30 episodes

“Contemplate This!” features interviews with leaders and teachers of contemplative practices (mindfulness, meditation, contemplative prayer, etc.) in order to learn about their history, how they became involved in contemplation, what their daily practice looks like, how they teach and share the fruits of contemplation with others – and most importantly – how their practice has transformed them and inspired their work to transform others and the world around them.

Contemplate This! Thomas J. Bushlack

    • Spirituality
    • 4.8, 33 Ratings

“Contemplate This!” features interviews with leaders and teachers of contemplative practices (mindfulness, meditation, contemplative prayer, etc.) in order to learn about their history, how they became involved in contemplation, what their daily practice looks like, how they teach and share the fruits of contemplation with others – and most importantly – how their practice has transformed them and inspired their work to transform others and the world around them.

    Episode 27 - Interview with Dr. Robert Waldinger

    Episode 27 - Interview with Dr. Robert Waldinger

    Dr. Waldinger has one of the most viewed Ted Talks of all time, with over 100 million views – it’s called “What Makes for a Good Life?” Just to give you a teaser, he gives us the answer to what makes for happiness in just two words, within the first five minutes of the show! Bob Waldinger is also a clinical psychiatrist at Harvard and the current Director of the Harvard Study on Adult Development. The study began in 1938, it’s now in its 83rd year, it is the longest running research study ever conducted. To top it all off, Bob is also a Zen Buddhist priest! I had the good fortune of being on a Zoom call with Bob recently, and I immediately emailed him to invite him to be a guest. Amid a very busy and stressful time, he graciously said yes, and now we all get to share in the benefits. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did conducting the interview!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 26 - Interview with Nick Zolfo

    Episode 26 - Interview with Nick Zolfo

    For this episode I am your co-host, along with Nick Zolfo, the host of the podcast “Catching ZZ’s: A Millennial’s Guide to Mindfulness.” Nick and I were introduced by a mutual colleague, and we realized that we have a very similar purpose behind our podcasts – which is to highlight the wisdom of others’ spiritual practices and share it with as many people as possible. Since we are so aligned, we decided to make this a co-interview, just taking turns interviewing each other about meditation practices, podcasts, and how we apply our practice to daily life and sharing our passion with others.

    Nick Zolfo is a podcast host, meditation teacher, and community builder. He brings experience with 4.5 years of his own meditation practice, coursework in mindfulness, including SIYLI 2 day training, and 3 years of hosting the Catching Z's podcast. He seeks to help others explore their minds and develop their own practice.

    Catching Z's does this by sharing stories of people with diverse backgrounds about how they've developed a spiritual practice and how everyone has their own unique journey to discover theirs.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 25 - Interview with Keith Kristich

    Episode 25 - Interview with Keith Kristich

    Keith Kristich lives in Buffalo, NY with his partner and wife, Colleen. He’s a self-described lover of nature, good conversation, and am often found with a book, banjo, or guitar in hand. In his own words, he says “My ultimate aim is to help people slow down and reconnect with their deepest and truest self.”

    Two things stand out about this interview. First, Keith discovered meditation “by accident.” Of course, nothing happens by accident, but he started his journey just by being naturally drawn into silence after listening to music. Once he realized what he was doing, he started to explore Buddhist teachings, and only later did he realize this was a part of the Christian tradition and then found his way into a more formal practice like Centering Prayer.

    Second, he’s a Millenial who is taking up the mantle of contemplative practice, and is sharing it with others through his website, retreats, in-person and online meditation groups, Enneagram coaching, and other creative pursuits.

    I think you’ll find some good stuff in this episode slowing down and connecting.

    • 54 min
    “Centering-In-Place” - An Invitation to Open Your Heart During Coronavirus Social Isolation

    “Centering-In-Place” - An Invitation to Open Your Heart During Coronavirus Social Isolation

    In this special episode I want to reflect on our global connection to each other, and to invite each of you to open your heart as you engage the fears and anxieties that we’re feeling right now during the coronavirus pandemic.

    • 8 min
    Episode 24 - Interview with Ven. Kusala Bhikshu

    Episode 24 - Interview with Ven. Kusala Bhikshu

    Ven. Kusala Bikshu is an American-born monk ordained in the Zen Tradition of Vietnam and head monk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in the Korea town section of Los Angeles. Kusala is a member of the Buddhist-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Los Angeles and MID – Monastic Inter-religious Dialogue, a national organization of Buddhists and Catholics. I was introduced to Kusula through Fr. William Skudlarek, who is a Benedictine monk at St. John’s Abbey and has been active in inter-monastic dialogue.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 23 - Interview with Mag Dimond

    Episode 23 - Interview with Mag Dimond

    Mag Dimond is the award-winning author of Bowing to Elephants: Tales of a Travel Junkie (which hit #1 in 5 countries on the day it launched and just won Best Indie Biographies & Memoirs from Kirkus). Her book has been compared to EAT, PRAY, LOVE in professional reviews and has received accolades from many thought leaders in the mindfulness space, including Jack Kornfield. It’s full of stories of her travels around the world, self-discovery, healing, food, and so much more.

    Mag has been a world traveler since age 11 — living with her mother in Italy for 3 years — and has traveled the globe. Once a 10-year hospice volunteer, Mag is a practicing Buddhist and dedicated member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center north of San Francisco. Mag’s essays are on Elephant Journal (being read by almost 2 million people).

    Much of our conversation focuses on how her early experiences with her family and traveling the world led her to discover Buddhism and to deepen her meditation practice as a way of cultivating compassion. I think you’ll find a warm intimacy as she opens up about her meditation practice and its importance in her life.

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Well - written & Researched ,

Ambitious, Thought-provoking Conversation

Listened to Chris Heuretz Episode 5. Appreciate the effort by both Tom and guest to keep the material accessible, while still conveying the its potential to help people shed their unhelpful "stuff" and become fully realized humans.

KCContemplative ,

A real gem

So grateful I came across this podcast. I am always challenged and inspired by Tom's guests and the great questions he asks. My heart is opened up and filled up with almost every guest I listen to. thank you so much for this rich resource - what a blessing.

SafetyPants ,

Deep, Insightful, Worthwhile

This is one of my favorite podcasts and I am a two-fisted podcast listener. Thomas Bushlack and his guest are very insightful, take a deep dive into topics and issues that matter, and provide something really worth listen to.

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