Dan Siegel: The Science and Practice of Presence (Episode #37)

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Dan Siegel. He is a clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.

Dr. Siegel has written 16 books and multiple New York Times best sellers, including Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation and The Whole Brain Child (two of my favorites). However, most of our conversation covers topics in his new book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence

Episode #36: Yumi Sakugawa - How to Become Friends With Your Demons

In this episode, I speak with comic book artist and author Yumi Sakugawa. Yumi’s book, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With The Universe has made it onto a couple of my book recommendation lists. It’s a gem. It takes abstract and sometimes esoteric spiritual concepts and puts them into simple, playful language.

A good portion of our conversation is centered around one of the ideas in that book: having cake and tea with your demons. This is a metaphor for the spiritual and philosophical idea that, instead of avoiding the dark or undesirable parts of yourself, you should face them…