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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: c. Individual Integration of Desire Practices

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44194


Individual integration of desire practices work on reducing the immediate press of conflict in our experience. This can be initially through ethical observance focused on dealing with major conditions that produce conflict, such as addiction. Some everyday practices, such as ordinary recreation, help to prepare the ground by reducing the stress of inner conflict to some degree. Bodywork, mindfulness and psychotherapy, however, provide much more direct and focused methods for reducing conflicts of desire in immediate individual experience.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'