A 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 27 | Mindful Education, Trauma, and Social Emotional Learning
In this episode David speaks with Meena Srinivasan, an expert in the field of mindful education and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). They discuss the relationship between SEL and mindful education, the mental-health crisis of Covid and the particular forms of stress that educators are facing in school systems, the difference between mindfulness as a path versus mindfulness as a tool in education, and the relationship between identity, SEL, and traumatic stress.
Episode 26 | Mindfulness, Trauma, and Psychedelic Therapies
In this episode, David speaks with Joe Flanders and Andrew Rose, two leaders in the field of psychedelic-assisted treatment. They discuss the current movement around psychedelic treatment, conditions that support healing and transformation in psychedelic therapy (including mindfulness), working with “stuckness” in psychedelic treatments, and the relationship between mindful awareness, traumatic activation, and psychedelics.
Episode 25 | Eating Disorders and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness
In this episode David speaks with Katherine Metzelaar about the relationship between mindfulness, trauma, and disordered eating. They discuss the prevalence of eating disorders, the ways undernourishment can impact our capacity to be mindful, how the spectrum of eating disorders connects to trauma, cultural assumptions around thinness and fatness, and why a trauma-informed lens is so powerful in any work around nutrition.
Episode 24 | Mindfulness and Trauma in South Africa
In this episode, David speaks with Simon Whitesman about mindfulness and trauma in the context of South Africa. They discuss how mindfulness practice can increase the capacity to face historical trauma, the importance of elderhood in contemplative and trauma-healing spaces, the power of non-judgemental awareness in clinical work, and the reason trauma-sensitive mindfulness is so important in a South African context.
Episode 23 | The Risks of Meditation
In this episode David speaks with Willoughby Britton and Jared Lindahl, co-authors of the Varieties of Contemplative Experience (VCE) study—a landmark investigation into the nature of meditation-related difficulties, including trauma. They are two of the world’s experts in studying the difficulties people can encounter in meditation, as well as the factors that contribute to these experiences.
Episode 22 | Resilience, Mindfulness, and Healing Trauma
In this episode, David speaks with Anjuli Sherin, author of the book Joyous Resilience: A Path to Individual Healing and Collective Thriving in an Inequitable World. They discuss the relationship between trauma and resilience in clinical and contemplative practice, the way resilience can be a counter-balance to over-focusing on traumatic stimuli in meditation, and cultural aspects of resilience.