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Project Mindfulness Podcast

What? In-depth discussions about meditation & mindfulness
When? Every Monday
How long? 60 minutes

Every week, Christiaan Neeteson talks with various people practicing mindfulness & meditation. From Eastern to Western Philosophy, Artists, Doctors, Physicians, Psychologists and alternative medicine, all fields have valuable insights and we explore those in this podcast. The foundation of our discussions are authenticity and personal connection, and we persistently aim to make you feel like a part of the family.

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Is it healthy to be vegan?

In this episode, I have a talk with Isabelle de Burgh. She specializes in creating plant-based alternatives to recipes and teaches young teens the significance of nutrition for mental health amongst other things. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and has extensive training in health coaching through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. We talk about switching to a plant-based diet, a holistic approach to wellness, emotional eating and the effect of our metabolism on our everyday life.

Can we fully heal from our traumas?

Today I have a talk with Robert Beatty. Robert is a member of the first wave of Theravada Buddhist Teachers who brought the Dharma from Asia in the 1970’s. Robert founded the Portland Insight Meditation Community where he is the guiding teacher. He has a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto, and Masters in Social Work from Portland State. Robert has extensive training in numerous Western therapies. This episode goes a bit deeper under our skin and proposes various questions like: Can we fully heal our trauma? What exactly is enlightement? Do we need a guide for our practice? And what can we do about the climate crisis?

Mindfulness & Psychology: Memory, Emotions and Aging

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.

Mindful Massage, Climate Change & Compassion

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.

Meditation Retreats: 9 Tips to get Ready

Together with Greg Jacoby, we talk about meditation retreats. Why should you join one? What should you look for? What are the benefits and risks? Greg has organized and been part of numerous meditation retreats such as the Vipassana 10-day retreats and retreats with Swami J. The summer meditation retreats are coming up and we give you some insight into why you should or shouldn't join a retreat.

What is the meaning crisis? with John Vervaeke

In this episode of the podcast, I talk with John Vervaeke, Doctor of Philosophy and award-winning lecturer at the University of Toronto in the departments of psychology, cognitive science, and Buddhist psychology. We talk about his practice, his journey into meditation, his unique approach to western philosophy, eastern philosophy and evidence-based science. Various topics will be talked about including the psychedelic revolution, what enlightenment exactly is and what the higher states of consciousness entail.

Finding Your Bliss

In this episode I talk with Lou Redmond, who is a meditation teacher and writer. Central to this episode is finding your bliss, the hero's journey and belief in action. We talk how Lou went from addiction to alcohol to a complete change in his body and mind. He found his path and supposedly his destiny. We deconstruct what happened to him and why he had the courage to quit his job and go on a soul searching journey. We talk about his meditation practice and his teachings on Insight Timer.

Shamanism, Psychomagic & La Malinche

In this episode, I talk with Maria Fernanda Leaño or Malinche about her practice and journey in spirituality. We talk about her multicultural upbringing and how it shaped her to be passionate about building bridges between cultures, races and countries. The name and history of La Malinche is inherently connected with this mission. We talk about the connection to native Mexican culture, especially Shamanism. We explore what Shamanism is and how she implements it in her art. An important part of this is psychomagic. Changing our perspective.

Lucid Dreaming, Creativity & Mindfulness in performing

Helen Denham is a recording artist & writer from New York. We talk about her meditation practice and mindfulness in performing. Besides meditation as inspiration for her writing, she uses a dream journal and reality checks in her practice. Coming from a past of modelling, she had a hard time accepting her self-image, we talk about this journey and the liberation of self-acceptance.

Nomad Lifestyle & Mindful Finances

In this episode I talk with Alasdair, who is currently a nomad living in a caravan in France together with his fiancée. In 2015 he decided to sell all his things, leave his job and take a oneway plane ticket out of the country. We talk about managing waste, simple living and being mindful with our finances. Alasdair also talks about Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a autoimmune disease, and how he was forced to be mindful of what he eats and what effects it has on his body & mind.

Why (and how) Meditation on the Breath Actually Works

Whether you've meditated before or not...or whether you've even heard of meditation before...I'd be willing to bet you've heard of some...

What’s the purpose of meditation, anyway?

Why do I meditate? Why should you meditate? Why does anyone meditate? What the hell is the purpose of meditation, anyway?

Becoming a Successful Leader.

In this episode I have a talk with Marc Lesser. We talk about his current book, Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader, a book about the most important lessons Marc took away from being in a Zen monastery kitchen for 10 years and working as a CEO afterwards. His work involves collaborations with companies such as Facebook and Google. The episode talks about mindful leadership, the importance of habits and emotional intelligence.

What exactly is Awakening?

In this episode I have a talk with Dr. John Yates or Upasaka Culadasa. We talk about his current book, The Mind Illuminated. A book that bestselling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves “brings the path of meditation to life.” We talk on why he wrote it and what are important things to know when reading it. We talk about his new upcoming book, what the buddha really taught, online internet forums and insights, the somatic and psychological aspects of human development and what exactly is awakening?