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The Middle Way with Dr. Matthew Goodman

The Middle Way with Dr. Matthew Goodman

By Matthew Goodman, PhD

The Middle Way is about bridging the divide between human beings. It explores issues in today's world using the principles of interconnectedness, compassionate awareness, and pragmatic action. Join authors, scientists, politicians, and healers in discovering ways to reduce social and political polarization, transform collective awareness and behavior, and enhance personal well-being. Hosted by Dr. Matthew Goodman.
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MM: Alternate Nostril Breathing
MM: Alternate Nostril Breathing
This is a great practice to support parasympathetic activity; balance left/right hemisphere activity in the brain; and is my go-to practice for supporting sleep!  1. Take your left thumb and cover your left nostril. Breathe in deeply through your right nostril. Briefly hold your breath at the top of your inhale. 2. Now close your right nostril with one of your fingers, and release your left thumb from your left nostril (alternating nostrils). Breathe out through the left nostril. Exhale all of the air out. 3. Now breathe in through that same left nostril. Hold at the top. 4. Switch again - cover your left nostril and open your right nostril. Breath out through your right nostril. Exhale all of the air out. 5. Repeat this sequence for a total of 5-10 rounds. Note: You will complete one exhale and one inhale before switching nostrils. Enjoying the podcast?? Leave a rating or review! This helps the show grow and allows it to be discovered by more people 😀 Questions or comments?? Reach out! hello@the-middle-way.com Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Book: Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults (Amazon) The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
03:17
November 28, 2022
Dr. Omid Naim - Empowered Health: The Role of Community, Purpose, and Story in Healing
Dr. Omid Naim - Empowered Health: The Role of Community, Purpose, and Story in Healing
"Your symptoms make sense." This is what Dr. Omid Naim tells his patients, many of whom have struggled with chronic mental or physical health issues for years. He also tells them that he thinks they can "get fully better." Dr. Naim's approach to psychiatry turns the medical model inside out by viewing illness through the lens of ecology and empowerment. He takes into consideration the contextual factors that contribute to illness such as childhood trauma, disconnection from community, and lack of meaning, while empowering and inspiring patients to achieve greater health by allowing their nervous systems to do what it is designed for: healing. In this episode, Dr. Naim and I discuss how he works with patients to reorganize their internal stories in order to initiate a journey of holistic healing.  Dr. Omid Naim is an integrative psychiatrist and Founder of HOPE Psychiatry. He is also co-founder of La Maida Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rewriting the story of what it means to be healthy through an understanding of trauma and stress via an ecological lens, and to rediscovering our human nature and our innate capacity to heal. Dr. Naim completed medical school at the USC Keck School of Medicine and went on to complete residency at UCSF and a fellowship at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  In this episode we cover: Why Dr. Naim's goal is not just managing symptoms, but for patients to "get completely better." The underlying role of early childhood trauma in illness. The role of social factors (i.e., "social determinants of health) in disease and the importance of community.  The sickness model versus the empowerment model. Why the "chemical imbalance" theory of mental illness lacks support.  The role of food, lifestyle, and natural remedies in supporting the body's natural healing capacity. Why mental health symptoms go down in times of collective crisis.  The ecological approach to mental health and why context matters, from family, to community, to society.   Why health and resilience are founded on struggle and crisis.  The factors of "salutogenesis" (health promotion) versus pathogenesis. Working with our internal stories about illness. Working with trauma and patterns of avoiding emotion and unresolved feelings.  The role of meaning and purpose on both an individual and collective level.  The hero's journey of making meaning about of our health journey. HOPE Integrative Psychiatry: https://hopepsychiatry.com/ Learn more about La Maida Project: https://lamaidaproject.org/ Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j83tclHSGwY Follow Dr. Goodman: Interested in bringing wellness to your workplace? Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Goodman and The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com  Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
01:02:24
November 16, 2022
MM: Focusing (Checking In with the Body)
MM: Focusing (Checking In with the Body)
There is often so much happening for us in our lives that things get pushed into the background of our awareness. These experiences live in the cells of our body. "Focusing" is a technique that helps us get in touch with "what is going on" for us on a somatic level. Accessing this bodily intelligence contains so much wisdom about our "problems" and is the first step to dealing with them skillfully. 1. Close your eyes. Take a couple deep breaths.  2. Ask yourself, "what is going on for me right now in my life?" Notice what arises. It might be an image, body sensation, word, or phrase.  3. Stack all of your problems in front of you (like a pile of books). Don't go inside it, but put it in front of you.  4. Choose one problem to focus on. Where do you feel this in your body? What sensations do you notice? 5. Can you come up with a word or phrase to describe this problem? 6. Now you have a conscious "handle" on this issue, and can return to it skillfully as you go about your day.  Adapted from Gendlin, E. (2007). Focusing. Bantam.  Enjoying the podcast?? Leave a rating or review! This helps the show grow and allows it to be discovered by more people 😀 Questions or comments?? Reach out! hello@the-middle-way.com Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Book: Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults (Amazon) The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
05:14
November 14, 2022
Hi, I'm Matt, and I'm Addicted to Ego
Hi, I'm Matt, and I'm Addicted to Ego
This episode is a bit different. Here, I explore the nature of being "addicted to ego" from my own personal experience. When working on the "Addiction to Separation" episode about addiction to separateness in the world, I started thinking more about how this manifests in the individual ego.  Through this exploration, I open up about my experience of having OCD. I use this is a prism for examining some of the ways ego manifests itself - for example, the need to control, to "know," and to be perfect. I think that addiction to ego manifests itself in many different ways - as many ways as there are human beings on the planet. This looks different in everyone. But we can funnel these things down to some fundamental processes that we all share (e.g., self-judgment, the need for control, the desire to avoid pain). At the heart of it all is the sense of separation from all of life; that is what we're addicted to... and also perhaps our task here on earth, manifesting in billions of different pathways of coming home.  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
28:06
November 09, 2022
MM: Metta (Loving-Kindness)
MM: Metta (Loving-Kindness)
Monday Mini: Metta (Loving-Kindness)  1. Think about someone close to you (who you have a positive relationship with). Bring the image of that person to mind as clearly as possible.  2. Extend wishes of loving-kindness and goodwill towards that person. For example (use your own authentic words/phrases): "May you be happy" "May you be healthy" "May you live with ease and joy" "May you be free of suffering" 3. Bring a neutral person to mind (someone who you sort of know, or even a stranger). Extend those same wishes of goodwill towards them. 4. If you'd like, bring a difficult person to mind (someone who challenges you - this may be someone you know, or don't know). Extend those same wishes of goodwill towards them. 5. Finally, and most importantly, turn your loving-kindness around towards yourself. Repeat the same words/phrases and include your self in your circle of compassion.  Enjoying the podcast?? Leave a rating or review! This helps the show grow and allows it to be discovered by more people 😀 Questions or comments?? Reach out! hello@the-middle-way.com  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Book: Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults (Amazon) The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
04:06
November 07, 2022
B. Lorraine Smith - An Economy That Works in Service of Life
B. Lorraine Smith - An Economy That Works in Service of Life
B. Lorraine Smith is a writer, speaker, consultant, and coach whose vision is an economy that works in service of life. Through her decades of experience as a corporate sustainability and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) consultant across multiple industries worldwide, Lorraine began realizing that superficial changes would not fundamentally repair our ailing world; despite working with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and other leaders to improve sustainability (e.g., "lowering carbon emissions"), Lorraine witnessed the stagnate and, in many cases, backwards "progress" of companies and the world itself. A paradigm shift is needed—one that serves the health and well-being of people and ecosystems, not the exploitation of them. That is what Lorraine's work is now focused on. And that is what this episode is about!  We discuss:  Why and how Lorraine works with leaders to shift their focus onto improving biodiversity, strengthening communities, and making people healthier.  What is underneath the promise of "sustainability" from companies, ranging from the oil industry to sporting goods companies. Systems-level thinking and intervening at the highest levels to create holistic changes (i.e., paradigmatic shifts).  The problem of "carbon tunnel vision," or focusing too narrowly on carbon emissions as a "solution" for climate change.  The process of co-discovering a new world together; the importance of humility and "not knowing," both individually and collectively.  Current political polarization and why we must listen to one another; the dangers of reflexively dividing people into categories (e.g., "climate deniers"); and why the "other side" contains wisdom that is crucial to solving complex problems, including climate change.  "Matereality" assessments (see below). How to stay motivated and optimistic when the world is crumbling.  Lorraine's website: https://www.blorrainesmith.com/ Read Lorraine's work on Medium: https://blorrainesmith.medium.com/ Check out Matereality assessments on Google and TD Bank: https://www.blorrainesmith.com/matereality Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9S7kxi7VC-Q Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
01:15:40
November 02, 2022
MM: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
MM: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
1. Squeeze all the muscles in your face (really tight!). Hold for 2-4 seconds. Release.  2. Notice what it feels like to have relaxed muscles in the face. 3. Repeat for every part of the body: neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, back, stomach, groin, upper legs, lower legs, feet.  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Book: Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults (Amazon) The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Improv for Anxiety Class: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-improv-mindfulness-2 Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
02:50
October 31, 2022
Jessica Baum, LMHC - Anxiously Attached: Healing Relationships in Self and Society
Jessica Baum, LMHC - Anxiously Attached: Healing Relationships in Self and Society
Jessica Baum, LMHC is a Psychotherapist, Author, Thought Leader, Relationship Coach, and Founder of the Self-full® Method. Her book, Anxiously Attached: Becoming More Secure in Life and Love is a practical guide to understanding core patterns in relationships, namely anxious and avoidant attachment styles. In this episode, Jessica decodes how these deeply rooted patterns manifest in our relationship to self and others. We use the framework of attachment to examine our larger societal relationship: how are Left and Right both fighting to get their needs met, and how can we begin to enter a form of healing with one another?   In this episode, you can expect to learn:  What "attachment" is and how it relates to early life experiences.  Styles of attachment (secure, anxious, avoidant) and how these play out in relationships.  What is happening in our nervous system as these patterns are activated.  Why insecure attachment seems to be increasing in society. Insights into healing attachment patterns, whether with yourself or in the container of relationship.  How these patterns actually help us heal by making the unconscious conscious.  How insecure attachment is manifesting on the collective level, including the role of dynamics such as chaos/order, rupture/repair, and the anger/anger escalatory loop.  Learn more about Jessica's work: https://www.beselffull.com/  Grab a copy of Jessica's book (which has been translated into 10+ languages): https://www.beselffull.com/anxiouslyattached Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/XY5fWAOAWTM Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
34:55
October 26, 2022
MM: Warming Up Awareness
MM: Warming Up Awareness
Monday Mini: Warming Up Awareness. By bringing a hand or two to the heart, we can "warm up" awareness before or during meditation (or in everyday life). This helps us bring a gentle and compassionate element that can sometimes be missing. Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Book: Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults (Amazon) The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Improv for Anxiety Class: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-improv-mindfulness-2 Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
03:58
October 24, 2022
Addiction to Separation: The State of the World and the Story of the Future
Addiction to Separation: The State of the World and the Story of the Future
The story of separation—between human beings, and between humans and the planet—is growing stale. Is there another story waiting for us? Perhaps one of connection and unity?  If we are indeed being called into a new story, the invitation is coming through the symptoms of the world. The sense of separation and division is being amplified and mirrored back to us. Why?  This episode looks at symptoms of the world, namely the escalation between Russia and Ukraine (i.e., East and West), as an unconscious attempt to wake ourselves up. Like the process of addiction, a deeper intelligence knows that "rock bottom" may be the only way we change. Just as we do as individuals, the collective may be manifesting the conditions for deep transformation to occur. Let us do this with the least amount of suffering and as quickly as possible. ❤️ Read the Essay version of this episode: the-middle-way.com/blog/addiction-to-separation-the-state-of-the-world-and-the-story-of-the-future Questions? Comments? Have a guest or topic you want to see on the show? Reach out! hello@the-middle-way.com Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
44:05
October 19, 2022
MM: How to Open Your Heart
MM: How to Open Your Heart
Monday Mini: How to Open Your Heart (a poem by Jeff Foster).  Jeff Foster, "The Way of Rest: Finding the Courage to Hold Everything in Love." Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Book: Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults (Amazon) The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Improv for Anxiety Class: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-improv-mindfulness-2 Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
04:36
October 17, 2022
Dr. Corey Wilks - Finding Purpose and Authenticity in Work and Life
Dr. Corey Wilks - Finding Purpose and Authenticity in Work and Life
Dr. Corey Wilks is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Executive Coach, writer, and entrepreneur with over 15 years of psychological experience. After seeing so many people—patients, friends, and family—struggle to build their life around doing meaningful, purpose-driven work that fulfilled them, he started writing online to help people get more out of life through understanding and applying practical concepts from psychology. He now coaches entrepreneurs, content creators, and other driven individuals, and creates content to help people be more intentional with how they live, work, and create. In this episode, Corey and I discuss: Why and how he transitioned from clinical psychology coaching (and the difference between the two). The "Four Horseman of Fear"—fear of failure, ridicule, the unknown, and success—and how these get in the way achievement and pursuing meaningful work.  Other self-limiting behaviors like perfectionism and self-sabotaging.  Fear inoculation (building up "immunity" to what we're afraid of). "Side hustles" and the strategy of exploring one side hustle per month.  Creating a "category of one"—the place where our interests, skills, and needs overlap. Being authentic and risking being oneself. Corey's near-death experience and how this changed him.  "Momento Mori" and why this is so meaningful to Corey, and how this can help you live a more inspired and meaningful life.  Corey's website: https://coreywilkspsyd.com/ Corey's Intentional Life Design Course: https://coreywilkspsyd.podia.com/intentional-life-design Questions? Comments? Have a guest or topic you want to see on the show? Reach out! hello@the-middle-way.com Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Take a FREE Improv + Mindfulness Workshop or Sign-Up for a Class: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-improv-mindfulness Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
51:11
October 05, 2022
MM: Crisis Precedes Transformation
MM: Crisis Precedes Transformation
Monday Mini: Change comes in cycles. Preceding any sort of change is typically crisis. When we put ourself back together, we can re-integrate with the nuggets of wisdom we discovered while we were dis-integrated. This cycle is true both individually and collectively.  🙏🏻 Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Book: Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults (Amazon) The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Take a Improv + Mindfulness Course or FREE Workshop!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/mindfulness-improv Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
02:28
October 03, 2022
The Revolution of Rest: Balancing Divine Masculine & Feminine in the World
The Revolution of Rest: Balancing Divine Masculine & Feminine in the World
The world is exhausted. This fatigue has manifested in different ways, individually and collectively: burnout at work, anxiety, hopelessness, and the ailments of our political, economic, and ecological systems. COVID brought on many of these changes; our collective fatigue is a symptom of the pandemic. But what if the world was already exhausted prior to the pandemic? What if, instead, the pandemic is a symptom of our collective fatigue?  In this episode I discuss the need to integrate rest into our world - physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Fundamentally, this is about balancing the divine masculine and feminine energies of the world.  Thanks for listening! : )  Read the article, "The Revolution of Rest: Balancing Divine Masculine & Feminine in the World" Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/mindfulness-improv Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
21:35
September 28, 2022
MM: Recording and Listening
MM: Recording and Listening
"Recording and Listening is, hands down, the most powerful tool for ending suffering I’ve found." - Cheri Huber, Zen Teacher  Recording and Listening practice:* 1. Grab a recorder (usually, your phone will have a recording app). 2. Think about something that is bothering you. Hold your recorder in one hand. Record your problem. Take your time and explain it however you'd like. 3. Now, using the other hand, play your problem back to yourself. Try to listen as if you were listening to a friend or loved one. 4. Now, keeping the recorder in that same hand, record a response to the problem. Tap into your "inner mentor." What kind words would you say to someone else? How would you comfort and encourage them? 5. Now, listen back to the "inner mentor" recording to receive your inner wisdom. *Adapted from Cheri Huber and Living Compassion. http://www.recordingandlistening.org/ Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Book: Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults (Amazon) The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Take a Improv + Mindfulness Course or FREE Workshop!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/mindfulness-improv Your support for the show helps! Donate as little as $1/month. Or leave a RATING/REVIEW or SHARE it with someone who would find it valuable! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
03:17
September 26, 2022
Dr. Mona Sobhani - Proof of Spiritual Phenomena: A Neuroscientist's Discovery of the Ineffable Mysteries of the Universe
Dr. Mona Sobhani - Proof of Spiritual Phenomena: A Neuroscientist's Discovery of the Ineffable Mysteries of the Universe
Once a self-described hard-nosed neuroscientist, Dr. Mona Sobhani aggressively defended the dogma of scientific beliefs--until a series of life-altering events caused her to reconsider spirituality and psi concepts and launched her into a two-year investigation into the ineffable mysteries of our world. This eventually led to her recently published book, "Proof of Spiritual Phenomena: A Neuroscientist's Discovery of the Ineffable Mysteries of the Universe." In this episode, I speak with Dr. Sobhani about her journey from "knowing" how the world works (or at least thinking so), to being thrust into a state of "not knowing" (a Dark Night of the Soul) and the process of re-discovery, finding new ways of understanding both herself and the world.  We touch on the role of "identity" and "belief" in science, at both the individual and societal level; the surprisingly robust research on phenomena like psi, telepathy, collective consciousness, and other often-dismissed experiences; the dark night of the soul; the tension between "knowing" and "not knowing"; and much more. Mona Sobhani, Ph.D. is a cognitive neuroscientist, researcher, and author. A former research scientist a the University of Southern California, she holds a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Southern California and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University with the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project. She was also a scholar with the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics and her work has been featured in the New York Times, VOX, and other media outlets.  Dr. Sobhani's Website: https://monasobhaniphd.com/ Dr. Sobhani's Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09L8QKNCM/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0 Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ASWCCVTKJHE Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv You can support the show for as little as $1 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
01:11:29
September 14, 2022
MM: Five Finger Mindfulness
MM: Five Finger Mindfulness
Monday Mini: Five Finger Mindfulness. 1. Open one of your hands wide. 2. Take the pointer finger of your other hand and trace the outside of your open hand (like you were outlining a Thanksgiving turkey).  3. Notice the sensations. 4. Inhale as you trace up, exhale as you trace down.  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting and Classes: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv Simple Stress-Reduction Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 You can support the show with a donation of $1, $5, or $10 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening!
03:07
September 12, 2022
Judy Wilkins-Smith - Elevating Your Family System: From Victimhood to Empowered Evolution
Judy Wilkins-Smith - Elevating Your Family System: From Victimhood to Empowered Evolution
Judy Wilkins-Smith is a highly regarded, international organizational, individual and family patterns expert. A systemic executive coach, trainer, facilitator, thought partner, and leadership conference and motivational speaker, Judy has 18 years of expertise in assisting high-performance individuals, Fortune 500 executives, and legacy families to end limiting cycles and reframe challenges into lasting breakthroughs and peak performance. She is the author of Decoding Your Emotional Blueprint: A Powerful Guide to Transformation Through Disentangling Multigenerational Patterns. In this episode, I talk with Judy about the "emotional DNA" we inherit from our family system - the thoughts, feelings, and behavioral patterns passed down in the family (sometimes dating back multiple generations). Judy helps people recognize these systemic patterns through "constellations" work: an interactive, three-dimensional, and incredibly powerful method of discovering where the system is stuck and how to change it. Judy's work fundamentally focuses on helping systems, big and small, evolve and grow so they can reach their full potential. She is a deeply empowering and inspiring individual, and so honored to have her on the podcast!  Judy and I discuss:  -What "systems," "constellations," and "emotional DNA" are.  -How our issues stem from multiple generations, and why it's not our fault but our responsibility to change them (and why this is a gift to both ourselves and the family!). -Reprogramming our emotional DNA and re-wiring our brain.  -The story of how Judy came to this work accidentally.  -The three-dimensional process of exploring family constellations.  -Patterns around money, including guilt and fear of "abandoning" the family system by becoming wealthy.  -Why the biggest and best version of ourselves is also the most humbling. -"Wanting to want" to change versus actually wanting to change. -Why symptoms are gifts, or opportunities to transform -Why it's crucial to shift from a victim mindset to an empowered one to create transformation.   -The importance of your gut and heart believing what your brain is telling you. -Judy's take on our the story of our collective humanity and where we're stuck.  -And much more!  Highlights: "Our deepest wounds turn out to be our greatest strengths." "A problem is an invitation to something new." "We need to stop saying 'the world is in trouble' - it's not. It's at the beginning of a brand new chapter that we get to shape." Judy's website (including constellation meditations): https://judywilkins-smith.com/ Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ev1rtmAiOEo Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv You can support the show for as little as $1 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
01:03:05
September 07, 2022
MM: Grit in Tough Times
MM: Grit in Tough Times
How do we cultivate a sense of resilience and grit in the midst of challenges? What if we are going through a "dark night," where we can't quite see the light on the other side of the challenging situation? Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting and Classes: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv Simple Stress-Reduction Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 You can support the show with a donation of $1, $5, or $10 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening!
05:18
September 05, 2022
Friendly Debate: Gun Policy - Mark Beckwith and Paul Norris
Friendly Debate: Gun Policy - Mark Beckwith and Paul Norris
In this episode, I have the privilege of hosting a conversation between Mark Beckwith and Paul Norris on the topic of gun policy.  Mark Beckwith is a graduate of Amherst College and Yale Divinity School. He is the retired Bishop of Newark (of the Episcopal Church) and currently does coaching, spiritual direction and works part time in the diocese of Western Mass. Mark is a co-founder of Bishops United Against Gun Violence and serves on the community partners team at Braver Angels. He is the author of the book, “Seeing the Unseen: Beyond Prejudices, Paradigms and Party Lines” and regularly blogs as markbeckwith.net. Paul Norris graduated from UC Berkeley. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a masters’ in counseling. A gun owner from age 12, he is an NRA Benefactor member and an advocate for gun safety. Paul is currently retired but still works part time in counseling. He is active in Braver Angels, serving as a moderator, state coordinator, and an Associate Director and Chair in the debate program. Debate topics covered:  What values do you have in common and where do you find agreement on gun policy?  Do you believe that "people" or "guns" are fundamentally the problem?  Should we utilize red flags laws? To what degree?  If we can trust people to act responsibly and sanely with guns, do we need government regulation?  If we can trust the government to respect gun rights in the deepest sense, can we allow a little bit of regulation?  What is the spiritual/mental state of our country and how is this contributing to violence and mass shootings?  Finally, Paul, Mark, and I end by contemplating the image of the mandorla, symbolizing two halves (or two different ideologies) coming together within the broader context of the "one." Listen to Paul and Mark's prior conversations:  Derate the Hate 08/10/22 - "What Role Does Fear and Trust Play in the Gun Safety Debate?" Derate the Hate 12/21/21 - "Squaring Enhanced Gun Safety Measures with Personal Gun Ownership and the 2nd Amendment" Watch this Episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gvmnGJIw-IM Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv You can support the show for as little as $1 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
01:26:40
August 31, 2022
MM: Breath Counting
MM: Breath Counting
Monday Mini: Breath Counting. This is a great way to anchor our attention in the present moment when the mind is especially busy.  -Find a comfortable posture. Close the eyes if it feels safe.  -Notice your breathing. Maybe find a spot where you can feel the breath most vividly (e.g., tips of nostrils, belly).  -On each exhale, count "1," then "2," and so on. Count to 10 exhales, then start over. -If your mind wanders and you forget what number you're on, no problem! Just start over again at 1.  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting and Classes: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv Simple Stress-Reduction Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 You can support the show with a donation of $1, $5, or $10 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening!
05:39
August 29, 2022
Conspiracy, Truth, and the Emergence of a New Worldview
Conspiracy, Truth, and the Emergence of a New Worldview
Conspiracy theories have been on the rise over the past several years. This has been particularly true in the context of COVID. Why is this happening? What function do they serve? What happens when we ignore or suppress them? What role do they play in initiating us into a new worldview and reality?  In this episode, I explore the nature of conspiracies as projections of the collective psyche; why disregarding their underlying emotion and "story" - regardless of objective merit - is dangerous and forces even wilder conspiracies to take form; why we must have the courage to trust and listen to one another; the function of conspiracies as "bulldozers" to the current worldview, and therefore opportunities not to replace the current worldview, but to rebuild a new mythological framework TOGETHER; why one worldview cannot win over another if it turns "facts" into a faith; why the symptom of growing division and polarization is a call to realize our common humanity and evolve into something more beautiful; and more!  This episode is a challenging one. Thanks for bringing an open mind, and more importantly an open heart : )  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv You can support the show for as little as $1 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening! ~May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease and joy. May you be free of suffering~
37:17
August 24, 2022
MM: Body Scan
MM: Body Scan
Monday Mini: Body Scan Practice. Body scans help strengthen the mind-body connection and enhance our capacity to "just sit with" emotions and sensations (positive, negative, or neutral). We can practice bringing nonjudgmental, kind awareness to whatever we notice.  1. Get comfortable. 2. Bring awareness into your feet. What do you notice... Warmth or coolness? Tingling? Pressure? The texture of your sock? Just observe. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to noticing sensation.  3. Continue bringing awareness in this way as you move up the legs, hips, abdomen, back, chest, arms, neck, and head.  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting and Classes: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv Simple Stress-Reduction Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 You can support the show with a donation of $1, $5, or $10 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening!
07:25
August 22, 2022
Lex Amore - What is Biomimicry?
Lex Amore - What is Biomimicry?
Nature has produced some magnificent designs... including the beautiful and brilliant YOU! Are there lessons we can learn from nature when designing higher performing and more sustainable products, companies, communities, and other systems? In this episode I speak with Lex Amore of the Biomimicry Institute about nature-inspired design.  Lex is Communication Director at the Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering nature-inspired design. She has advocated for sustainability with thought leaders for over a decade, bringing expertise in writing and strategic communications to each project. Lex achieved her Master of Science degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University in 2018 and bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia State University. She has also received extensive training from the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and in sustainable design by working with a multitude of industry leaders across the globe. We discuss:  Lex's journey from feeling hopeless about nature and the world to finding hope and purpose.  Why we should look to nature to help solve modern problems. How to define biomimicry.  What a complex system is and why it matters for human design.  Examples of biomimetic products (e.g., medical bandage inspired by the immune system, antimicrobial material inspired by shark skin).  The benefit of having multiple disciplines "at the table" in design and decision making processes. The role of ethics (e.g., ecological friendliness) in biomimicry.  The future of biomimicry and why companies like Microsoft have teams dedicated to this.  Healing trauma and chronic pain through biomimicry and connection with nature.  Plus... Lex's experience free-diving with sharks and other aquatic life!  Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3MmZmGi7Lis Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv You can support the show for as little as $1 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening!
01:00:15
August 17, 2022
MM: Square Breathing
MM: Square Breathing
Monday Mini: Square Breathing. Instructions:  1) Breathe in for a count of 4 (through the nose, if possible) 2) Hold for a count of 4 3) Breathe out for a count of 4 (through the nose or mouth) 4) Hold for a count of 4 Go through a few rounds : )  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting and Classes: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv Simple Stress-Reduction Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 You can support the show with a donation of $1, $5, or $10 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening!
02:51
August 15, 2022
Louis Weinstock - How the World is Making Our Children Mad and What to Do About It
Louis Weinstock - How the World is Making Our Children Mad and What to Do About It
Louis Weinstock is a psychotherapist who works with children and the child inside us all. He helps people find a light in the darkness – in the things that are unseen, unheard and unspoken. For over 20 years, Louis has guided children and grown-ups through some of the toughest challenges life can throw at us – loss, trauma, divorce, burnout and breakdowns. He is also co-founder of Apart of Me, a multi-award-winning charity that helps young people transform their grief into compassion. His work has been featured on the BBC, ITV, and in the Guardian newspaper.  Louis' book, "How the World is Making Our Children Mad and What to Do About It," offers a bold and refreshing take on the epidemic of childhood mental health. Louis' framework for understanding "symptoms" extends beyond the individual - he acknowledges the role of larger systems, including the world itself, and how it is driving our kids bonkers.  In this episode Louis and I discuss symptoms as "sacred messages" that reveal the state of the world; how children are the "canaries in the coal mine" expressing the world's symptoms; the concept of the "digital nervous system;" how children take on and express their parents unhealed trauma; ACEs and epigenetics; the myth of the serotonin theory of depression; the dark night of the soul and the tendency to want to "fix" what's wrong; looking at crises as opportunities for growth; Louis' (beautiful) intention to show up to each moment with love; climate; psychedelic-assisted therapy; Louis' background as a therapist and his charity, Apart of Me; the practice of improv and how it relates to well-being; and much more.  Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6ermOCpKZ9g Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv You can support the show with a donation of $1, $5, or $10 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening! 
54:13
August 10, 2022
MM: Grounding Before Meditation
MM: Grounding Before Meditation
Monday Mini: This is the first Monday Mini! Woo!!  The practice: Meditation can be overwhelming. Especially for folks with anxiety or trauma. Try this: instead of closing your eyes at the beginning of practice, start with a mental scan of your environment. Open your eyes and ears. Try to notice detail (e.g., color, texture). Touch something soothing. Feel your bum on the chair/cushion/ground. This practice grounds us and tells our brain that we are safe. Then we might go "internal" if it feels safe.  Have a great day!!  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd The Middle Way Consulting and Classes: the-middle-way.com Upcoming Improv + Mindfulness for Anxiety Course!: https://www.the-middle-way.com/class-mindfulness-improv Simple Stress-Reduction Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 You can support the show with a donation of $1, $5, or $10 per month. Other ways to support include leaving a rating/review or sharing it with someone who would enjoy it! Thanks for listening!
03:53
August 08, 2022
1 Year Anniversary + Looking Ahead!
1 Year Anniversary + Looking Ahead!
It's been a year since the first episode (wooo!!!). On this episode, I reflect on lessons learned (from guests, and as a podcaster), give a preview of what's to come next season, and share some additional updates.  THANK YOU for being a listener! I want to connect more, so drop a message to say hello or any other feedback you want to share... hello@matthewgoodmanphd.com hello@the-middle-way.com IG: @matthewgoodmanphd  Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review : )  See you soon for Season 2! 
18:45
July 18, 2022
Jason Littlefield & Dr. Erec Smith - Empowered Humanity: An Alternative to Modern Anti-Racism
Jason Littlefield & Dr. Erec Smith - Empowered Humanity: An Alternative to Modern Anti-Racism
In this episode I speak with Jason Littlefield and Erec Smith of Free Black Thought (FBT). Jason is a co-founder and co-editor of FBT, educator, Executive Director of EmpowerED Pathways, and designer of Compassionate Humanism, a humanity-centered framework for life, leadership, and learning. Dr. Erec Smith is a co-founder and co-editor of FBT, Writing Fellow for Heterodox Academy, Associate Professor of Rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania, and author of several books, including most recently "The Lure of Disempowerment: Reclaiming Agency in the Age of CRT" and "A Critique of Anti-Racism in Rhetoric and Composition." Jason and Erec offer an alternative to modern anti-racism that is rooted in self-empowerment, shared values, and interconnectedness. In this episode we discuss how the "victim" narrative is embedded (consciously or not) within the anti-racist approach; how this narrative can seep into interactions and situations we encounter; why the sense of victimhood leads to learned helplessness; how modern antiracism and DEI counterproductively reinforce "othering" instead of focusing on shared humanity; the trap of the oppressed vs. oppressor dynamic; why we must include a relationships with ourselves (in addition to others) in combatting racism; why and how we should focus our identities around shared values rather than biological characteristics, such as skin color; the role of rhetoric and the importance of pragmatism in communication about race; the connection between empowerment and spirituality (e.g., Buddhism); traditional SEL versus transformative SEL; and much more. Links: Jason and Erec's recent article on traditional vs. transformative SEL EmpowerED Pathways Dr. Erec Smith's Amazon page Dr. Goodman's article, "The Middle Way to Racial Equality: The Psychology of Polarization and a More Compassionate Path Forward" Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/iVYt57ScrZk Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Website: https://matthewgoodmanphd.com Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 If you find this useful, please consider sharing with a friend/loved one, rating or reviewing, or supporting the show : )
01:04:40
June 27, 2022
Mónica Guzmán - Bridging the Political Divide Through Curiosity and Trust
Mónica Guzmán - Bridging the Political Divide Through Curiosity and Trust
What a treat to bring you today's conversation with Mónica Guzmán. Mónica is a bridge builder, journalist, and entrepreneur who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. She’s director of digital and storytelling at Braver Angels, the nation’s largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; host of live interview series at Crosscut; and cofounder of the award- winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey. She was a 2019 fellow at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, where she studied social and political division, and a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where she researched how journalists can rethink their roles to better meet the needs of a participatory public. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle, served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and plays a barbarian named Shadrack in her besties’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. A Mexican immigrant, Latina, and dual US/Mexico citizen, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two kids and is the proud liberal daughter of conservative parents. Personally, I have been a fan of Mónica and the Braver Angels organization more broadly over the past few years. Their work cannot be understated; we all recognize that polarization is one of the key threats to our society today. If you are someone who wants to build bridges, check out their work. As Mónica discusses, bridge building does not mean that you necessarily shift your views to be more centrist; on the contrary, you can hold strong political opinions grounded firmly in your values AND at the same time understand and respect someone else's opinions and values. In this episode we discuss Mónica's experience of being the liberal daughter of two Trump-voting parents; the different types of polarization we face today; why Mónica believes curiosity is the strongest antidote to polarization; the tendency to have more empathy for our in-group versus out-group; building "short bridges;" the story of Braver Angels and its work across the country, including with members of congress; the future of debates; the problem with trying to control misinformation; how to have productive political conversations with others; and more. Purchase Mónica's book, "I Never Thought It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times": https://www.amazon.com/Never-Thought-That-Way-Conversations/dp/1637740328 Highlights from this episode: "If all you're doing is disqualifying people when they don't affirm facts, that doesn't address what's really underneath it all—which is people's concerns.... The real work is listening to each other's honest concerns." "As a society we need to have a collective search for truth... the problem is that any conversation does not involve all of us, because we're so fractured. in order to make sure that conversation involves all of us, we're going to have to build trust." "Building trust means that you have to listen to someone without correcting them." "We're not going to build truth until we build trust." Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nsHhFJVZ48s Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Website: https://matthewgoodmanphd.com Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 If you find this useful, please consider sharing with a friend/loved one, rating or reviewing, or supporting the show : )
55:09
June 13, 2022
Beyond Gun Control: America Needs to Look Into Its Soul
Beyond Gun Control: America Needs to Look Into Its Soul
In this episode I share some reflections on the immensely tragic and troubling eruption of mass shootings. I first point out the great disservice that polarization does on this topic; we can focus on both "gun control" and "mental health" at the same time, irrespective of the pull to choose one solution or the other based on our group's ideology. I explain why I think focusing on these debates actually maintains the status quo—despite good intentions to find the right answers and "fix" the problem, we neglect doing the deep soul-searching that is necessary to truly "diagnose" and "treat" the problem. I suggest we can do much more to publicly broadcast messages that could reach potential violent actors, counterintuitively founded in love and compassion. I share my thoughts on arming teachers (I think it's terrible). I explore the problem of more control. I urge us to look at this from a psychospiritual and collective lens: what is the world trying to communicate through its symptoms? Why is this happening right on the heels of a global pandemic and the war in Ukraine? Finally, I propose a completely new solution to the problem: we don't have one. Instead, we need to be willing to "not know" in order to do the difficult psychological, emotional, spiritual, sociological, and political work necessary to truly diagnose and treat this problem on a much deeper level. 
32:27
June 05, 2022
Dr. Jaime Pineda - A Neuroscientist's Spiritual Journey
Dr. Jaime Pineda - A Neuroscientist's Spiritual Journey
In this episode I speak with Dr. Jaime A. Pineda. Dr. Pineda is Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, where he spent 28 years impacting and inspiring generations of undergraduate and graduate students to take on hard questions in the neurobiology of the human mind. He is the author of many widely cited papers in animal and human cognitive and systems neuroscience, including Mirror Neuron Systems: The Role of Mirroring Processes in Social Cognition (one of the most cited and downloaded books in the field). For the last twenty years, Jaime became interested in spiritual matters as a bridge to a fuller understanding of the mind. This led him to explore Zen Buddhism, train with a master teacher, and develop his creative side. He has published two books of poetry (Quieting of a Mind; Dawning of a New Mind) focusing on mind-brain relationships with an emphasis on spirituality, mysticism, environmentalism, and social activism. Most recently, he published his autobiography (Piercing the Cloud: Encountering the Real Me), the story of his journey and bridging of science and spirituality. In this episode we discuss Jaime’s experience of immigrating to the U.S. at 9 years old, and how this planted the seed for his scientific and spiritual endeavors to understand the “self;” how Jaime understands “self” and its role in human suffering; the “self” from a developmental/evolutionary perspective; “spiritual crises” and how to harness them for growth; the neurobiology of “self;” Jaime’s tips for quieting the “monkey mind;” getting in touch with the larger, unconscious, and transcendent “self;” and the importance of self-love and being a loving parent to oneself. Dr. Pineda's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Jaime-A.-Pineda/e/B0899LKT8N%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A004I_dLQaQ Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Website: https://matthewgoodmanphd.com Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 If you find this useful, please consider sharing with a friend/loved one, rating or reviewing, or supporting the show : )
48:20
May 23, 2022
The Fundamentals of Thriving: Balancing Order and Chaos
The Fundamentals of Thriving: Balancing Order and Chaos
In this episode I discuss the dynamic relationship between Order and Chaos–the basic building blocks of the universe. I have come to see this dynamic tension underlying EVERYTHING, from psychological well-being, to relationships, to the success of athletes, artists, and companies, to the health and survival of social and political systems. Striking the balance between these two forces–or, we might say, walking the "Middle Way"–guides us to greater psychological, physical, and social well-being. It also might determine whether our society survives.  Expect to learn:  What "chaos" and "order" mean and how they manifest psychologically. The relationship between "masculine" order and "feminine" chaos in society.  What happens when order and chaos become pathological (i.e., extreme), both individually and collectively.  How certain mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, addiction) reflect either too much order, or too much chaos; where you might fall on this spectrum; and why I've turned to this framework for managing my OCD symptoms (i.e., too much order).  How to set a compass for your day, and life, that includes a healthy mixture of the two.  Why NBA champs and your favorite athlete, team, performer, author, etc. is fundamentally representing a balance of order and chaos (and thus why we're drawn to them).  How Improv and Stand-Up Comedy balance these energies and provide a framework for healthy living.  Why chaos is not "bad," but an opportunity to reorganize into something better and more beautiful.  Watch this episode on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP7uXa-iKD0 Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Website: https://matthewgoodmanphd.com Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 If you find this useful, please consider sharing with a friend/loved one, rating or reviewing, or supporting the show : ) 
45:30
May 09, 2022
Jesse Singal - Gender-Affirming Medicine: A Candid Conversation
Jesse Singal - Gender-Affirming Medicine: A Candid Conversation
In this episode I have the special privilege of speaking with Jesse Singal. Jesse is a journalist who has written for New York Magazine, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, amongst other publications. He is the author of, “The Quick Fix: Why Psychology Can’t Cure Our Social Ills.” He writes a popular newsletter on Substack called “Singal Minded” and co-hosts the podcast, “Blocked and Reported” with Katie Herzog.  I invited Jesse on the show to talk about the problem of politics in science. We focus mostly on the science of gender-affirming medicine (GAM) in youth including the current state of the literature, the pressures to uphold a particular narrative, and why and how this topic has become so politicized. This discussion is based primarily on an article Jesse published on Substack critiquing a recent scientific paper that appeared to tout the benefits of GAM for youth's mental health. We also talk about the taboo topic of detransitioners, the recent Texas and Florida bills, and the psychology of polarization more broadly.  Link to Jesse's recent GAM article: https://jessesingal.substack.com/p/researchers-found-puberty-blockers?s=r Jesse's book: https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Fix-Psychology-Cant-Social/dp/0374239800 Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dd-8WcFvexc If you enjoy this content, please rate, review, and/or share the podcast. You can also support The Middle Way on a donation basis.  Follow Dr. Goodman: Instagram: @matthewgoodmanphd Website: https://matthewgoodmanphd.com Book: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Stress-Reduction-Effective-Practices-ebook/dp/B09R1D6HN2 Thank you for listening! 
47:37
April 25, 2022
Russia and Ukraine: Compassionate Heart, Pragmatic Action
Russia and Ukraine: Compassionate Heart, Pragmatic Action
🙏♥ our hearts are with the people suffering right now ♥🙏 In this episode, we break down the "Middle Way" perspective on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. We are currently facing the potential for escalation between these two sides, and between East and West more broadly. The people in the middle of this tug-of-war, suffering the most, are the Ukrainians. In this episode we explore the importance of PRAGMATISM in this conflict—meaning, what exactly has to happen to stop the suffering, irrespective of ideology or belief? A compassionate heart inherently invites pragmatism; by seeing ourselves as interconnected, we are free to focus on what works, right now, instead of being distracted by the intoxication of identity and predisposed beliefs. For those with less historical context, I provide a little context for how we came to this quagmire (doing my best), including the role of the U.S./West in taking actions that can at least be PERCEIVED as provacatory, whether justified or not, and therefore simply not pragmatic—not actions that ultimately reduce suffering and serve the Ukrainians. In the second part of the episode, we examine this issue from the perspective of the world's consciousness: why are we facing a new, and more insidious, "symptom" in the world, despite just getting through the last one (COVID)? What is the world asking us to recognize? Perhaps the real enemy that we need to focus on, at the end of the day, is EGO. Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is the author of "Simple Stress-Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults" (Amazon). He offers consultation to businesses, schools, and other organizations on stress-management, behavior change, and public messaging. Learn more here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com. 
39:44
March 16, 2022
Christian Picciolini - From Radical Hate to Radical Love
Christian Picciolini - From Radical Hate to Radical Love
Christian Picciolini is the former leader of America’s largest Neo-Nazi skinhead group. He is now one of the most influential figures in countering and preventing extremism, helping hundreds of individuals deradicalize and leave hate behind. Christian and I sit down and talk about how he became radicalized at age 14; what he was looking for and the holes (or “potholes”) that were filled by joining this movement; why and how he got out; how he helps others deradicalize; his advice for dealing with extremism on a broader societal level; his new podcast, F*** Your Racist History; and much more. Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. After leaving the hate movement he helped create during the 1980s and 90s, he began the painstaking process of making amends and rebuilding his life. Christian went on to earn a degree in international relations from DePaul University and launched Goldmill Group, a counter-extremism consulting and digital media firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for producing an anti-hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from extremism. Since leaving the white-power movement, Christian has helped hundreds of individuals leave hate behind, and he leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention network. He has spoken all over the world, including the TED stage, and shares his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion. Christian chronicles his involvement and exit from the early American white- supremacist skinhead movement in his memoir, WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH, and is the featured subject in season 3 of WBEZ’s 'Motive' podcast. He showcases his disengagement work in a second book, BREAKING HATE: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, published in 2020 by Hachette Books, as well as the MSNBC documentary series of the same name. He is currently the host of the 'F*** Your Racist History' podcast, a weekly, scripted history show that tells America's hidden, overlooked, and unknown racist origin stories. You can learn more about Christian’s work at: https://www.christianpicciolini.com/ Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also an author and filmmaker. Learn more here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com or here: https://matthewgoodmanphd.medium.com
44:08
February 17, 2022
You Don't Need a Vaccine Card to Get Into Heaven (Science & Religion in the Age of COVID)
You Don't Need a Vaccine Card to Get Into Heaven (Science & Religion in the Age of COVID)
Has "science" become religious in its thinking? Are the core principles of being "pro science," particularly in the age of COVID, the new religious standards by which we dole judgment? We don't need a vaccine card to get into heaven (as far as I can tell); god (whoever and whatever that is) accepts and loves everyone. Yet, we are starting to see a division into the "good" and "bad," the "followers" and the "heretics," based on our adherence to the new, religious-esque doctrines of "science." Science has become a shadow of the very thing it is trying to suppress; a static thing to believe in rather than a rigorous and honest process of flexible, adaptable inquiry.  In this first part of this episode, I freestyle (not rap, but just talking off the cuff... maybe next episode I'll rap ;) ) some thoughts on science and religion in our current age. In the second part of the episode, I read from my recent blog post, "Sibling Rivalry: Science and Religion, Twin Opposites of the Collective Brain."   Link to blog post, "Sibling Rivalry: Science and Religion, Twin Opposites of the Collective Brain": https://matthewgoodmanphd.medium.com/sibling-rivalry-science-and-religion-twin-opposites-of-the-collective-brain-3b2ede4e44ca  Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also a writer and filmmaker. Follow his work here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com or here: https://matthewgoodmanphd.medium.com  Watch The Middle Way podcast interviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmga5Z4JdHziQjtCdnVhYuw   If you enjoy this content, do us a favor and rate, review, and share the podcast with a friend! : )
23:16
January 12, 2022
Can More Control Save Us From the Pandemic?
Can More Control Save Us From the Pandemic?
My thoughts on our current state of affairs.  Link to article on Medium: https://matthewgoodmanphd.medium.com/can-more-control-save-us-from-the-pandemic-6bf0ead2bbdb Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also a writer and filmmaker. Follow his work here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com or here: https://matthewgoodmanphd.medium.com  Watch The Middle Way podcast interviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmga5Z4JdHziQjtCdnVhYuw  If you enjoy this content, do us a favor and rate, review, and share the podcast with a friend! : )
18:33
December 08, 2021
Maia Szalavitz - A Compassionate Approach to Addiction
Maia Szalavitz - A Compassionate Approach to Addiction
In this episode, author Maia Szalavitz breaks down the helpful and not-so-helpful approaches to drug addiction. She discusses her own journey with addiction, the problems with "tough love," why shame and humiliation don't work, harm reduction, and how other countries have compassionately solved addiction. Plus, Maia and Matthew discuss "pandemic shaming" and the parallels between shaming addicts and “anti-maskers/vaxers” into changing their behavior (hint: shame doesn't work). Maia Szalavitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, which is widely recognized as an important advance in thinking about the nature of addiction and how to cope with it, personally and politically. Her book, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids was the first to expose the damage caused by the “tough love” business that dominates adolescent addiction treatment. She has written for numerous publications from High Times to the New York Times, including TIME, the Washington Post, the Guardian, VICE, Scientific American, and the Atlantic— and she is author or co-author of five other books. With Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, she co-wrote the classic work on child trauma, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and also Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential—And Endangered. She has won awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Drug Policy Alliance, the American Psychological Association and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology for her 30 years of groundbreaking writing on addiction, drug policy and neuroscience. Her new book is Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction. Find Maia's collection of books here. Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also a writer and filmmaker. Follow his work here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com or here: https://matthewgoodmanphd.medium.com Watch The Middle Way podcast interviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmga5Z4JdHziQjtCdnVhYuw If you enjoy this content, do us a favor and rate, review, and share the podcast with a friend! : )
30:54
November 17, 2021
What is The Middle Way?
What is The Middle Way?
Well... we're four episodes deep into this podcast. And I have yet to describe what The Middle Way podcast really is - why it exists, what "The Middle Way" refers to, and what the mission of the podcast is. So here we go. Enjoy.  Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also a writer and filmmaker. His work can be found here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com Watch The Middle Way podcast interviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmga5Z4JdHziQjtCdnVhYuw If you enjoy this content, do us a favor and rate, review, and share the podcast with a friend! : )
08:16
October 26, 2021
Dr. Dean Radin - Collective Consciousness, Psychic Abilities, and Paranormal Phenomena
Dr. Dean Radin - Collective Consciousness, Psychic Abilities, and Paranormal Phenomena
In this episode, I speak with the well-respected and prolific researcher Dr. Dean Radin about the science of consciousness and paranormal phenomena. We discuss the science of collective consciousness (including data from September 11th), psychic experiences such as "telephone telepathy" and "the feeling of being stared at," Dean's work with the U.S. government on remote viewing espionage, skepticism about paranormal phenomena amongst scientists, quantum biology, the illusion of space and time, non-local mind-matter entanglement, what Dean would do as leader of the free world,  the genetics of psychic abilities, and much more. Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Associated Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He earned a BS in electrical engineering (magna cum laude, with honors in physics), and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the IONS research staff in 2001, Radin worked at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He has given over 600 talks and interviews worldwide, and he is author or coauthor of over 300 scientific and popular articles, four dozen book chapters, two technical books, and four popular books translated into 15 foreign languages: The Conscious Universe (1997, HarperCollins), Entangled Minds (2006, Simon & Schuster), Supernormal (2013, RandomHouse), and Real Magic (2018, PenguinRandomHouse).  You can learn more about Dr. Radin's work at https://www.deanradin.com/ or https://noetic.org/profile/dean-radin/  Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also a writer and filmmaker. His work can be found here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com  Watch The Middle Way podcast interviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmga5Z4JdHziQjtCdnVhYuw If you enjoy this content, do us a favor and rate, review, and share the podcast with a friend! : )
01:02:43
October 03, 2021
The Science of Interconnectedness
The Science of Interconnectedness
In this episode I discuss the science of interconnectedness. Based on the wisdom of ancient spiritual traditions, now supported by science, I make the case that we should view the world as a single, interconnected organism. This not only generates more compassion for others by seeing our "oneness," but also helps "diagnose" and "treat" the world's problems by drawing upon knowledge of disease at the individual level. I discuss the purpose of symptoms, namely to draw our compassionate attention. Expect to learn:  -How the world and body mirror one another in their structure and function.  -The universal principles that govern all life on earth, from bacteria to cities, economies, companies, and ecosystems. -How the laws of balance and homeostasis apply across all systems, from our individual bodies to the world itself.  -What disease or "chaos" in our bodies has in common with the 2008 economic collapse.  -The scientific evidence for collective consciousness, including data from September 11th, 2001. If you find this content valuable, consider supporting the podcast for as little as $1/month. Your support helps the podcast grow: https://anchor.fm/matthewgoodmanphd/support Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also a writer and filmmaker. His work can be found here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com Watch The Middle Way podcast interviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmga5Z4JdHziQjtCdnVhYuw
38:50
July 20, 2021
Teresa Cassou - Authentic Spirituality
Teresa Cassou - Authentic Spirituality
This week I speak with Teresa Cassou. Teresa is a psychotherapist in Mexico and yoga teacher in the U.S. She began working with terminally ill children and prisoners in Mexico, before migrating to the U.S. at 24 years old to rebuild her life after recovering herself from alcohol addiction and divorce. Today she teaches yoga in San Diego and hold psychotherapy groups in Puebla, Mexico City, and Tijuana. In this episode we discuss Teresa's own recovery process and journey to teaching, bringing authenticity and humility to spiritual teaching and the healing arts, how to remain grounded in the age of social media and self-promotion, the concept of "already being enough,” brining our soul's unique gifts into the world, tuning into our gut and heart “brains,” the dark night of the soul, what the world is communicating through covid, the importance of rest and recovery, and much more. If you find this content valuable, consider supporting the podcast for as little as $1/month. Your support helps the podcast grow and run ad-free: https://anchor.fm/matthewgoodmanphd/support Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also a writer and filmmaker. His work can be found here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com Watch The Middle Way podcast interviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmga5Z4JdHziQjtCdnVhYuw
01:06:38
July 13, 2021
Dr. Bobby Mukkamala - Can Flint Become America's Most Mindful City?
Dr. Bobby Mukkamala - Can Flint Become America's Most Mindful City?
Welcome to the podcast! In this debut episode, I have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Medical Association. Dr. Mukkamala is a board-certified otolaryngologist in private practice in Flint, MI. He is currently President of the Michigan State Medical Society, past President of the Genesee County Medical Society, former Chair of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and current board member of the Foundation for Flint. While a wide range of public health issues are important to Dr. Mukkamala, no issue strikes closer to home than his own city of Flint’s nationally publicized struggles with high levels of lead leaching into the drinking water. With colleagues and community members, Dr. Mukkamala has been at the forefront of bringing mindfulness to Flint's educational, business, healthcare, and government sectors to help strengthen resilience in this community.  In this episode, we speak about Bobby's journey of growing up in Flint and returning to his hometown, why and how mindfulness was introduced to Flint, the mental health benefits of mindfulness, how mindfulness is being implemented in Flint schools, working with resistance and skepticism around mindfulness practice, the parallels between mindfulness and vaccines from a public health perspective, training Flint law enforcement and first responders in mindfulness and stress-management, the friction between mindfulness and religious/personal ideologies, starting a mindfulness initiative in one's own community or business, practicing mindfulness during the Flint water crisis and COVID pandemic, Bobby's story of pretending to be Deepak Chopra when Deepak visited Flint, and more. Plus: Bobby's tips for where to eat in Flint's burgeoning neighborhoods.  If you find this content valuable, consider supporting the podcast for as little as $1/month. Your support helps the podcast continue to grow and run ad-free: https://anchor.fm/matthewgoodmanphd/support Matthew S. Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also a writer and filmmaker. His work can be found here: http://matthewgoodmanphd.com Watch The Middle Way podcast interviews on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmga5Z4JdHziQjtCdnVhYuw
48:11
July 05, 2021
Trailer: The Middle Way Podcast
Trailer: The Middle Way Podcast
Here is a preview of what is to come on the podcast!
01:14
June 15, 2021