Dr. Ronald Siegel — Full Catastrophe Living, Escape vs Engagement, Restoring Moments of Sanity, Healthy Romantic Relationships, and Much More (#132)

“Mindfulness practices amplify experiences”

– Dr. Ron

Dr. Ron Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serve on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the faculties of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at the Cambridge Health Alliance and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches internationally about mind-body medicine and the application of mindfulness and compassion practices in psychotherapy and other fields.

His clinical career has included working with low-income children and families, treating adults with chronic pain and other stress-related disorders, and providing mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy. He currently maintains a limited private clinical practice in Massachusetts.

Along with his colleagues, he has edited and written several books, including the critically acclaimed professional text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; a comprehensive guide for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; the professional guides Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; and a step-by-step self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates mindfulness practice, aggressive rehabilitation, and mind-body approaches to treat chronic back and neck pain. he has also created a number of courses for general audiences, including The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses, and Healing Through Mindfulness: Effective Practices for Chronic Health Conditions, produced by Sounds True. He is a regular contributor to various professional publications, and am co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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Show Notes:

  • Started meditation in teenagers
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Use of substances for psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.
  • Did anybody in your family practice mindfulness when you were 16?
  • What was your parents’ reaction when they were found that you are into meditations and psychedelics?
  • Advice to 16 year old teenager to be experimenting with psychedelics
  • What have you gained from your meditation practice?
  • His heartbroken story at the age of 22
  • Silent meditation retreat
  • Full catastrophe living
  • Insight meditation society
  • Psychiatric facility
  • Practices for overwhelm and sadness
  • Misconceptions around mindfulness
  • Working with low-income children and families
  • Healthy romantic relationship
  • Escape vs engagement
  • Quality of our relationships
  • and much more!

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