Karen K Redding Ph.D.

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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The Borobudur Temple, located in Java, Indonesia is one of the most compelling places that I have ever visited.   It is not only a remarkable temple, but holds a palpable presence.  Considered  a sacred site,  this remarkable temple was built in the 9th Century and under ash for over 1000 years following the eruption […]

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As an artist, psychoanalyst, clinical social worker and world traveler I have explored some of the most remote regions of the globe as well as the human psyche.  My bodies of work Travels Through Humanity and, most recently, Citizens of the World are a culmination of both my personal and professional journey to experience the […]

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Becoming more acquainted with a Himba Tribal Woman in Namibia, Africa…beginning to enter HER world… These photographs were taken by a skilled world traveler, eco-tour guide, pilot, and photographer, Colin Bristow.   My family had the good fortune of securing Colin’s services as a professional guide to see the beauty and grandeur of Namibia in […]

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