Awake in the World Podcast is a library of talks on a wide-range of topics, including bringing mindfulness and meditation practice into daily life; personal and community issues regarding mental health; and social change. The podcasts were recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone (1974-2017) was a Buddhist teacher, author, and mental health advocate. His legacy is stewarded by Carina Stone. Podcast funded by Patreon (patreon.com/michaelstone).
Best of Awake in the World: In that Lump of Flesh and Bones
This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode. In this talk, Michael argues that yoga and mindfulness are best practiced via the body versus striving for the attainment of philosophical or intellectual concepts. He encourages trusting that the body is the natural world and listening with the heart, so that “knowing” or too much technique don’t become obstacles to intimacy. Recorded on May 16, 2008.
Best of Awake in the World: Do People These Days Need Enlightenment?
This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode. In this talk, Michael considers the final lines of the first pada of the Yoga Sutra through the lens of a Buddhist koan: Case 62 of the Book of Serenity. Recorded on May 25, 2010.
The Form is Hugging You
Michael gives a talk about the importance of form, and the importance of not becoming caught by form, and how this insight expands out to allow spontaneity, creativity, and freedom to be whatever you need to be moment by moment. Recording date unknown.
In this talk on awareness, Michael uses the metaphor of a nest to describe our accumulation of narratives, memories and viewpoints, and argues that non-attachment (vairagya) is crucial and “viewpoint interruption” is a practice in itself. Recorded on September 29, 2009.
Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose
Michael leads a thirty-minute meditation focusing on the finer points of the posture (form), and explains how physiological details and psychological states affect one another. Recorded on September 26, 2009.
Best of Awake in the World: The Good Enough Meditator
This week we're revisiting a favourite Awake in the World podcast episode. In this talk, Michael highlights the hindrances to practice described in line 30 of the Yoga Sutras and then offers some techniques to work with them. Recorded on February 9, 2010.
A refuge for discovery
Michael’s talks continue to inspire me to consider, question, and affirm my true nature. They have prompted many talks with family and friends about the world we live in and how we can effectively love and care for each other better. This podcast offers itself as a refuge from the world of hyper-materialism, to explore and discover what matters most in life. I am grateful for Michael, his work, and for those who continue to share these talks.
Best podcast for me
I am so touched on Michael Stone’s ability to share his experience and learnings in common language on Buddhism. I feel like he is speaking to me, and guiding me on the path. His voice is soft and he is able to mix in small amounts of humor in his serious teaching. If you want to better understand the Buddhist teachings, I have not found any better source than this wonderful teacher.
He is my Teacher!
I love any of Michaels teachings... in whatever format! I highly recommend his podcasts as he is so dynamic, relatable, informative and inspiring by voice. His way of relating Buddhism and practice to modern day life has truly enriched by every day experience.