Noble Mind is a podcast exploring mindfulness, meditation, and psychology. In each episode, Alex Gokce, MSW, and Katherine King, PsyD, host inspiring conversations with psychologists, authors, and other thought leaders seeking real world wisdom you can bring into daily life. Interviewees have included Christopher Germer, Ron Siegel, Susan Pollak, Tom Pedulla, and more. Learn more, read show notes, suggest interviews, and more at noblemindpodcast.com. Our show is brought to you by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the integration of mindfulness, meditation and psychotherapy. For more information, visit meditationandpsychotherapy.org. IG/FB: @noblemindpodcast TW: @noblemindcast
63: Rochelle Jaffe on Learning from Anger, Self-Criticism, and Chronic Pain
In this episode, we speak with Rochelle Jaffe about working with self-criticism, emotional and physical pain, overwhelm, and anger. Rochelle Jaffe, M.S. is a mindfulness and self-compassion practitioner and psychotherapist in Ashland, Oregon. She works with individuals and groups online and in person.
Marc Lesser on the Essentials of Mindful Leadership
In this episode we talk to Marc Lesser about how mindfulness and emotional intelligence can be integrated into our work lives- including the ‘work’ of being a human, a parent, a spouse, or other meaningful roles we inhabit. He shares essential elements of mindful leadership and discusses how he has brought this insight into corporate settings.
Marc Lesser is an author, speaker, workshop leader, executive coach, and Zen teacher. He is the CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive development and leadership consulting company. He helped develop the 'Search Inside Yourself' program within Google, which trains leaders on how to integrate mindfulness, emotional intelligence + business savvy. Marc founded and was CEO of 3 companies and has an MBA from New York University. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for ten years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the Western world.
Marc’s books include Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration.
Jon Walker on Distinguishing Mindfulness and Relaxation, Coping with Stress, and Working with High Expectations
In this episode, we talk to Jon Walker about similarities and differences between relaxation and mindfulness as well as how expectations can interfere with mindfulness practice. He also describes practices that can improve our coping in a practical way in daily life, and reflects on some of the challenges of a driven and productivity-focused life. Jon Walker is a retired physician and professor of medicine and is now a teacher of mindfulness and self-compassion. He completed the two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield through the Center for Greater Good at University of California, Berkeley. He has also been trained in Mind Body Medicine for physicians, Mindfulness Facilitation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, & Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management.
David Teitelman on Coping with Chronic Health Conditions and Old Emotional Wounds
In this episode, David Teitelman discusses how mindfulness and self-compassion have helped him navigate chronic health conditions, body image issues, and old emotional wounds. David studied classical dance, rose in the corporate world, and cultivated self-criticism as a way of life. After being diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular condition and finding his old approach unsustainable, he discovered that mindfulness and self-compassion provided a radical new way of looking at the world. David now shares these teachings with others as an authorized Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, a facilitator for Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s Circles of Practice, and as the resident mindfulness teacher at Temple Micah in Denver, Colorado.
Kristy Arbon on Somatic Self-Compassion and Healing Trauma
In this episode, Kristy Arbon discusses her experiences with self-compassion and her work developing somatic self-compassion to integrate body awareness more fully into these practices. Listen in for Kristy's insights on the connections between Buddhism and self-compassion and how to reconnect with your internal experience and build stress resilience. Kristy Arbon is Founder and CEO of HeartWorks, a training platform designed to teach the skills of trauma-informed mindfulness and self-compassion. Kristy worked with Chris Germer and Kristin Neff to start the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and she is the creator of somatic self-compassion.
Mirjam Luthe on Gratitude, Family Rituals, and the Natural World
In this episode, we speak to Mirjam Luthe about the importance of gratitude, appreciation, deep listening, and connecting to the natural world. She shares about rituals and strategies she has used with her children to develop skills of listening, compassion, and appreciation at home. We also explore the historical roots of trauma, cultural healing, and the deliberate choices she has made to help herself and her family cope during the pandemic.
Mirjam Luthe has a masters degree in International Cultural & Business Studies and spent most of her career engaged in consulting before beginning to teach mindfulness-based interventions in 2008. She is a Certified mindful self-compassion, mindfulness based stress reduction, and yoga teacher as well as an “Awake in the Wild” Nature Meditation Teacher. She is also trained in the Mindful Schools Curriculum, and continuously explores Council Practice and contemplative dialog.
Mirjam has taught Mindful Self-Compassion in Germany, Italy, Vietnam and the United States. Since its founding in 2012, she is on the core team of the European Network for Grateful Living founded by Brother David Steindl-Rast. She currently lives with her three teenage children in Freiburg, Germany.