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Re: Saito Therapy Alii

Posted by IsoM on May 18, 2002, at 20:55:02

In reply to Re: Morita Therapy/Saito Therapy (long) BeARdEdLaDY, posted by Alii on May 18, 2002, at 12:41:50

Oh, I agree with you, Alii - Mr. Saito's advice does sound overly simplistic. He found something that worked wonderfully for him & then assumed that this same technique would work just as well for everyone else suffering from anxiety? No one needs any medication ever?

The idea of going to work or school without any preparations would be a disaster for me, whether or not I was feeling anxious. I'm far too absent-minded & forgetful. I'd always have left something valuable behind or forgot to do something before I left. The times I've not checked, I generally have forgotten something needed.

Do not read books or info about your disorder? Ignorance of your problems is better than understanding it? Maybe for him. For me, it's enabled me to develop strategies to deal with my foibles.

Change your life style completely. That's the easiest of them all, isn't it? Yeah, right!

I have taken aspects of Zen & adapted the ideas for my own life without being aware that these ideas were even based on Zen. I read about it years later. I noticed too many people were so concerned (myself included) with what tomorrow or the future would be like that they forgot the enjoyment of the present moment. I think in Buddhism, it's something about living in the present moment you're in. My own personal nature makes it easy to do. I get distracted by little things very easily so every small bird that flies across my vision, a scent of flowers, the swishing of the tree's leaves in the wind, all those sorts of things matter a great deal to me & constantly draw my attention & enjoyment back to the moment.

But the other ideas are so strange to my nature that they would only serve to increase my anxiety, not to alleviate it. Shows how individual each of us are. I've adapted diff things for myself but I don't for a moment believe that my outlook on life would make anyone else feel good unless their brain worked the same as mine.




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