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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical journalist who had a panic attack on live national television, which led him to try something he otherwise never would have considered: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, 10% Happier. On this show, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity. Guests include everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brené Brown to Karamo from Queer Eye. On some episodes, Dan ventures into the deep end of the pool, covering subjects such as enlightenment and psychedelics. On other episodes, it’s science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships. Dan's approach is seemingly modest, but secretly radical: happiness is a skill you can train, just like working your bicep in the gym. Your progress may be incremental at first, but like any good investment, it compounds over time.

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New episodes come out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.
Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical journalist who had a panic attack on live national television, which led him to try something he otherwise never would have considered: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, 10% Happier. On this show, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity. Guests include everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brené Brown to Karamo from Queer Eye. On some episodes, Dan ventures into the deep end of the pool, covering subjects such as enlightenment and psychedelics. On other episodes, it’s science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships. Dan's approach is seemingly modest, but secretly radical: happiness is a skill you can train, just like working your bicep in the gym. Your progress may be incremental at first, but like any good investment, it compounds over time.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Can You Really Conquer Hatred Through Love? | Father Gregory Boyle

    Can You Really Conquer Hatred Through Love? | Father Gregory Boyle

    This episode comes out for free on August 15th, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.
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    The idea of loving people no matter what— no matter how obnoxious or unacceptable their behavior is can sound simultaneously treacly and downright impossible.

    But today's guest Father Gregory Boyle talks about the practicality of this idea by showing how the concept of loving no matter what can be used as a tool— not to condone bad behavior but to help see people as doing their best, no matter how unskillfully.

    Father Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest who founded a remarkable organization called Homeboy Industries, which is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. He has a new book out called, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness.


    In this episode we talk about:

    - How Homeboy Industries began 34 years ago
    - Boyle’s practices for working with stress
    - What he means when he says you have to put death in its place
    - Motivating people through joy rather than admonition
    - How to catch yourself when you’re about to demonize or be judgmental
    - How to set boundaries
    - How to dole out consequences without closing the doors to anybody
    - And we talk about Father Boyle’s quite expansive and inclusive notion of God


    Content warnings: There are mentions of sensitive topics including, sexual trauma, violence, drug abuse and domestic abuse.

    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/father-gregory-boyle-486

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    Are You Focusing on the Right Things in Your Life? | Bonus Meditation with La Sarmiento

    Are You Focusing on the Right Things in Your Life? | Bonus Meditation with La Sarmiento

    This episode comes out for free on August 19th, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.
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    Our busy lives rarely afford us time to reflect on what’s truly important. Remembering what matters most empowers us to engage meaningfully.

    About La Sarmiento:

    La Sarmiento is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington's BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Sanghas and a mentor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program and Cloud Sangha. They graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leader Training Program in 2012. As an immigrant, non-binary, Filipinx-American, La is committed to expanding access to the Dharma. They live in Towson, MD with their life partner Wendy and rescue pups Annabel and Bader.


    To find this meditation in the Ten Percent Happier app, you can search for “Finding Purpose: What Matters Most?,” or click here: https://10percenthappier.app.link/content?meditation=c83def97-a4b0-420b-b7b2-223636f3546e.

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    How (And Why) To Lose Yourself | Jay Garfield

    How (And Why) To Lose Yourself | Jay Garfield

    This episode comes out for free on August 17th, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.
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    Today’s episode looks at one of the hardest Buddhist principles to grasp— the notion that the self is an illusion. Many people get stuck on the misunderstanding that they don’t exist. They look in the mirror and say, “Of course I exist. I’m right there.” And that’s true, you do exist, but just not in the way you think you do.

    Today’s guest, Jay Garfield explores this notion by arguing that you are indeed a person just not a self— a principle that can simultaneously feel both imponderable and liberating.

    Jay Garfield is the Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Logic, and Buddhist Studies at Smith College and a visiting professor of Buddhist philosophy at Harvard Divinity School. He is the Author of multiple books, including his latest, which is called, Losing Ourselves: Learning to Live without a Self.


    In this episode we talk about:

    - The difference between a person and a self
    - The problems with being taken by the illusion of selfhood
    - Why he believes the illusion of self is not an evolutionary design flaw
    - The many benefits of “losing ourselves”
    - How to actually lose ourselves
    - The concept of Interconnection
    - His definition of real happiness
    - The difference between pain and suffering and how to have the former without the latter


    Full Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/jay-garfield-487

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    Malcolm Gladwell on: Working From Home, Kindness, Sacrifice, and Making Mistakes

    Malcolm Gladwell on: Working From Home, Kindness, Sacrifice, and Making Mistakes

    Malcolm Gladwell talks about his controversial work from home views, and why we need to engage and investigate other peoples’ lives in order to be morally alert humans.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    A Kind of Meditation You Might Be Overlooking | Bonus Meditation with Alexis Santos

    A Kind of Meditation You Might Be Overlooking | Bonus Meditation with Alexis Santos

    Bringing mindfulness to walking is an opportunity to build awareness and relax the mind as you move about your day.

    • 6 min
    Do You Want to Be Happier or Not? | Mushim Patricia Ikeda

    Do You Want to Be Happier or Not? | Mushim Patricia Ikeda

    Buddhist meditation teacher Mushim Patricia Ikeda talks about becoming happier by facing hard truths using a Buddhist list called The Three Characteristics.

    • 59 min

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