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Experiences of awe and wonder can transform us, awaken our intuition, inspire vision and cultivate our creativity and imagination. Such Wonderstruck moments can, in fact, change our lives and the world. From the everyday extraordinary to the beyond incredible, we talk about the what, wonder and wow of being. Delving deeper through levity and thoughtful curiosity, Wonderstruck explores consciousness and those both humbling and empowering experiences that connect us to something greater than ourselves, while generating a sense of community with others and our natural world. Sometimes these tales are so astounding, they are misunderstood, dismissed and even ignored as they don't fit our tendency for tidy rationality and reductionism. Join awe-embracing host Elizabeth Rovere, a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, Harvard Divinity School graduate and seeker, and a collection of experts and experiencers, shamans and scientists, agnostics, academics, artists, atheists, and more as they share their stories, wisdom, and insight. Every week on Wonderstruck, they'll unpack life's mysteries by bringing the "out there" in here.

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Experiences of awe and wonder can transform us, awaken our intuition, inspire vision and cultivate our creativity and imagination. Such Wonderstruck moments can, in fact, change our lives and the world. From the everyday extraordinary to the beyond incredible, we talk about the what, wonder and wow of being. Delving deeper through levity and thoughtful curiosity, Wonderstruck explores consciousness and those both humbling and empowering experiences that connect us to something greater than ourselves, while generating a sense of community with others and our natural world. Sometimes these tales are so astounding, they are misunderstood, dismissed and even ignored as they don't fit our tendency for tidy rationality and reductionism. Join awe-embracing host Elizabeth Rovere, a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, Harvard Divinity School graduate and seeker, and a collection of experts and experiencers, shamans and scientists, agnostics, academics, artists, atheists, and more as they share their stories, wisdom, and insight. Every week on Wonderstruck, they'll unpack life's mysteries by bringing the "out there" in here.

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    TATSUDO NICOLE BADEN ROSHI: EMBRACING ZEN AND THE PATH TO SHARED ALIVENESS

    TATSUDO NICOLE BADEN ROSHI: EMBRACING ZEN AND THE PATH TO SHARED ALIVENESS

    Nicole Baden's life in Zen began with a crisis. She was 17, overwhelmed and felt she may not survive. With help from her father, and her own intuition, Nicole looked for relief in the form of her 18th birthday gift: a trip to a Zen meditation retreat. Hoping to quiet her existential dread, what Nicole took away from that trip was even greater. It set her on a path that would entirely change her concept of self, and the way she'd experience being in the world. Now known as Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi, she is a Dharma Successor of Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi, and director and a resident teacher at the Zen Buddhist Center Schwarzwald in Germany---the very same place she arrived as a frightened teen many years ago. The way Nicole teaches about Zen clarifies, demystifies and prescribes ways for her students to change their own paths by practicing meditation. "You can start sitting at home in homeopathic doses," she tells Wonderstruck's Elizabeth Rovere. "If you start introducing bodily stillness into your daily life, that would be a really good start." Beginning next year, Nicole intends to do more teaching in the United States, online and in-person, expanding the offerings at Dharma Sangha's Crestone Mountain Zen Center in Crestone, Colorado, where she serves as Assistant Abbot.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    MICHAEL MURPHY: ESALEN'S WILD WEST AND THE PURSUIT OF A GREATER CONSCIOUSNESS

    MICHAEL MURPHY: ESALEN'S WILD WEST AND THE PURSUIT OF A GREATER CONSCIOUSNESS

    In 1950, a 19-year-old Stanford University sophomore named Michael Murphy had a serendipitous encounter that changed his life. Murphy had prepared to sit through more of his pre-med coursework. Instead, he wound up in a lecture hall where the great religions scholar and professor Frederic Spiegelberg delivered a message that shook Murphy to his core, altering his ambitions, his career trajectory and his spiritual outlook. "Walking out of there, one sentence kept going through my head," Murphy, now 93, shares with Wonderstruck's Elizabeth Rovere, "It was like an obsessional thought: you will never be the same, you will never be the same." Spiegelberg's influence set Murphy on a path that would lead him to turn a sacred plot of land on the Northern California coast into a cliffside hub for the study and practice of human potential. Co-founded with Richard Price in 1962, Esalen Institute has left an indelible mark on countless individuals and on a broader culture of seekers and scholars. Wonderstruck's second season kicks off with a story only Michael Murphy can tell, about Esalen's wild evolution and impact, guarding it against drug dealers and cults, and a lifetime, says Murphy, of moving "into this greater life that's pressing to be born in us all."
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    DOCTOR JOHN DOUILLARD: MAGICAL VISION, BIOPHOTONS, AND THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF AYURVEDA

    DOCTOR JOHN DOUILLARD: MAGICAL VISION, BIOPHOTONS, AND THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF AYURVEDA

    Doctor John Douillard is one of the world’s foremost natural health experts and a leading voice in the fields of Ayurveda and sports medicine. As a certified ayurvedic practitioner, John draws from ancient Indian medical knowledge and cutting edge medical research to treat the ailments of the modern world. A prolific author, podcaster and YouTube presence, millions of viewers have watched John's videos about topics like sleep improvement, brain detoxing, healthy aging, and longevity. On Wonderstruck’s Season 1 finale, John shares his most powerful teaching. He reveals how he eliminated fatigue and found a source of “jet fuel” in his own body. And he opens up about why getting older means embracing the spiritual world in deeper ways, and the connection he’s found between wonder and inner strength. “The whole idea of exploring inner space is such a road less traveled,” John tells host Elizabeth Rovere. “But it’s so full of wonder and awe and joy. Sitting down and meditating and breathing can change your life, and give you an experience of life that is so joyful and so fulfilled that you become what I call ‘weather proofed.’ You know: you’re not happy only when good things happen, and you’re not sad only when bad things happen. You experience them, but you’re weather proofed from letting them change who you are. Nothing has the power to change who we are.”
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    RADHA AGRAWAL: THE MORE WE PARTICIPATE, THE MORE WE BELONG

    RADHA AGRAWAL: THE MORE WE PARTICIPATE, THE MORE WE BELONG

    Visionary creator of communities and author of the book Belong, Radha Agrawal is the co-founder and CEO of Daybreaker, a one of a kind wellness movement and gathering of sunrise dancers that has held extraordinary events on five continents—for almost half a million people, including Oprah—over the course of the last ten years. While integrating music, movement and community, all in a substance-free, sun up setting, Radha has developed powerful, transformative ideas about moving past judgment towards a place of wonder and embracing dance as means to radical healing. “It sweeps you out of your head into this sort of spiritual realm,” Radha tells Wonderstruck’s Elizabeth Rovere. “It’s unlike any other experience I’ve ever felt.”
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    SRAVANA BORKATAKY-VARMA: TANTRA'S TRUTHS AND SECRETS

    SRAVANA BORKATAKY-VARMA: TANTRA'S TRUTHS AND SECRETS

    Focusing on esoteric rituals, gender and bodies in Hindu traditions, Sravana Borkataky-Varma is a research fellow at Harvard Divinity School, an instructional assistant professor of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Houston, and sits on the Board of Trustees at Esalen Institute. From early childhood, Sravana experienced both clairvoyance and clairaudience. She sees and hears things others cannot perceive. At eight years old, mindful of these gifts, she began her initiation into Tantra and practices Hindu Śākta (Goddess) Tantra to this day. “Somehow, for a very complex history, Tantra gets understood in the context of sex,” Sravana tells Wonderstruck’s Elizabeth Rovere. “The culture absorbed it in a tiny little sliver.” By pushing back against this misperception, Sravana articulates a much richer narrative about what tantra really is—and why it matters.
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    FATHER FRANCIS TISO PART 2: LIGHT, DEATH, AND MYSTICAL ECSTASY

    FATHER FRANCIS TISO PART 2: LIGHT, DEATH, AND MYSTICAL ECSTASY

    In Father Francis Tiso’s second Wonderstruck sit-down with host, Elizabeth Rovere, he reveals more about his Himalayan adventure and gets personal about his own experiences with wonder and awe. From visions of Jesus Christ, to encountering holy visitors in his dreams, Father Tiso shares how his own spiritual practices, and his pursuit of wisdom, prepare him to embody and understand different levels of consciousness across life and death, even soothing cancer patients with visualization and guided meditation. “I have used meditation on a number of occasions with people who are dying,” Father Tiso says. “It does seem to help people connect with the inner structure, their own subtle body, to be strong in the face of death--not just stoically strong, but deeply, spiritually strong to reach the point of luminosity and gratitude.”
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