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Inspiring short talks & stimulating conversations about mindfulness, meaning & purpose.

    Bill Epperly: Awakened living

    Bill Epperly: Awakened living

    In this wide-ranging conversation, Bill Epperly discusses his sources of inspiration and renewal as well as the role of vulnerability in awakened living. The conversation ends with a discussion of how to be an awake, mindful person in today’s chaotic, unbalanced world. Bill offers a practice that can help us remain grounded in the present moment during daily life.





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    Bill Epperly, Ph.D., is an intuitive spiritual guide, healer and coach who guides clients towards embodied awakening and post-awakening healing and integration. Bill has a BS in Biology and a Ph.D. in biochemistry as well as extensive formal training in contemplative Christianity and Zen Buddhism. He is a long-time student of integral spirituality and a Mentor in the Trillium Awakening community. During graduate school, Bill experienced an initial glimpse of non-dual consciousness that re-oriented his life towards spirituality. He works with people of all spiritual orientations, helping them find their unique paths to healing, awakening, and integration. He teaches mindfulness at DePaul University and offers workshops throughout the greater Chicago area. Bill is on the Board of Sacred Ground Chicago and Chicago Area Spiritual Directors. See website.

    Published January 2020 – 

    • 34 min
    Loch Kelly: Effortless Mindfulness

    Loch Kelly: Effortless Mindfulness

    Loch Kelly talks about effortless mindfulness, and how he sees access to awakening as the next natural stage of human development.



    Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW, is an author, meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and founder of the 501c3 non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch teaches in a non-sectarian human being lineage using an adult education style based in the earliest non-dual wisdom traditions, modern science and psychotherapy. He has collaborated with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU in the study of how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. As a licensed psychotherapist, Loch has been teaching seminars, supervising clinicians and practicing awareness psychotherapy in NYC for 30 years. Loch is a graduate of Columbia University and Union Theological. He has studied with teachers from around the world. He served on the New York Insight Teachers Council, studied extensively with Mingyur Rinpoche, and was invited to teach direct realization by Adyashanti. His most recent book is The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life. See website.

    Published December 2019.

    • 35 min
    Edgardo Riveros Aedo: The emergence of the new

    Edgardo Riveros Aedo: The emergence of the new

    In this talk, Edgardo Riveros Aedo gives a spontaneous demonstration of the kind of inner dialogue that makes it possible for something new to emerge.

    The video is in Spanish. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, I suggest you look at it (at least part of it): It is a beautiful demonstration of the process of connecting to a bodily felt sense and learning from it. Notice the cadences of Edgardo’s speech and his connection to his body. While words are used and reflected upon, much of the process is nonverbal.

    There are several options to make this accessible to people who don’t speak Spanish very well, or who don’t speak Spanish at all:

    – If you understand some Spanish, and want to follow the original video in Spanish, there is a transcript that includes both the Spanish and an English translation. See: bilingual transcript.

    – If you don’t understand Spanish and want to hear it in English, there is an audio recording in English (see below the video).

    – There is also a PDF of the whole text in English. See English transcript.





    Audio recording: The voice you hear in the recording, below, is not Edgardo Riveros Aedo. The translation (by Tomas Jimenes) is read by Serge Prengel. See also English transcript.



    Edgardo Riveros Aedo, Experiential Psychotherapist, translated Eugene Gendlin’s Theory of Change of Personality (1973) into Spanish at the University of Chile. Published books: Experiencing: A new paradigm (2000), Focusing experiential and existential (2005), Focusing a new paradigm for the 21st century (2008), Focusing from the Heart and towards the Heart (2015). He has translated the two central philosophical works of Gendlin: Experience and the creation of meaning (ECM) and A Process Model. He is a psychotherapist in private practice, and teaches Focusing. He was appointed as Coordinator of Focusing for Chile by Eugene Gendlin. He founded the Continental Focusing School in Spanish in Santiago de Chile, offering a blended training system for all Spanish-speaking countries. www.ecfe.cl and www.focusingchile.cl . Currently, Edgardo is a member of the teaching team of the Weeklong (2017,2019,2020) where he has shown the experiential and philosophical dimension of Focusing as an attitude and a phenomenon for change.

    Published November 2019

    • 15 min
    Feeling the sense of connection: Conversation with Lisa Dale Miller

    Feeling the sense of connection: Conversation with Lisa Dale Miller

    This is a continuation of the previous conversation with Lisa Dale Miller… but it can be listened to without listening to the first one. Here, we explore the experience of having a sense of connection.



    Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is licensed to practice integrative psychotherapy in California, New York, and Oregon and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP). Lisa has been an outpatient clinician for the Veterans Administration San Jose, a teacher of Mindfulness-based Interventions and trains clinicians in the clinical applications of Buddhist psychology. She is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades. Lisa authored a highly-regarded scholarly, clinical textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Her most recent project is the Groundless Ground Podcast. See her website.

    Published October 2019.

    • 15 min
    Mindfulness & connection: Conversation with Lisa Dale Miller

    Mindfulness & connection: Conversation with Lisa Dale Miller

    This conversation is an exploration of the shared pause: What happens when we pay attention not just to thoughts and ideas, but also to the experience of being in conversation.



    Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is licensed to practice integrative psychotherapy in California, New York, and Oregon and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP). Lisa has been an outpatient clinician for the Veterans Administration San Jose, a teacher of Mindfulness-based Interventions and trains clinicians in the clinical applications of Buddhist psychology. She is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades. Lisa authored a highly-regarded scholarly, clinical textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Her most recent project is the Groundless Ground Podcast. See her website.

    Published October 2019. See also 2nd part of this conversation.

    • 18 min
    Sharon Stanley: What sustains me

    Sharon Stanley: What sustains me

    Sharon Stanley talks about what sustains her: the delight of just being alive, and how she gets in touch with that.





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    Dr. Sharon Stanley is a psychotherapist, educator and writer living on Bainbridge Island, Washington.  As a long time student of Dr. Allan Schore, Sharon has integrated a number of somatic practices for healing trauma into an elegant, cohesive, relational and phenomenological model of psychotherapy called Somatic Transformation.  At the core of Somatic Transformation is the practice of feeling into another’s inner world; a bodily based attunement, connectivity and inquiry that animates the intersubjective field and guides the use of somatic interventions and reflection.  Grounded in relational research on trauma, guided by the Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges, inspired by the soul work of Donald Kalsched, Sharon has taught this model to thousands of practitioners over the past 20 years. In 2016, Routledge published her book: Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past. (2016) Routledge. See her website.

    Published October 2019

    • 36 min

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