Meditate This! is two regular guys interviewing some of the world's leading experts about meditation, mindfulness, science, spirituality, and art of living mindfully. Enjoy our spin-off episodes Mindfulness Schmindfulness and How I Meditate
127 - Robert Thurman - Conversation with a Titan
Like all god's creatures, we love each of our guests equally. But we'll admit, when we got on the phone with Robert Thurman, there was something that stopped us a bit in our tracks.
Yes, he was completely easy to talk to and, yes, he was willing to answer everything we asked. But his ability to explain the concepts of Buddhism and mindfulness with the weight of a genius scholar and practitioner just brought us to another level of awareness as we navigated his seemingly unending knowledge.
Hear Professor Thurman explain his unforeseeable path to India that led him into the inner circle of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and onto a path of bringing Buddhist thoughts to the West for more than four decades. And be sure to pick up a copy of Thurman's latest book, Man of Peace or explore Tibet House, which he co-founded in 1987 with actor Richard Gere and musician Philip Glass at the request of the Dalai Lama.
126 - Stan Tatkin - The Science of Love
She loves me. She loves me not. She loves me. She loves me not...
Ever spent a moment...or several years(!) wondering whether your mate is right for you—or if you're right for them? You're sure as hell not alone. Romantic relationships are seriously confusing, and much of the time we're unaware of our true feelings because our brains work most happily in autopilot mode.
If you're ready for a deeper dive into the land of love (or, not-love), listen to our conversation with Stan Tatkin, clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT). Stan teaches family medicine residents at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA, and is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He is author of several books, including Wired for Dating: How Understanding Neurobiology and Attachment Style Can Help You Find Your Ideal Mate, and Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship, and Your Brain on Love: The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships.
125 - Kaiser Clark - Say What?
When Kaiser met Pete in junior high, he could barely have dreamed he'd appear a quarter-century later not once but twice on a world-renowned podcast co-hosted by his new, lanky, piano-playing friend . For one thing, there were no podcasts back then. Heck, Rubik's Cubes were still the rage. Also, neither of them were exactly the most mindful 13-year-olds in the greater Twin Cities area. They'd likely have been shoved in lockers by the school mindfulness bully, if one existed. (We're looking at you, Sven.) But here we are now, welcoming a second fantastic Meditate This! appearance by Kaiser. See, the dream came true. Except for the "world-renowned" part.
Also, if you feel like this intro and really everything else about mindfulness is generally confusing or intimidating, fear no more: Kaiser breaks down just what you need to know and/or think about as you approach meditation—which, happily, isn't all that much. And he simultaneously explains what you don't necessarily need to know or think about as you consider meditation or really any other endeavors during these complicated, meandering minutes we hear ticking on theoretical clocks sitting inside operating systems sitting inside glass and plastic phones sitting inside our 100% (supposedly) cotton pant pockets. All clear? Ok, perfect. Episode 125 everybody!
For more Kaiser Clark, listen to Episode 103.
124 - Robert Kuhn - Ping Pong Zen
By trade, Robert Kuhn asks the world's most brilliant people about life's biggest questions. It sounded pretty familiar to us here at Meditate This!—with one small exception: Kuhn has a background that puts him on par with just about anyone he interviews, giving the questions an extra level of potency.
Kuhn holds a doctorate in brain research and is the author and editor of over 25 books. A long-time adviser to the Chinese government and multinational corporations, he has been a columnist for China Daily and the South China Morning Post, and has appeared on the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and more. But perhaps Kuhn is most famous for creating and hosting the public television series Closer to Truth, which presents scientists and philosophers discussing life's most fundamental issues. Hear him tackle those subjects with Pete and Jay while explaining to them just why ping pong remains his favorite refuge from life's daily cacophony.
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123 - Nichol Bradford - Change Minds, Change the World
Nichol Bradford has an affinity for tech—as evidenced by her work as a former senior executive for gaming at Activision Blizzard (for which she managed operations on World of Warcraft in China), Disney, and Vivendi. But the Wharton MBA also appreciates tech's promise because she believes it's our best chance at helping humanity navigate the variety of impending crises.
As founder and CEO of the Willow Group, Bradford has helped pioneer Finders Course in secular mindfulness based on the scientific findings from eight years of research with over 1,000 participants. The online course uses the most empirical mechanisms for each providing each student a practice that will help them achieve "ongoing and persistent non-symbolic experience." Hear this co-founder and executive director of the Transformative Technology Lab at Sofia University explain how her work is helping 73 percent of students access this state of mind within four months—and why its more urgent than ever that more people join them.
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122 - Transcend with Liz Li, Ph.D., President of Sofia University
Have you updated your bucket list lately? We’re guessing there are a few things you may have overlooked. After this interview, you might decide to add a couple items to your list: the study of transpersonal psychology and achieving self-transcendence. What are those things you ask? Well, Pete had the same questions and got some serious answers from his guest today.
Sit back and absorb the fresh wisdom from a pioneer in education. As the President of Sofia University in Palo Alto, Ca, Liz Li, Ph.D. is committed to improving the human condition by continuing a legacy established in 1975. Founded as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, this university weaves a unique thread through all of its core curriculum. And they're getting a lot more attention with the addition of Dr. Deepak Chopra as a professor, to create a new initiative built around transpersonal aspects of consciousness.
Ok, you looked confused. So just hit play and we'll take care of the rest.
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An outstanding podcast for meditation believers and skeptics
Jay and Pete refer to themselves as "regular guys," but listening to even one episode of this podcast reveals that they've devoted a great deal of effort to bringing their experiences with meditation and mindfulness to a wide audience. They've attracted a topnotch lineup of guests, including some of the leading mindfulness practitioners and researchers in the world, and they have a talent for getting them to share their knowledge in interesting and engaging ways. What makes the show especially enjoyable is the obviouis chemistry between the hosts, who are longtime friends and who aren't afraid to share their own experiences. Anyone interested in the subject of mindfulness and meditation will get a great deal out of this podcast.
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Thanks for any insight for an educational are you on meditation. You guys rock!
Too much background noise!!
I love the podcast. But during the interviews, especially the one w the Happify guy, there is waaaaaayyyyy too much background noise. I don't know if it's a problem with the microphone or someone is scribbling w a permanent marker on a piece of paper by that's what it sounds like. It is so distracting and annoying, please fix!!