Paradoxes, cognitive dissonance, and the smile of unbearable compassion



On this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison try to cope with the paradoxes of life. They give a trip report on a recent breathwork session, discuss why people struggle with paradoxes, explain how the drive to reduce cognitive dissonance can lead to dysfunction, explore how mindful acceptance of all that we are helps us cope with paradoxes, and much more.

(1:35) Breathwork trip report
(8:03) What are chakras?
(11:04) 7 Sacred Spaces breathwork
(11:15) What are paradoxes?
(12:08) What is cognitive dissonance?
(14:12) Shadow sides and shadow work
(16:05) OCD vs OCPD
(18:19) Never meet your heroes
(22:14) Wave/Particle duality of nature
(24:13) Being more of who you really are and finding your purpose
(26:38) PTF Podcast Episode: Finding your purpose in life
(29:50) Embrace the shadow aspects of yourself
(34:50) Ram Dass and the smile of unbearable compassion
(38:48) Learning to feel your emotions
(41:00) Methods for coping with paradoxes
(43:00) How psychedelics help us with paradoxes

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