Rebel Buddhist is all about freedom - inside and out - so if you want to tame your mind but not your life, this podcast is for you. In each episode, Master Certified Coach Ana Verzone, DNP, will teach you practical, effective tools from the fields of psychology, eastern spirituality, and self-coaching so you can train your mind to work for you instead of against you. Learn how to get out of your own way and cultivate the compassion and resilience you need for this wild new world. Explore how you can discover your own path to enlightenment and live an adventurous life with no regrets. Start now by downloading the free Rebel Buddhist Training Kit at RebelBuddhist.com
Empathy vs Compassion
During a ceremony on my last meditation retreat, I looked this woman in the eyes and she was sobbing (with joy) and BAM! I started sobbing - also with joy - for how beautiful and precious the moment was. I didn’t stop, the entire ceremony. I had an immediate response to her tears of joy. And I could not reign that shizzle in. For the life of me.
Soul vs Spirit
We talk about why it matters and how we hold it in a context where we debate if we even exist on certain levels. Specifically - I want to talk about the concept of non-self and and Ultimate Oneness as well as how - and if - this can exist simultaneously alongside the concept of the individual soul. I’m going to do this while reminding you that I’m no philosophy or theology expert, and that I’m sharing my own experience of this debate along the path - and it’s not a straight line!
Ethics and Freedom
If you’re like me, and you may have had a less stellar feeling about “ethics” or “morals” in the past because they were presented in a more judgmental way (and perhaps viewed them more as a constraint or a sense of deprivation). I invite you to indulge me in this episode, because the way I talk about it here is totally different.
Greatest Hits Vol. 5 - How to Live With Contrasting Beliefs
We are all complex beings, made up of contrasts. Discipline and wildness. Security and freedom. Worldly and divine.
There are dichotomies everywhere. It’s part of nature, and we are all a part of that.
Yet often we are asked to choose only one aspect of ourselves and lose or leave the other. And for many of us, our culture believes it’s hypocritical to stand with one foot in each contrasting space.
Start Close In
I had a recent client who had a really tough time with letting go of the “how” before allowing herself to be happy, relaxed, and free. Everyday she felt anxious and even downright panicked because she didn’t have “The Plan” for how to create the life she wanted.
Own Your Accomplishments
In the past, I’ve talked a bit about imposter syndrome and why it totally makes sense that it arises because of the societal structure we live in (hello consumer-based, patriarchal society). Today, I want to share an amazing tool that I started to use to overcome my own imposter syndrome. Because yes… it still pops up.
Oh, I get Buddhism now!
I LOVE this podcast! In her fun, insightful way, Ana shares Buddhist wisdom in modern, real-life examples. She incorporates concepts from psychotherapy, meditation gurus, and Himalayan cave dwelling Buddhist monks into beautiful (25+/- minute) juicy prose.
She guides the listener (Rebels) into the Buddhist study of the Mind with accessible, modern, and relatable stories. This podcast is insightful, inspiring, and fun!
Ana has a special way of getting right to the heart of our problems and then offering real remedies. Her teachings are deceptively simple, but are expert in a way that can only come from years of study and experience. My life has actually changed rapidly in only a few months thanks to the unique precision of her teachings on complex issues like self-doubt, purpose, routine, the balance of material and spirituality, and others. I’m so grateful for these profound lessons and I truly hope they reach all the people who need them.
Neither Rebel, nor Buddhist.
More aligned with the culture of self-improvement than anything spiritual or rebellious. Author is likable, easy to get past that constant signifying of wealth (relative or actual). She comes across like the most well-read person at a party who knows she’s at a party (in contrast to some well-read people at parties who seem to think that it’s their TED talk).