Linda Jame, LCSW

 
My Background
I am a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, but my most important training has been through mindfulness practice, acceptance practice, self-inquiry, and incisive dialogue which are all based on the ancient Eastern nondual wisdom philosophies of Chinese Taoism, Indian Advaita Vendanta thinking, and the Dzogchen and Madhyamika traditions of Buddhism.

For the last seventeen years I have been in private practice in Katonah, New York (one hour north of Manhattan), working with individuals, couples and groups.

After years of participating with others in their healing experiences, there are certain guiding precepts that seem important—heartfelt acceptance and mindfulness of the present moment. Yet, I would be remiss if I didn’t reiterate that the great, vast impersonal, unconditioned mystery of isness or suchness, the beingness that constantly unfolds, cannot be known, but as it is cultivated allows for healing. It is my devotion to what constantly unfolds but remains unknown that makes this work a practice for me.

My Work
Working in the present moment – being present to whatever arises – is difficult. It takes practice to breathe into the body’s holding of anxiety, anger, sadness, confusion, and the fears – our thoughts – that hold all of us back from fully living; BUT, what becomes available to us when we allow ourselves to acknowledge, allow and open to our embodied experience is a fresh, warm, friendly encounter with ourselves – right here, right now!

My clients and I practice a soft, mindful opening (using the breath) to observe what they are feeling. Watching a feeling means that you disconnect from the thoughts supporting a feeling and enter into an embodied awareness of the total experience without attachment.
Have you ever tried this? Once you do, you will notice that openness or awareness is much bigger and stronger than anything causing you to be anxious or unable to act. This discovery puts you in touch with your capacity for strength, kindness, stability and understanding. It also leads to spontaneous change!