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Listen to psychological insights from art, science, and philosophy. Michael Todd Fink is an artist, counselor, speaker and social and environmental activist.  He is also the co-founder of the acclaimed music group The Giving Tree Band.  He holds certifications in addiction counseling and mindfulness meditation and earned his psychology and music degrees from Georgetown University. He is currently a graduate candidate at Columbia University in advanced clinical social work.  Todd’s 2020 Tedx Talk is called “Beauty is in the Brain of the Beholder” and he speaks to many groups and organizations to help communities build sustainable cultures of well-being and peace.  https://www.michaeltoddfink.com

Kind Mind Michael Todd Fink

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 171 Ratings

Listen to psychological insights from art, science, and philosophy. Michael Todd Fink is an artist, counselor, speaker and social and environmental activist.  He is also the co-founder of the acclaimed music group The Giving Tree Band.  He holds certifications in addiction counseling and mindfulness meditation and earned his psychology and music degrees from Georgetown University. He is currently a graduate candidate at Columbia University in advanced clinical social work.  Todd’s 2020 Tedx Talk is called “Beauty is in the Brain of the Beholder” and he speaks to many groups and organizations to help communities build sustainable cultures of well-being and peace.  https://www.michaeltoddfink.com

    Chasing the Dragon's Tail and the Eternal Ouroboros

    Chasing the Dragon's Tail and the Eternal Ouroboros

    Join us on Patreon, as a free member for those unable to pledge or supporter of the show, at https://patreon.com/kindmind In the year of the dragon and northern lights, is the aurora borealis a cosmic ouroboros?
    The ancient symbol of the Ouroboros, a serpent devouring its own tail, offers a profound metaphor for the cyclical nature of existence, encapsulating themes of renewal, infinity, and the perennial struggle between creation and destruction.This emblem, rooted in ancient Egyptian iconography and embraced by diverse cultures and philosophical traditions, serves as a powerful lens through which we can examine our contemporary relationship with nature, technology, and the quest for liberation and spiritual transcendence.(original episode artwork on podcast website)

    • 31 min
    Tributaries to the River of Grief

    Tributaries to the River of Grief

    Please listen to the intro on campus life and share to promote dialogue. If this work is meaningful to you, please consider supporting and joining us on Patreon - https://patreon.com/kindmind Grief can be highly personal and unique but this quote comes close to a universal definition:“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.” ― Jamie AndersonIt's important to recognize that grief is a natural response to loss, and it can manifest in various ways even when there hasn't been a direct loss of a loved one. The collective emotional and psychological impact of war and violence can be profound and long-lasting, and support, understanding, and caring for mental health are essential for anyone affected by these experiences and events. Additionally, addressing the broader societal and systemic factors that contribute to international crises can help mitigate the widespread grief and trauma associated with such situations.Some individuals may experience grief related to the moral and ethical dilemmas they face during political turmoil. Witnessing or participating in acts or positions that go against their values and beliefs can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and moral distress.Mass violence can prompt individuals to confront profound existential questions about the nature of human conflict, suffering, and the meaning of life. This can lead to a form of existential grief as people grapple with these complex issues.Grief, like life, is complex and multi-dimensional. I think it is another invisible thread that is tied to the whole human tapestry. The way it intersects with all other social fabric results in ebbs and flows like a soulful song interspersed with minor chords. Grief is a shadow that appears unexpectedly on any side and reminds of the light of love.This episode explores some prominent psychological theories and alternative metaphysical interpretations of this profound human sense.(original episode artwork on podcast website)

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    Hearts in Bloom and the Light Reflex

    Hearts in Bloom and the Light Reflex

    If you would like to support this work, you can do so at https://patreon.com/kindmind and if you are unable to contribute financially, you can still sign up and join as a free member. All are welcome to the Kind Mind community.Human blossoming is akin to the delicate yet profound process seen in the natural world, where flowers unfurl their petals to reveal their inner beauty. The metaphor of blooming relates to maturity and is explored in various contexts, from spiritual growth to personal transformation. Just as flowers need the right conditions to bloom, folks too require nurturing environments and opportunities for growth to reach their full potential. Concepts such as the Flower of Life in sacred geometry and the Chinese teachings from "The Secret of the Golden Flower" illuminate the interconnectedness between nature and human existence, emphasizing the importance of harnessing inner wisdom to navigate life's journey.At the heart of this discussion lies the notion of the light reflex, a metaphorical beacon guiding individuals towards enlightenment and spiritual awakening. Like a flower turning upward or backward towards the sun to absorb its nourishing light, humans can cultivate inner radiance by turning towards their spiritual essence. Blooming where they are planted, individuals can unfold their unique potential and transform the social garden with grace and wisdom.(original “frequency” artwork for this episode can be seen on the podcast website)

    • 18 min
    Individualizing Infinity

    Individualizing Infinity

    Recorded on Oct 15, 2023, the day after a solar eclipse and “ring of fire.” If you value this show, please consider pitching in to support this independent work at https://patreon.com/kindmind Thanks!Kindness takes on both light-hearted and profound expressions in our intricate world. In its playful form, it encompasses spontaneous acts that bring joy and laughter, offering a refreshing break from gravity. In its most thoughtful expression, it addresses pressing societal issues with compassion and wisdom. Striking a balance between these dimensions is pivotal and crucial; playfulness fosters connections and resilience, while empathy grapples with deep-rooted challenges, striving for enduring transformation. Together, they cultivate a mature mind and harmonious society adept at navigating the complex dynamics of life with love and awareness.This episode explores the concept of “space” not as the separation but as the link. (original artwork on the podcast website and music “The Loudest Meditation” by Solar Plexus)

    • 19 min
    The Still Point and the Point of Stillness

    The Still Point and the Point of Stillness

    If you benefit from this show and would like to give back, you can support us and join the patreon community at https://patreon.com/kindmind Thank you!Stillness is often associated with meditation, contemplation, and spiritual practices aimed at transcending the superficial layers of social life and the conventional sense of self.There is a three-part harmony to stillness including physical stillness of movement, auditory stillness of unnecessary sounds, and mental tranquility of thoughts. This episode parallels these three dimensions with the still pond which can accurately reflect the environment, the quiet forest in which the true sounds of nature can be detected, and the clear mirror free from smudges or debris like a calm mind without judgment.Original artwork can be seen on the podcast website.

    • 46 min
    Ministry of Music and Meditation

    Ministry of Music and Meditation

    You can pitch in to support this work and access bonus content at https://patreon.com/kindmind This episode explores the transformative powers of music and meditation, practices that serve as vessels for introspection, revelation, and communal connection. We delve into the philosophical and spiritual intricacies of how silence complements music—the way meditation underlines our active lives—inviting listeners on a contemplative journey toward self-discovery and collective understanding.In an era marked by global secularization, remote interactions, geopolitical tensions, and economic uncertainties, the quest for meaning and genuine connection has never been more urgent. Meditation can help us examine these challenges and awaken to a unique refuge in the communal pursuit of curiosity and understanding. In the cacophony of modern life, we can find solace and clarity in the intentional embrace of stillness and service to others.Drawing on the linguistic roots of 'ministry' and 'meditation,' both connected to the concept of 'minus,' this episode uncovers the elegant process of shedding false identities through contemplation and altruistic service. It posits that by minimizing our ego and distractions, we can reveal our divine essence, leading to a deeper appreciation of our shared human experience.Listeners are invited to reflect on the role of music and meditation as ministries in their own lives, avenues for fostering fellowship around wonder rather than conviction. This discussion extends beyond personal growth, touching on how these experiments can counteract the existential and societal challenges of our time, offering a blueprint for building communities of seekers united in their quest for understanding and peace.Original artwork can be seen on the podcast website.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
171 Ratings

171 Ratings

banteron ,

A Gift

This gentleman is by far the most inspiring person I have heard since I’ve been a listener. He brings intelligence, sensitivity ,insight and provocative inquiry to every episode. His words are carefully chosen, and still he is the first to admit when he hasn’t been as succinct as he may hope to have been, in conveying a message. He is well worth following, not only to learn but to practice being a more mindfully kind person.

OmarMo93 ,

Todd is a legend

Todd’s got a voice made for podcasting- its warm and loving and inviting. And when I mean both metaphorically and literally. A must-listen!

at morris ,

Thought provoking

I love the deep conversations Todd and his guests get into. There aren't many podcasts to my knowledge that are willing to get this deep and real about whatever is going on in life, the world, or what others may not stop to think about. Really refreshing and worth it for those looking for a podcast willing to get you think and gain more insight!

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