“Do I Tweet because I’m happy, or am I happy because I Tweet?”  

To my own surprise, I have come to embrace Tweeting as something of an art form.  Like haiku or bonsai, a limitation in form (in this case, 140 characters) can sometimes increase the potency of one’s creation.

 

In fact, a few years ago I took this artistic challenge to a new level: I made a game of constructing each and every Tweet I Tweeted using exactly 140 characters  -- not one more or one less [yes, there is a diagnosis for this :)].

 

As you have probably gleaned through visiting other pages on this website, my practice of psychology is very consciously tinged with an awareness of the sacred (a.k.a. “spiritual”) dimension of life.

 

Please know that “my” Tweets will often address matters outside the realm of what is traditionally considered the purview of western psychology.*

 

*though I promise I will never stoop to the level of telling you with whom I’m having lunch, or where you can go to buy Tony Rooney merch... :)

To peruse the entire set:

  Here are some (precisely 140 character) samples:  

 

05-12

140

Wherever u go, there u are [which wouldn’t b so bad, if it weren’t for the conditioned mind insisting on tagging along most of the time :)].

 

 

05-11

140

Peace does not arise from the fulfillment of desires, but from the forgetting of them [which is sometimes brought @ by their fulfillment :)]

 

 

05-10

140

Just figured out the solution 2 all political conflict: We all look in a mirror & c we’re more like “them” than we thot it was safe 2 admit…

 

 

05-09

140

Of all creatures on Earth, only we humans are capable of believing that some other reality could b possible (or preferable 2 the 1 that is!)

 

 

05-08

140

Recognizing that fear need not be converted into anger is a giant step in the process of evolution that might allow us 2 continue to evolve.

 

 

05-07

140

No matter how far you’ve traveled in the wrong direction, now is the best time to turn around.  [My variation on an ancient Turkish proverb]

 

 

05-02

140

Today is an opportunity 2 find some ways 2 be just a bit more free from fear than I was yesterday  [as stories go, this ain’t a bad one :)].

 

 

05-01

140

I am beginning 2 suspect that being happy has more 2 do w/ releasing things that thwart happiness, than w/ acquiring things that provide it.

 

 

04-30

140

Who is my “spiritual teacher”?   Any human being in my vicinity whose heart happens 2 be a bit more relaxed&open than mine is at the moment…

   

 

04-29

140

How @ this: sticking w/ the truth, whether it's pleasant or unpleasant – and standing by your word, whether it's convenient or inconvenient?

 

 

04-28

140

"Thinking positive" sure does feel better than "thinking negative" – but how @ just aiming to see & relate with things as they actually ARE?

 

 

04-26-2012

140

Unfortunately, some of me still believes I need to keep a battalion of fear deployed in my body at all times in order to ensure my survival.

 

 

04-25

140

When fear arises, I aim to ask myself: “Is this fear actually relevant to this present situation?” (Hint: the answer is almost always “no.”)

 

 

04-24

140

All my best epiphanies lately have something 2 do w/ recognizing that fear is more optional-& less necessary-than I had previously imagined.

 

 

04-21

140

There is nothing in me that needs 2 b “overcome.” (There are plenty of things in me, however, that could use a little kindness & inclusion…)

 

 

04-20

140

My current favorite snappy answer 2 the question “What’s up?”: “Half of everything” & 2 the query “What’s happening?”: “Everything at once”

 

 

04-19

140

Believing that the world is (or should be) designed 2 provide us with what we think we want brings about more suffering than not getting it.

 

 

04-18

140

As my heart relaxes & opens, a voice in me says “Don’t let it show – if you do, other people will realize how scrunched up you were before!”

 

 

04-13-2012

140

Punishment doesn't teach us anything  (except 2 live in fear -- and to develop more & more complex strategies 2 attempt 2 avoid punishment).

 

 

04-11

140

Whenever suffering arises, ask yourself: “What am I engaged in resisting right now?” – and see what happens if you simply let it be instead.

 

 

04-09

140

Just read an awesome quote on a teabag tag: “The taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends.”  (Man, that is poetic & true - & useful, 2!)

 

 

04-07-2012

140

A recipe 4 waking up: Be aware of the sensations of Life Energy arising in your body NOW (not so much what your mind has to say about them).

 

 

04-06-2012

140

A golf meta4: Finding reasons 4 breaking 1’s word is like knocking yr ball around in the rough, instead of hitting it back on2 the fairway…

 

 

04-04

140

Basic human goodness is simply making its way to the surface here;  I am no more in charge of this than is the earth of a flower blossoming.

 

 

04-03

140

The deeper wounds we’ve incurred in the context of real, human relationships can only be healed in the context of real, human relationships.

 

 

04-02

140

A useful axiom: If you dedicate some time 2 actively noticing whatever is happening within you that you consider beautiful, it will blossom…

 🦠😮🤭😱

As you may have noticed, "things are different now."

 

The advent of COVID-19 has pretty much required that psychotherapeutic encounters take place in the realm of remote digital communication -- at least for now.

Although I first assumed this would significantly weaken the power of the psychotherapeutic encounter in general, I have been happily surprised to discover that there are both disadvantages AND advantages to this medium of communication and connection.

Given a sane choice, I would much prefer to meet in person.  However, for the time being, my assessment of the downside risk of possible infection renders meeting in person highly undesirable, if not downright unethical (for one thing, my wife and office partner has a compromised immune system, which makes it out of the question for me to risk becoming a carrier).

We can utilize the platform of your choice (Skype, FaceTime, zoom -- or my HIPAA compliant web portal).  

 

I will make some suggestions about how to maximize our sense of connectedness with some simple adjustments...

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