As mindfulness increasingly captures headlines, psychotherapists are raising alarms about the false promises of meditation practice for healing emotional wounds. As healing professionals, we must be aware of the dangers of spiritual bypassing, defined by psychologist John Welwood as the “use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs.”
In this session, we’ll practice and define mindfulness meditation and talk about the differences between mindfulness, psychotherapy, spirituality, and social change. Participants are encouraged to bring their thoughts and tactics for how they differentiate between psychotherapy and healing modalities like meditation and yoga in their work.
This event will take place virtually via Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link after registering.
About the presenter: Jeremy Mohler is a writer and meditation teacher who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. He is the host of the Meditation for the 99% podcast and a former resident of Lamont Dharma House in Washington, DC.