Excellence Reporter: Dr. Caplan, what is the meaning of life?
Mariana Caplan: I don’t know the meaning of life, or even if there is one ultimate meaning. I only know that I endeavor to create deep meaning in my life, and that I admire those who strive for and dare to live into deeply meaningful lives.
I think there are universal principles of ethics, kindness, care, contemplation, and service that almost nobody disagrees upon, and that if we move forward collectively in that direction that the world becomes a more harmonious, balanced, and beautiful place.
I believe meaning is found in learning to truly love ourselves, those near to us, and progressively deepen and further the scope of our love to include the earth and all its beings. I also believe that an understanding of what is truly meaningful in one’s life can grow and change over time. I could not profess to know the meaning for anyone else’s life, but I do know is possible to create meaning, and that those who dare to unleash their passion and vulnerability into the world and search for it usually discover something golden.
~Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, RYT 500, is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and the author of eight books in the fields of psychology and spirituality, including the forthcoming Yoga & Psyche (Sounds True, 2018), the award-winning Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path (Sounds True, 2010), the recent Proceedings of the Yoga & Psyche Conference (2014), the seminal Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment(Hohm Press, 1999), and The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher (Sounds True, 2011). She is founder of The Yoga & Psyche Method™ and The Yoga & Psyche Conference™. She has been teaching workshops and trainings at major retreat centers, online, and in yoga studios and universities throughout the world since 1997. For over a decade, Dr. Caplan was an adjunct professor and developed large public programs at The California Institute of Integral Studies, and taught at Naropa University, John F. Kennedy University, and Sophia University.
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