Welcome to the Frontiers Summer edition! As summer arrives and energy levels are raised we become more aware of our experience as embodied, present beings. Summer is a time of externalization and extroversion – going outwards in order to meet the challenges of life and to live as fully in the world as possible. It is also the time of mania, ecstatic overload and grandiose inflation, which often needs to be grounded in order to be used creatively.
It is little surprise therefore that this edition has shaped up to focus mainly on the experiences of the body in the world and how this relates to psychotherapy and our mental health. We have two articles which specifically focus on how the body can be used in a holistic way, in order to support our inner world. First of all we have an article by Kelly Hearn on the combination of mindfulness and walking, which builds on centuries of Buddhist practice and contains information on how to carry out a meditation of your own at home. Secondly we have an introductory article by Yoga teacher Lisa Sanfillipo, on how yoga and psychotherapy can support each other and where they intersect as practices, this includes a review of some of the most important terminology, which can be incredibly useful when practicing as a transpersonal psychotherapist.
Summer is a time of externalization and extroversion – going outwards in order to meet the challenges of life and to live as fully in the world as possible. It is also the time of mania, ecstatic overload and grandiose inflation, which often needs to be grounded in order to be used creatively.
Beside these articles which focus on the body specifically we also have two important psychotherapists under the spotlight this issue – firstly Suzie Chick gives a report on a talk carried out by Ernesto Spinelli, one of the most important existential psychotherapists currently practicing in Europe as he promotes his new edition of his book – which I give my verdict on in this editions reviews.
Next I continue the focus on the body by looking at the work of Wilhelm Reich – the psychoanalyst and rebel who created body based psychotherapies in the west, as well as famously discovering ‘Orgone’ and having his books burnt by the US government.
Finally we also have a new set of original artworks created especially for this issue by Christian Opyrchal as well as a new dilemma for our readers, presenting difficult situations which you may encounter during your practice.
We hope that you enjoy reading this summer edition of Frontiers
Nick Opyrchal (Editor)