SOM Pod: American Mussar, with Greg Marcus

In this episode of the Seekers of Meaning podcast, Rabbi Address chats with Greg Marcus, the founder of American Mussar.

Mussar is based on the principal that we all have the same soul traits that make up who we are – however we are each at different points on the spectrum for each of them. The purpose of a Mussar practice is to create balance among these different traits within our souls. This is achieved by focusing on a single soul trait for two weeks at a time. The American Mussar framework makes it easy to identify habits and thoughts activated by the Soul Trait.  We can then begin to make small modifications to our behavior with the goal of being more centered and nurturing to ourselves and others.


About the Guest

Greg Marcus is a practitioner, facilitator, and innovator of American Mussar, a 21st century spiritual practice for an authentic and meaningful life. Greg Marcus has a BA in Biology from Cornell University, and earned his Ph.D. in biology from MIT. Greg prefers male gender pronouns. He worked for ten 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. Greg’s first book, Busting Your Corporate Idol: Self-Help for the Chronically Overworked, is a five star Amazon best seller.  Greg resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two daughters, and two cats.


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