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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.

    #227: Race is Not Tangential to Meditation | Rhonda V. Magee

    #227: Race is Not Tangential to Meditation | Rhonda V. Magee

    Rhonda V. Magee is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. Born in North Carolina in 1967, Rhonda experienced a childhood of significant trauma and challenge. Yet, she was gifted with the insight that through a life of caring engagement, self-development, and service with others, she could find a way up and out. She has dedicated her life to healing and teaching in ways that support others in a journey to wholeness and justice. A student of a variety of Buddhist and other wisdom teachers, including Norman Fischer, Joan Halifax and Jon Kabat-Zinn, she trained as a mindfulness teacher through the Oasis Teacher Training Institute of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches mindfulness-based interventions, awareness, and compassion practices from a range of traditions.

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    Website: https://www.rhondavmagee.com/
    Book: https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Work-Racial-Justice-Transforming-ebook/dp/B07PLDQFYR
    Twitter: @rvmagee

    Show Notes Page
    https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/rhonda-v-magee-227

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    #226: The Dharma of Instagram | Yung Pueblo

    #226: The Dharma of Instagram | Yung Pueblo

    Yung Pueblo (Diego Perez) grew up in poverty after his family immigrated from Ecuador to Boston, Massachusetts. He fell into heavy drugs in his college years, consumed in misery and sadness, before going on his first Vipassana meditation retreat. There, he learned how to accept and embrace change in one’s self, be present in the moment and find joy in both the ups and downs of life. Now a well-known meditator, writer and public speaker, Yung Pueblo uses a plethora of social media platforms to help others on their own journeys towards a free life.

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    Website: http://yungpueblo.com/
    Book - Inward: https://www.amazon.com/Inward-Yung-Pueblo/dp/1449495753
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yung_pueblo
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/YungPueblo

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    #225: Happiness Takes Work | Sonja Lyubomirsky

    #225: Happiness Takes Work | Sonja Lyubomirsky

    Sonja Lyubomirsky has been studying human happiness for 30 years. As a professor at the University of California Riverside, her research has centered around things people can do to become happier. In this episode she talks about her findings, including the power of social connection and how that might just be the key ingredient to happiness. She also talks about how we can increase our level of social connection.

    Show notes: www.tenpercent.com/podcast
    Sonja’s Website: http://drsonja.net/about-sonja/
    Sonja’s Books: https://www.amazon.com/Sonja-Lyubomirsky/e/B001JP269S/
    Sonja at UC Riverside: https://profiles.ucr.edu/app/home/profile/sonja
    Sonja on Ten Percent Happier: https://10percenthappier.app.link/0E69lbTsH3

    Check out the new Ten Percent Happier course on Health Habits with Kelly McGonigal and Alexis Santos: WWW.TENPERCENT.COM/HABITS

    In the App: https://10percenthappier.app.link/gAd07mXoo2

    References in the show:
    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Susan Cain https://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Power-Introverts-World-Talking/dp/0307352153
    Nick Epley, research on talking to strangers on the train https://www.nicholasepley.com/publications
    Liz Dunn - UBC Barrista researcher https://dunn.psych.ubc.ca/curriculum-vitae-2/publications/
    Ed Dieiner - https://eddiener.com/
    Barb Frederickson - Love 2.0 https://www.positivityresonance.com/
    Dacher Keltner - UC Berkley https://psychology.berkeley.edu/people/dacher-keltner
    Ken Sheldon https://psychology.missouri.edu/people/sheldon
    Susan Nolen-Hoeksema https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Nolen-Hoeksema/e/B001H6IJH2
    Martin Seligman - UPenn Positive Psychology https://ppc.sas.upenn.edu/people/martin-ep-seligman
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Flow https://www.amazon.com/Flow-Psychology-Experience-Perennial-Classics/dp/0061339202
    Lisa Walsh - Expressing gratitude on the other person https://www.lisacwalsh.com/
    Nial Bolger - Columbia (visible versus invisible social support) https://psychology.columbia.edu/content/niall-bolger
    Ezra Klein’s Podcast with Allison Gopnick https://www.vox.com/podcasts/2019/6/13/18677595/alison-gopnik-changed-how-i-think-about-love)

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    #224: Tara Brach: Making it RAIN

    #224: Tara Brach: Making it RAIN

    Being open to the feelings of anxiety and fear can be terrifying, but Tara Brach, a clinical psychologist and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, has a method to guide us through our most difficult emotions. In this episode Brach details how her method, which goes by the acronym R.A.I.N., provides steps to help us face and process our own emotions. She has made strides within the meditation community by weaving together western psychology insights with meditation to begin the emotional healing process. Brach received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and completed a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She leads silent meditation retreats, has numerous publications and a weekly podcast. She is the author of Radical Acceptance, True Refuge, and her most recent publication, Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of R.A.I.N.

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    Website: https://www.tarabrach.com/
    Podcast: https://www.tarabrach.com/talks-audio-video/
    Books: https://www.amazon.com/l/B001KE8BHO?_encoding=UTF8&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&ref_=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
    Radical Compassion Challenge: https://www.tarabrach.com/calendar/radical-compassion-challenge-free-10-day-online-event/

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    • 1 hr 42 min
    #223: Jon Kabat-Zinn | Meditation as a Love Affair

    #223: Jon Kabat-Zinn | Meditation as a Love Affair

    Jon Kabat-Zinn has been a key player bringing mindfulness meditation to the mainstream. In 1979, he introduced the now world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, a meditation therapy used to treat a variety of illnesses. In this episode, Kabat-Zinn talks about the importance of awareness and why now, more than ever, having awareness and being present in each moment is vital. He says meditation doesn't end when you get off the cushion. Rather, we should view every moment in life as a meditative practice.

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    Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Website: https://www.mindfulnesscds.com/
    Books: https://www.mindfulnesscds.com/pages/books-by-jon-kabat-zinn
    Previous podcast: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/jon-kabat-zinn-75

    Podcast References
    Spaceship Earth by Buckminster-Fuller: https://www.amazon.com/Operating-Manual-Spaceship-Buckminster-Fuller/dp/3037781262
    Calmer Choice on Cape Cod: https://calmerchoice.org/
    MIT Study of mindfulness with middle school children: http://news.mit.edu/2019/mindfulness-mental-health-benefits-students-0826
    Jon Kabat-Zinn Forward for “Current Opinion in Psychology”: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352250X19300211?via%3Dihub
    Ram Dass: https://www.ramdass.org/

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    #222: How to Become a Regular Meditator (and More) | Alexis Santos

    #222: How to Become a Regular Meditator (and More) | Alexis Santos

    While in medical school in the mid-90's, Alexis Santos found himself in the midst of a spiritual crisis. At one of the top medical schools in the country, he felt unfulfilled and disillusioned by the stress and unhappiness around him and in his fellow students. After two years, he changed course and travelled to India, where he was first introduced to insight meditation on a 10-day retreat in the S.N. Goenka tradition. Interested to deepen his meditation practice, he happened across Sayadaw U Tejaniya, an unknown meditation teacher in Burma at the time. Recognizing his good fortune, Alexis decided to stay on, where he ordained as a Buddhist monk for two years. At the encouragement of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Alexis began teaching and in 2016 he completed the Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society teacher training program with Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield and others. He now teaches meditation retreats at centers throughout North America, Europe and Australia. In this episode, the conversation gets an interesting start with Alexis sharing his views on sleepiness and meditation, and then moving on to his time in Burma with Sayadaw U Tejaniya, the masculine and feminine approach to meditation and habit formation and how to use all our waking hours to practice meditation in daily life.

    Website: https://www.alexissantos.io/about
    Alexis courses in the app: https://10percenthappier.app.link/Alexis-Santos
    Alexis Santos on Dharma Seed: https://dharmaseed.org/teacher/525/

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    www.tenpercent.com/2020

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    • 1 hr 15 min

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