Podcast by U. of Arizona Center for Compassion Studies
Charles Raison on Psilocybin's Potential in Psychiatry and Research on Compassion
Our founding Director, Charles Raison, MD, is back to share his latest research on pyschedelics - specifically psilocybin, this once-controversial psychoactive fungi's emerging potential as a treatment for major depression and other mental health issues. Also explored in this conversation, psilocybin's potential role in expanding compassion and a rare and special meeting with Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass).
Charles Raison, MD is a psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health as well as the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor with the School of Human Ecology in Madison, Wisconsin, and is the founding Director of the University of Arizona Center for Compassion Studies. Dr. Raison is also director of clinical and translational research for Usona Institute, a nonprofit medical-research organization conducting studies on psilocybin.
Grounding Centering Moment Meditation
This brief grounding, centering practice can be used anytime to slow down, be present, and reset. Shared as an offering for our Meditation Mondays community, and all others who may find it beneficial!
East Forest on the East Forest X Ram Dass project
Musician EastForest shares the inspiration, process and magic of working with Ram Dass in the last year of his life to set his inimitable teaching style, full of humor, wisdom and grace, to music; a modern way to share Ram Dass' wisdom with a new generation. The result being the EastForest X RamDass project. Samples from this beautiful collaboration are woven through this conversation, courtesy of EastForest.
Resmaa Menakem on Why Healing Racism Begins With the Body
Trauma therapist and author of 'My Grandmother's Hands' talks honestly and directly about the historical and current traumatic impacts of racism in the U.S., and the necessity for us all to recognize this trauma, metabolize it, work through it, and grow up out of it. Only in this way will we at last heal our bodies, our families, and the social body of our nation.
The process differs for African-American, European American, and police bodies. But all of us need to heal our racialized trauma—and, with the right guidance, all of us can.
Omid Safi On the Radical Love of Sufi Mysticism
In this conversation, we are talking about LOVE. Love in its many forms, and in particular, through the lens of the beauty of Islamic Mysticism, and the words of Rumi, Hafez, and the Q'uran. Omid Safi is Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and spirituality. He is a leading Muslim public intellectual who is committed to the intersection of spirituality and social justice. He has been invited by the family of Dr. King to speak at Ebenezer Church on the relevance of Dr. King for today’s America. His most recent book is Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition (published by Yale). Omid often appears as an expert on Islam in the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, BBC, CNN and other outlets . He is a recent columnist for On Being, and now has a podcast at Be Here Now.
Andres Gonzalez, co-founder of Holistic Life Foundation on Sharing Mindfulness in Schools
What happens when 3 college students develop a meditation and yoga practice, and inspired by their teacher, use it to change the world after graduation? The answer is the Holistic Life Foundation in Baltimore, MD. In this conversation, co-founder Andy Gonzalez shares his inspiration, the key elements of bringing mindfulness in schools effectively, and how he, Atman Smith and Ali Smith decided in 2001 to dedicate their lives to healing their community and the larger world in service to their teacher. Pure joy and inspiration - enjoy!