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Sounds of SAND is a podcast from Science and Nonduality which contemplates and reveres the beauty, complexity, pain, and great mystery that weave the infinite cycles of existence.
We explore beyond ultimate truths, binary thinking, and individual awakening while acknowledging humanity as a mere part of the intricate web of life.

Episodes tap into SAND’s rich history and collaborative future by presenting talks, dialogs, interviews, readings, music, and recordings from SAND Conferences, events, and webinars weaving timeless wisdom and embodied experience.
Let’s listen, learn, and share.

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Sounds of SAND is a podcast from Science and Nonduality which contemplates and reveres the beauty, complexity, pain, and great mystery that weave the infinite cycles of existence.
We explore beyond ultimate truths, binary thinking, and individual awakening while acknowledging humanity as a mere part of the intricate web of life.

Episodes tap into SAND’s rich history and collaborative future by presenting talks, dialogs, interviews, readings, music, and recordings from SAND Conferences, events, and webinars weaving timeless wisdom and embodied experience.
Let’s listen, learn, and share.

➡️ Find out more at scienceandnonduality.com

💌 Reach out to us at podcast@scienceandnonduality.com

    #93 Feminine Resistance in Palestine: Ashira Darwish & V

    #93 Feminine Resistance in Palestine: Ashira Darwish & V

    In this episode we present excerpts from the recent conversation (June 2024) between Ashira Darwish & V as part of SAND’s “Conversations on Palestine” around the premiere of the film Where Olive Trees Weep hosted by the directors of the film and co-founders of SAND, Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo.

    https://whereolivetreesweep.com/

    You can watch this full conversation and 22 others. SAND has created a program with leading historians, spiritual teachers, trauma therapists, poets and performers to complement the themes explored in the film and provide a larger historical, cultural and social context to the plight of the Palestinian people.

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    In this conversation, prepare to be moved and inspired by the stories of Palestinian women's sumud (steadfast perseverance) against the violence of occupation, patriarchy and dehumanization. Their narratives expose how colonial occupation is a gender-based crime inextricable from the repression of female self-determination. This conversation promises to be a tribute to the unbreakable spirit of Palestinian mothers who nurture profound love, clandestine schoolhouses, and revolutionary consciousness — even when all they have is the sanctity of their wombs.Ashira Ali Darwish worked for 15 years as a TV & Radio journalist and researcher in Palestine for the BBC, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. She is the founder of Catharsis Holistic Healing, a trauma therapy project pioneering a type of Sufi active meditation which draws its roots from ancestral and Indigenous knowledge. Her personal healing journey from full body paralysis with a severed spinal cord in 2012 has given her a deep insight into the process of recovery and healing. In 2021, she received the “ISABS Honours” from the Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science for her contribution to positive societal transformation.V (formerly Eve Ensler) is the  Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, performer, and author of the Obie award-winning theatrical phenomenon The Vagina Monologues, published in over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, and heralded by The New York Times as one of the “best American plays” of the past 25 years and that “no recent hour of theater has had a greater impact worldwide.”

    Topics:


    00:00 - Introduction
    04:53 - Ashira’s Story
    11:42 - In an Israeli Dungeon
    19:44 - Bodily Harm & Oppression
    26:01 - Stigma for Palestinian Women
    32:00 - Impact of Occupation on Masculinity
    34:18 - Can the Trauma Be Healed?
    40:40 - Onus of Resilience
    47:43 - Healing in Community
    53:20 - The Power of Music
    58:34 - Vision for New Palestine

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    #92 Gaza & the Bodhisattva Path: Gabor Maté & Tara Brach

    #92 Gaza & the Bodhisattva Path: Gabor Maté & Tara Brach

    In this episode we present excerpts from the recent conversation (June 2024) between Dr. Gabor Maté  and Tara Brach as part of SAND’s “Conversations on Palestine” around the premiere of the film Where Olive Trees Weep hosted by the directors of the film and co-founders of SAND, Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo.

    You can watch this full conversation and 22 others. SAND has created a program with leading historians, spiritual teachers, trauma therapists, poets and performers to complement the themes explored in the film and provide a larger historical, cultural and social context to the plight of the Palestinian people.

    Purchase Conversations on Palestine

    In this conversation, Gabor Maté and Buddhist teacher Tara Brach explored the harrowing situation in Gaza through the Bodhisattva path. They discussed the meaning of spirituality in the face of injustice and suffering, questioning the silence of many spiritual leaders regarding the Gaza crisis. Drawing from the Bodhisattva commitment to alleviate all beings’ suffering, they emphasized the importance of compassion, solidarity, and engaged spirituality in addressing the oppression and trauma faced by the Palestinian people. Their conversation served as an invitation to reassess our spiritual practices and embody the Bodhisattva spirit today, encouraging active solidarity with the suffering.

    We appologize for any audio distortions from this conversation. This episode was recorded live on Zoom with some bad connection sounds throughout. 

    Gabor Maté, M.D. is a specialist on trauma, addiction, stress and childhood development. After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. Gabor is also the creator of a psychotherapeutic approach, Compassionate Inquiry, now studied by thousands of therapists, physicians, counselors, and others in over 80 countries.

    Tara Brach is a meditation teacher, psychologist and author of several books including international bestselling Radical Acceptance, Radical Compassion and Trusting the Gold. Her teaching blends Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. Tara is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and, together with Jack Kornfield, has co-founded Banyan and the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program, which serves participants from 74 countries around the world.

    Resources from the Episode


    The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi
    “What is Love Asking from Us: Reflections on Gaza, the West Bank and Israel” (Dec, 2023) by Tara Brach

    Topics


    00:00 - Introduction
    02:50 - Tara’s History with Israel
    06:26 - The Jewish Buddhist Connection
    07:10 - Silence on Palestine
    15:42 - Truth and Boddhisvata Path
    17:38 - History of Buddhism and Social Justice
    25:10 - What Does Love Demand at this Time?
    33:18 - Deepening Our History Understanding
    40:59 - Noble Eight Fold Path
    49:17 - Jewish Critique of Zionism
    50:26 - Grief
    52:38 - Closing Thoughts

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    • 55 min
    #91 Decolonizing Healthcare: Dr. Rupa Marya

    #91 Decolonizing Healthcare: Dr. Rupa Marya

    Dr. Rupa Marya discusses her work at the intersection of medicine, health, land, and justice. She explains the concept of deep medicine, which looks at the health impacts of colonialism and colonial capitalism and emphasizes the need to address the root causes of illness.Dr. Rupa Marya is a physician, activist, writer, and composer at UC, San Francisco. Her work intersects climate, health, and racial justice. As founder of the Deep Medicine Circle and co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition, she's committed to healing colonialism's wounds and addressing disease through structural change. Recognized with the Women Leaders in Medicine Award, Dr. Marya was a reviewer for the AMA's plan to embed racial justice. Governor Newsom appointed her to the Healthy California for All Commission to advance universal healthcare. Also a musician, she's toured 29 countries with her band, creating what Gil Scott-Heron called "Liberation Music”. Together with Raj Patel, she co-authored the international bestseller, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice.

    Links and Resources:


    RupaMarya.org
    Deep Medicine Circle
    Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice by Raj Patel & Rupa Marya
    “Discourse on Colonialism” by Aimé Césaire
    “The Deep Medicine of Rehumanizing Palestinians” by Dr. Rupa Marya & Ghassan Abu-Sitta 
    Where Olive Trees Weep (film)
    Where Olive Trees Weep - Conversations on Palestine
    “Work for Peace” by GIl Scott Heron

     

    Topics:


    00:00 - Introduction
    02:01 - Meeting Dr. Marya
    06:31 - Shallow vs Deep Medicine
    11:58 - Balancing Deep Medicine and Immediate Health Crises
    15:28 - Essential & Integrative of Medicine
    19:48 - Media Narratives Around Health
    25:32 - Colonialism & Healthcare
    30:51 - Dehumanization
    36:16 - The Power Mind Virus
    40:19 - Imagining What’s Possible
    44:16 - Narratives Supporting Genocide
    50:46 - Heaviness, Hopefulness & Listening
    53:37 - Protest Music in the Era of Big Media
    56:01 - Closing

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    • 57 min
    #90 Dancing in the Fire: Farah El-Sharif, Ayesha Kajee, Seemi Bushra Ghazi & Daniel Foor

    #90 Dancing in the Fire: Farah El-Sharif, Ayesha Kajee, Seemi Bushra Ghazi & Daniel Foor

    Muslim Spirituality Illuminating the Path to Freedom: An exploration of how the spiritual heart of the Islamic tradition can inspire and fuel contemporary struggles for liberation, justice and humanity.

    Through their unique lens, this panel of visionaries modeled how spiritual life is not an escape from systemic injustice, but a revolutionary process which strengthens our collective capacity to transform unjust realities. They discuss Islam’s deepest essence and the spiritual fortitude to remain anchored in the commitment to truth, beauty and universal human flourishing.

    Today’s episode is a live talk as part of the World People’s Premiere of 21 days of conversations on Palestine with the release of the film Where Olive Trees Weep by SAND. Today’s talk is entitled Dancing in the Fire: Muslim Spirituality Illuminating the Path to Freedom with Farah El-Sharif, Ayesha Kajee, Seemi Bushra Ghazi and hosted by Daniel Foor.

    This talk is part of a package of talks that includes the 21 days of conversation with leading historians, spiritual teachers, trauma therapists, poets, artists, and more, plus extended interviews from the film, a live Q&A with Dr. Gabor Maté and Ashira Darwish from a live screening in Oakland, CA, a film discussion guide, and six community conversations on Palestine.

    To find out more about purchasing this package and supporting the mission of SAND and the film, visit WhereOliveTreesWeep.com.

    Dr. Farah El-Sharif is a writer, educator and research scholar. She received her PhD from Harvard University where she specialized in West African intellectual Islamic history. She earned degrees from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and served as Associate Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University, where she is currently a Visiting Scholar. Her writings have appeared in CNN, Newlines, and Muftah. Read more of her work on her Substack sermonsatcourt@substack.com

    Ayesha Kajee is a human rights and governance consultant based in Johannesburg, Ayesha Kajee has conducted research across much of sub-Saharan Africa, and has observed elections and peace processes in several countries. Her published research and opinion-analyses appear in various academic and news media, and she is often called upon by media houses for comment on topical issues. She was previously the founding director of the International Human Rights Exchange program at Wits University in Johannesburg, where she also lectured in Politics and International Relations. Ayesha briefly directed South Africa’s Freedom of Expression Institute before leaving full-time work to care for an invalid parent. She now works on a freelance basis. Her focus areas include transitional justice, media and media rights, African political economy, gender justice, migration and environmental rights.

    Seemi Bushra Ghazi is  lecturer in Classical Arabic at the University of British Columbia, specializes in Islamic literature, culture, and spirituality. A student in the Rifai Marufi lineage, she performs traditional Islamic arts, including Qur'anic recitation featured on BBC, CBC, NPR, and PBS. Her work appears in "Approaching Islam: the Early Revelations" and "A New Encyclopedia of Islam." Born in London and of South Asian origin, Ghazi studied at prestigious institutions in the U.S. and Middle East. Deeply involved in interfaith work, she hosts a monthly Unity Dhikr in Vancouver and is a founding board member of the Rumi Society and Vancouver Interspiritual Centre Society. Her expertise spans Islam, gender, and cross-cultural understanding

    Daniel Foor is a doctor of psychology, experienced ritualist, and the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. He is a practicing Muslim and initiate in the Òrìṣà tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa who has also learned from Mahayan Buddhism and the older ways of his English and German ancesto

    • 1 hr 7 min
    #89 Arab Jewish Mysticism: Hadar Cohen

    #89 Arab Jewish Mysticism: Hadar Cohen

    Hadar Cohen shares her deep connection to her Middle Eastern Jewish ancestry and the intertwining of mysticism and activism in her work. She discusses the complexity of her Arab Jewish identity and the impact of colonialism on the narrative of Arab Jews. Hadar also delves into the weaponization of trauma and the need for a multi-religious, secular society in a free Palestine. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, including the concept of Zionism, the intersection of science and spirituality and her Jewish Mysticism School.

     

    Hadar Cohen is an Arab Jewish scholar, mystic and artist whose work focuses on multi-religious spirituality, politics, social issues, and community building. She is the founder of Malchut, a spiritual skill-building school teaching Jewish mysticism and direct experience of God. She teaches and consults in a variety of settings and formats, from one-on-one coaching to online group classes and in-person retreats.  Her podcast, Hadar’s Web, features community conversations on spirituality, healing, justice, and art. Hadar is a 10th-generation Jerusalemite with lineage roots also in Syria, Kurdistan, Iraq and Iran. Subscribe to her Substack for access to her latest writings, offerings, and media appearances. hadarcohen.me or malchut.one.  // @hadarcohen32

     

     

     

    Topics:


    00:00 - Introduction
    02:52 - Ancestral Lineage
    10:04 - Arab Judaism 
    17:42 - Colonialism and Spiritual Division
    21:15 - Zionist, Trauma, and the Empire Mind Virus
    30:01 - Vision for a Secular Multi-religious Palestine
    33:49 -  Science and Spiritually in Arab Culture
    40:28 - Modernity and Religion
    49:51 - Malchut Mysticism school
    55:37 - Upcoming Retreats

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    • 1 hr
    #88 Where Olive Trees Weep: Premiere

    #88 Where Olive Trees Weep: Premiere

    Today, June 6, 2024, we’re celebrating the release of SAND’s new film Where Olive Trees Weep. And to celebrate the launch of the film, we welcome you to Donate and Watch the film by visiting WhereOliveTreesWeep.com.

    Donating to watch the film will also enroll you in a 21-day online event called “The World People’s Premiere” which happening online from June 6-27 with conversations, music, poetry, and . And you can donate to watch the film and sign up to watch all the conversations with speakers such as, Ashira Darwish (star of the film), Dr. Gabor Maté, Angela Davis, V, Daniel Foor, Dareer Tatour, Ilan Pappé, Michael McBride, Mona Haydar, Norman Finkelstein, Pir Zia Inyat Khan, Neta Golan, Tara Brach, and directors of the film, Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo. Whom we also interview on episode #86 if you want to hear more of the story and vision on the film.

    The film gives background to the current crisis in Israel/Palestine and brings to light the lives of people we met on our 2022 journey in the occupied West Bank. Their universally human stories speak of intergenerational pain, trauma and resilience.  We hope they touch your heart, stir compassion and understanding, and give rise to a pursuit for justice. For without justice, peace remains an empty slogan.

    Cinema can be a powerful force for change.  Our aim is, beyond mere education, to truly move hearts and minds and inspire audiences to echo the calls for freedom, equality and dignity that have gone unanswered for far too long.

    The film is our modest contribution towards our dream for an end to the occupation in Palestine, the attainment of equal rights and fair treatment for Palestinian people, and the spreading of healing for all intergenerational cycles of trauma in the region.

    https://whereolivetreesweep.com/

    • 5 min

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