Podcast by Ravi Chandra
Ep. 31: Being your own ally: a brief teaching and meditation expanding on Mindful Self-Compassion
Dr. Ravi Chandra of SF Love Dojo (https://sflovedojo.org) offers a teaching and meditation about allyship. Included in the meditation is a version of the Mindful Self-Compassion break, part of the MSC program pioneered by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. More on Ravi Chandra's work and writing at https://RaviChandraMD.com. East Wind articles at https://eastwindezine.com/tag/memoirs-of-a-superfan/
Ep. 30: Ravi Chandra's remarks on racism at Mindful Self Compassion Teacher Forum July 2020
July 30, 2020. This edited video contains only Dr. Ravi Chandra's remarks at a 90 minute Mindful Self Compassion Teacher' Forum, sponsored by the Center for Mindful Self Compassion (https://centerformsc.org). The last segment includes the poem 'mudfire', written about one month after the police murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. 'mudfire' was supported by a Individual Artists Commission grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Note: I did accidentally leave out one example of our international philosophies of interdependence - the Ubuntu proverb from Africa, "people become people through other people."
Video at https://youtu.be/j1AjD22JSlo
May all merit from these remarks go towards the alleviation of suffering, and to the transformation of the web of trauma into a web of healing.
Jeong - 'just as the mind is not separate from the body, so the self is not separate from other selves' (Korean) (also imbued with a sense of permeating love, compassion and connection for and with all beings)
Han - a deeply felt sense of collective suffering and oppression (Korean)
Umami - the fifth flavor, making food more tasty and delicious. (Japanese) Here, the "extra ingredient" of love, friendliness and compassion that make inner life and relatedness more "tasty and delicious". I continue to cultivate umami with Mindful Self Compassion, Compassion Cultivatiion Training (https://www.compassioninstitute.com) and practices from the Buddhist tradition.
More on Ravi Chandra at https://ravichandramd.com, and more on his compassion organization at https://www.sflovedojo.org
Tokyo Crows. See the movie Tokyo Waka by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson http://www.stylofilms.com/tokyowaka.html and the book Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks for more on crows. https://www.facebuddha.co
A recording of birds in Usuki, Japan, on repeat.
Ep. 29: Should Racism Be Considered A Mental Illness?
July 22, 2020. Dr. Ravi Chandra is interviewed by graduate student Maud Hu on whether racism should be considered a mental illness. The corresponding blogpost in Psychology Today is "After Charlottesville: Is Racism a Mental Illness?" from August 15, 2017.
For more on Dr. Chandra, see www.RaviChandraMD.com and www.sfpsychiatry.com, and for more on his compassion organization, see www.sflovedojo.org
Ep. 28: Long guided meditation for this time of COVID-19 and surfacing wounds of racism
July 16, 2020. Dr. Ravi Chandra leads a guided meditation on working with the distress of these troubled times, from the grief and distress of COVID-19, to the surfacing wounds of racism. Working on these with the tools of mindfulness, compassion and relationship. For more videos see www.sflovedojo.org. For Dr. Chandra's writing, see www.RaviChandraMD.com. Leave a comment and please share if you like. @going2peace on Twitter. “We’re all on our own journeys in life. May our journeys touch in fruitful ways.”
— Ravi Chandra, M.D.