Steven Tierney explores the many ways that our trust has been broken by our upbringing, by society, and even ourselves, especially when we do not fit in or are considered to be different.
Some of the tools we can utilize to repair broken trust include:
1. Mantra practice – to soothe, remain grounded and present in the moment.
2. Cultivate an enlightened witness to our lives (a spiritual friend, or kalyana mitta) who can recount not just our struggles, but remind us of the good that we have done.
Steven Tierney is a Professor Emeritus of Counseling Psychology at CIIS. Steven began his Buddhist practice in 1993 and is now an ordained priest in the Soto Zen lineage of Suzuki Roshi.
He is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco, specializing in addiction and recovery, life transitions and resilience. His therapeutic approaches are grounded in mindfulness-based, trauma-informed therapies. He is the co-founder and CEO of the San Francisco Mindfulness Foundation.
Dr. Tierney is a certified suicide prevention and intervention trainer and offers community-based workshops to promote safer, healthier communities.