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28 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
OM104 – On a Mahamudra Meditation Retreat with Vajrayana Master Daniel P. Brown
In early 2020, before any of us had heard anything about a lethal virus emerging from Wuhan Province, China, I attended a life changing 8-day Mahamudra meditation retreat with Harvard neuropsychologist and Vajrayana master Daniel P. Brown PHd. After a nine year pause on spiritual retreats, this was my first extended in-person retreat with a living teacher. I did also attend a 10-day silent Vipassana Retreat in summer 2019, but that was accompanied by recordings from S.N. Goenka. That was a powerful experience in its own right, but we weren’t receiving teachings from a living, breathing, responsive human being. It’s a totally different thing and, in my experience, they don’t really compare. I am no stranger to retreats. In my years living at the ashram, I did countless 10 and 21-day silent meditation retreats. Some directly guided by my teacher, and others completely solo. I know how powerful they can be. And this experience was no exception. In fact, it was healing and heart opening in ways I couldn’t have anticipated. In this episode, I share my experience of going on a Mahamudra meditation retreat with Daniel P. Brown. I encourage you to pair this podcast with my interview with Dan Brown and his former student, John Churchill. All three links are listed below. Show Notes: OM098 Pt 1. Dan Brown PhD Mahamudra Pointing Out The Great Way OM099 Pt 2. Dr. Dan Brown Mahamudra Pointing Out The Great Way OM075: John Churchill on Mahamudra Meditation & A Vision For Enlightened Culture https://pointingoutway.org/ The post OM104 – On a Mahamudra Meditation Retreat with Vajrayana Master Daniel P. Brown appeared first on About Meditation.
66 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
OM103 - Sanjay Rawal On Meditation, Running, and Self Transcendence
In this episode, Sanjay and I explore our shared experience with Sri Chimnoy, my first spiritual teacher and discover–to our shared surprise–that we joined Sri Chimnoy’s community at the same time and attended some of the same events. We explore the work of Sri Chimnoy and his extraordinary and hugely influential teacher, Sri Aurobindo. Then we dive into Sanjay’s movie about the remarkable 3100 miles ultra marathon that his spiritual community hosts each year. Sanjay’s film is a meditation on the power of running as a vehicle for self transcendence. The footage is glorious, immersive, and hypnotic. If you are interested in running and meditation and pushing your own limits, this is essential watching. If you’re a dedicated runner or meditator, you will get a lot out of this film since Sanjay explores the intersection of these two disciplines in our conversation and in the movie. I enjoyed this conversation immensely. Sanjay is a font of knowledge about all things meditation and running and he delivers. BIOGRAPHY Sanjay Rawal worked in the human rights and international development sectors for 15 years in over 40 countries before focusing his love for photography and storytelling onto filmmaking. His first feature, Food Chains (2014), premiered at the 2014 Berlinale and screened at Tribeca before securing domestic distribution from Screen Media. The film was produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser and narrated by Forest Whitaker. It went on to screen in 1,100 more theaters during its theatrical, semi-theatrical & community screening tour. A lifelong runner, Sanjay was happy to lose the pounds he gained eating Mexican food in farmworker towns and take on a project about running. His latest film, 3100: Run and Become, opened in theaters in fall 2018. DAILY MEDITATION FOR 27 YEARS Sanjay Rawal walks his talk. He s had a daily meditation practice for 27 years, was a middle-distance runner in high-school and college, and runs an average of 50 miles per week. He pulled off filming 3100 where no one else could because spiritual practitioners around the world recognized that Sanjay embodied a level of discipline akin to theirs. He learned his meditation practice at the feet of spiritual master. SHOW NOTES Watch the Official Trailer for 3100 here. Visit the 3100: Run And Become homepage to learn more & find a screening in your area. Event: The Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race The post OM103 – Filmmaker Sanjay Rawal On Meditation, Running, and Self Transcendence appeared first on About Meditation.
51 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
OM102: Julie Hunt On Finding Equanimity Amid Uncertainty
In this episode, Julie and Morgan discuss the part of you and I that is forever untouched by the chaos and disruption of this crisis. We explore that limitless part of the self and how it can serve as a powerful point of calm grounding in the storm of our lives in this historical moment. Then Julie leads us on a powerful guided meditation and then we take questions. You can learn more about Julie’s work at Bija Living here. >> Guided Meditation Only (coming soon) Watch the original interview and guided meditation in the video below. The post OM102: Julie Hunt On Finding Equanimity Amid Uncertainty appeared first on About Meditation.
64 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
OM101 – Jeff Carreira on Finding Equanimity Amid Uncertainty
In this episode, I interview my former mentor and spiritual teacher Jeff Carreira. Jeff and I lived, worked, and practiced in an intentional spiritual community together for 13 years in Western Massachusetts. Jeff was not only a spiritual mentor to me during that time, but he was also my boss. Jeff was the Director of our educational programming, and I was his program manager. Together, Jeff and I built a thriving program of retreats and virtual courses. And in a strict ashram with a hard teacher, Jeff provided an oasis of ease and compassionate presence. Jeff helped me, and many others, through many a rough patch. Today, Jeff leads his own retreats, courses, and teacher trainings over at JeffCarreira.com. Find Equanimity Amid Uncertainty So I was delighted to reconnect with him during this Zoom interview with a live audience. I spoke with Jeff at the outset of the pandemic in March as part of a series called Finding Equanimity Amid Uncertainty. And as always, he was intent on communicating a message of positivity and possibility. Then, he led us all through a powerful guided meditation and answered questions. I encourage to take the time to listen to this whole episode. Set aside an hour and find a quiet place to listen. You’ll get a heavy dose of Jeff’s infectious optimism followed by a deep transmission of peace, ease, and fundamental well being. Free Resources from Jeff Carreira If you want to learn more about Jeff’s work or engage with him directly, here are some resources for you: Life Without Fear: Meditation as an Antidote to Anxiety – Free Workshop Audio Secrets of Profound Meditation: 6 Spiritual Insights That Will Transform Your Life The post OM101 – Jeff Carreira on Finding Equanimity Amid Uncertainty appeared first on About Meditation.
16 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
OM100: Loving Kindness Guided Meditation
(The script for this guided meditation comes from Tom Lynch, PHD at http://RadicallyOpen.net.) When times are tough, sometimes the best way to clear your head and open your heart is to focus on other people. So in that spirit, I’ve recorded a Loving Kindness Meditation for you. I think we could all use a little extra love right now. Love for ourselves and love for each other and love for those folks on the front lines of the viral pandemic that’s sweeping across the planet right now. And you know what? I think we’re going to need a lot more of it by the time all of this is over. So please take some time, get quiet, and send love out to those people who need it most. In the process, you’re likely to discover, if you haven’t already, that it feels good and right to share the love. And it’s a marvelous way to counteract the fear and anxiety that’s in the air. Let’s generate some love people. The post OM100: Loving Kindness Guided Meditation appeared first on About Meditation.
67 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
OM099 – Pt 2. Dr. Dan Brown Mahamudra Pointing Out The Great Way
In this second part of my interview with Dr. Daniel P. Brown, we explore the second stage of training in Mahamudra Pointing Out The Great Way. In part 1, we explored the Elephant Path of concentration and meditation, which is the first stage of training in Mahamudra Pointing Out The Great Way. Special Offer for One Mind Listeners Dan Brown is making his peak performance meditation and concentration self-paced online course available to One Mind Listeners a special 25% discount. Your purchase will also support the production of this podcast. Use the promo code ABOUTAPRIL20 at checkout to receive the special discount during the month of April. >> Special Discount For Dan Brown’s Online Concentration and Meditation Peak Performance Training Part 2 – The Neuroscience of Awakening In this episode, Dan talks about the how the Elephant Path of concentration crosses over into the Tibetan mahamudra training. Here are a few of the questions we explore: What are the challenges that emerge at the higher stages of concentration and meditation and how do you deal with the issues that come up and challenge our concentration? Development of self-sense as central organizing principle The Heart Sutra Judson Brewer’s work on the Neuroscience of Awakening supported by the Fetzer Foundation. What is simultaneous mind and the cosmic database. These are the awakened state that the sutras are written in. How do we tap into the Cosmic Database? What Is Mind only and what does it stand for? What are the three maps of awareness according to Mahamudra? What transformation has Dan seen in his students over time? Along what timeline? What is metacognition and why is it so important? How does metacognition help you to avoid getting lost in meditation? How does the teacher help create that space of metacognition for the student in the pointing out way? How does metacognition relate to Western psychology? Short Bio Dan is an Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, a world-renowned Forensic Law & Western psychology expert as well as a Senior Meditation Master in Indo-Tibetan Bon & Buddhism. Dan has gained more than 50 years of research by synthesizing Western psychotherapy and positive psychology with Eastern contemplative traditions. Long Bio Dr. Brown studied meditation practice for 47 years, including Patanjali s Yogasutras and its commentaries in the original Sanskrit with the great historian of religion, Mircea Eliade and as a direct meditation practice with Dr. Arwind Vasavada. He studied Burmese mindfulness meditation in Burma with its originator, Mahasi Sayadaw and other masters like Tungpalu Sayadaw and Acchan Cha. He studied Indo-Tibetan concentration and insight meditation with the root teacher, Geshe Wangyal, and then with Denmo Loncho Rinpoche and Yeshe Tapgyay, and learned Mahamudra meditation from numerous Tibetan lamas. He spent 46 years translating meditation texts from Tibetan and Sanskrit . As a Western psychologist he spent 10 years conducting outcomes research on beginning and advanced meditators, with an emphasis on researching the effects of intensive concentration meditation and on the nature of the awakened mind. He has taught intensive meditation retreats internationally for 32 years, alone and in collaboration with a number of Tibetan meditation masters. His recent interest is in meditations designed to stabilize awakening in everyday life and to bring about the flourishing of positive qualities of mind, such as the Great Completion (Dzogschen) meditations. He is the author of 4 books on meditation including Transformations of Consciousness and Pointing Out the Great Way. He translated the Pith Instructions on the A Khrid rDzogs Chen [Great Completion] meditation, and an extensive collection of the most advanced cave and hermitage yogi practices, The Self-Arising Three-fold Embodiment of Enlightenment. Dr. Brown s background in both Western psychology and Eastern meditation traditions offers a unique integration of the contemporary Western research on peak performance and positive psychology and the classical Buddhist meditation lineage traditions. He has the only scientific study identifying the neurocircuitry of the meditative experience of awakened mind. The post OM099 – Pt 2. Dr. Dan Brown Mahamudra Pointing Out The Great Way appeared first on About Meditation.
37 minutes | Feb 9, 2020
OM098 – Pt 1. Dan Brown PhD Mahamudra Pointing Out The Great Way
In this first part of my interview with Daniel P. Brown, we explore the first stage of training in Mahamudra Pointing Out The Great Way called the Elephant Path of concentration, meditation, and peak performance. In part 2, we explore the second stage of training in Mahamudra Pointing Out The Great Way. Special Offer for One Mind Listeners: Also, Dan Brown is making his peak performance meditation and concentration self-paced online course available to One Mind Listeners a special 25% discount. Your purchase will also support the production of this podcast. Use the promo code ABOUTAPRIL20 at checkout to receive the special discount during the month of April. >> Special Discount For Dan Brown s Online Concentration and Meditation Peak Performance Training Short Bio Dan is an Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, a world-renowned Forensic Law & Western psychology expert as well as a Senior Meditation Master in Indo-Tibetan Bon & Buddhism. Dan has gained more than 50 years of research by synthesizing Western psychotherapy and positive psychology with Eastern contemplative traditions. Long Bio Dr. Brown received his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA in molecular biology and his Ph.D. in Religion & Psychological Studies at the University of Chicago. He received a Danforth Fellowship given for promise in teaching excellence, and as part of that fellowship received specialized training in how to teach. While in graduate school he was particularly interested in interdisciplinary studies. At the University of Chicago he worked in religion & psychological studies, the history of religions, anthropology, human development and clinical psychology. Erika Fromm, Ph.D. a noted hypnoanalyst, served as his primary clinical mentor a relationship that spanned 35 years. Dr. Brown has taught hypnotherapy for 38 years. His books on hypnosis include a standard textbook on clinical hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis (with E. Fromm), Hypnosis and Behavioral Medicine (with E. Fromm), and Creative Mastery in Hypnosis and Hypnoanalysis, on the permissive style of hypnotherapy. While in graduate school in Chicago he commuted to the University of Wisconsin, Madison for part time studies in the Buddhist studies program, where he learned Tibetan, Buddhist Sanskrit, and Pali. His first clinical placement as a psychological clerk was at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago where he studied thought disorder in schizophrenics with Martin Harrow and self psychology with Heinz Kohut. He also commuted part time to The Menninger Foundation in Topeka Kansas where he did work with the staff of the children and adolescent units on the treatment of substance abuse. There, Karl Menninger, M.D. served as an important mentor. In the late 1970s he moved back to his home state of Massachusetts where he did a clinical internship at McLean Hospital and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research at Harvard Medical School at The Cambridge Hospital. His research focused on the long-term effects of mindfulness meditation. In the 1980s Dr. Brown served as Director of Training and then as Chief Psychologist at The Cambridge Hospital. There, he helped develop and gain accreditation for an APA-approved clinical psychology internship and post-doctoral training program. His vision was to provide the best young talent in psychology the opportunity to work with a disenfranchised inner city chronic mental health population, which included intensive developmentally-informed psychotherapy for patients with major mental illness and complex trauma disorders. His program included intensive multicultural and bilingual mental health training. At the Cambridge Hospital he developed and directed the Behavioral Medicine Program, a joint venture between psychiatry and primary care medicine. His book Hypnosis and Behavioral Medicine represents the clinical approaches developed in that program. Drawing upon his undergraduate background in molecular biology and immunology he developed a special interest in psychoneuroimmunology and the psychosocial treatment of immune disorders. He developed a joint exchange between the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Cambridge Hospital for dissemination of research findings on approaches to treating immune-related disorders in TCM and behavioral medicine. Since 1990 Dr. Brown has devoted much of his time to clinical teaching. He has taught in the Division of Continuing Education of Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Beth Israel-Deaconnes Medical Center. There he teaches seminars on hypnosis, trauma, treatment of attachment pathology, and peak performance. Since 1990 he has taught a course on Performance Excellence, one version for primary care doctors and surgeons, one version for judges, and one version for business executives. Currently, Dr. Brown is an Associate Clinical Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He has served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for 37 years. Dr. Brown also directs his own private continuing education organization wherein he teaches a wide variety of seminars in the mental health field locally, nationally, and internationally. He tries to stay abreast of the latest scientific development in assessment and treatment in mental health and translate these findings into clinical teaching to offer clinicians practical, state-of-the-art clinical methods and as way of continuously upgrade their standard of care. He is the senior author of a major textbook on the treatment of attachment disorders in adults, D Brown & D Elliott, Attachment Disturbances in Adults. In the late 1970s Dr. Brown became interested in the study of trauma and abuse largely through peer collaboration with Sarah Haley, one of the founding members of the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Most of his clinical writing and teaching from the 1980s and 1990s focuses on refining phase-oriented treatment for complex trauma disorders. In the 1980s Dr. Brown began to study the development of the psychological sense of self and emotional development. He has written two books on developmental psychopathology a book on affect development, Human Feelings, and a book on self development from a cross cultural perspective, Transformations of Consciousness.His main interest was in developing detailed developmentally-informed treatment protocols for treating self pathology and affect dysregulation in patients. In the 2000s Dr. Brown began to study adult attachment and received intensive training in the Adult Attachment Interview. His more recent research focuses on the relative contribution of early attachment pathology to the development of personality and dissociative disorders in adulthood. His current orphanage study delineates the differential contribution of early attachment pathology and later childhood abuse to adult psychopathology. Dr. Brown has been developing a step-wise treatment protocol for the treatment of adult attachment pathology in personality and dissociative disorder patients and is collecting outcome data on this new treatment approach. In the early 1990s Dr. Brown became interested in the topic of memory for trauma and abuse. His textbook, Memory, Trauma Treatment and the Law is the recipient of awards from 7 professional societies, including the 1999 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award given jointly by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law for the outstanding contribution to forensic psychiatry. He was invited to write the chapter on the current standard of forensic psychological testing for the current textbook on forensic psychiatry published by the American Psychiatric Association. He has served as an expert witness in the courts in over two hundred lawsuits: psychological damages from trauma and abuse; memory for trauma; reliability of childrens reports of abuse; and evaluating claims of suggestive psychotherapy interviews, abuse investigative interviews, and police interrogations. His work as an expert witness or consultant on trauma and memory has included testimony before of International War Crimes Tribunal for the Prosecution of war criminals of the former Yugoslavia. His testimony, upheld on appeal, helped establish the standard of evidence for evaluating the reliability of memory for severe war atrocities. His testimony also contributed to three state supreme court cases on the reliability of children s testimony regarding sexual abuse. Dr. Brown studied meditation practice for 47 years, including Patanjali s Yogasutras and its commentaries in the original Sanskrit with the great historian of religion, Mircea Eliade and as a direct meditation practice with Dr. Arwind Vasavada. He studied Burmese mindfulness meditation in Burma with its originator, Mahasi Sayadaw and other masters like Tungpalu Sayadaw and Acchan Cha. He studied Indo-Tibetan concentration and insight meditation with the root teacher, Geshe Wangyal, and then with Denmo Loncho Rinpoche and Yeshe Tapgyay, and learned Mahamudra meditation from numerous Tibetan lamas. He spent 46 years translating meditation texts from Tibetan and Sanskrit . As a Western psychologist he spent 10 years conducting outcomes research on beginning and advanced meditators, with an emphasis on researching the effects of intensive concentration meditation and on the nature of the awakened mind. He has taught intensive meditation retreats internationally for 32 years, alone and in collaboration with a number of Tibetan meditation masters. His recent interest is in meditations designed to stabilize awakening in everyday life and to bring about the flourishing of positive qualities of mind, such as the Great Completion (Dzogschen) meditations. He is the author of 4 books on meditation including Transformations of Consciousness and Pointing Out the Great Way. He translated the Pith Instructions
73 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
OM097 - The Mindful Arts Project with Hui Neng Amos
Over 25 years ago, I attended boarding school and got to live, work, and study with some remarkable people. One of those people was a classmate named Hui Neng Amos. Neng was one of my dorm prefects. And in addition to being a generally kind and easy going guy, Neng practiced this strange and to my provincial mind mysterious thing called Tai Chi. All I knew about it was that it appeared to give Neng preternatural powers of grace and power on the athletic field. At the time, it didn t occur to me that in part, it probably explained his poise off the field too. Many years later, when I became interested in the meditative arts, I started to learn about a form of moving meditation called Tai Chi. In my mind, I always associated this ancient form of meditation with my old classmate. So I was delighted when a few years ago, Neng and I reconnected via Facebook. I was intrigued to see that he had created something called the Mindful Arts Project. In this episode, we explore Hui Neng s story, about how he grew up in a small rural New Hampshire school cum intentional community where he started learning and practicing tai chi and seated meditation from the wee age of three. After college, his travels took him across America to India and more. Neng would journey away from his roots in contemplative practice, only to return as an adult, more committed than ever and now teaching these sacred practices through the Mindful Arts Project. But there is much more to this story, as you ll learn. Albert Amos (Center in chair); Hui Neng’s Father (top left) During the interview, Neng takes us back to the time of his grandfather, Albert Amos, who was a close friend of the great civil rights luminary Howard Thurman, and a deacon in his church. Thurman was one of the first major champions of Gandhi s nonviolent principles in the West, imparting those powerful tenets of peaceful resistance to Martin Luther King. Albert Amos himself was a socialist organizer in the black Bay Area community. And as Neng says it: Our family was certainly steeped in the ideas that Howard Thurman espoused; a sizable group of black intellectuals shared in their inception, and the Civil Rights Movement was arguably built there (in the Bay Area), outside the grasp of the Deep South, where it was famously applied. He was an extraordinary human being, and I certainly count him as a forefather. Indeed, Thurman was the reason Neng s father got to go to college. Thurman put in a word for him at U.C. San Francisco, where he was very successful. Hui Neng s father then went on to continue his studies in economics at U.C. Berkeley. But the extraordinary intersections in Neng s family don t stop with Thurman. Throughout the 60s, Neng s father was a student of the great Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Monastery. Today, in addition to running the Mindful Arts Project, Neng teaches English at the Basis School in Ahwatukee, AZ. He s married to Sonya Amos and has seven kids aged 5 months to 17 years. He teaches tai chi and his wife practices Buti yoga. Neng likes to sing and paint and tell dad jokes.(-: The post OM097: The Mindful Arts Project with Hui Neng Amos appeared first on About Meditation.
26 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
OM096 Harnessing The Power of Intention & Creating A Virtuous Habit Loop
What is intention and why is it one of the most important pillars of meditation and our spiritual life in general? Two events brought this to mind for me recently and they were important enough to me that I wanted to share them. And for context, I ve thought a lot about intention. When I lived full time in a meditation ashram for 13 years, the bedrock of our practice in the context of the spiritual teaching we followed was Clarity of Intention: “Do I want to be free more than anything else?” What Is Intention? So I have a few simple things I want share on the topic of intention for sure. But first, let’s take a quick look at the definition. intention (n.) late 14c., entencioun, “purpose, design, aim or object; will, wish, desire, that which is intended,” from Old French entencion “intent, purpose, aspiration; will; thought” (12c.), from Latin intentionem (nominative intentio) “a stretching out, straining, exertion, effort; attention,” noun of action from intendere “to turn one’s attention,” literally “to stretch out” (see intend). Also in Middle English “emotion, feelings; heart, mind, mental faculties, understanding. -Etymology Online And now, why did this topic come to my attention? Intention Creates A Virtuous Loop First, a member of the aboutmeditation.com community recently commented on the importance of intention in his practice and how, when he doesn t focus on and nourish his intention, his meditation practice falls apart. He wrote: For me, it s all about intentionality and discipline. I have to be intentional in my practice and I can t take long breaks away from it. When I m disciplined, I look forward to the next practice. When I start giving myself outs , then things fall apart and I feel less inclined to keep doing it. And when that happens, I start falling apart in other areas of my life. So I m mindful of the snowball effect! When it comes to intention, I thought this was spot on. Before anything, you have to ask yourself, what s most important to me. Why am I doing this? For example, I meditate now because I know that it affects every part of my life. And that s implicit in his words too. He knows that when he s consistent, he s entering into a virtuous loop where practice begets more practice. Everytime he meditates, he wants to meditate more. Inspiration begets more inspiration and all the while, your motivation is deepening and your momentum is growing, and little by little, inch by inch, you are changing. Little by little, you’re nurturing your connection to the infinite. And conversely, when you miss a few days, it becomes harder to meditate and to feel motivated. You lose touch with why it was so important. You lose touch with that. And then you give yourself outs. Here s a personal example from my own life. Meditation helps me to be more patient across the board. That makes a really big difference when my little girl, as we re trying to get out the door for school, is refusing to put on the Minnie Mouse shirt she just made me spend 10 minutes looking for. But she won t consider wearing anything else. That’s patience is really important. It gives me a beat to make a creative slight of hand to divert her before my blood starts to rise. In those moments, an extra shot of patience can make all the difference. Intention Dispels Confusion And that game-changing patience? It all started with my intention to meditate earlier that day. For me, I gained a deep understanding of the power and importance of intention when I lived in a spiritual meditation ashram for 13 years. At the ashram, we adhered to a rigorous schedule of spiritual practice. The goal, according to our teacher, was enlightenment or spiritual freedom. For me, intention had everything to do with cutting through confusion and inner challenges. When I felt divided, when I questioned my motivations, when I was confused, or even if I just felt like somehow I wasn t living my fullest or best self, I came back to the first tenet of our teaching, clarity of intention. And in that context, it meant wanting to be free more than anything else. Wanting to align myself and my momentary purpose in this instant right now, with my deepest experience of reality and to be true to that. This never failed to help me penetrate my confusion or malaise and find direction and contentment. Knowing what is most important to you in a given context is like a superpower. It gives you clarity, direction, purpose. And that does amazing things for you. It gives you confidence but it also helps you give confidence to others. So…take a few moments every day and reflect on your intention. Why are you meditating? Why is it important to you? The more clarity you gain around this question, the more confidence you’ll start to generate in and through your meditation practice. The post OM096 Harnessing The Power of Intention & Creating A Virtuous Habit Loop appeared first on About Meditation.
25 minutes | Sep 2, 2019
OM095 – Early Mornings, Intermittent Fasting, And Tips To Propel Your Practice
How do you keep your meditation practice strong and steady? How do you stay inspired? In this episode, I share some of the things that have added fuel to my fire and helped a lot to keep my meditation practice fruitful. In particular, we explore the power of getting up early as a way to boost your practice. For me, it s a game changer. I went from never setting an alarm to setting it for 515am every morning and I feel awesome as a result. Why? Because I m logging a minimum of 30 minutes of meditation. I m reading 10-20 pages of a book each morning. And I m managing to squeeze in deep breathing and exercise (running) as well. And usually I m done with all that by around 730. Coming out of the gates like that every morning affects every aspect of my life and I haven t looked back. I love it. Another game changer? Intermittent fasting. During the week, I ve been experimenting with having just miso and chicken broth at dinner time. So effectively, I m giving up dinner during the week. The result? I feel incredible. I don t miss eating dinner. I bounce out of bed in the mornings. I feel lighter and I m shedding unnecessary pounds. Also, there is something deep and peace inducing about giving up food. There s a reason that fasting has occupied a hallowed place among the spiritual practices of the great mystical traditions since time immemorial. Renouncing your core cravings makes you strong and gives you spiritual vitality. And although I m only fasting from after lunch to breakfast the next morning from 2pm to 6am or about 18 hours it still makes a difference physically, emotionally, and psychologically. If that kind of thing resonates with you, I can t recommend it highly enough. And finally, I share some tips and advice that I gave to one of our members who was struggling with motivation. I think you ll find it useful. The post OM095 – Early Mornings, Intermittent Fasting, And Tips To Propel Your Practice appeared first on About Meditation.
79 minutes | Apr 17, 2019
OM094 – The Finder’s Course, Permanent Enlightenment, & Fundamental Wellbeing with Dr. Jeffery Martin
BIO: Dr. Jeffery Martin is a founder of the Transformative Technology space, serial entrepreneur and social scientist who researches personal transformation and the states of greatest human well-being. He spent the last 10 years conducting the largest international study on persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE), which includes the types of consciousness commonly known as: enlightenment, nonduality, the peace that passeth understanding, unitive experience, and hundreds of others. More recently, he has used this research to make systems available to help people obtain profound psychological benefits in a rapid, secular, reliable, and safe way. His research began with over 1,000 individuals who claimed to experience PNSE. This resulted in the first reliable, cross-cultural and pan-tradition classification system for these types experience. It also led to the fundamental discovery that these were psychological states that had been identified and adopted for thousands of years by many cultures and belief systems. They were not inherently spiritual or religious, or limited to any given culture or population, and could be molded in many ways to shape the experience. Jeffery s current work involves helping people use what s been learned to make the life-changing transformation into PNSE. His most recent study achieved strong validation, with approximately 73% of participants who successfully completed the program reaching ongoing non-symbolic experience in less than 4 months (FindersCourse.com). His interest in Transformative Technology comes from a belief that findings like his can be translated into mass consumer technologies and affect billions of lives worldwide. Since 2008 he has worked to bring together the stakeholders from academia, technology, business, finance, and public policy to create a sustainable technology space that dramatically improves human well-being. BOOKS: The Finder’s Book by Dr. Jeffery Martin End of your World by Adyashanti LINKS: Jeffery’s Website Finder’s Course Explorer’s Course (Free Mini Course) Center for the Study of Non-Symbolic Consciousness Tranformative Technology Conference Arnaud Delorme SPONSORED BY: The Meditation for Life Mini Course The post OM094 – The Finder’s Course, Permanent Enlightenment, & Fundamental Wellbeing with Dr. Jeffery Martin appeared first on About Meditation.
22 minutes | Jan 2, 2019
OM093 – A Brief Meditation On The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude
In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. Dietrich Bonhoeffer On a recent weekend retreat, I experienced some challenging moments. It s not the first time. In my life, I ve gone on more silent retreats than I can count. Two-day, ten-day, 21-day silent meditation retreats. So it wasn t the first time I encountered some turbulence. But what was different was the guidance I received from within. It was super simple be grateful. Say thank you! Discovering the Power of Gratitude This simple inner directive changed the way I experienced the retreat. And more importantly, it changed the way I experience my life beyond the retreat. In today s show, we explore the life and brain-changing power of gratitude. What does the science tell us about the benefits of gratitude? What are the psychological, emotional, physiological, and spiritual effects of practicing gratitude every day? Studies show that gratitude can change your life. Here s how. It can: Make you happier Reduce your inner fears Strengthen your positive emotions Make you more optimistic Increase your self esteem Improve your sleep As we buckle up for yet another orbit around the sun, let s take a moment to reflect on what we re grateful for and more importantly, let s give gratitude its due. If you look with patience and perseverance, I think you might find that you have more to be grateful for than you originally thought. Links In Praise of Gratitude Harvard Health How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude Psychology Today The post OM093 – A Brief Meditation On The Life-Changing Power of Gratitude appeared first on About Meditation.
63 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
OM092 – The Path of Zen, Poetry, and Compassion with Dr. Daniel Palazuelos
I’m delighted to share my interview with Daniel Palazuelos. Dan’s approach to medicine and public health is deeply informed by his meditation practice and his passion for zen and poetry. Together, these influences have helped Dan nurture a perspective and approach to his work (and life) that is founded on compassion. In this interview, we explore zen, the beat poets, literature, catholicism and how these early influences shaped his perspective. Daniel Palazuelos Bio: Daniel Palazuelos, MD, MPH, is an Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine, Assistant Director of the Hiatt Global Health Equity Residency in the Division of Global Health Equity, and a Clinician-Educator Hospitalist at Brigham and Women s Hospital. Dr. Palazuelos also serves as the Cannon Society Global Health Teaching Fellow at Harvard Medical School, as the Senior Health and Policy Advisor for Community Health Systems at Partners In Health, and as the Co-founder/Chief Strategist of Compañeros En Salud – México (PIH-Mexico). Early in his career, Dr. Palazuelos focused on grassroots community health efforts in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Chiapas, México. The lessons learned during this time helped Dr. Palazuelos and his team co-found Compañeros En Salud, the Partners In Health sister-project in Mexico, a healthcare system strengthening organization that works with the Mexican government to deliver high-quality medical care to the rural poor and train the next generation of change agents. Dr. Palazuelos has also collaborated with the UN Special Envoy Office for Health Financing to write a report outlining the case for investment in community health workers. This led to the establishment of the Financing Alliance for Health, an international organization that partners with Ministries of Health in impoverished countries to build, find funding for, and sustain ambitious national community health programs. In addition to this implementation work, he has held various roles in global health education, including: training and mentoring Mexican clinicians during their social service year working with PIH-Mexico; serving as the global health teaching fellow for the Cannon Society at Harvard Medical School; and serving as the Assistant Director for the Hiatt Global Health Equity Residency where he helps to train resident-physicians looking to launch a career in global health. Dr. Palazuelos aims to train global health clinicians to understand the perspectives of those they serve, and to design exemplary health systems that are aligned with the real needs of people living in the poorest and most difficult circumstances. LINKS: Daniel s Contact Info Daniel at Brigham and Women s Hospital Daniel at Harvard Medical School Daniel at Partners In Health First Church Boston, Unitarian Universalists BOOKS and AUDIOS: Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn by Zen Master Seung Sahn (Author), Stephen Mitchell (Compiler) What Makes You Not A Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse On the Road by Jack Kerouac Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac FREE Online Audio with David Whyte, Poet Another FREE Online Audio with David Whyte, Poet The post OM092 – The Path of Zen, Poetry, and Compassion with Dr. Daniel Palazuelos appeared first on About Meditation.
59 minutes | Oct 19, 2018
OM091 – Cultivating Compassion & Confidence through Meditation with Mark Zelinsky
When I first heard that Mark led guided meditations at the local hospital here in Boston, I was intrigued. I then learned that he also creates guided meditations for the popular meditation app Calm. That’s when I knew I wanted to interview him for the podcast. So today I’m excited to share my interview with Mark Zelinsky. Mark is a new friend who I met in a local men’s group. In today’s show, we explore the relationship between meditation and compassion. We also ask, how does meditation increase your confidence and what does and should meditation look like off the pillow? Mark’s got a great big heart, and I hope you get as much out of this conversation as I did. BIO: In addition to leading weekly guided meditations at Newton Wellesley Hospital, Mark Zelinsky has worked on farms, roofs, in the wine business, as a musician, and he s a father of two sons who have been most valuable teachers within his other profession let s call it student of spiritual studies. He seeks treasures to share for the benefit of all. Guided Meditations Enjoy a selection of Mark’s excellent guided meditations here. LINKS: Mark s Website Mark s Facebook Page Download Mark s Free Guided Meditations The post OM091 – Cultivating Compassion & Confidence through Meditation with Mark Zelinsky appeared first on About Meditation.
68 minutes | Oct 8, 2018
OM090 – You Might Die Tomorrow with Kate Manser
Kate Manser is so happy to be alive. Here s her story. In 2013, Kate s 27-year old manager at Google and her 27-year old college friend died in unrelated, unexpected tragedies. It shocked and terrified her, and she developed a fear of death that began to take over her life: she would imagine getting hit as she crossed an intersection, envision how the phone call would go when she got the news that her mom died, and avoided taking any risks out of fear of the unknown. It completely clouded the beauty of awe life. About a year later, Kate s colleague and adventure idol Dan Fredinburg was killed in the Nepal earthquake while climbing Mount Everest at 33 years old. As she struggled to make sense of the loss, she realized that he knew he might die climbing that mountain, but that he had to climb it to truly live. In that moment, everything changed for her: she realized that she has absolutely no control over when or how she dies but she has complete control over how she lives until that mystery moment comes. All of the energy Kate spent on her fear of dying was instantly channeled instead into living every day like she might die tomorrow. Since then, she has made radical shifts in her life to better align with her soul including quitting her job at Google, traveling around the world for two years, and writing a book about how thinking about your death makes life better but no shift has been as radical as her shift in perspective. She lives urgently, loves wildly, and is so grateful to be alive. Life is beautiful. Experience it with Kate via her blog, social media, and in her upcoming book, You Might Die Tomorrow. LINKS: Kate s Website Kate s Facebook Page Kate s Instagram Page Preorder Kate s book You Might Die Tomorrow Here. Want Kate to facilitate The Death Bed Meditation at your location? Contact her here. Kate s Art installation at Burning Man The post OM090 – You Might Die Tomorrow with Kate Manser appeared first on About Meditation.
75 minutes | Aug 4, 2018
OM089 – Becoming a Conscious Leader with Megan Marini
Megan Marini is a speaker on emotional intelligence and conscious leadership. After leaving a job in finance to teach yoga, she dove into wellness and leadership. Later attending Naropa, a contemplative psychology and Buddhist college where she started building communities and mission driven brands. Today she runs Boston Men s Group, a project that prepares men for the shifting power dynamics in the workforce through leadership and self-awareness training. LINKS: Megan s Website Boston Men s Group Megan s Facebook Page Megan s Twitter Page Megan s Instagram Page Megan s Linked In Page The post OM089 – Becoming a Conscious Leader with Megan Marini appeared first on About Meditation.
16 minutes | Jul 5, 2018
OM088 – Exploring the Practice of Radical Acceptance with Morgan Dix
In this week’s One Mind Podcast I review the book Radical Acceptance, written by buddhist teacher and clinical psychotherapist, Tara Brach. Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering, says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork–all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach s twenty years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.” LINKS: Purchase the book Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach The post OM088 – Exploring the Practice of Radical Acceptance with Morgan Dix appeared first on About Meditation.
77 minutes | Jun 15, 2018
OM087 – Transforming ADD into Higher Levels of Consciousness with Meditation with Jonathan Mozenter
BIO: Jonathan Mozenter is a consultant, coach, and educator. His work focuses on helping organizations and individuals manage positive change. Jonathan helps clients to understand where they re at, identify current challenges, then build and implement plans to help realize their life vision. Professionally, he has been working with people for more than 20 years in both private and public sectors. His natural instinct for synthesizing ideas and inspiring growth has been employed in coaching executives, helping organizations redesign their structure, working with young people, publishing articles, evaluating programs, designing and delivering training materials, and evolving powerful long-term strategies. Currently, Jonathan is on a long-term change management project called Compliance Safety Accountability that is helping the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) redesign their enforcement agency to be more efficient and effective. Jonathan’s formal education is in psychology, organizational behavior, change management, and business, and he has a BSBA and MBA from Boston University. His family background is in social work, which helped him cultivate from an early age his strong psychological approach to problem solving. Jonathan has complemented his formal training with knowledge in Integral Theory, philosophy, and consciousness, to help craft a profoundly effective approach to mastering change. This includes completing the Core Integral Essential Integral and Advanced Integral courses and training in Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen meditation. Jonathan has published articles in professional journals on identifying trends in organizational development and leadership skills needed to build a learning organization. Jonathan also collaborates with fellow advocates in interrelated fields to help transcend the world s crisis state. He is devoted to sharing his knowledge and methods with all those committed to helping create stronger, wiser, and more abundant communities. LINKS: Jonathan’s Email Address Morgan’s Interview with Jonathan’s Meditation Coach, John Churchill The post OM087 – Transforming ADD into Higher Levels of Consciousness with Meditation with Jonathan Mozenter appeared first on About Meditation.
81 minutes | Jun 2, 2018
OM086 – Exploring Meditation with The Iceman, Wim Hof
BIO Wim Hof got his nickname The Iceman after he broke a number of records with regards to resisting cold. Some of his feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. Wim is convinced that our bodies are capable of doing the same exceptionally things his body allows him to do. Therefore, he has developed his Wim Hof Method that gives ordinary people the tools to take control over their body. Wim s motto is: What I am capable of, everybody can learn . With his Wim Hof Method, he teaches people from all over the world, including celebrities and professional athletes, to control their bodies and achieve extraordinary things. Over the years, Iceman Wim Hof has drawn the curiosity of a number of scientists. They have subjected Wim Hof and even some of his students to various controlled experiments, with the goal of unraveling the secret behind his method. The outcome of one of these experiments was that by applying the method, regions in the periaqueductal gray were activated. This is a part of the brain that is the primary control center for pain suppression. This is a promising discovery that could lead to a potential role for the WHM as an endogenous painkiller, and reflects results we already see today in people who effectively use the WHM to combat conditions. In another experiment, practitioners of the Wim Hof Method were able to control their sympathetic nervous system and their immune response, while they were injected with an endotoxin. Trained participants showed fewer symptoms, lower levels of proinflammatory mediators, and increased levels of plasma epinephrine. This could mean that the Wim Hof Method is an effective tool to battle symptoms of various autoimmune diseases. Learn more about Wim and Wim Hof Method on Wim’s website. LINKS Wim’s Website Wim’s Science and Research Wim’s Live Workshops Wim’s eLearning Courses Wim’s Facebook Page Wim Hof Method Facebook Community Page Wim’s YouTube Channel Wim’s Instagram Wim Hof Method Free App in Google Play Wim Hof Method Free App in iTunes Store Get a Health IQ Quote The post OM086 – Exploring Meditation with The Iceman, Wim Hof appeared first on About Meditation.
57 minutes | May 19, 2018
OM085 – Introducing Mindfulness into the Workplace with Bud Torcom
This week I’m delighted to share my interview with Bud Torcom, CEO and Co-founder of Mazama Media, a digital media agency and a member of Facebook’s exclusive Small Business Council. As Bud’s company grew, he took on more and more stress and anxiety. He realized he needed to reduce his anxiety and attempted to start meditating on his own. He became frustrated when his mind kept wandering while he was counting breaths. Bud gave up after a few days. About a year later, Bud discovered a guided meditation app called Calm. It was a game changer. His experience was so enriching that he decided to introduce meditation to his employees by creating a meditation nook in his office. In this interview, Bud talks about this experience and how to reduce anxiety in your organization. I hope you find it as helpful and fascinating as I did. BIO: Bud Torcom is the CEO and co-founder of Mazama Media, a digital marketing agency that offers high-quality social and digital media solutions for businesses. Mazama Media focuses on the individual needs and personalities of clients to create unique and engaging social media content, and the company is part of the prestigious Facebook Small Business Council. In addition, Bud is a member of the Forbes Agency Council, which has recognized him as an industry leader among advertising and media strategy firms. LINKS: Bud s Website Bud’s LinkedIn Bud’s Facebook Bud’s Email Calm Meditation App Headspace Meditation App BOOKS: Bud Recommends: Leaders Eat Last Letters to Lucilius Morgan Recommends: The Obstacle is the Way Ego is the Enemy The Daily Stoic Mindful Work Marcus Aurelius Meditations Mindful Work Podcast Interview The post OM085 – Introducing Mindfulness into the Workplace with Bud Torcom appeared first on About Meditation.
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