I had a terrific conversation with Mark Coleman, the meditation teacher and therapist, about how to defeat bullies within and without. His new book, Make Peace With Your Mind, is full of good stuff. Here’s a quote from our interview:
“The critic really started as a survivor mechanism in early infancy and childhood when we were trying to navigate our early family system and culture. When we’re learning how to fit in so we could optimize that flow of love and affection. It was an internal voice telling us to shut certain patterns and reactions down, that negativity bias that’s always looking for what’s wrong, looking for the threat. That tendency gets dovetailed into the critic, so that we don’t just notice what’s wrong. Instead, the critic comes in and nails us, slams us for it.”
I talked to my friend Mark Wolynn about his eye-opening new book, It Didn’t Start With You, for Psychology Today. Mark’s book is a groundbreaking approach to transforming traumatic legacies passed down in families over generations. Mark is Director of The Family Constellations Institute and an expert in healing inherited trauma. I learned a lot from our conversation.
It was great to talk to Duncan CJ for his video interview series SpiritPig. When he first approached me, the name threw me off, then I saw his roster of past interviews and realized the guy is the real deal. Intelligent questions and a good conversation. Spirit Pig is a non-profit dedicated to exploring the art of living an awakened life. It features free, uncensored, raw interviews with some of the most interesting voices in psychology, spirituality, and the arts sharing advice on on a vast array of topics that inspire, stimulate and motivate. Watch the video.
I recently had an interview published in Art & Inspiration, a free bilingual English/French e-magazine & website with a directory of international artists. In the article titled From Crisis to Creativity: an Interview with Mark Matousek, I discuss the common threads in the stories from my book When You’re Falling, Dive, how to face crisis, as well as my philosophy that each of us is born with creative genius. I hope you enjoy it.
A piece about my work just came out in Art & Inspiration, an online magazine published in France (the article appears in both English and French). The theme of this issue is crisis and creativity; I’m interviewed along with Carolyn Myss and three other writers. Tess Nurman, the very young, very smart editor and founder of Art and Inspiration, talked to me by Skype for an hour – about my personal life and books, especially “When You’re Falling, Dive,” then assembled a gallery of ancient photographs that took me WAY back … like seeing my life flash before my eyes. Art and Inspiration is published quarterly and is full of powerful pieces and terrific visuals. I’m happy to be in such good company.