Gregg Krech Author, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-reflection (2002)| Author, A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness (2004, 2011)| Author, A Finger Pointing to the Moon (2000)| Editor, Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living (1993-Present)| Director, ToDo Institute (Vermont) (1992-Present)

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The Power of Water

This year we are receiving a very painful lesson about the power water – first, the tsunami in Japan and now more recently, in areas of Vermont which have experienced record-breaking flooding because of Hurricane Irene.  The power of water lies in its fluidity, which allows it to go around anything it encounters.  With few…

Make Effort, Not Outcomes, Your Focus

Make Effort, Not Outcomes, Your Focus by Gregg Krech Whenever we’re facing a challenging situation, one of the wisest things we can do is take a few minutes to distinguish between what’s controllable and what isn’t controllable. This is one of the key elements of psychiatrist Shoma Morita’s work and it’s an example of how…

Where East Meets West: Morita Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Where East Meets West: Morita Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) By Dr. Richard Blonna Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), is a “third-generation” form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) that became prominent in the Western psychotherapeutic community in the early 2000’s in America (Hayes, 2004, 2005). In many ways, ACT is remarkably similar in…

Arugamama: The Challenge of Acceptance

Arugamama: The Challenge of Acceptance by Gregg Krech Morita Therapy is sometimes referred to as the “Psychology of Action” and most people use it as a tool for getting things done. But there is a less obvious, and especially profound side to Morita therapy that addresses a very different issue—the difficulty many of us have…