Love Trumps Hate

Human beings need a certain level of suffering to wake up

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We were all delighted here at the Minded Institute to see Heather Mason's social media comments related to Trump's presidency expounded in this article in the Essential Daily Briefing News. Dr. Lesley Perman-Kerr writes,

"Bonding with others over a shared “enemy” can be enjoyable and humorous. Sharing the grief with others is comforting. However, constant, fearful speculation is damaging to our minds and bodies as we flood our systems with adrenaline and other stress hormones without using them up in action. We can end up feeling low, exhausted, helpless and hopeless.

Amongst all the negative posts on social media, a friend of mine, a wonderful teacher, Heather Mason of The Minded Institute gave us the benefit of learnings from her wise Buddhist teacher. He often said, “human beings need a certain level of suffering to wake up.”

Suffering is an opportunity to grow. It requires a willingness to question what the situation is asking of you and to spend time looking inward to find the true nature of things. In other words, the only healthy way to deal with difficult challenges is to develop a resilient mind-set and focus on what we can learn from shifts and changes in the world. We are no longer just a helpless spectator, but grounded and ready to deal with whatever happens".

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Love is always and ineffably stronger than hate, stronger than fear.

In love. Namaste.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS