This week we talk to Jeffrey Rubin about the art of flourishing
Dr. Jeffrey Rubin is widely regarded as one of the leading authorities on the integration of meditation and psychotherapy. In his ground-breaking and critically acclaimed Psychotherapy & Buddhism: Towards an Integration, Dr. Rubin forged his own unique synthesis of Eastern and Western thought. He illuminated each discipline’s strengths and weaknesses and the ways in which they could enrich each other. Dr. Rubin deepens and broadens his exploration of how a judicious blending of the best of the Eastern meditative and Western psychotherapeutic traditions offers us unmatched tools for living with greater awareness and freedom, wisdom and compassion. He is also the author of The Good Life: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Love, Ethics, Creativity, and Spirituality
In his recent writing and workshops on The Art of Flourishing, Dr. Rubin is especially interested in illuminating both those forces in the world that are driving us crazy and those personal and collective resources we can draw on to not only stay sane, but to flourish in challenging times.
In This Interview Jeffrey and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable.
- How our character is built by our habits.
- How what we focus on grows.
- How outrage and anger can be useful.
- The danger of demonizing negative emotions.
- How western psychology and eastern meditative complement each other.
- The blind spots of western psychology and meditation.
- The three steps of meditative psychotherapy.
- A great story with the legendary yoga teacher TKV Desikachar.
- The different ways to meditate and how one size doesn’t fit all.
- The importance of appreciating beauty.
- The three types of beauty.
- Broadening our conceptions of beauty.
- Learning to appreciate the world around us.
- Expanding inner space.
- How self care is the foundation for intimacy.
- “Cotton candy self care”
Dr. Jeffrey Rubin Links
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