"Find Peace and Joy in the most unlikely places".
Join Lisa Barry, a long time on air radio broadcast interviewer and Frank Anderson MD MPH professor at the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health on a journey to explore ways that provide another approach to look at and deal with life to enjoy each day as it unfolds- whatever happens. Learn from lively discussions as two people on a path of self-discovery, share conversations about mindfulness and other techniques and decide for yourself if a shift in perspective can lead to a more authentic life experience informed by peace, joy, generosity and love. Consider this podcast a resource for those interested in starting a journey to deeper meaning in life and may be looking for a unique way to get started.
Experienced Mediators, or those who have never tried...burned out professionals, overwhelmed students and anyone exploring the issues of sexual, gender and racial identities will find tools to increase comfort and personal agency.
No matter where you are in your journey, there are lessons shared both practical and inspirational to help anyone live a more balanced and self-aware life.
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Ways to Practice Exploring Awareness
While we often have great intentions to practice meditation and awareness, lack of a framework leads to inconsistency. In this episode, we discuss the foundations of practice from Adyashanti's book The Way of Liberation and provide a guided meditation to help get the practice started.
Exploring Awareness to Experience Unity
Mindfulness practices and exploring awareness can lead to a deep realization of the unity of all beings. A deep realization comes and goes in glimpses then clear windows, they become deeper and start integrating into daily life, conditioned beliefs and habitual thought patterns start to fall away, we begin to realize that we all share this one unconditioned place in a unified in this field of awareness. The included guided meditation helps one get familiar with an experience of awareness and unity.
Finding Joy in Knowing What Makes You Tick
A “Joy that has no opposite” can be realized when we use mindfulness techniques to explore awareness. Happiness is wonderful too, but - as an emotion - comes and goes. Our usual ways of thinking, creating expectations, making judgments, reacting to news, making plans- all are part of what “makes us tick”. Becoming aware of “makes us tick” reveals the innate qualities of Joy, Peace, Love and Generosity charting a path for an open hearted life with less suffering that is open and helpful to
Awareness of the Present Moment Plus a Mediation for Sleeplessness
Our minds can come up with the details of past events so vivid, it is as if we are reliving them over and over again. These mental creations can lead to stress and trouble sleeping - trying to get rid of them can make it worse! Using mindfulness techniques to explore awareness can activate the “awareness mind”, and in that awareness find a place of peace and calm. We provide a guided meditation for sleep. Practicing exploring awareness during the day is a great way to prepare for those restless nights
Enjoying Awareness – A Big Fun Journey!
Meditation and spiritual awareness open up a wonderful sense of freedom and expansion that reflects an ever present inner sense of being. During the sometimes difficult work of spiritual practice, we catch glimpses of residing inner peace only to get pulled down the rabbit hole to more difficulties. There is a choice between the “cold comfort” of the known habits and the freedom that comes from practicing present moment awareness. It’s hard to explain in words, this episode includes a guided meditatio
Did I Really Mean to Say That? Exploring Awareness of Words
Where do words come from and what do they represent? Words are one way to communicate, and in this episode, we explore the awareness of what is happening in our mind that generates the words we use. Words used habitually, reflexively, and not formed with awareness may not represent the inner dimension of peace, love, joy and equanimity. Exploring awareness and finding a base of peace, joy, love and equanimity allows a place from where the words you choose represent your own truth.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Lisa and Frank. It’s such an engaging podcast. It has a delightful flow from two very smart people! And some humor!
Really interesting to learn about mindfulness and awareness through a dialogue between too people. Lisa has many of the same questions that I have and Dr. Anderson gives great answers! And the guided meditations at the end are really helpful-it’s like the “how” to do all the things they talk about- a big difference from just a lecture.