Ep. 4 The Crazy Person In Your Head – Meditation and Mindfulness

Mindfulness and Meditation

In This Episode

This week, Neal sits down with his actual therapist, Dr. Lawrence Dresdale to discuss the benefits of meditation and to define exactly what mindfulness is.

Dr. Dresdale explains how to push past the stigma of therapy and the defeatist thoughts in your head in the effort to recondition yourself not to be so angry about small mistakes that will be inconsequential to the whole of your life.

He also explains what a person can hope to achieve with meditation, what it won’t do for you, and how to apply it daily.

Topics Discussed

  • The stigma around therapy
  • The crazy person in your head
  • Overvaluing your thoughts
  • Your reactions/conditioning
  • Observing your reactions
  • Meditation definition
  • What does meditation achieve
  • What is mindfulness
  • Applying the practice to daily life
  • Pain and suffering

All About Dr. Lawrence Dresdale

Dr. Dresdale is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the field of Behavioral Medicine.

He combined biopsychology and clinical psychology in his graduate work to integrate the knowledge of biological bases of behavior including brain-behavior relationships into clinical practice.

Dr. Dresdale was an Intern and Resident in the Department of Medical Psychology at the Oregon Health and Science University, where he received training in neuropsychology.

He is in private practice with the primary treatment modality being Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to address a broad range of clinical issues including TBI.

Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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