“Things Keep Getting Scarier. He Can Help You Cope.” (NYT, 4/13/20)

This recent New York Times article may be of interest to those of us trying to cope in these uncertain times.  Here’s the introduction:

In this turbulent moment, a lot of us — myself included — are feeling fear, anxiety and grief. And a lot of us, I suspect, could use some help managing those difficult emotions and thoughts. I had been wanting to talk to someone who could answer that question with practicality and steadying wisdom, so I got in touch with Jack Kornfield, whose work has offered that to me and a great many others over the years. A clinical psychologist and author whose books have sold over a million copies, Kornfield is one of America’s true mindfulness pioneers, a man who helped popularize the once-exotic practices he learned more than 50 years ago when he began training as a Buddhist monk. “Epidemics are a part of the cycle of life on this planet,” Kornfield said. “The choice is how we respond. With greed and hatred and fear and ignorance? Or with generosity, clarity, steadiness and love?”

Read the full article here:

Things Keep Getting Scarier.  He Can Help You Cope
By David Marchese
New York Times
April 13, 2020