Author Archives: Joseph Rhinewine

Boredom and Joy

Boredom is rather interesting. Why do I become bored? What, even, IS boredom? I notice boredom as a kind of restlessness in my body, and a thought that “there is something much better out there, and I need to get it.” I disconnect from what is happening right now, right here and begin to focus […]

Posted in Everyday Mindfulness | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Transforming Rage into Vigor

 “At heart I’m a frightened angry person. That’s probably why my stuff isn’t totally insubstantial. I’m constantly, deep down inside, in a kind of rage.” –Robyn Hitchcock Hating life? Hard not to in this economy. As I’ve written about many times here before, when we live life through the mind, everything just seems to suck, […]

Posted in Anger and Hate | Tagged , , , | 4 Responses

Transcendence: Rising Above Existence

In prior blog entries, I discussed ways that life is fundamentally awful and depression is a pretty understandable, Human reaction to the way things are.  That is, however, only one side of the story of our existence.  The other side is the fact that transcendence of suffering is possible for each and every one of us. The […]

Posted in Pain and Suffering | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Response

Fatigue and I-don’t-wanna-itis

I’m fatigued. Not Chronic Fatigue, just fatigue. I slept less than I need to or like to, and I just don’t want to do the things I need to do. Or so my mind says. What to do when fatigued? Is it worth resting? Or do we “power through” with a caffeinated drink? Chronic fatigue […]

Posted in Stress and Stress Management | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Response

Depression: The Logic of Despair

Why do depression and despair paralyze us?   Okay, not “why,” as in, “can I have YET ANOTHER more or less useless scientific explanation of clinical depression?”  But rather, what is it about depression in the moment, in this very moment, experientially, that makes it so much better to do nothing, than to do something? […]

Posted in Pain and Suffering | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Responses

On Bullshit Psychology

I was going to write this post on ” pop psychology ” but decided that moniker just doesn’t cut it, and the scope is too limited and easy.  What we are referring to when we say “pop psychology” is 99% bullshit.  Not too hard to see that, if you read 50 of those books and […]

Posted in Therapy and Psychotherapies | Tagged , , , | 99 Responses

Why Life Sucks 2: Thoughts And Illusion

Sometimes, I can’t help the feeling that I’m living a life of illusion. – Joe Walsh As with this classic optical illusion, things are NOT necessarily what they VERY MUCH APPEAR TO BE.  What you “know” to be “true” is not necessarily even remotely connected to reality. And that’s true for all of us. What’s really hard to […]

Posted in Everyday Mindfulness | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Responses

Brain, Schmain. Behavior is What Matters!

I admit it, I’m fascinated by neuroscience. I’m a little concerned, though, that the press is overemphasizing the brain science of mindfulness at the expense of what really matters, which is behavior.  Unless you are prescribing medications or performing neurosurgery, you cannot directly apply brain science to mindfulness practice. All you can do is read something […]

Posted in Meditation | Tagged , , , , | 6 Responses

Why Your Life Sucks So Bad

“What’s the ugliest part of your body?…. I think it’s your MIND!” –Frank Zappa Since time immemorial, people across the world have been asking this question: “Why, when I have enough to eat, a place to live, and clothing to wear, does life still suck so damn bad?”  As soon as we stopped hunting and […]

Posted in Pain and Suffering | Tagged , , , , , , | 16 Responses

Why Therapy Often Sucks

Therapy often sucks. Therapists, while they may have fancy credentials, often do not take the time to become expert at any particular technique. The result is they slosh around with you a little bit in a number of unfocused ways, and you go noplace, slowly.

Posted in Therapy and Psychotherapies | Tagged , , , , | 8 Responses