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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He wrote the bestselling book, "10% Happier," started an app -- "10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" -- and now, in this podcast, Dan talks with smart people about whether there's anything beyond 10%. Basically, here's what this podcast is obsessed with: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)? New episodes every Wednesday morning.

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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He wrote the bestselling book, "10% Happier," started an app -- "10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" -- and now, in this podcast, Dan talks with smart people about whether there's anything beyond 10%. Basically, here's what this podcast is obsessed with: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)? New episodes every Wednesday morning.

    #236: Love in the Time of COVID | Esther Perel

    #236: Love in the Time of COVID | Esther Perel

    The coronavirus outbreak may pose one of the greatest challenges to romantic relationships in modern memory. For those of us living in close quarters with spouses or partners, how do we live our day to day without resorting to hollering, stony silence, or violations of local and federal statutes? For those of us living alone, what are the rules around online dating? Esther Perel is on the front lines of this battle. She is a renowned psychotherapist who continues to do couples counseling even as the pandemic rages. Much of this work can be heard on her popular podcast Where Should We Begin? She’s also the author of the awesomely-entitled, bestselling book Mating in Captivity. In this episode, we cover the benefits of sex (even if you’re not in the mood), humor, and a specific kind of "thank you." She also holds forth on anticipatory grief and a concept I found particularly compelling: "ambiguous loss."

    Where to find Esther Perel online:
    Website: https://www.estherperel.com/
    Podcast: https://whereshouldwebegin.estherperel.com/
    Podcast: https://howswork.estherperel.com/
    Upcoming Live Broadcasts with Esther: "The Art of Us: Love, Loss, and Loneliness Under Lockdown” - https://events.estherperel.com/april-2020-webinar/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/EstherPerel

    Other Resources Mentioned:
    Tanya Selvaratman: Where Can Domestic Violence Victims Turn During COVID-19? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/opinion/covid-domestic-violence.html
    Pauline Boss - Ambiguous Loss - https://www.ambiguousloss.com/
    John Gottman - The Gottman Institute - https://www.gottman.com/
    Megan Flemming - https://greatlifegreatsex.com/

    Additional Resources:
    Ten Percent Happier Live: https://tenpercent.com/live
    Coronavirus Sanity Guide: https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide
    Free App access for Health Care Workers: https://tenpercent.com/care

    Full Show Notes: https://tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/esther-perel-236

    • 1 hr 15 min
    How to Calm Down | Bonus Meditation with Matthew Hepburn

    How to Calm Down | Bonus Meditation with Matthew Hepburn

    Bring yourself down from a level 10 to a level 2—stimulating the calming parasympathetic nervous system with validated timeless practices.

    Matthew Hepburn is a straightshooting, clear thinking, and dedicated meditation teacher. His personal practice caught fire over the course of several extended meditation retreats in his early twenties, and for the last 5+ years he has been teaching meditation at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Boston, MA. Matthew is currently a participant in the four-year Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program, where he studies with renowned teachers including Joseph Goldstein.

    • 11 min
    #235: Joseph Goldstein | Meditating In A Pandemic

    #235: Joseph Goldstein | Meditating In A Pandemic

    A statement of the blazingly obvious: we are living in stressful times. A statement of the slightly less obvious: meditation, while not a panacea, can help. In this episode, we're bringing you one of the western world's greatest living meditation masters: Joseph Goldstein. I'm biased, of course, because he is my meditation teacher. I have known him for many years, and he has had an incalculably positive impact on my life. In fact, he has already come to my rescue once during this pandemic, at a moment when I was personally struggling. And now, I'm excited to unleash him on all of you. In this chat, he lays out a meditative toolkit for navigating the current crisis. His advice is actionable for absolute beginners as well as longtime meditators. Towards the end of the conversation, he proposes one approach that some of you may find deeply challenging, but I find to be extremely compelling.

    Plug Zone:
    Insight Meditation Society: https://www.dharma.org/teacher/joseph-goldstein/
    Joseph Goldstein Courses & Meditations on the Ten Percent Happier App: https://10percenthappier.app.link/x9Q0TCy36Z
    Joseph Goldstein Books: https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Goldstein/e/B00DPSACUW

    Additional Resources:
    Ten Percent Happier Live: https://tenpercent.com/live
    Coronavirus Sanity Guide: https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide
    Free App access for Health Care Workers: https://tenpercent.com/care

    Full Show Notes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/joseph-goldstein-235

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #234: How to Engage Corona-Deniers (and Other Ethical Dilemmas)

    #234: How to Engage Corona-Deniers (and Other Ethical Dilemmas)

    So many of us have people in our lives who we feel are not taking this pandemic seriously enough. How do we handle them? Yell, lecture, call them out on Twitter? What about flooding them with articles? Or is there a saner course of action that is likely to be more effective? In this episode, we have two experts in ethics to sort through this and other ethical dilemmas in the age of COVID. JoAnna Hardy is a meditation teacher with a special interest Buddhist ethics. Greg Epstein is the humanist chaplain at Harvard and MIT. Issues we tackle include: Is it ever ok to break social distancing? What are the ethical implications of moving your family out of the city to the country? And, what about stocking up on toilet paper?

    Episode Resources:
    JoAnna Hardy: https://www.joannahardy.org/
    JoAnna on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joannahardy65/
    Greg Epstein: https://chaplains.harvard.edu/people/greg-epstein
    Greg on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregmepstein

    Full Episode Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/joanna-hardy-greg-epstein-234

    Ten Percent Happier Live: Website: www.tenpercent.com/live

    In the Ten Percent Happier App: https://10percenthappier.app.link/TenPercentHappierLIVE

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb3AWCFuxotrXmgqUHQdwyg

    • 1 hr
    #233: Sharon Salzberg Makes Me Feel Better

    #233: Sharon Salzberg Makes Me Feel Better

    If, given the deeply suboptimal circumstances in which we find ourselves right now, you are cycling through anxiety, depression, anger, and apathy, I suspect this conversation with legendary meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg may elevate your mood. It certainly worked for me. I was in a little bit of a dark place when I hopped on the line with her- stuck in a story about how this pandemic is a waking nightmare with no expiration date. But there is something powerful about talking to someone who has spent 50 years dedicated to meditation and Buddhism. She provides a reframing, a dose of perspective, and practical, science-backed skills. Plus, like many of the best meditation teachers, she is quite funny. Enjoy.

    Full Show Notes: http://tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/sharon-salzberg-232

    Sharon Salzberg's Resources:
    Website: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/
    Books: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/books-audio/
    Podcast: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/metta-hour-podcast/

    Ten Percent Happier LIVE:
    Website: www.tenpercent.com/live
    In the Ten Percent Happier App: https://10percenthappier.app.link/TenPercentHappierLIVE
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb3AWCFuxotrXmgqUHQdwyg

    • 59 min
    Jack Kornfield on Ten Percent Happier Live | Bonus Episode

    Jack Kornfield on Ten Percent Happier Live | Bonus Episode

    In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. Hence my new project -- Ten Percent Happier Live. Every weekday, we'll offer a free live sanity break, featuring some of the world's best meditation teachers, streaming from our homes to yours. We'll start with a five minute meditation, and then take questions from the audience. Today we're posting a bonus episode to the podcast feed from my session on Friday, March 20th with meditation teacher and author Jack Kornfield. Join us at www.tenpercent.com/live at 3pm ET every weekday. 

    How to access Ten Percent Happier Live: 
    Website: www.tenpercent.com/live
    In the Ten Percent Happier App: https://10percenthappier.app.link/TenPercentHappierLIVE
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb3AWCFuxotrXmgqUHQdwyg

    Organizations in need of support:  
    Placer Food Bank: http://placerfoodbank.org/ 
    Feeding America: https://www.feedingamerica.org/

    • 22 min

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