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Duncan Trussell on the Importance of Self-Acceptance

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Duncan Trussell explains his interpretation of Ram Dass' spiritual philosophy and why it's important to accept where you are in life at this very moment to "Mental Illness Happy Hour" host Paul Gilmartin.
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Duncan Trussell explains his interpretation of Ram Dass' spiritual philosophy and why it's important to accept where you are in life at this very moment to "Mental Illness Happy Hour" host Paul Gilmartin. Trussell also delves into the tension that is often created between meditation and the ego and shares how treating the ego with respect will actually help to support one's mental health.
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your late friend Ram Das, who was like, No, it's all about the action. It's about being a service. It's about living a principled life. Um, it's, you know, my interpretation of of what he was teaching is somewhat of what you just said. But I think, actually, uh what what I love about what he's teaching is that where you start where you're at? So, uh, in other words, uh, the next step is the path you're on a. So now in the Bhagavad Gita, which is a Scripture that I really love from India, there, uh, is a description of the people who try to find God. And you would expect this description to be like pious people or principled people or the honest people. But in these descriptions, I think they do mention intelligent people. But also they mentioned the seeker after gold. And so in this particular form of yoga, uh, called bhakti yoga, which I think you could say Rondo's practiced or kind of bhakti yoga related to Hanuman or his guru named Ali Baba. There is this beautiful idea, a conceptualization of connecting with the divine, where in regardless of why you want to connect and who you are. When you try to make the connection, just the very act of reaching out will begin to transform you. Now you So so in these stories. In Bhakti yoga, there are people who are in the mythology. Christina's nemesis, Krishna's greatest enemy, inevitably becomes like a saint because even the act of hating God with all of the ferocity of a mythological demon is a form of devotion. And so this is what I love about this conceptualization of spirituality is all are welcome. You're going to get your Indian tattoo and do your blog and, you know, get a few pictures of what seems to be your, you know, deep dive into spirituality when you're just staying at nice hotels. Not really doing anything, just trying to make some money. Fine. That's fine. As long as there's a single inkling of something in you, it has this feeling. I think there's something more than this and starts following that you will change for you will begin to change. And, um so this to me is if I was going to if I was forced to, like, talk about a word that gets used too, much spirituality. Uh, it would be anything that helps you remember that where you're at right now is just where you need to be. This is it. This is the place. And there's all kinds of things that remind us of that very complicated systems of yoga and magic and, um, self help. And then just very simple things. Like walking outside is trite, as that might sound. Going out into the forest, touching the ground, looking at color. As ridiculous as that sounds, reminding yourself of the This is where you are. Here. This is your place. This is it. This is where you're at and and the dream of where you're supposed to be. And the guilt over where you've been produces a kind of temporal crucifix that you're psychologically nailing yourself too, because you don't have the apps. You didn't meditate seven days this week and you did. You were going to train for the marathon. But you did. You stopped And all those things. You know what I mean? These this super ego stuff versus like where you're at right now. Which is it? This is where we start. You start from where you're at. So This is what I learned from Rhonda's, uh, which is this profound teaching that you can love yourself where you're at. And this is why Rhonda's would say, I love myself to death, that his method for dissolving the ego, which you know, You hear, I Alaska people always using these very aggressive terms. I crushed my ego. I destroyed my ego. I shattered my ego. Pour ego, Poor ego. Your ego did all this work. It was trying to protect you. You needed that ego. It helped you through all these different phases of your life. And now you're gonna decimate and crush it. That's to me. Um, how are we going to their Pema Children? Uh, in her book, The wisdom No escape talks about how, if the idea of meditation is to become a better person, the meditation becomes an aggression to the self that you are right now and and and so what I learned from mom does is something about just allowing me to be where I'm at now to love it and to love the bad stuff that isn't fashionably bad to love the stuff that really needs work to love the stuff that really, really, uh, could decimate my life. Doesn't mean spiritual bypass. In other words, I continue some action that causes harm in the world. But also, um, it means that in the process of change, I'm changing out of love, not out of fear, not out of anger, and that that's that's to me. That's that's what That's what I gathered from Rhonda's, but he was very pretty.
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