Michael Sapiro, PsyD,
is a psychologist, meditation teacher, and former Buddhist monk. He is the founder of Maitri House Yoga and a consultant with the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He specializes in healing PTSD and trauma with presence, awareness, and vulnerability.
“Caring for self, others, community, nation, and world takes a toll on our personal resources,” says Michael Sapiro. “Continuously sacrificing our own needs leads to stress and burnout. While stress destroys the body, burnout extinguishes the flames of the soul. Our bodhisattva vows – our passion toward service – come with the stipulation that our well-being must be included in our service. However, this inherent warning of burnout generally goes unnoticed by those of us who see others’ well-being as more important than our own.
“What will your life look like, and how will you feel, if every day you rise to meet your highest potential?” asks Michael Sapiro. “Offering everyone you meet, and the community you live in, your fullest self. How will you live differently when you integrate all aspects of yourself, from the shadowy, primal elements to the deepest joys of being? Our potential for living a life of purpose and value occurs when we acknowledge and use our innate gifts while simultaneously accepting life’s challenges, including our own psychological and spiritual suffering.