"Every life has a measure of sorrow.
Sometimes it is this that awakens us."
-- fromBuddha's Little Instruction Book
Each of us has known the steep turns in the road that can define our life. We all try to face these encounters squarely ... with courage, with dignity, and with a calm resolve that comes only from knowing that the best may be yet to come, by accepting that everything that has a beginning has an ending, and to make peace with that. Each of us struggles with the idea that while we cannot avoid change we can come to better accept it when it is our uninvited guest ... that our happiness will come from how well we are able to maneuver through those changes.
For those among us who face the fluctuating landscape that is a change in an important relationship, a struggle with failing health, for those who embark on a retirement at the end of a beloved career or who must confront the sorrow with the loss of a life partner, the future may seem dim. But, there is also the hope in what we can imagine for ourselves, faith in what we believe can be borne anew, and the awakened possibility of our own growth ... at any age. As the Buddha has said, even on a withered tree a flower can bloom. No matter how great the struggle, there is always a chance to begin again ... today.
Imagine for a moment your inner world free from struggle and suffering. Imagine that you've awakened to the possibilities of a life that may yet to be lived, that your life is growing and blossoming into what you've wanted for yourself. Imagine that by doing so, you or someone you love can now open their heart and with courage, experience the genuine emotional freedom that comes from conquering the battle. Imagine that you now can extend your loving kindness to yourself, find your compassionate center, and cherish the sacredness of you.
No matter what crisis you or someone you love is facing, there is always the possibility of transformation and renewal. This is the philosophy of my practice. If this sounds like what you want for yourself or for someone you love, call to make an appointment.
With love and kindness ... George Kraus, Ph.D.
Dr. George Kraus is a clinical and consulting psychologist who is in private practice in Pleasant Hill, California. He has two primary specialties: 1) depth-oriented individual and group psychotherapy and 2) the care of older adults, especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In 2010 and 2011, he was named Professor of the Year at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology, where he taught Geriatric Clinical Psychology. He is now on the graduate faculty of the Department of Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, where he teaches depth-oriented psychotherapy and Adult Development and Aging.
He is the author of At Wit's End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer's for Families and Clinicians, which was chosen for the 17th Edition of outstanding University Press Books and appears on the list of suggested textbooks by the American Psychological Association - Division 20: Adult Development and Aging for use by educators offering programs and courses on the psychology of older adults. He is also the author (with Gary Gemmill, Ph.D.) of A View from the Cosmic Mirror: Reflections of the Self in Everyday Life, which examines how we can use others as mirrors to explore the undiscovered parts of ourselves.
Dr. Kraus is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, board certified in Group Psychotherapy by the National Registry of Group Psychotherapists, a member of Psychologists in Long Term Care, and on the editorial board of Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal.
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