Author and Psychotherapist Mark Epstein, M.D. returns to the Metta Hour Podcast for Episode 182. A longtime friend and colleague, Mark and Sharon first met in 1974 at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. Mark is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and a longtime Buddhist practitioner. He is the author of several books that explore the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Going to Pieces without Falling Apart and his 2022 release, The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life. In this conversation, Mark and Sharon discuss:
• Their backstory meeting in 1974 in Boulder, CO
• Mark’s new book, The Zen of Therapy
• The Buddha’s origin story through Mark’s therapeutic lens
• How COVID is impacting Mental Health
• Exploring COVID as a collective trauma
• Mark’s insights while on a meditation retreat
• How to create a healthy holding environment for ourselves
• The importance of kindness in therapy
• The limitations of kindness
• How to find a good therapist
The episode closes with Mark leading a short guided meditation practice. To learn more about Mark’s work, you can visit his website. Listen to Mark’s first appearance on the Metta Hour Podcast, Episode 56 from June 5th, 2017, released as part of the Real Love Series.
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