About Lucinda Sykes M.D.
Hello! I'm Lucinda Sykes -- a medical doctor and psychotherapist based in Toronto, Canada. I've taught medical programs of mindfulness since 1997. My background is in the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung.
In Toronto, I've been the director of Meditation for Health -- a private, community-based clinic teaching medical programs of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). More than 6000 patients have attended our Meditation for Health programs. [visit Meditation for Health]
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What is JOYFUL AFTER 50?
JOYFUL AFTER 50 is my online outreach to women in the second half of life -- especially women wanting to regain their natural happiness and peace of mind.
These days, women often tell me they're feeling anxious, uncertain. "I start thinking, worrying." "It's hard just to relax."
Their mind gets preoccupied or distracted -- busy with issues they can't change, problems that can't be solved. They get absorbed in negative thinking that leads nowhere, maybe regretting, blaming themselves, reliving stories of the past, or worrying fruitlessly about the future. Often there's a particular theme they return to, over and over again.
Such a distracted, busy mind is tiring -- it's not helpful.
Sometimes these thoughts are self-criticism -- maybe a preoccupation with diet, self-correction, self-improvement. Many women feel chronically dissatisfied with themselves as they are.
They often tell me it's hard to be calm at the end of the day, difficult to fall asleep, or they awaken in the night with anxious thoughts.
And this can affect family life. Even when they feel anxious or uncertain, at other times, they get impatient, irritable, or fault-finding with family members or others they care about.
Sometimes, the problem is complicated by compulsion or addiction, or ongoing dependence on medication that seems to mask the problem, but brings risk or side-effects, long-term.
This type of anxious mind is often worse in times of transition -- the woman has had to deal with inevitable change; or she's been shocked by disappointment, betrayal or loss; or she may be in recovery, 'starting over'.
Whatever the source of the transition, the woman is now called upon to find her way into new life, to adapt, to grow -- to flower again.
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The JOYFUL AFTER 50 Approach
JOYFUL AFTER 50 points to a woman's natural capacity for mindful awareness in the 'Feminine' -- the stable, age-old foundation of woman's psychology -- a quality of awareness that's often overlooked or undervalued in modern life.
By cultivating mindful Feminine awareness, a woman returns home to herself. She grounds again in the natural wisdom that is a woman's birthright.
Sometimes women say that mindful Feminine awareness feels like a 'remembering' -- they reconnect with the basic, open awareness they remember experiencing first in childhood. Sometimes they're reminded of early childhood happiness they had when in the natural world.
Women can cultivate this healthy inner side of themselves by following simple methods of mindful awareness and Feminine insight, as developed within Analytical Psychology.
Analytical Psychology (sometimes called 'Jungian' psychology) is the branch of psychology first established by Swiss psychiatrist, C.G. Jung.
Analytical psychology emphasizes the 'Feminine Principle' -- a crucial factor in the psychological well-being of modern woman. [see Feminine Bibliography]
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Why JOYFUL AFTER 50?
A woman wants to experience the joy of being alive, the beauty, the pleasure, the wisdom.
She wants to guide herself optimistically, with skill and clear thinking.
She wants to act wisely, staying true to her heart and values.
In this way, she follows the path of Feminine awareness.
"What distinguishes the Jungian approach to developmental psychology from virtually all others is the idea that even in old age we are growing toward realization of our full potential'
-- Anthony Stevens, Jung: A Very Short Introduction
Lucinda Sykes M.D. - Formal Education & Training
- B.Sc. in biological sciences (with honours), University of Alberta
M.D. (with honours), University of Toronto
Certificate of Theoretical Knowledge in Analytical Psychology, CG Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland
- analysis & training with Jungian analyst, Marion Woodman (10 years)
- analysis & supervision with Jungian analysts, Fraser Boa and Daryl Sharp (5 years)
- 20 educational & residential training events with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, & colleagues at The Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts (1996-2016)