In this fifth episode, I have a chat with Mark Gilenson. Mark is Chan Priest and Bass player, part of our teacher team in the Meditation Community. He shares about his encounter with Meditation, his current practice and the important lessons he learned throughout the years. He emphasizes how meditation alone will not bring you a happy life, and how there are more components to the relief of suffering in our lives.
In this episode, I talk with meditator Mike Finney about his practice and his exploration of Meditation. From a very young age, Finney encountered meditation by watching Star Wars, wondering how to levitate things himself. As his journey continued, he learned about different ways to meditate and how it can help to improve your life. This episode got some sound effects, so be ready!
In this third episode of the podcast, I talk with Benjamin Bush about his practice and his experience with meditation. Benjamin, together with Greg, David and me are part of the themindfulcourse.com team. Benjamin explains the difference between the practice of meditation and the experience, and proposes some interesting ways to connect with the experience outside of sitting practice.
For this second episode, I have a chat with Greg Jacoby, traveller and meditator, coming from a background of drug dealing and dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Greg encountered meditation on his travel to Indonesia, but on his return was not yet able to build up a different life and change his habits. He found himself in debt, was able to resolve it and realized something had to change. He planned a 28-day retreat with Swami J (Traditional Yoga and Meditation) in Northern India and his life turned around. You’ll find that the change and deep found peace of Greg is both inspiring and heartfelt.
For this first episode, I have a chat with David Bowman, 31 year young New-Yorkian, former Rabbi and a background of working in corporate finance. David found his way to Meditation through Judaism and discovered how Pragmatic Meditation can help people who don't connect with a religion or have no interest in dogma yet still want to be able to follow the Path of Meditation. David created a free course on themindfulcourse.com about access concentration, a way for anyone to practice Meditation with measurable results. You’ll find that the motivation and enthusiasm of David is contagious… and I believe this first episode is a great kick-off to the upcoming podcasts.
Today I have a talk with Robert J. Goodman, Ph.D., assistant professor at Northern Arizona University. Robert is a psychologist who examines the neurological, behavioral and psycho social consequences of mindfulness. In this episode, we talk about the influence of mindfulness on memory, regulating emotions, the practice of Satipatthana and aging-related memory decline. I'm sure this talk will help you understand why this practice is so important for each one of us. I'm joined by Tim Schofield from the UK, one of our community members who writes about non-duality and minimalism, who provides additional questions and input.
In this episode, I have a talk with Frank Leder about mindfulness, compassion and vipassana meditation. Frank Leder is the founder of the TouchLife School of Massage in Europe. Frank is a direct descendant of Ruth Denison and is a teacher in her lineage in Europe. One of the central questions in this episode is: How do we develop patience and loving kindness in these hurried and stressful times? He talks about his personal journey into meditation, his experience in the practice and his advice for each of us applying mindfulness in daily life.