Being Well Podcast: Deconstructing Yourself with Michael Taft
August 30, 2021

Today Forrest and I talked with meditation teacher, bestselling author, and podcaster (and our good friend) Michael Taft about moving from the spiritual to the secular and back again, ego dissolution, and how we can create ever-better versions of ourselves, while also discussing what goes into making “a self,” and how can we bring together the many aspects of who we are.



About Our Guest: Michael is a meditation teacher, bestselling author and neuroscience junkie. He’s been practicing meditation for over 35 years, and is the author of several books, including The Mindful Geek.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 1:30: Michael’s journey from the spiritual to the secular to back again
  • 5:00: LSD, yoga, and Shinzen Young
  • 8:30: Reconciling the spiritual and the secular
  • 15:45: What is “deconstructing yourself?”
  • 20:45: Ego dissolution and panic
  • 25:00: “Spiritual emergencies” and cautions around mindfulness
  • 29:20: Psychedelics and seeing the ego as an object
  • 31:00: Practices that help people see the empty nature of the self
  • 34:00: Key teachings for life’s long road
  • 45:00: A message to your younger self
  • 47:00: Recap

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