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17th of August 2017

The Altruistic Brain – Part 4: Sex, Caregiving and the Virtuous Circle.

Is there a link between sex, generosity and caregiving? According to Dr. Pfaff in his book The Altruistic Brain,  (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-altruistic-brain-9780199377466?cc=us&lang=en&) the possible neuronal basis of generosity is that it is intrinsically rewarding. He states: “Neuroscientists in Oregon found that using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the idea of charitable giving lights up the ‘reward center’ in the […]


11th of August 2017

Altruistic Brain – Part 3: How Altruistic Brain Theory Changes our Perceptions of Ourselves and Others.

As we saw in Part 2, empathy is our ability to understand the feelings of another, as if those feelings were our own, and to act accordingly.  Altruistic Brain Theory (ABT) https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-altruistic-brain-9780199377466?cc=us&lang=en& suggests that when we fundamentally understand that our well-being is synonymous with the well-being of others, we can build trust, create mutual benefit, […]


26th of July 2017

The Altruistic Brain – Part 2: How Heroism Happens or Are You Kidding Me? Who Does That?

Recently, forty people formed a human chain to reach and rescue a family swept up by a riptide on a Florida beach.  (http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/good-samaritans-form-human-chain-rescue-swimmers-caught/story?id=48564947)  I and my teenage son were once caught in a riptide, and I can tell you that it is impossible to swim to shore when the water is moving outward at 8 […]


17th of July 2017

The Altruistic Brain – Part 1: The Evolutionary Roots of Altruism or You May Not be as Selfish as You Imagine

  Why do people spontaneously risk their lives for strangers? In New York City, Wesley Autry jumped in front of a train to rescue a man who had fallen on the tracks. (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/03/nyregion/03life.html)  Why the hell did he do that? Based on the prevailing views of evolutionary biology, that was a really stupid thing to […]


1st of April 2017

Wanderer, Worshipper, Goal-Setter!

Spring is here!  This is a great time to reconnect to your desires, intentions and goals for the year.  Most people commit to resolutions at the beginning of the year and have the highest intentions to make the changes desired.  Life sneaks in and then, especially without structures to support you in continuing to take the steps […]


4th of March 2017

Diet: An Expanded View

Greg Tilden MFT Trainee (supervised by Renee Beck MFC21060) In a 2014 interview, poet and hip-hop artist Saul Williams discussed the idea of how one’s “musical diet” affects the music that one creates. It’s no question that eating healthy foods affects one’s mindset and overall mental health. But could it be that the media we […]


Spring Open Your Heart – Workshop and Kirtan!

Please join us as we celebrate Spring with an immersion into Bhakti Yoga! On Saturday, March 11 we will be hosting an international known Kirtan artist, Devadas, at the RC. The chanting/kirtan concert is at 7pm.. Before that, starting at 2pm, is a Spring Open Your Heart workshop. The afternoon will include a gentle heart […]


4th of February 2017

Living With Anxiety – A Journey Into Compassion

Brad Byrum MFT Trainee (Supervised By Stever Dallmann MFT51178) Everyone experiences anxiety. It is just part of being human. But, for some of us, anxiety is such a powerful force that it becomes our dominant inner reality, shaping how we experience ourselves and how we live our lives. So we adopt strategies to “manage” our […]


2nd of February 2017

6 Week Group for New Moms!

The therapists from Holistic Mama Support are starting another 6 week series for new moms.  The first group will meet in person on March 5th, then follow with one individual and one group call per week for 6 weeks.  This group is donation based, supporting the Liberation Institute.  For more info, please email info@holisticmamasupport.com   […]


30th of December 2016

Thank You

Mother Teresa said “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put in to giving.”  In a time when  people say money rules all, we say love and giving is a better answer.  Our organization includes a staff of over 70 people; Therapists, Yoga Teachers, Meditation Leaders, Supervisors, etc.  All of these wonderful people […]


23rd of December 2016

Light in Dark Days

Winter, the solstice, and the holidays can be a cozy time of connection and celebration, but for many of us this period is sad and challenging. Here at Libi our doors and hearts are open to those who need it. If you know someone in need, please have them contact us. You can also help […]


25th of November 2016

Urgent Community Campaign!

COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN! The need for accessible mental health services in our community has grown dramatically and we are scrambling to do everything we can to help. We now have over 70 volunteer therapists, teachers, and healers serving over 300 people every week! Meanwhile, our basic expenses, such as rent, utilities etc, continue to […]


20th of November 2016

A Step in the Right Direction

In our therapy clinic people often come in asking for help in getting out of old feelings they are stuck in. I tell them that the work ahead may be challenging and complex, but the basic map is simple. Change requires action. In my own journey I have learned this “inconvenient truth”: Old behaviors bring […]


YOU ARE LOVE

Please join us for our monthly gathering on the third Wednesday of each month to explore the teachings of Ram Dass and the unconditional love of his guru Neem Karoli Baba. This is a space for people to gather, share, and celebrate their curiosity of life, consciousness, and spirit. Every month has a new topic, […]


19th of November 2016

Opening Windows

“The Divine is like the wind: It enters through whatever window we open for it, and sometimes through cracks we didn’t know existed.” – Phillip Goldberg


HELPING HELPERS

The road for interning therapists can be a long, windy, tortuous, underpaid, nerve wracking experience. Since all of our Supervisors, Director and Assistant Director, have also had to do it themselves, they all understand. At Liberation we see many students, interns, and MFT’s who are dedicated to helping and healing the human race, all while […]


NEW WEBSITE!!!

We are grateful and thrilled to announce the premier of our new website! When we opened our doors in October 2008 I put together our first website on my old mac. That felt like quite an accomplishment for a guy who can barely write emails! As we grew I upgraded the site as best I […]


Were All Connected

Everyday around dusk, outside our main offices in SF, a flock of little black birds gathers on the wires to chirp, gloriously celebrating the day. This always reminds me of the symphony of transformation that happens with the work we do at Libi – people helping people in community. Here’s a video for a reminder […]


18th of November 2016

Research at the Liberation Institute

As a natural extension of our out-of-the box perspectives, our clinical staff creates and oversees a variety of research projects designed to study and support innovation in growth, healing, and freedom. Current Projects Include: A pilot study on music, chanting, meditation and the potential benefits to people with depression. Yoga therapy and efficacy for anxiety […]


13th of October 2016

Meditation linked to lower stress among prison inmates

Prisoners who practice transcendental meditation twice a day may experience less stress and fewer mental health issues than fellow inmates who don’t meditate, a small US study suggests. Previous research has linked this type of meditation involving mantras and mindfulness to reduced stress in a variety of populations at risk for mental health problems, including […]