By a process of training in the acquisition of insight Shudosho encourages us to behave in a ways that lead to self discovery, appreciation and acceptance
Shudosho is a form of self development based on a fusion of 3000 year old philosophy with 21st century neuroscience. It represents a meeting point of ancient Vedanta and Buddhism with absolutely contemporary brain imaging and neuroscience and the overlapping ideology is quite astonishing.
Shudosho is a programme for those who suffer with anxiety or depression but also for those with generalised unhappiness often described as 'an intellectual dissatisfaction with life' or 'existential emptiness'. This itself often leads to anxiety, depression and an 'aching unsatisfactoriness' with life which seems empty and unfulfilling.. The tormenting pain of depression lies in the unceasing anxiety that usually accompanies it. Chronic anxiety itself often leads to acute depression. Modern life is increasingly stressful and many traditional social supports are now absent. The diagnosis of anxiety-depression is now widespread. Millions of people are on antidepressants and tranquillising medication. Existential anxiety-depression is becoming universal with more people now experiencing the emptiness and loneliness of what seems to be an increasingly meaningless existence. It is the societal epidemic of our time.
Shudosho is a self-psychology which means its focus is on the way we express our selves in our personal and social lives. 'Self' is an elusive construct. Most of us have no clear idea of what our self actually is, although we would defend our self vigorously against any suggestion of that being the case. We are afraid of being exposed by the truth. We commonly confuse what we do with who we are. For instance we often identify with our occupations. We invest much psychological energy in ensuing that our 'doing self' survives against threats that mostly do not exist except in our minds. Our genuine,real self on the other hand becomes starved of nourishment. Our fundamental basis for being withers and we become fragile and vulnerable. Our lives become more and more precarious and unstable.
It is for this reason that the statistics show such alarming increases in the prevalence of anxiety and depression in the contemporary world. Young people particularly are represented in these numbers. They are psychologically vulnerable and fall prey to this modern dis-ease and they bear the brunt of the resulting unhappiness. Just look around you and you will see ample evidence of this.