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Dr. Shauna Shapiro is a professor, best-selling author, clinical psychologist, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and compassion. She has published over 150 journal articles and 3 critically acclaimed books translated into 16 languages. Her most recent book is called, Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy.

In this episode, Eric and Shauna Shapiro talk about how we can cultivate transformative mindfulness through daily practices that nurture kindness and compassion towards ourselves.

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In This Interview, Dr. Shauna Shapiro and I Discuss Transformative Mindfulness and…

  • Her book, Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy
  • How she first learned the idea that what you practice grows stronger
  • Why your attitude and how you pay attention is so important when it comes to mindfulness
  • 3 pillars of mindfulness
  • What she learned from studying shame
  • The effectiveness of self-compassion
  • The ways mindfulness prepares the mind for learning
  • The difference between mindfulness and meditation
  • What your mood in the morning and your mood in the evening says about your longevity
  • The question you can ask yourself in the morning to prime your mind to look for the good throughout the day
  • The ways mindfulness can lose its transformative power
  • Self-improvement vs Self-liberation
  • How perfection is the antithesis of evolution
  • The benefits of a regular meditation practice
  • Her practice of “Good Morning, I Love You”

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Oct 13, 2020

357: Raising an Aging Parent with Dr. Ken Druck

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Dr. Ken Druck is a leading mental health expert in the areas of civility, relationships, and aging. Ken writes regularly for the national press and he is the author of several books including the one discussed in this episode, Raising an Aging Parent: Guidelines for Families in the Second Half of Life.

In this episode, Eric and Dr. Ken Druck talk about caring for an aging parent, finding meaning after great loss, helping ourselves receive the love that’s offered to us, and how to live through the difficult nature of the difficult situations we will face in our lives. 

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In This Interview, Dr. Ken Druck and I Discuss Raising an Aging Parent, and…

  • His book, Raising an Aging Parent: Guidelines for Families in the Second Half of Life
  • Standing in the ashes of your “Plan A” in life
  • The tragedy of the death of his daughter
  • The choice to make your pain the central organizing principle of your life or choosing a life where purpose and meaning are the central organizing principles
  • Our wholeness coming out of brokeness
  • How aging is grieving the loss of our younger self and accepting yourself as you are today
  • Living in a “both-and” rather than an “either-or” world
  • That when we care for an aging parent, we’re giving life back to the parents that gave life to us
  • Giving our parents the good things we have in our hearts to give as they face some of the biggest challenges of their lives
  • The importance of being a healthy caregiver and not becoming a “slave caregiver”
  • Figuring out what is “enough” as a caregiver
  • Allowing ourselves to receive the love as our parents offer it, rather than waiting for the way we want it
  • Figuring out what stands in the way of us receiving other people’s love, gratitude, and generosity
  • Showing ourselves compassion in moments of difficult decisions
  • The work and legacy of an aging parent
  • Putting our house in order

Dr. Ken Druck Links:

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Oct 06, 2020

356: Julia Cameron on Finding Your Creativity

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Julia Cameron is an American teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, and much more. She is best known for her book, “The Artist’s Way.

In this episode, in addition to discussing her book, “The Artist’s Way,” Eric and Julia talk about finding your creativity and her famous practice known as “Morning Pages.”

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In This Interview, Julia Cameron and I Discuss Finding Your Creativity and…

  • Her book, “The Artist’s Way
  • Her many strategies for feeding her good wolf
  • Creative recovery is the process of tracking back to our original selves
  • Creativity as a spiritual practice
  • “Morning Pages” is her daily practice of writing 3 pages longhand about anything that is on your mind first thing in the morning
  • The importance of writing no more or no less than the 3 pages.
  • Morning pages are aimed at moving out of inertia into action.
  • Learning to write past our inner critic is how we train ourselves to move past fear
  • Cloud thoughts are the thoughts that drift into your consciousness that are not connected to anything
  • Morning pages are your tough love friend and are not meant to be reread
  • Creativity can come from happiness as well as pain
  • The reward for paying attention is a sense of well being that counters loneliness
  • “Artist Dates” are expeditions out of your house that you find delightful or brings you joy
  • The myth that artists are born and not made
  • How perfectionism stands between you and your creativity
  • The process of creativity is more important than the end product
  • Moving past perfectionism with your morning pages
  • Walking is another important creative tool 
  • The secret doubt is our skeptical sense that a higher power isn’t interested in us.
  • The voice of guidance is kind, intuitive, truthful, and supportive

Julia Cameron Links:

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James Kingsland is a science and medical journalist with 25 years of experience working for publications such as New Scientist, Nature, and, most recently, The Guardian. On his own blog, Plastic Brain, he writes about neuroscience and Buddhist psychology. 

In this episode, Eric and James Kingsland discuss his book, Am I Dreaming: The Science of Altered States from Psychedelics to Virtual Reality and Beyond.

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In This Interview, James Kingsland and I Discuss the Neuroscience Behind Our Reality, and…

  • His book, Am I Dreaming: The Science of Altered States from Psychedelics to Virtual Reality and Beyond
  • What the best neuroscience tells us about how the brain works
  • That we don’t see the world directly, objectively as it is
  • Our experiential reality as a combination of what we expect to see and the feedback from what our senses are telling us is there
  • Prediction Error Coding
  • How the brain mainly pays attention when you surprise it
  • That the Buddha discovered that we see a conditioned view of the world
  • The types of things that go wrong in the brain
  • Viewing mental illness and addiction through the prediction functionality of the brain
  • How altered states can help when things go wrong in the brain
  • Expanded the flexibility of the brain
  • What happens in the brain during sleep and dreaming 
  • His experience with hypnosis
  • Active Inference

James Kingsland Links:

Plasticbrainblog.com

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Dr. Judith Grisel is a professor of Psychology at Bucknell University. Judith is a behavioral neuroscientist with a particular interest in addiction. Her work includes trying to determine what is different about people who develop drug addictions before they ever try a drug. 

In this episode, Judith and Eric discuss her book, “Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction” where she shares her personal experience of overcoming addiction as well as her passion for research into the neuroscience of addiction.

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In This Interview, Judith Grisel and I Discuss the Neuroscience of Addiction, and…

  • Her book, Never Enough:  The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction”  
  • Channeling her strong will and enthusiasm for addiction into recovery 
  • Focusing on what she wanted rather than what she didn’t want
  • The complexity of addiction is there are so many factors that lead to it
  • Nature via nurture as well as the inherited risks of addiction
  • The increased risk of teenagers with addictive disorders when using drugs or alcohol while the brain is still developing.
  • The neural states associated with addiction also come from our history, culture, socialization, communication, and even microbiomes.
  • The “debt of addiction is accrued when borrowing good feelings from the future is due”
  • Mechanisms of what happens in the brain when abusing substances
  • Tolerance is when the brain adapts and counteracts the effects of the drug
  • Dependence is when you no longer like yourself without the drug
  • Younger adults may be more prone to addiction, but also more resilient.
  • Her experience of receiving tough love from her parents that ultimately led to recovery.
  • How isolation causes addiction and addiction causes isolation
  • Connection is crucial in the process of recovery

Dr. Judith Grisel Links:

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Sep 15, 2020

353: Brad Warner on Hardcore Zen

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Brad Warner is an ordained Zen teacher and the author of many books, including There is No God and He is Always With YouZen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate, and Hardcore Zen, Brad is the creator of the “Hardcore Zen” blog and YouTube Channel and is also a punk rock bass player in the band, Zero Defex. He has published work in Buddhist magazines Shambala Sun, Buddha Dharma, and Tricycle as well as rock magazines such as Alternative Press, Maximum Rock and Roll, and Razorcake.

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In This Interview, Brad Warner and I Discuss Hardcore Zen and …

  • His book, “Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen”
  • Absolute truth and relative truth
  • The Buddhist precepts – there are no universal rules that apply to everything
  • The universe is a living entity that is affected by our actions
  • Why he wrote this book for his friend who died
  • Iceberg metaphor – what can be seen is what we know about ourselves, but we also have unseen and unknowable parts of ourselves.
  • His thoughts on Buddha being a genius
  • The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha
  • A goal of not having a goal is also a goal
  • Being in a goal-oriented society
  • Seeing things as they are and realizing that we’re wrong
  • The challenge of accepting our current reality as how it’s supposed to be and not how we want it to be.
  • Working with our desires for things to be a certain way

Brad Warner Links:

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Kelly Wilson, Ph.D., is a Professor of psychology at the University at Mississippi. He is Past President of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and winner of the University of Mississipi’s prestigious Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Wilson is one of the co-developers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has written several books, including Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety.

In this episode, Kelly Wilson and Eric discuss his approach to helping others to become liberated from their anxiety.

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In This Interview, Kelly Wilson and I Discuss Being Liberated from Anxiety and…

  • His book, Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety.
  • Anxiety is not as a disease or that we’re broken
  • His past view of vulnerability as being the enemy
  • His theory that 1 out of 2 people has experienced some form of suffering or hardship in their life
  • How labels can obscure a person
  • Before talking about acceptance, it’s important to understand what matters.
  • His approach to this therapy is about the direction towards what you love rather than just eliminating symptoms.
  • Your suffering may be due to how it’s being carried, not that it’s being carried.
  • Facing our difficulties is how we come to understand what courage and sacrifice look like
  • Values and vulnerability as a starting place in therapy
  • Identifying what would make the hardest thing worthwhile
  • When we don’t know our values, identify where it hurts
  • If the burden could be lifted, what would you allow?
  • Reclaiming what we value by taking redemptive action
  • The next right thing is acknowledging where you’ve been wrong
  • Committed action is just the next action that brings you back to who you want to be
  • It’s all about moving in the right direction, not the distance

Kelly Wilson Links:

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Sep 01, 2020

351: Spring Washam on Deep Transformation

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Spring Washam is a well-known meditation and dharma teacher based in Oakland, California. She is a founding member and core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center located in downtown Oakland. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom. In addition to being a teacher, she is also a healer, facilitator, spiritual activist, and writer. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices into diverse communities and is committed to enriching the lives of disenfranchised people everywhere.

In this episode, Spring Washam and Eric talk about how we can foster deep transformation within ourselves and our world.

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In This Interview, Spring Washam and I Discuss Deep Transformation and…

  • Her book, A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment
  • Balancing action and contemplation
  • Focusing on what you are fighting for (not just what you’re fighting against)
  • Her constant, daily practice of forgiveness
  • Uprooting greed, hatred, and delusion to heal her heart and mind
  • Her profound experiences of interconnectedness 
  • Why she takes things far less personally now but still feels the pain of life
  • The deep shift in the heart that transforms someone into an antiracist
  • Her Sunday program: The Church of Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad Crew
  • Connecting to our ancestors and learning from history
  • How no one is exempt from the 10,000 joys and the 10,000 sorrows of life
  • The way faith in a bigger, loving force can lead to beautiful transformation when pain in life happens to us
  • The lawful unfolding of the universe
  • Waking up to our innate Buddha nature
  • Transforming difficulty into growth
  • Giving our suffering meaning for transformation
  • Dropping into the body to feel the energy and find the blocks in the heart
  • Getting curious when we feel triggered 
  • Being afraid of our feelings blocks our transformation
  • Meeting our numbness with loving self care
  • Developing self-compassion and compassion for others
  • Separation being at the core of many of our wounds
  • That our whole journey is about letting go

Spring WashamLinks:

springwasham.com

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