Zen of Play

The New Practice

A student asked Soen Nakagawa during a mediation retreat: “I am very discouraged. What should I do?”
Soen replied, “Encourage others.”

If you are discouraged, here is a chance to remedy those feelings by contributing, encouraging and showing up for others. Radical Zen work guaranteed.

In my other job as Director of Clinical Services for the East Bay Agency for Children, we are hosting a community playground build this Saturday for one of our special education programs for “emotionally disturbed” children. I put quotes around emotionally disturbed because it is language the behavioral health care system and the education system uses to classify these students. Indeed, they can be very disturbed and disturbing and what I love most about them is their fierce determination to ask questions of the world and not let us get away with pat answers.
“Why don’t you just let us play all day? We would…

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About jenlelandmft

Jen Leland is a licensed psychotherapist (MFT 42860) in Oakland, California. Through The New Practice, she offers psychotherapy and clinical coaching to those seeking new paths, new directions, new solutions and new practices during challenging times.
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