Dr Neil Coburn, Academy Of Mindful Psychology And Organization, Academy Of Mindful Psychology discussed on Wealth Transformation Podcast
Our special guests. This evening is Dr Neil Coburn. This is the first segment of our two part discussion with. Neil Dr Neil Coburn. Phd's a licensed clinical psychologist from UC Berkeley and his L. C. S. W. and M. F. T. with decades of experience in human transformation and emotional wellbeing. He is the author of the book emotional wellbeing embracing the gift of life and is the is the founder and president of the Academy of Mindful Psychology. He is an international workshop leader and in Mindfulness and emotional health shortly thereafter. He assumed the role of president and CEO of California Graduate School of Psychology. Dr Coburn Rebuilt and rejuvenated. The institution eventually merged school of American schools of psychology and national set of graduate schools of psychology. Dr Coburn actively continues to augment his knowledge of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology in addition to attending dozens of training throughout the US led by far most leaders in the subject area. He is a member of the spirit. Rock Meditation Centers saying Haw and continues to steady with world renowned teachers such as Jack Cornfield and other teachers counsel as well as distinguished visiting teachers. He has trained and facilitated workshops with Zen Master Gimpo Roshii training facilitators from all over the world in the big mind process. Doctor Dr Coburn plays an active role in the Academy of Mindful Psychology and Organization designed to provide education and training in mindfulness and psychology. He maintains a private clinical practice. In Marin California this is the first segment of our two part discussion with me. We'll come kneel well. I'm really happy that you have are joining us tonight. We have had several communications in passing in the media center. And you're a local media person and also author and I said you know it's time to have you on our show. Well it's about time so thank you thank you. I've pretty much already given your bio and background. But I know we dig a lot deeper and get into some more fun stuff of what you're doing and So I know you're from New York and so tell me about how you got into psychology. Well that's an interesting story. Actually I went to school in Brooklyn so I was raised in New York City and my freshman year. I was a business major because I didn't quite know what I was supposed to be doing. My father was an accountant and it was so unbelievably boring. I'm the people that were in this program. It's just like oh please take a breath. Have a pulse. I thought to myself where are there? Some dynamic people and we're all the pretty girls you know. Obviously that's a motivation. When you're you know freshman in college and it turned out. I took a psychology class and I was always oriented that way. Anyhow but that really. I've been a psychologist the my family's since I was two years old. I missed three and that whole deal but I just took to it and I was passionate about it and from the ADS. I figured out once twenty seven years of education it's a lot of years to my PhD and also gesture experiential education. As well as your all you can. You can take another thirty years. But that's as far as that's as far as we take care of that boy looking pretty good so no really. I've just always been very passionate about it. You know what makes us tick? And how is it feelings? Come up the way they come up. And why some people this way and other people that way and I've just I was a student of it all my life really so well. I can understand except that I went towards more of the financial part and probably because they got involved with my family's business but then I never felt there's always something missing but I knew that I was preparing myself. You are the whole time. I was prepared. I knew that. Why am I doing this boring stuff but I was also challenging my brain to get into the complicated stuff but preparing yourself just like you were. You've been preparing yourself for what you're doing. And you're an author now emotional wellbeing embracing the gift and I. I already blessed our viewers that a beautiful cover. Yes it is to that cover you know? Oh well tell us the story of that cover since we're talking about it. Well you know the book is titled Emotional Wellbeing Embracing the Gift of life and this is really a book about how miraculous life is and how so many of us just. We don't really value and appreciate what an incredible gift that is and the story is a story about the rarity of life and interestingly enough there was just a scientific study done two weeks ago. I put it on my website. Kademi mindful psychology for people. That are interested where they determined the probability of being born interesting. The probability of being whittled. That does that mean what it means is. It's astronomical the odds that any of us have ever been born and why I tell you this is all we all miracles absolutely and there's a story. I think it comes out of the Buddhist. Tradition could be the Hindu tradition and the story is of a blind sea turtle we are roaming an ocean the size of the universe and once every hundred years it's surfaces to the top and the rarity of birth is as if that turtle emerges through a ring bobbing on the top of the ocean. That's how unique and special life is the odds of that kind of event occurring. Send a metaphor or is that it's a metaphor of course. It's a metaphor. I thought what better depiction to really talk about this gift. And then of course. My son did the art. I have a twenty one year olds artist. That means a lot. Jay Brennan is fantastic. Yes yes so. How did you come up with? I know I- preempted this by saying I talk about wealth but if we don't have wealth and this is where the transformation comes in if we don't have wealth in relationships there really is to me. There's nothing else that matters when it really comes down to it so that's why I wanted to have you on. The show is because you know emotional wellbeing how you know how did how did you come up with that and also? I don't want to give you too many questions at once. But his like mindful psychology. So let's start at the hour so it's interesting you know if we don't have wealth in our relationships X Y and Z. I'll go one step further. If we don't have wealth in our relationship with ourselves then we have nothing absolutely. That's the first and foremost you know it. It's it's an inside job. Yeah that's what I like to say and you know I'm sure you've observed this in so many. All the way out there is that women are emerging in that and I mean all over the world. They're merging without relationship with themselves. And you know I it. You know it's like the pendulum. A pendulum is probably you know going swinging swinging swinging. And now it'll be nice because you know men also can become more used their feminine side to in this whole process. So it's very interesting definitely. I think there's a tremendous movement and frankly I'll say thank God for the Internet. You know I'm I line up just the opposite way when everybody's talking about you know all the potential pitfalls and they exist. The reality is the Internet ultimately connects the entire universe. I'll I'll get the mindful psychology in just a second. But I want to tell you story if you don't mind please. That's why you're here. So the tower babble Biblical story is very very interesting story. I don't know if you know it of some people do something. I don't know the details. Well basically what occurred? Is that the tribes in the middle of the desert. Were REALLY UPSET. Because they had a very arduous life you know dwelling in the desert is not an easy thing to do and they prayed and they prayed and prayed and they get very frustrated that their prayers are not answered so they did something that had never been done before. They came together and collectively. They decided they were going to build a tower way up into the heavens and they were going to climb this tower and at the top of the tower they were going to confront God face to face and basically say. Why aren't you listening to us? Why aren't you helping us? So they got together. They believed so they climb this tower. They built this tower. They spent years constructing this massive at and just as they were about to ascend into the heavens God appears in fury and he smashes the tower thousands and thousands of pieces question. Exactly how dare you question? And he said every piece of this tower will represent a different language. So you'll never be able to talk to one another again and do anything as outrageous as you've just. That's the story. Oh you should because how powerful is that story and now what we have now we have the Internet and you know what the Internet does. It allows me to talk to China. It allows my son to talk to Spain. It's connecting the world in a way where we have to understand. We're all interconnected this awesome them. It's an illusion and it's it's demonstration now if people can emotionally mentally spiritually and physically embrace that and appreciate that absolutely. I mean that's going to be the true revolution. Yes I'm in one Santa Cruz where part of this movement revolution. It's true. So thank you. I always give. Thanks all right. So but the mindful you know I know there's a lot of spiritual spiritual things in here and you look and but mindful psychology. So tell us how you started writing an article. The other day and this article was written two psychologists psychotherapists and it starts by saying we are not mindful so mindful psychology is an integration of a long spiritual practice notice. Mindfulness now twenty. Six hundred years basically comes from Buddhist philosophy with traditional psychology. And what I mean by traditional. I'm talking about Eastern and Western psychology. So one day in the shower came to me. It's time it's time that psychology becomes mindful. Now What's interesting about mindfulness? Mindfulness is about awareness. It's about higher consciousness. It's about stepping back and observing instead of reacting. It's about being fully present in the moment in a higher frequency in a higher frequency. Absolutely Cheryl this is it right. What's going on between us is all or is that could be going on. This moment is all we have back and my full. Psychology takes the teachings of mindfulness and it. Integrates it with neuroscience. I'm into mazing what we're learning and neuroscience and integrates. It will explain that just a little bit. I'm I'm going to break this down just a little bit. So so our viewers can maybe understand you know the neuroscience of the mindfulness. Okay so I'll tell you a very interesting dynamic this so much to say about neuroscience but I just give you I'll give you a little a little taste so years ago. They had in a lab that to monkeys monkeys were wired up because they were looking at their brain activity and took a peanut. They gave it to a monkey on a set here. Monkey a monkey started the peanut and they watched what was happening in the brain of that monkey. Well what they didn't anticipate was what was happening in the monkey that was watching the monkey. Eat the peanut. You know what was happening. Exactly the same level of activity. Now think about this. We've got one monkey watching another monkey. Eat The brain goes into whatever monkey absolutely monkey monkeys but the ramifications of this are staggering. Because what it says is what we attend to absolutely influences our brain how our brain functions into absolutely and you say intend to air intentions intentions. But I'm talking about what we attend what we see what we focus on effects the way our brain functions..