Years ago when I was getting remarried, and my daughter protested, I told her that it was my life, and it was my decision. At another point, years ago, I told my son who was struggling with some homework, “Why can’t you do your homework like your sister?” I didn’t even remember saying these things, but they made a huge impact on my kids. It wasn’t until I sat down with a professional and my kids that these old wounds opened up and we got a chance to express ourselves and our pain.
We can’t be perfect parents. There is always going to be some form of miscommunication, some misunderstanding, something that causes pain. The key to successful parenting is to make the time to address these challenges and to listen with an open heart and mind.
My guest on this week’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, is a clinical psychologist, an international speaker and wisdom teacher, and she’s written two bestselling books, The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family. In this episode, we dive into parenting and family dynamics. I personally have seen a lot of trauma from family dynamics manifest into physical illness, especially the relationship between child and parent. Dr. Shefali challenges traditional family roles and encourages us to rethink the way we raise our kids. How can we let go of the toxic expectations that stand in the way of real, authentic, and loving relationships?
We also talk about how to master the mind, which can be our most important asset or our greatest foe. How can we rewire our brain through awareness and practice? So much of what I practice involves healing the body to heal the brain. Today we talk about how we can use the mind to support our health. We also discuss the effects of technology on our behavior and our relationships, and how prioritizing material wants over our spiritual needs or personal growth can lead to severe unhappiness.
When I saw Dr. Shefali speak at my first ever Feel Good Summit earlier this year, I was blown away, and knew that I had to share her thoughts with you. I hope you enjoy this conversation and it encourages you to tap into your inner wisdom and consciousness.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD