Pain is inevitable, Suffering is not


So much of our perspective of health is wrapped around a faulty premise.

We’ve been led to believe that healing is equivalent to curing (any disease) or fixing (any obstacles that arise). But some situations in our life are so unwieldy and overwhelming that they are un-resolvable with our current approach.  The very idea that we could remain healthy while stricken with cancer is considered patently absurd, yet the truth of the matter is that our health is so much more than the physical realm alone. Real health also includes our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being as well.  If we ignore those aspects of our life when defining “healing”, we limit ourselves to a very constrained, conditional notion of health that offers no long-term solace.  

A Model of Unconditional Health

Spiritual Health

Mental Health

Emotional Health

Physical Health

(Curing or Fixing)

In truth, genuine health and well-being is unconditional, omnipresent, and inherent to human beings, no matter what circumstances befall us. 


The means for realizing that and working with the entire range of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health is a path I call Unconditional Healing. 

Based on my thirty-five years as a Buddhist teacher, and my twenty years of working with a chronic illness, I have developed a body of teachings known as Unconditional Healing, These teachings represent a unique approach toward lessening suffering when faced with those painful, unavoidable situations that rock our world. Unconditional Healing flips our view of illness, chaos and pain on its head, because it sees them as opportunities rather than calamities. Adversity awakens us out of our sleepy complacency, and brings a sense of urgency and focus to our lives. It helps us discriminate the essential from the superficial.  Many have used the path of Unconditional Healing to make a fresh start in their life, a “reboot” moment to become more present, more empathetic and compassionate, and more open to their deepest sense of self.

But it takes courage, support and a willingness to question many of our assumptions about health and well-being.  If you’d like to learn more, below are some resources for beginning to tread the Unconditional Healing Path.


Introduction to Unconditional Healing


Introduction to Unconditional Healing
Overcoming the Need for Certainty
The Role of Gratitude
Getting off the Hope and Fear Treadmill
Getting Stuck, Getting Unstuck: Using the Energy of Negativity to Awaken and Heal
Coming Back to the Body: Working with Difficult Emotions 
When Things Don't Go Our Way: The Wisdom of Adversity
Establishing a Healthy Relationship with the Body
Adopting a Sane Outlook


The View of Unconditional Healing  - Living in the Unknowable Now.
Working with Adversity
The Mental Aspect of Healing
Embodied Meditation Practice


Suggested Readings 

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