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"This podcast saved my life"- Amy W
Practical Wisdom for a Better Life
Open minded discussions of habits, meditation, wisdom, depression, anxiety, happiness, psychology, philosophy, and motivation.

    Valerie Mason-John on Recovery Through Buddha's Teachings

    Valerie Mason-John on Recovery Through Buddha's Teachings

    Dr. Valerie Mason-John is a public speaker and master trainer in the field of conflict transformation, leadership and mindfulness. Valerie is the award-winning author of 8 books, and the co-author and co-founder of Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teaching to Overcome Addiction. Since its publication, it has won the Best USA Book Award 2014 and Best International Book Award 2015 in the self-motivational and self-help category. 

    In this episode, Eric and Valerie discuss: Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teaching to Overcome Addiction

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    In This Interview, Valerie Mason-John and I Discuss Recovery Through Buddha’s Teaching and …Their book,  Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teaching to Overcome AddictionTheir history of addiction to drugs, alcohol, and disordered eatingTheir traumatic history leading to multiple addictionsThinking of expansive values at the center of our livesHow addiction is an adaptive behavior to soothe ourselvesThe first 3 steps of their recovery process are based on the 4 noble truthsHow we can’t avoid pain, but we can learn to avoid sufferingHow we can become addicted to our “stinking thinking”Meditation helps regulate the central nervous systemWhat it means to seek refuge in dealing with addictionHow the Buddha achieved freedom from the prison of the mindDharma teachings that point us to the truth and freedomThe benefit of Sangha or community in overcoming addictionValerie Mason-John Links:

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    If you enjoyed this conversation with Valerie Mason-John, you might also enjoy these other episodes:

    Maia Szalavitz on Addiction

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    • 55 min
    Jay Michaelson on Enlightenment by Trial and Error

    Jay Michaelson on Enlightenment by Trial and Error

    Jay Michaelson is a columnist for The Daily Beast and a frequent commentator on MSNBC and NPR. Jay is also a teacher and an editor at Ten-Percent Happier, a leading meditation platform. He has written several books on contemplative practice.

    In this episode, Eric and Jay discuss his book, Enlightenment by Trial and Error: Ten Years on the Slippery Slopes of Jewish Spirituality, Postmodern Buddhism, and Other Mystical Heresies

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    In This Interview, Jay Michaelson and I Discuss Enlightenment by Trial and Error and …His book, Enlightenment by Trial and Error: Ten Years on the Slippery Slopes of Jewish Spirituality, Postmodern Buddhism, and Other Mystical HeresiesThe goal of becoming 10% happier by meditatingThe myth that meditation is about finding your ZenRealization and responsibility in the Jewish mystical pathHis review of Leonard Cohen’s song “The Goal”His short story “The Beard” How letting go allows for more openingLiving aspects of the middle wayHow his LGBT activist work and meditation work enriched each otherThe commonality between his Buddhist and Jewish spiritual practicesRemembering to remember – how the mind eventually learns to remember with practiceJay Michaelson Links:

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    If you enjoyed this conversation with Jay Michaelson on Enlightenment by Trial and Error, you might also enjoy these other episodes:

    Dan Harris

    Eli Jaxon-Bear on Your True Self

    • 50 min
    Grace Schireson on Practical Zen

    Grace Schireson on Practical Zen

    Grace Schireson is president of Shogaku Zen and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She founded two practice centers and a retreat center under the Central Valley Zen Foundation.

    In this episode, Eric and Grace discuss her book, Naked in the Zendo: Stories of Uptight Zen, Wild-Ass Zen, and Enlightenment Wherever You Are

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    In This Interview, Grace Schireson and I Discuss Practical Zen and …Her book, Naked in the Zendo: Stories of Uptight Zen, Wild-Ass Zen, and Enlightenment Wherever You AreHow we need to recognize our egoThe importance of seeing our existence within the large space of awareness“WITBOW” (Wishing It To Be Otherwise) is a formula for sufferingThe essential koan “When nothing will do, what will you do?Awareness is recognizing your true self and your connection to the entire universeMindlessness is just pure awareness and no ownershipThe 4 stages of developing awarenessThe important lesson of making mistakes often and publiclyGrace Schireson Links:

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    If you enjoyed this conversation with Grace Schireson on Practical Zen, you might also enjoy these other episodes:

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    Spiritual Growth with Normal Fischer

    • 53 min
    Chris Bosh on Playing the Inner Game

    Chris Bosh on Playing the Inner Game

    Chris Bosh is a NBA Hall of Famer, eleven-time All Star, two-time NBA Champion, and Olympic Gold Medalist. Chris had his playing days cut short in their prime by a freak medical condition but he hasn’t let that stop him. 

    In this episode, Eric and Chris discuss his book, Letters to a Young Athlete.

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    In This Interview, Chris Bosh and I Discuss Playing the Inner Game and …His book, Letters to a Young AthleteWhat inspired him to write this bookThe way his career ended and the surprising impact it had on his soulHow your “what” can be taken away but your “why” cannotDigging in and getting to your deeper whyThe role of intrinsic and extrinsic motivationsThe difference between ego and confidenceHow he handles criticismThe context and impact of daily habitsChris Bosh Links:

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    • 52 min
    Radha Agrawal on How to Find Joy and Community

    Radha Agrawal on How to Find Joy and Community

    Radha Agrawal is the co-founder and CEO of Daybreaker, the early morning global dance and wellness move-ment in 30 cities and five continents. She recently launched the science-backed platform, DOSE by Daybreaker, a first-of-its-kind membership and community to practice JOY with the goal of making “practicing joy” as ubiquitous as practicing yoga and meditation.  

    Eric and Radha discuss her book, Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life about the importance of finding community and practicing joy every day.

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    In This Interview, Radha Agrawal and I Discuss How to Find Joy and Community…Her book, Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected LifeHow having poor social connections is harmful to your healthHer work connecting joy and belongingProblems with labeling ourselves as an introvert or extrovertHow our bodies remember what our minds may notHonoring the balance of internal joy and collective joyHow we can feel safer to live in our trauma storiesUnderstanding how joy is a daily practiceTo increase our joy, we must get out of our headsHer joy practices, including dancing while sober and blindfoldedBreathwork and moving meditationWhat the brain does with music and dancing Practicing being in joy across different ages and generationsAuditing your life and finding what brings you joyRadha Agrawal Links:

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    If you enjoyed this conversation with Radha Agrawal on How to Find Joy and Community, you might also enjoy these other episodes:

    Mary O’Malley

    Sebene Selassie on Belonging andConnection

    • 41 min
    Dr. Chris Niebauer on Neuropsychology and the Thinking Mind

    Dr. Chris Niebauer on Neuropsychology and the Thinking Mind

    Dr. Chris Niebauer holds a Ph.D. in cognitive neuropsychology, specializing in the differences between the left and the right sides of the human brain. He is currently a professor at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses on consciousness, mindfulness, left and right brain differences, and artificial intelligence.  

    In this episode, Eric and Chris discuss No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology is Catching Up to Buddhism

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    In This Interview, Dr. Chris Niebauer and I Discuss Neuropsychology and the Thinking Mind…His book, No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology is Catching Up to BuddhismHow the “Mind 1.0 program” is an outdated program that we’re all running onWe don’t update this “program” because we don’t know it’s thereUnderstanding the concept of self and the idea of who we think we areOur thinking mind is not accurate, but we think our thoughts are realityMore thinking doesn’t solve a thinking problemDifferences between left and right brain thinkingDisconnecting the thinking mind from consciousness in meditationRealizing the limitations of the thinking mindHow the thinking mind is not who you are and is geared to finding problemsRecognizing that consciousness is far more vast than the thinking mindNeuropsychology function is to tell us who we’re notBuddha’s teaching of everything changesHow perception is a biological functionDr. Chris Niebauer Links:

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    Neuroscience Behind our Reality with James Kingsland

    Ralph De La Rosa on the Mind as Your Teacher

    • 50 min

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This is one of my go-to podcasts. I love the format. Each episode starts with Eric Zimmer, the host, asking his guest to interpret the same fable. I am always fascinated and surprised by the nuanced and diverse views. Eric asks great questions and has an easy way of relating to his guests. I always learn something when I listen to this podcast. The interviews with Richard Rohr and Gabor Mate are among my favorites.

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