1 hr 12 min

Henry Shukman - A Path To True Mindfulness ManTalks Podcast

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Talking points: zen, meditation, mindfulness, psychedelics, mindset

I'm one of those people who hated sitting down and meditating, even after a few years of trying to practice. It's now something I do nearly every day, and it grounds me in ways I can't explain. This is a pretty common story, especially among men I've worked with, so I brought Henry Shukman back on the show to dig into what novice meditators get wrong, what some good starter methods are, and really: what IS thought, anyway?

Listen in for a great look at the start and "end" goal of mindfulness, and Henry's infectious enthusiasm for this powerful practice.

(00:00:00) - Intro
(00:03:47)- Do men and women have different struggles with meditation?
(00:08:35) - Why do meditation and mindfulness draw more women than men?
(00:18:45) - What are the initial resistance points when people start a meditation practice?
(00:25:03) - What IS thinking?
(00:31:57) - But what’s the actual goal of mindfulness, and how do you get there?
(00:38:56) - The power of allowing, and what it actually means
(00:49:29) - What is “original nature”?
(00:56:16) - Do psychedelics offer the same glimpse into reality as meditation does?
(01:04:24) - Henry’s upcoming app

Henry Shukman is a mindfulness teacher and the spiritual Director of Mountain Cloud Zen Center. He has been trained by several Zen teachers, particularly the roshis Joan Rieck, John Gaynor, Ruben Habito, and Yamada Ryoun Roshi, as well as by teachers and mentors in other traditions. Henry has an MA from Cambridge and an MLitt from St. Andrews, and has written several award-winning books of poetry and fiction.
He currently guides a wide range of students from all walks of life. He received dharma transmission (inka shomei) from Yamada Ryoun Roshi, the abbot of Sanbo Zen, and is a Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage of Kamakura, Japan.

Connect with Henry
-Upcoming app: The Way: https://www.thewayapp.com/
-Website; Mountain Cloud Zen Center: https://www.mountaincloud.org/
-Website; Original Love Meditation: https://originallove.org/
-Book; One Blade Of Grass: https://bit.ly/3CFLuFz
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mountaincloudzencenter/

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Talking points: zen, meditation, mindfulness, psychedelics, mindset

I'm one of those people who hated sitting down and meditating, even after a few years of trying to practice. It's now something I do nearly every day, and it grounds me in ways I can't explain. This is a pretty common story, especially among men I've worked with, so I brought Henry Shukman back on the show to dig into what novice meditators get wrong, what some good starter methods are, and really: what IS thought, anyway?

Listen in for a great look at the start and "end" goal of mindfulness, and Henry's infectious enthusiasm for this powerful practice.

(00:00:00) - Intro
(00:03:47)- Do men and women have different struggles with meditation?
(00:08:35) - Why do meditation and mindfulness draw more women than men?
(00:18:45) - What are the initial resistance points when people start a meditation practice?
(00:25:03) - What IS thinking?
(00:31:57) - But what’s the actual goal of mindfulness, and how do you get there?
(00:38:56) - The power of allowing, and what it actually means
(00:49:29) - What is “original nature”?
(00:56:16) - Do psychedelics offer the same glimpse into reality as meditation does?
(01:04:24) - Henry’s upcoming app

Henry Shukman is a mindfulness teacher and the spiritual Director of Mountain Cloud Zen Center. He has been trained by several Zen teachers, particularly the roshis Joan Rieck, John Gaynor, Ruben Habito, and Yamada Ryoun Roshi, as well as by teachers and mentors in other traditions. Henry has an MA from Cambridge and an MLitt from St. Andrews, and has written several award-winning books of poetry and fiction.
He currently guides a wide range of students from all walks of life. He received dharma transmission (inka shomei) from Yamada Ryoun Roshi, the abbot of Sanbo Zen, and is a Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage of Kamakura, Japan.

Connect with Henry
-Upcoming app: The Way: https://www.thewayapp.com/
-Website; Mountain Cloud Zen Center: https://www.mountaincloud.org/
-Website; Original Love Meditation: https://originallove.org/
-Book; One Blade Of Grass: https://bit.ly/3CFLuFz
-Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mountaincloudzencenter/

***
Build brotherhood in person. Join a Men's Weekend
Pick up my book, Men's Work: A Practical Guide To Face Your Darkness, End Self-Sabotage, And Find Freedom: https://mantalks.com/mens-work-book/
Check out some free resources: How To Quit Porn | Anger Meditation | How To Lead In Your Relationship
Build brotherhood with a powerful group of like-minded men from around the world. Check out The Alliance. 
Enjoy the podcast? If so, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Podchaser. It helps us get into the ears of new listeners, expand the ManTalks Community, and help others find the tools and training they’re looking for. And don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify
For more episodes, visit us at ManTalks.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | and yes, even TikTok

1 hr 12 min