Hello my friends today, my guest is Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu. He is a psychologist and has training and clinical and community psychology, Yoga, meditation, and Chinese medicine. He holds a Doctorate from Harvard University. He’s been a teacher and counselor in Japan and the United States working with all ages from daycare to medical school. His current research is in the assessment of mindfulness and promoting personal wellbeing, leadership and social transformation. I was privileged to find Stephen’s book in the basement of the Strand bookstore in New York City. In it, he uses his personal experience to expand concepts that help us to transform ourselves, ultimately help us transform society using compassion. Stephen talks with me about the power of listening and how to be a more effective listener, what it really means. He also talks about actually seeing others and being seen, why it matters how we can do it. Stephen talks a lot about this duality, this tension between serving our ego, which of course we all have while remaining humble. So how do we walk that line between ego and humility? How do we share the things we know, the gifts we have with others in ways that make a difference while not letting it go to our head, not just being arrogant jerks. With that, please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu.
00:04:03 – Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu on what life’s about.
00:07:06 – Living to 111.
00:15:10 – A short meditation.
00:28:49 – Unhappy students.
00:38:41 – Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu’s mentor.
00:49:20 – Intellectual compassion.
00:57:29 – Lightning round.
01:21:16 – Who inspired you to write?
01:34:22 – Technical writing tools.
LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu’s Books
From Mindfulness to Heartfulness by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
Multicultural Encounters by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
When Half is Full by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu