Karen K Redding Ph.D.

The Gallery at the Susi Q, located at the Laguna Beach Community and Senior Center recently extended a ‘Call for Artists’ to submit a piece of artwork with a love letter attached to it that expresses a sentiment or experience of love in its many facets. I selected this photograph, taken in the Amazonian Rainforest in […]

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Here we are, in the midst of the holidays, be that Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights; Christmas, the birth of Christ; Bodhi Day, the  Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment; and the start of the New Year. Another holiday that has been considered by anthropologists as one […]

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I will be teaching an 8-Week Mindful Self Compassion class, beginning on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 4:30-7 PM at the OM Studio in Laguna Beach.   The class series will end on Thursday,  March 1st .  Missing a class or two is not a problem, given the Weekly Recaps and Homework Exercises. Each of the 2.5 hour sessions […]

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The lotus flower is a powerful symbol of transformation.  Without muddy, soiled, murky waters, a lotus flower would not bloom.  Its roots grow from conditions that are soiled and not pure.Similarly, the places in each of us that look or feel ‘soiled’ or imperfect can be a breeding ground for beauty, compassion, and wisdom to […]

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(This photograph was taken on Main Beach in Laguna Beach and constructed by the artist, Larry Martin, from San Clemente, CA).   So, it’s March, and we are STILL talking about love, but from a different angle.  Namely, what BLOCKS love? I so appreciate Sharon’s Salzberg’s teaching that suggests:   ‘Loving kindness is NOT a feeling. […]

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It’s February and you know what that means…the presence of hearts, anywhere and everywhere, given the ever-increasing attention to Valentine’s Day.  Love is certainly something to celebrate, but is our attention to love only about ‘romantic’ love? There are SO MANY ways to love and receive love.  Frequently, given different conditions in our life, it is hard, sometimes painful, and […]

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The start of the New Year is generally filled with new or expired goals to begin anew; hopes for the future;  and / or a ‘resolve’ to make the new year, better, somehow.    What if our New Year resolution was NOT about a result, per se, but more about a development…a cultivation of something?   […]

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  In both the practices of psychotherapy and meditation we aim to see things more clearly so that we can see the intrinsic nature of things as well as the universal aspects of experience.  Often, given our habits of mind and less recognized biases and fears, we really don’t see things as THEY are.  We see […]

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When I travel to ‘far away’ places to see and visit people in different parts of the world, I try to not only ‘see’ the person, but to feel what is present in the face, the gestures, and the verbal and non-verbal exchange. Sometimes people are surprised and curious about my interest in them. Mostly, […]

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