#314 A Wise and Counterintuitive Way to Meditate in a Crisis | Lama Rod Owens

Ten Percent Happier
January 11, 2021
#314 A Wise and Counterintuitive Way to Meditate in a Crisis | Lama Rod Owens
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
Transcript

If you’re either seething or scared — or both — in the aftermath of the attack on the US Capitol, this one’s for you. In times of national and international strife, we’ve made it a habit — a good habit, I think — of turning to Lama Rod Owens. Rod was officially recognized as a lama but the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism after doing a three-year retreat. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard. And he has written several books, including his newest, which is called Love and Rage. In this conversation, which we recorded just yesterday, we talk about how to work with the anger and fear many of us feeling right now. We also talk about: how to communicate with people with whom we disagree; how to strategically divest from people and technologies that are depleting us (rather than self-medicating with distraction); and why the most important way to play a constructive role right now — although this may be counterintuitive for some people — is to start with yourself.

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