Changing My Relationship With My Parents

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Trigger Warning: This episode mentions attempted suicide.

Today, we’re talking about how to orient our lives onto a happy, healthy path, no matter what kind of circumstances we begin with.

Our guest is Melanie Santiago, of Denver, who shares how she encountered Buddhism at the young age of 13 when she was going through a tumultuous time and how learning to apply Buddhist philosophy to her life helped her shift her life state from one of suffering and victimhood to one of agency and happiness.

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Cheat Sheet

5:30 Why Melanie started practicing Buddhism

22:30 How Melanie shifted the relationship with her mom

24:50 Caring for others helps us to care for ourselves

28:27 Having the courage to establish a relationship with her dad

35:16 Meeting her dad

41:40 Where we start from doesn’t determine how far we can go


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