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We feature provocative, in depth conversations with people on topics they are passionate about and want to share with the world. Themes of the podcast include meditation and mindfulness, non-dual spirituality, psychedelics, psychology, ecology and sustainability and eudomainia or genuine happiness: how to co-create a more loving and thriving world. Guests so far include authors, professors, therapists, mindfulness meditation and dharma teachers, visionary artists, philosophers and other thinkers. I am deeply looking forward to sharing these conversations with you. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/a-state-of-mind/support

A State of Min‪d‬ Julian Royce

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We feature provocative, in depth conversations with people on topics they are passionate about and want to share with the world. Themes of the podcast include meditation and mindfulness, non-dual spirituality, psychedelics, psychology, ecology and sustainability and eudomainia or genuine happiness: how to co-create a more loving and thriving world. Guests so far include authors, professors, therapists, mindfulness meditation and dharma teachers, visionary artists, philosophers and other thinkers. I am deeply looking forward to sharing these conversations with you. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/a-state-of-mind/support

    #68- Being What One Is with Jeff James Howard, LPC

    #68- Being What One Is with Jeff James Howard, LPC

    Jeff James Howard, LPC joins Julian discussing the state of psychotherapy, being a soul guide, some of the problems with 'cancel culture' and the adolescence of United States culture writ large, vision fasts in the desert, men's work, danger of bypassing one's own past and unsustainable ways of trying to achieve transformation - list of topics below


    Feb 18 republished with Edited Intro -

    0:00- 5:40min Intro

    5:40 min - 68:00min - Conversation with Jeff


    Topics:
    Transitioning from psychotherapy to being a  soul guide
    Inside the Kiva
    Finding our life's purpose and calling
    The difference between 'you have a unique gift' and 'what do you want to be when you grow up?'
    The stories we grow up with
    Introjects versus leading with genuine longing
    Why Jeff went into therapy as a client
    Bill Plotkin, Depth Psychologist, Wilderness Therapy, Amos Valley Institute and the Patho Adolescence - how many of us never really grows up and become initiated adults in the world.
    That the Insurrection at the Capital, the Me Too movement, BLM are developmentally in their adolescence and young in their process
    The School of Lost Borders
    Wilderness Vision Quests
    "We don't go out into the woods to find ourselves or discover new parts of ourselves or become a new person. We go out to be with who we already are."
    Psychiatric drugs and the risks and disfunction in our current medical system
    Men's Work
    Making Messes and cleaning them up skillfully - rather than being a people pleaser or a yes man or trying to be nice all the time
    Black Mirror episode where someone can be 'canceled' and literally disappear from the perception of all the other people around them, effectively being exiled from humanity itself.

    Learn more about Jeff at:

    https://www.threeleavescounseling.com

    https://drdansiegel.com/biography/

    A State of Mind Podcast: www.astateofmindplay.com

    A State of Mind Counseling: www.astateofmindcounseling.org

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    #70 - Brain Health & Preventing Dementia, Alzheimer's and Strokes with Dr Robert Love

    #70 - Brain Health & Preventing Dementia, Alzheimer's and Strokes with Dr Robert Love

    Julian sits down with Dr. Love for the second part of their conversation.   

    0:00- 5:07 Introduction  

    Topics:  - Alzheimers  

    - Story of my grandmother  

    - Paranoia  

     - Declining Life Expectancy in the USA 

     - How counties that experienced declining life expectancy overwhelmingly supported Trump in 2016 

     - Why he got inspired around issues of brain health, dementia and Alzheimer's  

     - His two grandparents who had dementia 

     - Strokes

     - How diabetes, cholesterol, heart issues put you at greater risk for strokes  

    - The crucial role of diet 

     - How he made a healthy chocolate that is great for the brain  

    - Why you don't feel full after eating a twinkie  

    - Problems with diet sodas  

    - Importance of fiber   - Dealing with confusing and conflicting dietary advice  - Chronic inflammation that can come from diet   

    www.DrLoveschocolates.com  

    A State of Mind Podcast: www.astateofmindplay.com   

    A State of Mind Counseling: www.astateofmindcounseling.org   

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #69 - Jordan Peterson and the Culture Wars with Dr. Love

    #69 - Jordan Peterson and the Culture Wars with Dr. Love

    Julian and Dr. Love sit down to discuss Jordan Peterson, the culture wars and more. Part 1 of 2

    Dr. Love has a PhD in psychology and he is a master chocolate maker, making chocolate that is good for your health

    0:00 - 3:36min Intro

    3:36min Conversation with Dr. Love

    Topics covered:


    JP
    Controversy
    Tribalism
    Gender and trans-gender issues
    Problems with the news media
    How in the Age of Information we need to make conscious and good choices about what information to take in and give our attention to
    Drug Policy
    Problems with our political system
    Issues with social media and cell phone addiction
    What is success - problems with our narrow cultural views of 'success'
    Appreciating how much wealth we have as a society

    www.DrLoveschocolates.com

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    A State of Mind Counseling: www.astateofmindcounseling.org

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    • 34 min
    #67 - Social Media & Smartphone Addiction: The Power of Looking Within - Part 2 with Craig Salerno, LPC

    #67 - Social Media & Smartphone Addiction: The Power of Looking Within - Part 2 with Craig Salerno, LPC

    Julian and Craig discuss social media and smart phone use from the perspective of addictions. This is part two of our conversation.

    Topics in order


    0-7:00 - Intro
    7:00 - Conversation with Craig
    Cell phone addiction
    Social Dilemma documentary
    Craigs view that the recovering addicts are the wisdom holders here
    Julian's dream of tentacles from iPhone into my head the night he had an iPhone for the first time
    Definitions of mind being beyond limits of physical body- existing in relationships. Dan Siegal's definition of mind.
    Moving Internally to work with this issue rather than external regulation
    What we are up against - how our capitalist system preys on our addictions - and incentivizes consumption and addiction
    The role of Intention and the limits of our Will Power and Desire in stopping and Addiction
    No evidence that intention and desire, excitement and enthusiasm correlates to success in stopping an addiction
    The ways in which Social Media can begin to seem more 'real' than real life
    What are the unmet needs that an addiction seems to be or is meeting
    The role of Core emotional needs
    Sense of pervasive emptiness in our culture
    Phenomena of looking up people through social media, like your ex's current partner
    The need to be careful with what information we are taking in
    How to work with impulse to an addictive habit such as checking your phone

    https://www.ladbible.com/news/weird-researchers-say-mobile-phone-use-is-changing-the-shape-of-our-skulls-20190615

    https://www.thesocialdilemma.com

    Learn more about Craig Salerno:

    https://craigsalernocounseling.com

    A State of Mind Podcast website: www.astateofmindplay.com

    Learn more about Julian at www.julianocean.us

    A State of Mind Counseling: www.astateofmindcounseling.org

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    • 44 min
    #66 - Psychedelic Therapy, Addictions and More - with Craig Salerno, Part 1

    #66 - Psychedelic Therapy, Addictions and More - with Craig Salerno, Part 1

    Julian sits down with Craig Salerno, MA, LPC, LAC - they discuss Psychedelic- assisted therapy, Ketamine Therapy, Addictions and more.

    Learn more about Craig at https://craigsalernocounseling.com

    Notes


    Sharing listener comments and discussing previous episode
    3:45 Introduction to this episode
    7:38 Conversation with Craig Salerno begins
    Craig's early start to his career in therapy
    Addictions and Psychedelics - the stigma, and issues around offering a 'drug' to a 'drug addict'
    Craig defines addiction as using a substance to check out and Psychedelic therapy as using a substance to help go within
    How Craig as a therapist determines if someone's relationship with a substance is problematic /addictive or not
    Moving from the old school AA model of either addicted or sober to a more nuanced understanding that includes responsible use.
    Transcending identification as an addict
    Many people relapse at the 6 month mark
    Bill, found of AA, had a profound spiritual experience with LSD and wanted to share it in all AA meetings
    Finding a Middle Way with Psychedelics as part of the maturing of our culture.
    Psychedelic Integration Therapy
    Stigma around Ketamine and advantages to it's use in psychotherapy
    Ketamine has been shown to be very effective in helping with treatment resistant depression
    Puritanism and the cultural suspicion of anything that brings pleasure or joy in our Culture
    How Ketamine as a dissociative can help with depression and to bring insight and psychological well being in general
    How Ketamine assisted psycho-therapy can help with Addiction issues
    Cannabis - how it is a bit of a 'trickster'
    How many people have a 'never ending ambivalent relationship with cannabis'
    Criticizing the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatric model to treating mental health
    That Psychedelics are Not dose dependent
    "Psychedelic FOMO"
    The trap of 'always working on myself'
    Importance of Initiation
    How Psychedelics can play an initiatory role and how we need elders to hold and guide us in this process - and how this can be a process of cross generational healing.
    How the original teachings from the historical Buddha are all about addiction
    Addiction as a spectrum that we are all on

    https://craigsalernocounseling.com

    https://goop.com/wellness/mindfulness/psychedelic-therapy-centers/

    Stats on Addictions: https://www.mentalhelp.net/addiction/statistics/

    https://drugabusestatistics.org

    A State of Mind Podcast website: www.astateofmindplay.com

    Learn more about Julian at www.julianocean.us

    A State of Mind Counseling: www.astateofmindcounseling.org

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    #65 - Unusually Hardcore Dharma with Daniel M. Ingram

    #65 - Unusually Hardcore Dharma with Daniel M. Ingram

    Julian sits down with the Arahant Daniel M. Ingram in this far ranging discussion of Meditation and the possible highs and lows, including things like experiencing a 'dark night of the soul.' Daneil is the author of the book Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book

    0:00-4:43 Housekeeping, Julian shares about his recent solo meditation retreat

    4:43-10:15: Intro to Conversation with Daniel

    10:35- 2:08 - Conversation with Daniel Ingram

    We discuss the following topics:


    Daniel's work to research meditation for mainstream psychology and modern medical science
    The risks of idealizing a single Guru and basing your entire path on one person
    Julian shares a bit about my practicing with Reggie Ray and my appreciation and also disagreement with his teachings
    The possibility of real transmission and the real value of authentic lineage
    The phenomena and practice of magic and the importance of being able to shift between different contexts and ways of understanding
    The ways in which practices such as sending out healing light can actually be helping others beyond our own personal imagination and experience

    Daniel recommends the following books: The Power of 8, The Intention Experiment, Real Magic


    The power of opening up to healing and blessings from divinities
    Daniel's thoughts on past and future lives
    Amazing story of Daniel interviewing a patient who had multiple near death experiences due to being one of the first people to receive a pacemaker. And his descriptions of his near death experiences are fascinating.
    The sadly pervasive afflictions of self directed negativity, negative self talk, and poor self esteem
    Daniel personally saw pediatric emergency hospitalization cases double because of social media - kids presenting in psychiatric crisis due to social media's influence

    The pervasive and deluded sense of 'you need to do this in order to be ok as you are'


    Music and Meditation
    The importance of Effortlessness in the realization of our true authentic nature
    The Possibility of millions of people learning basic mindfulness and meditation techniques that could lead to seeing through the false self on a vast, societal wide scale. This is both Utopian thinking and very possible.
    How the Modern Mindfulness movement ignored the extreme Highs (such as the possibility of awakening)  as well as the Lows of Meditation practice (things like the 'dark night of the soul') in order to sell the mushy middle.
    What it takes to genuinely scale this in a repsonsible, honest way.
    EPRC (Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium)

    https://theeprc.org/


    Julian shares about his experience working in the mental health field and people who have had psychotic breaks at least in part form things like fasting and meditation

    Links:


    Daniel Ingram: https://www.integrateddaniel.info
    EPRC (Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium https://theeprc.org/
    https://www.mctb.org


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    • 2 hrs 9 min

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