Mind Meld 176 | Where the Treasure Hides with Dr. Miles Neale

Dr. Miles Neale is a psychotherapist, speaker, and author. His book, Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human is available now. Miles himself is a student of Tibetan Buddhism, having studied the path for over two decades.


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In this mind meld we chat about the gradual versus the sudden path, why ugliness is underrated, the endless utility of the monomyth and much more.

It’s in our nature to avoid the underbelly of existence. We shun pain, death, and loss at every opportunity. And why not? It’s easier than ever to do. Life is a decades-long bubble of climate-controlled fairytales for most of us.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t enjoy our temperate illusion. It’s pretty amazing. I am saying, we should be honest with ourselves about it. We should not only consider but feel the fact that no matter how many layers deep the memory foam wrapping our lives is, it’s not going to last.

Sure, you could go smoosh some peanut butter cups in your mouth and forget I tried to inflict scary thoughts upon you. Or, you could take a few minutes to reflect today. You could put the infinite peanut butter cups at your disposal in perspective. If you do that, they taste better. In fact, everything does. I also find you start to radiate with gratitude if you create space to reflect regularly.

If that doesn’t do it for you, you can always lower yourself into a living hell realm with ayahuasca. I know a place…

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