Kaif Mahmood

Psychotherapist
M.Phil. in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; MA in Psycho-social Clinical Studies; MPhil in Religious Studies; MA in Comparative Religion

Languages

English

Where

In person and Online

Types of Methods

• Psychology - Psychotherapy - Counseling
• Movement - Somatics - Embodied Practices
• Meditation - Spiritual Guidance
• Coaching - Transformation - Philosophy

Working with

• Self-Guided
• One to one, personal
• Groups, teams and organisations


New Delhi

I am a psychotherapist working in private practice in New Delhi, India.

Over time, in my work, I have practised attending to our connection to the elements and the rhythms of nature as a determinant of our mental health.

By elements of nature, I mean all that constitutes nature from the mineral, animal, plant worlds. This could be the street dog outside one’s house, to the moon that shines far away in the sky.

By rhythms, I mean the changes our eyes, ears, skin can pick up in a somatic sense, such as the change from day to night, the changing shades of light in this transition.

With the gradual dissolution of a false self that we may have acquired in order to cope with early life trauma, a different self emerges which is in a state of interbeing with the elements and rhythms of nature.

Deep Adaptation is a contemporary expression of something we find in traditional religious eschatology as well as in writings in Jungian psychology that trace the history of consciousness – that human consciousness will, over the millennia, come to be structured in a way where a false self dominates it. A false self is characterised by a feeling of being small in oneself and isolated in relation to others. In the human story over millions of years, the emergence of such a self leads to an exploitative relationship with nature, gradually intensifying until there is a collapse of both the outer and inner worlds, from which a new beginning might be possible.

My understanding of DA comes from my own experience of living and struggling in this world. This raw experience has been helped in finding words and thoughts by the writings of J. Krishnamurti, particularly his notebook which speaks intimately of nature; a study of various religious traditions; the writings of Thomas Merton; and the Traditionalist School.

Since nature is infinite, and so is consciousness, I am only beginning to learn about the link between the two and how they relate to our species’ destiny on the earth, and particularly to our inner lives. There is much to understand better, and I hope to be able to both learn and contribute to this area.

 


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