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The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder
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Oct 14, 10

bookshelves: bio-and-memoir, spirituality
Read in October, 2010

This book starts with her writing a despairing love letter in her own blood and ends with her living in a Somerville Buddhist community. A riveting tale of mindfulness over madness and of support appearing when you need it. The generosity of her mom’s ex-boyfriend, for instance, is astounding. He finds her a safe haven and ensures that she remains safe. The Buddhism comes late in the book, prompted by the emphasis on mindfulness in her behavioral and cognitive therapy and her Buddhist muse is ironically a former tormentor. Despite the fact that she’s dealing with a serious mental illness, her practice of continually being mindful of her triggers and mind states to more wisely engage with her intense reactivity is universally applicable.
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