Turning Anger And Fear Into Compassion And Courage with Judith Orloff, M.D.

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"There is a deep spiritual meaning to our emotions. The little frustrations of everyday life, the angers that we have, these are all an impetus to grow larger, to grow more enlightened." This all-encompassing view of the role emotions play in our lives and in our personal evolution is the basis for Judith Orloff's teaching and her practice as a psychiatrist. By focusing on what we have to gain from difficult emotions, she has bridged the chasm between conventional biomedical treatments and a deeply spiritual approach to suffering. With the practical good sense of a scientist and the wisdom of an enlightened teacher, she will help you understand your own emotional patterns and discover the gifts that lie just beneath the surface when you're angry or afraid. When you do, Dr. Orloff explains, "you begin to free up yourself and your life. You find hope even when depressed. You find courage even when afraid. You find connection even when lonely. You find patience even when you're frustrated. When you have a bit of success with that, you can feel how liberating it is, and gain increasing inner peace. And that peace ripples out into the world." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Judith Orloff, M.D. is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at U.C.L.A., and has been a presenter at medical schools, hospitals, universities, and the American Psychiatric Association. For more than two decades she has helped patients achieve physical and emotional healing through the synthesis of traditional medicine with intuition, energy, and spirituality.

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To find out more about the work of Judith Orloff, M.D. go to www.drjudithorloff.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why anxiety can be a path to enlightenment
  • Why you have the capacity for great evil
  • How you can find compassion in the midst of anger
  • How you can protect yourself from absorbing the negativity of others
  • Why you should keep a meditation pillow next to your refrigerator

Host: Michael Toms        Interview Date: 10/17/2008        Program Number: 3281