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Meditation, Emotions, and the Bio-Emotive Framework with Douglas Tataryn

Douglas Tataryn

Host Michael Taft speaks with clinical psychologist and life coach, Douglas Tataryn, Ph.D. about meditation and psychology. Topics include his work with meditation teachers such as Culadasa, the “wake up, clean up, grow up, and look around” model, Wilber’s integral model. working with trauma and the dark night, and his system of emotional processing known as the Bio-Emotive Framework.

Douglas Tataryn received his PH.D. in 1991 and worked as a professor for 10 years in epidemiology and psychosocial oncology.  In 2001 he entered private practice where he applied and continued evolving what he now refers to as the bio-emotive framework, a new way of understanding the emotional system and its unappreciated role in many of our most common mental health disorders. Doug began what became a very intensive meditation practice back in 1975 and he and his wife receive and give teachings within the Namgyl Rimpoche stream of the Karma Kagyu lineage.


Dr. Tataryn’s website has lots of resources, some free and some for pay: https://bioemotiveframework.com

You’ll find thought provoking interviews and video recordings with Douglas Tataryn at this link: https://bioemotiveframework.com/blog/

Upset about a recent event? Use one or both of these forms to turn that upset into a better understanding and expression of how you are feeling about it.

1. This is help you find the inter-personal feelings about the situation: http://tinyurl.com/BEFstress

2. This form will guide you through the core feelings related to the situation. We tend to take core feelings very personally and often feel we are the feelings instead of being someone who is having those feelings: Http://tinyurl.com/BEFCore

Hear Culadasa speaking about his work with Douglas Tataryn here.

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  1. Arthur Joyce July 19, 2019

    Michael, I am appreciating your focus on emotional aspects of meditation. There is such a ‘draw’ in meditation to focus on transcendence. The secret lie is that becoming an advanced meditator somehow allows us a means to circumvent the messiness and pain of being here in human form. Working with emotional experiences provides a path to fully embrace our humanity. You and your guests (Culadasa, Tucker Peck, Douglas Tataryn) are exploring ways of working with the emotional side. The podcasts are providing a forum for advanced meditators to reveal emotional content that is transparent (hidden from the self) but nevertheless powerfully drives perception. Hearing these discussions helps to free us from hidden shame we carry about our own internal emotional life, deeper conditioning, and the seeming “failure” of meditation to relieve our suffering. Well done!

    1. MWT July 19, 2019

      It’s like everyone has to learn the “wisdom of no escape” over and over. Meditation will not free you from being human.

    2. Warren Gibson August 7, 2019

      Hi Arthur. Thanks for your comment. I was wondering if you could elaborate on your comment, “….the seeming “failure” of meditation to relieve our suffering”? Do you believe that meditation is incapable of relieving our suffering? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated:) Waz


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