#52 Buddhism, Psychology & The Trauma of Everyday Life with Mark Epstein

Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Mark discusses the ways in which trauma weaves its way through the story and life of the Buddha, the difference between discipline and control and how narratives and feelings intersect and why both are useful. We also chat about the importance of integrating pain and grief into our lives and the fallacy of thinking that things ever “return to normal”.

Find out more about Mark at markepsteinmd.com and on Facebook.

Mark’s Book Recommendations: The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala and the 6 volumes of My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard.

Songs featured: “Eyes Closed and Traveling” by Peter Broderick and “Tiny Apocalypse” by David Byrne

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#51 Evolving Outdated Stories and Breaking Out of our Collective Cage with Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker and author of several books including Climate: A New Story, Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. Charles and I set out to have a discussion embracing as many paradoxes, taboos and uncertainties as possible, and I think we did just that. We discuss the addictive nature of control, the similarities between skeptics and believers, the role we play in writing personal and collective narratives, the inevitable crisis that precedes any lasting change and the importance of seeing our lives within the context of much greater and more meaningful cycles.

Find out more about Charles at charleseisenstein.org and on Instagram and Twitter.

Charles’ Book Recommendations: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and and The Invisible Rainbow by Arthur Firstenberg

Songs featured: “The Times They Are A Changin”” by Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood and “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs” by Wye Oak.

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