Mindfully Managing Depression and Managing the Monkey Mind with Dr. Stuart Eisendrath & Mark Coleman

Original Air Date Wednesday, December 16, 2020 

It may seem improbable for us to change the world but, if we can do the inner work and bring peace to ourselves we individually add to the collective good.

To find inner peace we must manage our negative thoughts and quiet our overstimulated minds. While it may be easier said than done, researchers are working to create mindfulness techniques that soothe and tame our monkey brain. To find out what alternative therapies exist to treat depression and ease suffering, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors who promote being in the present moment and practicing mindfulness to heal the mind. Dr. Stuart Eisendrath developed an alternative method to mindfully manage depression and Mark Coleman is a meditation teacher who founded the Mindfulness Institute where he guides students through mindfulness and meditation practices.

Dr. Stuart Eisendrath — Mindfully Managing Depression:
  • Meditation is mixed with cognitive therapy in Dr. Eisendrath’s alternative method for healing depression study. [2:12]
  • How mindfulness breaks up the depressive spiral. [6:00]
  • In his book, When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough, Dr. Eisendrath writes that depression can be cured. [9:50]
  • How depression generates a list of thoughts, and those thoughts can generate more depression. [17:10]
  • An MRI can measure brain function and offer a technique to change a depressed person’s focus. [19:54]

Dr. Stuart Eisendrath is a psychiatrist who cares for patients with depressive disorders. He leads groups in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to treat depression and anxiety. He was the UCSF Depression Center’s founding director and is  Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

Book: When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression 


Stuart Eisendrath Website

Stuart Eisendrath MD on Facebook




Mark Coleman — Doing the Inner Work:

  • Bringing presence and awareness into our body to cultivate understanding and insight. [30:38]
  • The trickiness of becoming mindful and applying mindfulness to communications. [34:56]
  • Suffering = Pain x Resistance. [42:49]
  • Mark explains what it means to have a peaceful heart. [47:20]

Mark Coleman is the author of From Suffering to Peace, Make Peace with Your Mind, and Awake in the Wild. He is the founder of the Mindfulness Institute and has an MA in clinical psychology. Mark has guided students on five continents as a corporate consultant, counselor, meditation teacher, and wilderness guide. He lives in Northern California.

Book: From Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness


Mark Coleman Website

@MarkColeman365 on Twitter

Mark Coleman Meditation Teacher on Facebook




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