something written by the Bill Player who once put together a doctoral dissertation. At first, no, still, I have reservations about stepping into these funky, some could say, “woo-woo” waters.
In this website, maybe better called “Zentherapy,” or “Zenanalysis,” a part of me that has been liberated by my personal Zen practice has done much of the writing. More experiential, more playful, perhaps more poetic, but written with all seriousness and in full integrity regarding its aim. Please understand, I believe with all my heart in my intentions regarding this website. Sufficiently that I wonder if I might not have taken an enormous risk in doing so. Whether I have been successful in your eyes can only be addressed by you, through your words, which I would very much appreciate receiving.
So, what have I attempted to accomplish here?
Mainly to get my own thoughts together on the subject, the subject of the synchronicity of Zen and Psychotherapy. What do I see each, in turn, as trying to accomplish? The same thing or different things? Are they complementary or antagonistic? Do they fit together like a pot and its lid, or collide in empty space, like two arrow points high in the air? Again, for you to comment on, should the question be of interest to you.
I would like to say, before leaving this Blog post, is that I find myself working differently than I did prior to this, my most recent foray of 4 years or so into a committed Zen practice. My patients and my Group Therapy co-therapist, Kim Murphy see me, in some way, as coming from a different place. When worried about this, I ask, “Am I getting too weird or something?” So far, I have gotten responses more like, “Oh no, Bill, it’s so wonderful to see you so happy.” From my point of view, better words would be something like, “It feels so much better to feel so light and airy, so free to dare to speak a more poetic version of what feels like my most profound thoughts about what’s going on in the intersubjectivity of our therapy experience. Maybe more on this when I have better words to describe new types of interactions with addition of Zen ….