November 30, 2021

Taking the middle way in a polarized world

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison explore the concept of the “middle way” and the need for balance in an increasingly polarized wold. They discuss the following topics:

(1:23) Introduction to the topic
(3:03) Egyptian weighing of the heart ceremony and letting go
(6:03) Middle way between asceticism and indulgence
(8:13) Self-harm 
(11:25) Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the middle way
(11:58) Taoism and the perils of “do your best”
(16:13) What you resist persists
(23:20) Aristotle's “golden mean” and the concept of yin/yang
(26:20) What does walking the middle way look like practically? 
(29:35) Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's concept of Flow
(29:48) The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler  
(30:53) The middle way is not inaction or passivity  
(35:55) Giving others and yourself the benefit of the doubt  
(41:00) Qualities of “the sage” 
(44:13) The beginner's mind 

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