My own experience and journey has highlighted love as the ground from which all other feelings arise. It appears to me that we feel angry because someone has transgressed our boundaries, for example, or that we feel grief because we have lost something or someone, and that none of this would arise if we did not in fact love ourselves and deem ourselves worthy of love, respect, happiness and safety. The thing that appeals to me about psychodynamic therapy is that it arguably centres feeling as the primary unit of experience. Now, this framing may well be rooted in my own bias, but for me the place where psychodynamic therapy and my own eastern spiritual heritage appear to connect is in the understanding that the thing that animates us, the thing that does all things, does them all through feeling.
For me, psychodynamic therapy is the sharpest tool in the therapist's toolbox for cutting through all of the defences we develop to keep ourselves separated from our experience of feeling and therefore our experience of that thing which animates us - ultimately, from our experience of the feeling of love, the feeling of the benevolent universe itself.
Thoughts on Therapy and Mental Health