When Science Meets Compassion

Today, Erik sits down with renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté. They discuss staying present, what it means to follow your passion, how we identify ourselves, and much much more. Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

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When Science Meets Compassion with Dr. Gabor Mate

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“There was a time in my life where the writing impulse which had been with me all my life was stifled and stymied. And so was I because I had this frustration. Inside, I had the sense that there [was] something I needed to express. But I didn’t know why, I didn’t know how. And at some point, I realized, oh, yeah, I need to write. So that began before I finished medical practice. But it certainly has been essential to my ongoing unfolding as a human being. I quote, in this book, there’s a great Hungarian Canadian stress researcher, called Janos Selye, and Selye is the one who actually coined the word stress in the sense that we use it today. And he’s the one that showed in the laboratory that stress diminishes the immune system, and this organizes the hormones and ulcerates the stomach and all this kind of stuff. But still, he also said, and I quote him here, “What is in us must out, what is in us must out, that we all have to follow or kill the urges in the way that nature prepared for us. Otherwise, we can be hopelessly, hopelessly hemmed in by frustration.” I’m paraphrasing him very closely. So we’re all created in the image of God. I mean, I don’t know what your religious views are, but that sense that we created in the image of God means that we are creators because the essence of God is creation.

In fact, we call God “the Creator.” And we call the result of that creation… if we’re offshoots of that creative dynamic in the universe, then it means that it’s in us to create. So that doesn’t mean [it has] to take the form of formal art, but it does have to take some flow or something that’s inside you, that needs to come out. Otherwise, as Selye says, you get hopelessly hemmed in by frustration. And so in that sense, everybody’s got a creative urge. And that may take the form of social intercourse, it might take the form of gardening, I don’t care, community nature. Athletic expression, I don’t care what. But everybody’s got it. And if people don’t realize they have it, it’s only because life has had them in and they’re too busy. And sometimes they are trying to make a living trying to survive too disconnected from themselves. But it’s in all of us. And to the extent that we don’t give it expression, we suffer.”



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