Welcome to Zen Bites, a series of discussions on Zen Buddhism, mindfulness, comparative spirituality and psychology.
Zen Bites features Zen Buddhist teacher Martin Goodson and mindfulness-based psychotherapist Jamie Shavdia.
Zen Bites No.20 - Mapping the Mind
In this final episode Jamie & Martin discuss how the infinitely complex nature of the mind is often modelled in both Buddhism and psychology. The models offer us a map in order to give structure to an otherwise chaotic terrain however in the end this map must be laid down after the arising of the awakened mind.
Zen Bites x19 - Change & Impermanence - Living with Uncertainty
In this episode Jamie and Martin discuss the inevitability of change and impermanence, both core concepts in Buddhism and Mindfulness practice. Topics range from the Buddha's life story to Brexit, the end of cycles to intrapsychic momentary change.
Zen Bites 18 - The Shadow, Repression and Acceptance
In this episode Jamie and Martin discuss the unconditional acceptance of the shadow self, those unfavourable parts of "I' the ego that are often repressed and not allowed in. The case is made for the acknowledging, allowing and accepting of these aspects of the fallible self, before one can truly find peace of heart.
Zen Bites 17 - Gratitude
In this episode Jamie & Martin discuss the role of 'gratitude' as an attitude that can help condition and humble our small selves, expand consciousness, with recognition of our interdependent reality. Discussion includes looking at what gratitude is, and why it is so important within the context of mindful daily life practice. What does it mean for the egoic state condition and how should one practice it?
Zen Bites 16 - Body Wisdom
In this episode Jamie and Martin discuss the body's innate wisdom arising from a bottom-up rather than a top-down more cognitive approach to spiritual practice. They discuss the difference between knowledge and wisdom, insight experiences and a gradual training approach. They also look at practices that can be used to access this wisdom of the body.
Zen Bites 15 - Bereavement, Loss & Dying
In this episode Jamie & Martin discuss the difficult topic of bereavement, loss and dying. Discussion ranges from how loss is worked with and experienced in the therapy room as well as the role of death as providing a sense of mystery within religion.