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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Oct 14th 2010

When we’re struggling with any myriad of life’s challenges such as stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD and trauma we can feel pretty isolated and alone. Stories hurl through our minds saying “I’m not good enough,” “Nobody understands me,” or “Nothing’s going to change.” What’s interesting is that the net result of these thoughts is feeling more isolated and alone.

In The Places That Scare You, Pema Chodron writes:

“A young woman wrote to me about finding herself in a small town in the Middle East surrounded by people jeering, yelling, and threatening to throw stones at her and her friends because they were Americans. Of course, she was terrified, and what happened to her is interesting. Suddenly she identified with every person throughout history who had ever been scorned and hated. She understood what it was like to be despised for any reason: ethnic group, racial background, sexual preference, gender. Something cracked wide open, and she stood in the shoes of millions of oppressed people and saw with a new perspective. She even understood her shared humanity with those who hated her.”

Read in Full:  http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=40662&cn=5



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