- Who is this inner child in an adult’s mind?
- How did you get into psychotherapy?
- What got you interested in Advaita Vedanta?
- What is your definition of an authentic connection?
- Talk to us about some of the paradoxes in daily life.
- How do people go about becoming aware of their subconscious beliefs or assumptions?
Ira Israel is the author of ‘How to Survive Your Childhood Now that You’re an Adult’. A licensed marriage and family therapist and professional clinical counselor, Ira graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and holds advanced degrees in psychology, philosophy, and religious studies. His DVD series, including A Beginners Guide to Happiness and Mindfulness for Depression, along with his sold-out Esalen workshops, have given him a wide international following.
Inspirational quote – “We are not mad. We are human.We want to love, and someone must forgive us for the paths we take to love, for the paths are many and dark, and we are ardent and cruel in our journey.” – Leonard Cohen
Action Step – If you want to change your life, the first thing to analyze is your “languaging“.
Major Life Lesson – Forgiveness does not mean condoning someone’s behavior. Forgiveness means giving up your right to resent that something happened. It doesn’t mean that you have to be friends with this person, it doesn’t mean you have to invite him for dinner, you just have to release your right to resent whatever happened.
- Best Advice – We have to be very careful about the fights we choose. We should use our energy to make the world a better place.
- Personal Habit – Petting my cat and make my smoothie every morning.
- Book Recommendation – Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Learn more about Ira at www.IraIsrael.com
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