Plunging Through the Clouds

Constructive Living Currents

Edited by David K. Reynolds

Subjects: Japanese Studies
Paperback : 9780791413142, 212 pages, January 1993
Hardcover : 9780791413135, 212 pages, February 1993

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Table of contents




1. Overview

David K. Reynolds

2. Morita and Naikan Therapies—Similarities

David K. Reynolds

3. The Water Books

David K. Reynolds

4. Constructive Living for the Well—Toward a Superior Life

Patricia Ryan Madson

5. Constructive Living, A First Look

Rami M. Shapiro

Constructive Living and Society

6. Constructive Living and Morita Therapy: Some Possible Applications to Child Rearing

Mary J. Puckett

7. Constructive Living for High School Students

Barbara Sarah and Perri Ardman

8. Morita's Principles and HIV Infection

Gregory Willms

9. Exploring Group Models for Teaching The Principles of Constructive Living

Gregg Krech

Constructive Living and Business

10. Constructive Living and Business

Mary J. Puckett

11. Doing a Good Job: Constructive Living Guidelines for Life at Work

Gregg Krech

Constructive Living and Reflection

Introduction to Naikan

12. The Practice of Naikan

Gregg Krech

13. Shidosha

Patricia Ryan Madson

14. Constructive Living Correspondence

Patricia Ryan Madson
Gregory Willms
Michael Whiteley
Marilyn Murray

15. Reflections on Reflection

Susan Jensen Kahn

Personal Experiences with Constructive Living

16. Just Doing it

Lynn Sanae Reynolds

17. Personal Experience with Morita Guidance

Henry Kahn

18. Constructive Living—Its Benefits

Michael Whiteley

19. Year-End Letter

Barbara Sarah

20. Some Comments on My Experience with Constructive Living

Jim Hutchinson

Historical Background

21. Morita Masatake: The Life of the Founder of Morita Therapy

David K. Reynolds

22. Yoshimoto Ishin: The Life of the Founder of Naikan

David K. Reynolds


Constructive Living Activities




Constructive Living brings together two psychotherapies—Morita and Naikan— and their associated lifeways. Both therapies were developed in this century, but their roots extend back hundreds of years in East Asian history. Morita was a professor of psychiatry at Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo. Yoshimoto was a successful businessman who retired to become a lay priest in Nara. Morita's method has it origins in Zen Buddhist psychology, and Yoshimoto's Naikan has its origins in Jodo Shinshu Buddhist psychology.

Neither of these systems requires that one believe in Buddhism or have faith in anything other than one's experience. They work as well for Christians and Moslems and Jews as for Buddhists. Both are built on the naturalistic observations of humans and careful introspection of their founders. Constructive Living isn't mystical or oriental, but practical and human.

David K. Reynolds directs the Constructive Living Center in Coos Bay, Oregon. He is the author of more than twenty books including Flowing Bridges, Quiet Waters: Japanese Psychotherapies, Morita and Naikan also published by SUNY Press.


"In the genre of self-help books, I believe that Constructive Living books offer the most useful, practical, and effective advice on how to live life well. Plunging Through The Clouds provides an overview of Constructive Living as presented by many different individuals. Seeing Constructive Living being used in different settings demonstrates its broad applicability to the western world in which we live. "— Henry J. Kahn, M. D.