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Learning From Non-Ordinary States: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

Broadcast on May 09, 2023
With Dr. Ron Siegel
Hosted by Joe Tafur, MD

Why have humans sought out non-ordinary states for millennia? Join Dr. Ron Siegel as he explores what the latest research in mindfulness, compassion, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can teach you about the causes of human psychological suffering and its alleviation.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Humans didn't evolve to be happy — our brains evolved instead for survival, setting us up for a lot of suffering
  • Mindfulness, compassion, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can all serve as antidotes to our distressing mental habits
  • Understanding how non-ordinary states can alleviate suffering can make them much more effective
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Dr. Ron Siegel

Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ron Siegel is a part-time assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation, and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice. 

Ron's written a comprehensive guide for general audiences called The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems. He's also co-authered and co-edited several critically acclaimed texts, including Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition... Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy... Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy... and Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain. His most recent book is called The Extraordinary Gift of Being Ordinary: Finding Happiness Right Where You Are. He's also a professor for the Great Courses CD series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being, a regular contributor to other professional publications, and co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy. 

Dr. Ron Siegel