As we struggle to slowly find our way out of lockdown, Manu has noticed that many of us find ourselves caught in a gridlock of reactivity and survival. We do not act on the world; we react, trying to find ways to manage one natural disaster after another. We do not live; we survive. It is in this context that Manu will address the concept of ‘self-care’, an oft-quoted term in psychotherapy. He will state that, in this context, self-care represents an important, if misleading, contribution to the pervasive ideology of survival, the politics of injury, and the resurgence of the atomised struggling individual who alone is held responsible while systemic and corporate abuses are ignored. Drawing on Zen Buddhism, and Foucault’s lectures at the College de France, he will argue that ‘self-care’ is a distortion of askesis – ‘care of self’, an ongoing practice of mind and body aimed at nurturing our freedom and dignity as individuals and also directly linked to ethics, to relating better to others.
About the presenter
Born in Southern Italy and based in the UK since 1990, Manu is an author, psychotherapist/supervisor in private practice and an internationally recognised lecturer and facilitator. His background is philosophy and rock music. He has studied Eastern contemplative practices since 1980 and in 2004 was ordained in the Soto and Rinzai tradition of Zen Buddhism. Among his books: Re-Visioning Existential Therapy: Counter-traditional Perspectives (Routledge,2020) Nietzsche and Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2019); Re-visioning Person-centred Therapy: Theory and Practice of a Radical Paradigm (2018); Zen and Therapy: Heretical Perspectives (2017) Therapy and the Counter-tradition: the Edge of Philosophy (2016); After Mindfulness (2014); Spectre of the Stranger: towards a Phenomenology of Hospitality(2012); Buddha is Dead: Nietzsche and the Dawn of European Zen (2006);. He was editor of Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies Journal, is associate editor of Self & Society – Journal of Humanistic Psychology and is a regular contributor to several international psychology magazines and journals.
Date: 30 September 2021 19:00-20:30
Location: online via zoom (registrants will receive an invitation to participate and all the details they require in advance of the date)
These webinars are part of the Global Conversations 2nd series. All are 1.5 hours and all are featured on the page linked below.
Cost: $100 for each or $320 for all 5.
CPD Hours: This event counts as 1.5 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements
For full details regarding the event please go to the website.