309: Greg Marcus on the Spiritual Practice of Good Actions


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Greg Marcus is a practitioner, facilitator, and innovator of American Mussar which is a 21st-century spiritual practice for an authentic and meaningful life. He has a B.A. in Biology from Cornell University and earned his Ph.D. in Biology from MIT. He worked for 10 years as a marketer in the Silicon Valley genomics industry, after which he became a stay at home dad, writer, life balance coach, and biotech consultant. His latest book is called The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar.

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In This Interview, Greg Marcus and I Discuss Spiritual Practice of Good Actions and …

  • His book, The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar
  • The Jewish Spiritual Practice of Mussar
  • Taking mindful action in everyday life
  • The Soul Trait of Enthusiasm
  • Too much of a Soul Trait vs not enough of a Soul Trait
  • The middle way as it relates to Soul Traits
  • Focusing on a Soul Trait for 2 weeks
  • How to move head knowledge into heart knowledge
  • The Morning Mantra
  • Picking 1 specific action to take
  • Journaling
  • The Great Wall of Mussar – and how to overcome it
  • Handling significant emotional disruption
  • How our free will isn’t always accessible to us
  • How to slow the train of emotional disruption
  • Shadow Soul Traits
  • Inverting the Shadow Trait: What is the light that’s casting the shadow?

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