The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder

By Kiera Van Gelder

Kiera Van Gelder's first suicide try out on the age of twelve marked the onset of her struggles with drug dependancy, melancholy, post-traumatic pressure, self-harm, and chaotic romantic relationships-all of which finally resulted in doctors' belated prognosis of borderline character sickness 20 years later.

The Buddha and the Borderline is a window into this mysterious and debilitating , an unblinking portrayal of 1 woman's struggle opposed to the emotional devastation of borderline character illness. This haunting, intimate memoir chronicles either the devastating interval that ended in Kiera's eventual analysis and her inspirational restoration via remedy, Buddhist spirituality, and some on-line dates long past flawed. Kiera's tale sheds mild at the inner most fight to rework affliction into compassion for herself and others, and is key analyzing for all trying to comprehend what it actually capability to get well and reclaim the will to dwell.

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W hen all those questions arise, you are reacting to hearing the sound o f emptiness resounding in your mind. It is empty in the sense that there is no content in meditation. I’m not speaking literally about hearing a sound but about a reaction to slowing down and emptying out. Your reaction, or the echo o f emptiness, may take the form o f anticipation, anxiety, or questioning. Your mind begins to question what is going on because it’s not used to the stillness. It will start to manufacture all kinds o f entertainment.

We have never m et ourselves properly or spent this kind o f time w ith ourselves before. O f course, we take time for ourselves; we go off to the country or the ocean for a vacation. We make little handicrafts or we read some­ thing. We cook, we talk, we take a walk, or we swim. We never ju st sit with ourselves. It’s a difficult thing to do. We are accomplishing something by being there properly, within the framework o f the technique. T he technique is simple enough that it doesn’t entertain us.

O r your breathing might be quite shallow. It doesn’t really matter. Just feel your existing natural breathing. Sit quietly and listen to your breathing. To begin with, just listen to it. In that way you can settle down for a few minutes. W hen you feel a little familiar with the breath, w ithout straining too much, put your attention on the outbreath. Go out w ith the outbreath. Outbreath is an experience o f the life force. You just let go. You follow the outbreath very simply. Go along with it.

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