Human Healing: Restorative Practices for Real People and a Better World with Elena Mustakova EdD & Jason Gots

Original Air Date Wednesday, May 4, 2022 

To get in touch with our spiritual side we must clear out, bypass, cleanse, and filter through all of the programming that has told us to be strong, get over it, and feel shame. For humanity to heal, we need to gather quiet moments, reflect on our experiences, and work together in a compassionate, understanding, and principled way. We have the unique opportunity to make the most of our one shot at this conscious life.

To gather the tools needed to help us on our healing journey, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen, speaks with two authors who observe and report on how to heal the human experience. Elena Mustakova summarizes the highlights of her book, Global Unitive Healing: Integral Skills for Personal and Collective Transformation and reminds us that it is OK to reclaim our spirituality. Jason Gots shares the inspiration behind the writing of his book, Humanity Is Trying: Experiments in Living with Grief, Finding Connection, and Resisting Easy Answers, and describes how suffering can be a gateway to healing.

Elena Mustakova EdD — Restorative Practices for a Better World:

  • What creates mental suffering in the world today? [1:58]
  • How to transform the amount of aggression on the planet to bolster interdependence and resilience on our planet. [6:02]
  • Elena explains the shadow side of Consumerism. [8:38]
  • Elena’s book, Global Unitive Healing: Integral Skills for Personal and Collective Transformation, offers tools for optimizing life and healing. [14:29]
  • Reclaiming the true understanding of spirituality and listening to our hearts. [22:16]

Elena Mustakova in a dark background, guest of episode with Jason Gots about human healing, restorative practices and a better worldDr. Elena Mustakova is an educator, counselor, writer, social scientist, and former professor in adult developmental psychology. She is the author of Critical Consciousness and senior editor of Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for Global Era, and has received academic recognition for her scholarship, writing, and international lecturing on the development of moral consciousness, and the rethinking of psychology to address the spiritual needs of a global age. Her dedication is to the spiritual empowerment of individuals and communities toward a just, united, and peaceful planet.

Book: Global Unitive Healing: Integral Skills for Personal and Collective Transformation


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Jason Gots — Human Healing:

  • The pursuit of happiness and the messy process of personal growth. [31:37]
  • Valerie describes the subtle back channels of communication that are as important as words. [32:38]
  • Interpreting the behavior of others is more about context than body language. [38:49]
  • In the face of differences, it is important to remember that our humanity is what binds us all together. [43:41]

Jason Gots in a bright background, guest of episode with Elena Mustakova about human healing, restorative practices and a better worldJason Gots is a writer, podcaster, lecturer in the writing department of Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, and singer-songwriter. He holds a Master’s Degree in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College, and another in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University. He’s the creator and host of Think Again – a Big Think Podcast and the Clever Creature Podcast.

Book: Humanity Is Trying: Experiments in Living with Grief, Finding Connection, and Resisting Easy Answers



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“What has happened to critical thinking and how do we retrieve it and teach it?” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“This concept of love beyond romantic love or the love for one's children, this is where I think we need education to teach people how to fall back in love with humanity.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“How much aggression can this small planet sustain?” @globalsochealth on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Consumerism is training people to be less discerning, to feel more inadequate, and being raised to consume.” @globalsochealth on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We are a mind, body, soul, and spirit and unless we live in a way that is harmonious with all aspects of our being we can not be happy.” @globalsochealth on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Meditation, reflection, and prayer are fundamental to our self-understanding.” @globalsochealth on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“There are forces at work, at all times, that connect us.” @globalsochealth on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Real growth doesn’t happen until you acknowledge the challenges you are facing.” @jgots on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We are, in fact, a constant process of change that life is not whatever we would like it to be or what fits nicely into the narrative arc of a made-for-television movie.” @jgots on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We ought to have more words for love than we do.” @jgots on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Happiness has so many shades. We get into trouble when we think of it as bouncing down the street in glee.” @jgots on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We are mortal. That's a thing. Age happens. Sickness happens. All of these things are part of our experience. If we live in a state of resistance to them, what are we going to do when the person we love becomes sick?” @jgots on… Click To Tweet



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