Welcome back to Mentally Flexible! My guest today is Dr. Dennis Tirch. He is a clinical psychologist and a Founding Director The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy. He has been described as one of the country’s foremost leaders in compassion training in evidence-based psychotherapy.

 Dr. Tirch is an author of 6 books and numerous peer reviewed articles on mindfulness, acceptance and compassion. He also has a rich personal history of spiritual practice that we dive into in this podcast. I was so happy to discover Dennis and his work as he has such a beautiful way of integrating eastern wisdom with western science.

In this episode we explore:
-The development of Dennis’ spiritual interests and practices
-How he navigated intense transformative experiences
-Integrating spirituality into his scientific and psychological endeavors 
-The difference between challenges and agony
-How to live in the world while being spiritually awake
-How to stay compassionate in the face of immense suffering of strangers
-The value in compassionately recognizing our own hypocrisy 
-Starting your inner work from where you rather than where you think you should be
-We end with Dennis leading a guided compassion focused meditation

Learn more about Dr. Tirch and the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy: http://www.mindfulcompassion.com/

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