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Action-oriented mindfulness in life & in therapy

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Action-oriented mindfulness in life & in therapy

    Elizabeth English: Gentle mindfulness

    Elizabeth English: Gentle mindfulness

    In this conversation, we talk about freeing meditation from the pressures of what we believe it should be and welcoming every aspect of our inner experience.

    Dr. Elizabeth English began meditating as a student in 1983. Three decades later, she was appointed as Cambridge University’s first ever Mindfulness Practitioner. Her courses are the subject of research published in The Lancet showing significant benefit to students, and are now also offered more widely online. Elizabeth draws on four decades of personal meditation practice and her ordination within a Western Buddhist tradition, as well as her doctoral research at Oxford, where she studied Buddhist meditation texts. She is also a certified teacher of Focusing, Somatic Experiencing, and Nonviolent Communication. She spends much of her time singing and writing, both poetry and prose. Her first ‘gentle guide’ to meditation was published this year: Journeys to the Deep: A Gentle Guide to Mindfulness Meditation. She lives in Cambridge with her cocker spaniel, Cherub. For more information on her courses and her book, see her website.

    Published July 2022.

    • 23 min
    Noga Arikha: The embodied mind

    Noga Arikha: The embodied mind

    Antonio Damasio described Nora Arikha as “a poet and a painter with the soul of a scientist.” Our conversation is informed by psychology and neuroscience. It is grounded in the firm intention to pay attention to the embodied quality of our experience and the context in which it emerges.

    Noga Arikha is a philosopher and historian of ideas. Her The Ceiling Outside: The Science and Experience of the Disrupted Mind, was published by Basic Books (UK & US) in Spring 2022. Neuroscientist Vittorio Gallese called this book “a moving journey to the roots of the self, which uniquely combines the author’s deep knowledge of its neuropsychological foundations with a touching humanistic sensibility.” She is also the author of Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours (2007). She is an associate fellow of the Warburg Institute and an honorary fellow of the Center for the Politics of Feelings, London, and a research associate at the Institut Jean Nicod, Paris. She is currently based in Florence, Italy. See website.

    Published July 2022

    • 46 min
    A mindful take on spirituality & philosophy

    A mindful take on spirituality & philosophy

    Lawrence Berger and Serge Prengel discuss how we make sense of the world and our place in it, i.e. what is usually called philosophy or spirituality.

    We approach this from somewhat different perspectives:– One emphasizes a connection with a sense of something greater than ourselves in which we can find meaning and purpose (“there’s nothing more important than why we’re here”). – The other emphasizes the moment-by-moment process of finding meaning and purpose as we live (“I get in touch with my sense of meaning and purpose as I face life moment by moment”).

    Lawrence Berger, PhD, is a long-time practitioner of mindfulness and has taught philosophy at several universities. He is working on a book entitled The Politics Of Attention & The Promise Of Mindfulness.

    Serge Prengel is a therapist and explorer of creative approaches to mindfulness. He is the editor of Active Pause and is developing a course on Polyvagal-informed mindfulness.

    • 37 min
    Bruce Gibbs: Finding the right distance from our experience

    Bruce Gibbs: Finding the right distance from our experience

    We explore a concept that is very important to Bruce Gibbs, finding the right distance from our experience. We talk about how the right distance varies with the context, for instance how it is different in meditation and in Focusing. And we talk about what finding that distance entails.

    Bruce Gibbs, Ph.D., has explored consciousness, both academically and experientially, for many decades. He has practiced Yoga, Vipassana, and Zen meditation. He is a long-time meditator and Focusing teacher. He is dedicated to experimenting with the crossing of the two, and he has developed a form of Felt Sense meditation.

    Published April 2022.

    • 32 min
    Ken Benau: Shame, Pride, and Relational Trauma

    Ken Benau: Shame, Pride, and Relational Trauma

    The following conversation with Ken Benau serves as an introduction to shame and pride-informed psychotherapy with adult survivors of relational trauma, the theme of his book, Shame, Pride, and Relational Trauma: Concepts and Psychotherapy.

    Ken Benau, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in clinical psychology with a subspecialty in adult psychotherapy at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, in 1988.  He has been a California licensed clinical psychologist since 1990.  Dr. Benau maintains a private practice in Kensington, CA, located in the SF Bay Area.  He provides individual, couple, and family therapy, professional consultation, and training.  Dr. Benau has expertise in working with children and adults with various learning and developmental differences, including those living with ADHD and high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.  He has a special interest and expertise in shame and pride-informed psychotherapy with survivors of relational trauma, and has written several peer-reviewed articles with that theme.  Dr. Benau’s forthcoming book, Shame, Pride, and Relational Trauma: Concepts and Psychotherapy, will be published by Routledge in March 2022.

    Published March 2022.

    • 56 min
    An experiential inquiry into the nature of inquiry

    An experiential inquiry into the nature of inquiry

    In this conversation, our intention is to share with you what we like about the notion of “inquiry,” and to do so by giving you a flavor of what we mean by it.

    Dr. Marjorie Schuman is a clinical psychologist who teaches, writes about, and practices mindful psychodynamic psychotherapy. Serge Prengel is the editor of Active Pause.

    Published February 2022.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

sbfeley ,

Somatic geek

I am a geek and psychotherapist and I am loving the condensed versions of the somatic practices in these approachable conversations! So glad this podcast exists.

Boppy12 ,

Great interviews

I just started listening to this podcast and have already saved more episodes than any other I subscribe to. At first I was annoyed by interviewer's voice and style, especially when he interrupts. However, I am beginning to appreciate that perhaps he is trying to slow down his enthusiastic guests and summarize so audience can digest. Sometimes his recaps are more helpful than others, but it does give listener a chance to breathe. I would love to have some guests come back, especially Raja Selvam.

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