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Dr. Rick Hanson: Inner Peacefulness and Positive Neuroplasticity in the Time of Coronavirus

Dr. Rick Hanson is a psychologist, best-selling author, and the co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. The subtitle of one of his books, Budha’s Brain is "The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom," - and that speaks volumes about Rick’s purpose as a clinician and teacher: to show clients effective ways to light up the brain circuits that relieve worry and stress, in order to promote positive relationships and inner peace. Recently, he’s developed the online course Positive Neuroplasticity Training to teach general methods of self-directed brain change. He is a wise teacher and a great resource at this time. Visit his site www.rickhanson.net, and check out the many free resources available there.

Released April 10, 2020. Length: 30:56.

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Dr. Shauna Shapiro on Calm and Clarity in the Time of Coronavirus

Dr. Shauna Shapiro is a clinical psychologist, professor, and best-selling author, most recently of the book Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy. We wanted to hear Shauna's perspective this April, 2020, amidst the global pandemic of the Coronavirus, in hopes that she could offer both perspective and actionable practices to help all of us cope, and achieve some calm and clarity.

Released April 3, 2020. Length: 37:52.

Janet Stone: How to Find Peace and Strength in the Time of Coronavirus

Janet Stone is a yoga and meditation teacher with a global following. We spoke on March 23, 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently dominating the news and changing most our lives. Our intention was to give Janet space to offer actionable advice on how to be calmer and more grounded in the face of the unknown.

Released March 24, 2020. Length: 31:28.

Yoga Nidra with John Vosler

Yoga Nidra is a conscious relaxation process intended to induce physical, mental, and emotional restoration. It has been shown to ease anxiety, heighten awareness and focus, transform negative habits, and foster feelings of peace, calm, and clarity. John Vosler is a senior teacher at the Amrit Yoga Institute, where he leads Yoga Nidra certification programs. His infectious humor and compassionate heart make working with him a joy-filled experience. In this podcast, he leads us through a conscious relaxation.

Released October 14th, 2019. Length: 37:20.

Dustin DiPerna on Integral Theory, Meditation, and Fatherhood

In this episode Dustin DiPerna, Harvard-trained scholar of world religions, meditation teacher, and author of several books, including Streams of Wisdom, Evolution's Ally, and Earth is Eden, takes on the concept of transpersonal psychology and Ken Wilber's Integral Theory with host Sam Stern. The interview covers a host of topics, including Dustin's brief foray into the fashion industry as a young man, which led to his attempt to become a monk, which then lead to his years of study with philosopher and creator of Integral Theory, Ken Wilber, and a prosperous career as a heart-centered intellectual. Dustin leads a short and beautiful meditation to close the conversation.

Released January 20th, 2019. Length: 48:38.

Mark Coleman: Nature Deficit Disorder, Punk, and Mindfulness Meditation

Mark Coleman is the author of Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You from the Inner Critic and Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. Mark is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has taught there since 2000. He also holds a MA in Clinical Psychology. We spoke about the unique path that brought Mark to mindfulness meditation and how presence awareness lies at the heart of the work he does.

Released February 14th, 2019. Length: 39:16.

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