Today, we’re going to talk about our suffering. We talk about suffering, because suffering has a lot of meaning for us. Yet a lot of times, we view our suffering as something to be ashamed of or to run away from.
Why does it seem like our initial response is to put our tears in a bottle? Could there be a purpose to our suffering? Does suffering just prove that we are real? How do we turn our pain into something that can help us?
And who better to talk about our suffering with, than a practicing psychologist – especially Dr. Andre Decary! And I’m so glad to welcome back one of my most fave psychologists, because he’s totally a safe place in which to discuss something that’s painful and scary…as we continue to make sense of it.
And for sure, Andre Decary has certainly led a very interesting life- he was a monk in the Hindu tradition, survived a near death experience, specialized in trauma, and is in private psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, CA. He states that he was wounded and had managed his wounds well until a breakdown in the Himalayas, which brought him to the field of psychology. It was the beginning of his introspection into himself, as he now helps others.