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Ep 12: Transforming Addiction: The Art of Personal Awakening & Expanded Human Capabilities w/ Dr. Mike Sapiro

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In this episode Dr. Mike Sapiro shares intimately about his personal story of healing from both addiction and trauma and what it’s like to be on the other side living a conscious life and supporting others on the path of transformation. Dr. Mike shares his perspective from various lenses including the one from a meditation/dharma teacher in which he speaks about how we can experience and personally awaken to our own basic goodness; the unbroken radiant Self that is our true nature. He shares on steps to achieve this and the catalyst to what he believes makes it happen which is LOVE. Mike shares how opening up to our own self love is what makes healing and transformation possible. We also dive into the work of expanded human capabilities and opening up to the mysteries of the universe that are all around us when we quiet the mind and go within. Dr. Mike also share what it was like in his early years as a Buddhist Monk and how that training permeates his life today. 

Key Points:

2:40 – Generational Trauma & Addiction 

8:58 – Transforming Addiction & the borders of recovery 

12:50 – Seeing our own basic goodness 

15:44 – The two steps needed to personally awaken

22:12 – Discovering the compassionate witness within 

30:00 – Learning to Tolerate discomfort 

39:00 – Expanded human capabilities; Awakening to what’s truly possible 

About Dr. Mike Sapiro:

Michael Sapiro, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist, Dharma teacher, writer, meditation researcher, and former Buddhist monk. He is on faculty at Esalen Institute, is a Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and is completing a study on time travel, hope, and love with Dr. Julia Mossbridge of The Institute for Love and Time. Dr. Sapiro completed his postdoctoral fellowship in advanced psychology at the Boise VA Medical Center where he specialized in rural health, PTSD, and combat trauma. Dr. Sapiro is often on podcasts, and teaches nationally on the art and science of transformation, expanded human capabilities, self-care, and non-dual meditation for personal and community growth. His work integrates meditation practices, psychology, noetic sciences, and social justice, and is dedicated to personal awakening for the sake of collective and planetary transformation.

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