I’m Ricky Derisz, And This Is My Dharma

After years of battling depression and anxiety, I feel very fortunate to be able to help others in my role as a Life, Spirituality & Wellness Coach. In 2017 I launched MindThatEgo, where I share the rich, life-affirming resources that guided me to inner-peace (most of the time!), self-compassion, self-acceptance, and so much more. I use storytelling and personal experience as a way to delve deeply into the meaningful nature of our existence, with subjects ranging from day-to-day stresses to existential philosophy.

Personal or Professional Goals:

I’m a huge believer in the power of process, and I’m committed to challenging myself to grow personally and spiritually until my time on this Earth comes to an end. I feel I can always be more compassionate, more loving, more understanding, more grateful, more forgiving… It’s my desire to continue to cultivate these qualities in my personal and professional life. To live, learn, share, and if all goes well, inspire.

What’s Your Offering to the World?

There’s no avoiding the fact great pain brought me here; great pain gave me no escape from understanding my inner-universe. Pain forced me to find coping mechanisms and practices to enhance wellbeing. My gift is surviving pain, I’ve gone through hell and kept going — now I have the roadmap, detailed with twists, turns, and shortcuts. Fully understanding the terrain, and being able to share ways to help others navigate the nuances of depression and anxiety, is my offering.

Who/What Inspires You?

I’m fascinated by human resilience, by the visceral and healing power of love and empathy, by the seemingly ingrained thirst for spiritual evolution. There are so many unanswered questions about our existence, yet its sacred nature is unquestionable. I’m inspired by what lies beyond the surface level, of experiencing the beauty of reality behind the veil, and by every being making their unique mark at this point of space and time.


To transform the perspective of mental illness, from shameful stigma to a sacred opportunity for spiritual awakening.

Favorite Quote:

“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” — Rumi


My goal comes as a vision of a utopia, a grassroots movement providing a supportive environment for nourishment and spiritual growth, for the benefit of one and all.





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