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Sorry, guy, but there's nothing new here. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Buddha taught this, although I'll grant you that he didn't have a website. But there are dozens of sites online that teach meditation, mindfulness, altered-attention, self-hypnosis, etc. It's fine to add yours to the list. But it is incredibly arrogant and foolish to claim that you are "The One."

Nevertheless, I would not have bothered to comment here if it were not for your incredibly misinformed assertion that we can "prepare" for tragedy. If you believe that, it is because you have never experienced a real tragedy yourself. No matter how many times a day you meditate and no matter how skilled you are at calming your mind, tragedy blows you apart from the inside out. The only thing mindfulness or other meditative practice does is teach you that you can separate the pain from who you are. That's a lot. But telling people that they can somehow make the gut-wrenching agony of great loss any better than it is is just a big fat lie.

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Jeff Skolnick, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington.


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