In this informative interview, Mark talks to Jungian analyst and Buddhist teacher, Polly Young-Eisendrath, about the many faces of love and loss in an awakening life.
Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., is a psychologist, writer, speaker and Jungian analyst who has published 15 books including The Self-Esteem Trap, The Cambridge Companion to Jung, and Women and Desire. Her most recent book, The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery, is a meditation on the healing power of love – based on her experience with her spouse who died from early onset Alzheimer’s disease — that attempts to answer the question “What is love, anyway?”
Polly came to psychology and psychoanalytic training through the doorway of Buddhist practice, taking formal Zen vows in 1971. As a psychoanalyst and a mindfulness teacher, Polly is optimistic about the gradual emergence of a fresh view of the human mind from the dialogue between psychoanalysis and Buddhism. Along those lines, Polly directs Enlightening Conversations, a non-profit organization that sponsors conversational conferences between esteemed psychoanalysts and Buddhists teachers in different cities in the US.