Dedicated to liberation in all its forms, Deconstructing Yourself is passionate about fearlessly investigating, attempting, and questioning all things to do with awakening, meditation, mindfulness, brain hacking, consciousness, neurofeedback, and more.
Your host Michael W. Taft interviews some of the most interesting thinkers, authors, and teachers around, as well as other offerings. In this hard-hitting, radical, and fun podcast we look at secular post-, non-, un- Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Hindu Tantrism, philosophy, the neuroscience of the sense of self, neurofeedback and the consciousness hacking movement, aspects of artificial intelligence, entheogens, and much more.
If you’re looking for fresh directions, free from dogma and conformism, think of the Deconstructing Yourself podcast as the radical cafe where you can hear from the most interesting luminaries either from the outside edges of dharma, or a fresh take from more traditional teachers. If you’re interested in more, check out the Deconstructing Yourself website at https://deconstructingyourself.com.
Talking with People about Things, with David McRaney
Host Michael Taft speaks with science journalist, author, and podcaster David McRaney about how people do (and do not) change their minds, how brains form their view of reality, conspiracy theory, the method of "technique rebuttal" vs. "topic rebuttal,' QAnon, neurology, psychology, belief, and much more.
Soulmaking Dharma, with Catherine McGee
Host Michael Taft speaks with meditation teacher Catherine McGee about the practice of Soulmaking Dharma.
Dreams and the Spiritual Imagination, with Steve Aizenstat
Depth Psychologist Steve Aizenstat speaks with host Michael Taft about the living image of dreams and their innate intelligence, the healing and creative power of the deep imagination; dreams, meditation and spiritual practice; and the way that we are "all cyborgs now."
Love Unveiled with A. H. Almaas
Spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas speaks with host Michael Taft about the centrality of love to our spiritual nature, how to tell the difference between emotional love and spiritual love, how the wounds of love can become openings for awakening, various “flavors” of love, and the necessity of love to approach truth.
Vajrayana and Deity Yoga with Chandra Easton
Buddhist Teacher and author Lopön Chandra Easton talks with Michael Taft about Vajrayana, her own pilgrimage and experiences in India, the struggle to bring motherhood, sexuality, the feminine, and the female voice into spiritual life, the power of yidam or deity yoga, how Westerners relate to deity yoga, and a look into the practice of the 21 Taras.
Evolving Ground with Rindzin Pamo and Jared Janes
Host Michael Taft speaks with Rin’dzin Pamo and Jared Janes about their new project, entitled “Evolving Ground,” which is a community of practitioners that seeks to reinterpret and revitalize Vajrayana practice in a contemporary Western context.
Simply great: meditation and death denial
So far, this has been the best episode of the deconstructing yourself podcast. Especially the discussion on meditation and death (denial). Also, the broader discussion of Douglass Harding and the Headless method was very interesting.
If you have time for only one episode choose this one (and get hooked to listen to all the rest)!
... that lift my spirits and inspire me during my daily commute. Thanks! 🌟