January 25, 2022

Ego, Disrupted. How Buddhist Wisdom meets Western Therapy with Dr. Mark Epstein

Whether youre working on improving your psychological fitness or you are interested in how you can enhance your present practices, attempt taking a completely different approach. Bring your existing practices into these brand-new worlds and see for yourself how they coalescence.

You might be asking, “How do I shut my ego up?” Spoiler alert, you cant. You can just quiet it down through awareness and intent.

The ego is important to browse and interact with the world around us– it is the “internal supervisor” for handling the external environment.

We can not leave that which is challenging to face– old age, health problem, death, misery– however by practicing compassion toward the part of you that is suffering, you can deal with these inevitabilities without providing up the experience of “now” at the same time.

The point isnt to “kill the ego.” Rather, it is to develop a fluid approach to ego that allows you to effectively browse the real world, without permitting the ruminative elements of the ego to take control of.

The word “Duhkha” (Sanskrit) is often translated as “discomfort” or “suffering.” A closer approximation, however, is “hard to face.”

There are many methods that use the ability to develop this fluid ego state. Meditation, mindfulness practice, cognitive behavioral treatment, psychotherapy, and a lot more all have the possible to provide considerable advantages. Oftentimes, the benefits of combining these modalities can be exponential.

You are not who you think you are.”– Ram Dass

But the ego has a dark side. Feelings of insecurity that just will not disappear. Self-respect connected to accomplishment. A “never ever enough” mindset … unchecked ego is a dish for catastrophe.

Psychotherapy and Buddhist thought have actually long been considered different worlds– psychiatric therapy has to do with enhancing the mind and minimizing the effect of emotional injury, while Buddhist practice highlights releasing, acceptance, and finding peace. However what do Western psychiatric therapy and Buddhism have in common? They are both methods of looking for happiness and satisfaction in life.

One of the core elements of these methods is taking a look at the emotional and mental structures at play. By coming face to face with the ego, we start to understand, forgive, and change the habits that have led us to our current point of suffering.

This is a common issue for Westerners grappling with Buddhist believed, and mindfulness practices in general.

Where the balance point exists is different for each individual. The converging techniques of psychotherapy and Buddhist thought, though, hold massive capacity for assisting individuals find their own balance points and experience less suffering.

On todays episode, Dr. Mark Epstein, psychotherapist, and bestselling author, made the case for how the 2 approaches compliment, and even enhance one another. His study under stars in both Eastern and Western believed, consisting of Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Timothy Leary, the Dalai Lama, and many others super-charged his ability to serve clients throughout the years. Dr. Epsteins latest work, “The Zen of therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life,” infuses his personal psychological health story with experiences from his treatment practice.

The concept of internally envisioning the success of an action– as a golf player would do prior to a swing, for example– is well-entrenched in Western thought. Mindfulness, on the other hand, emphasizes the concept of letting go of the outcome– that is, carrying out the action with no psychological investment regarding the results.

Human beings are ego-driven, which is both useful and damaging to our health.The ego emerges around age four or five when external needs and expectations increase– for instance, showing others, mastering self-reliance abilities, and complying with rules.

The 2 approaches are not mutually unique. When talking about the ego uses to pre-performance preparation as well, the exact same sense of fluidity Dr. Epstein described.

Together, Western psychotherapy and Buddhist practices can be utilized as tools to improve your life- or at least how you feel about it.

FOLLOW MARK: instagram|twitter|website

Listen to the Podcast

This podcast is brought to you by CreativeLive. CreativeLive is the worlds largest hub for online innovative education in photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker, money/life and the ability to make a living in any of those disciplines. They are high quality, extremely curated classes taught by the worlds top experts– Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy Award winners, New York Times finest selling authors and the finest entrepreneurs of our times.



There are lots of techniques that offer the capability to develop this fluid ego state. Whether youre working on improving your mental physical fitness or you are interested in how you can enhance your current practices, try taking a completely various approach.

Psychotherapy and Buddhist thought have long been thought about different worlds– psychotherapy is about optimizing the mind and reducing the effect of psychological trauma, while Buddhist practice highlights letting go, approval, and discovering peace. The ego has a dark side. A “never ever enough” mentality … uncontrolled ego is a recipe for disaster.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *