A monthly podcast hosted by David Treleaven, author of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, featuring a variety of guests speaking about the intersection of mindfulness, meditation, and trauma.
Episode 19 | Trauma and Transformative Conflict
In this episode, David speaks with Kai Cheng Thom, an award winning writer, social worker, and meditation teacher who teaches about trauma and conflict resolution. They discuss the impact of trauma on groups, the role of mindfulness in conflict resolution, and a meditation practice for working with contradictions.
Episode 18 | Healing Collective Trauma
In this episode David speaks with Thomas Hübl—teacher, facilitator, and author of the book "Healing Collective Trauma." They discuss the ways that mindful attention and attunement can support groups in a trauma healing process, the connection between personal and social change, and what Thomas refers to as the human rights of being, becoming, and belonging.
Episode 17 | Trauma and Mindful Communication
In this episode, David speaks with Oren Jay Sofer, a meditation instructor and trauma professional who also teachers Nonviolent Communication—a process of interpersonal communication designed to help navigate conflict. In their conversation, Oren and David discuss the philosophical roots of nonviolent communication and how they apply to mindfulness and trauma; ways that an understanding of trauma and the nervous system can help people navigate conflict; and the unique challenges social media poses to mindful communication.
Episode 16 | Lovingkindness and Social Change
In this episode, David speaks with renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. They discuss Sharon's conceptualization of trauma and how this informs her meditation teaching, the role lovingkindness can play in trauma recovery, how to help people find agency in the face of distress, and the trauma-informed work Sharon has been doing with survivors of gun violence.
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of mindfulness and meditation and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and students. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller, "Real Happiness," her seminal work, "Lovingkindness," and her most recent book, "Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World."
Episode 15 | Mindfulness and Social Justice
A conversation with Mushim Patricia Ikeda.
In this episode, David interviews Mushim Patricia Ikeda—a poet, Buddhist teacher, and social change activist. Mushim teaches at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) in Oakland, California, where she leads an award-winning yearlong mindfulness program called Practice in Transformative Action. In their conversation, David and Mushim talk about her inclusivity work at EBMC, the pandemic, and the relevance of trauma-informed practice within mindfulness and social change work.
Episode 14 | Widening the Window of Tolerance
A conversation with Liz Stanley.
This episode's guest is Elizabeth Stanley, a professor at Georgetown University and author of the book "Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma." Liz is a U.S. Army veteran who came to practice (in part) to help her with PTSD. In their conversation, David and Liz discuss contemporary definitions of trauma and how this relates to the current moment; the neurophysiology of trauma, including the relationship between what Liz terms the “thinking brain” and “survival brain”; and their current assessments of the impacts of COVID-19, it’s impact on social windows of tolerance, and their hopes for the path ahead.