This brief grounding, centering practice can be used anytime to slow down, be present, and reset. Shared as an offering for our Meditation Mondays community, and all others who may find it beneficial!
Musician EastForest shares the inspiration, process and magic of working with Ram Dass in the last year of his life to set his inimitable teaching style, full of humor, wisdom and grace, to music; a modern way to share Ram Dass' wisdom with a new generation. The result being the EastForest X RamDass project. Samples from this beautiful collaboration are woven through this conversation, courtesy of EastForest.
Trauma therapist and author of 'My Grandmother's Hands' talks honestly and directly about the historical and current traumatic impacts of racism in the U.S., and the necessity for us all to recognize this trauma, metabolize it, work through it, and grow up out of it. Only in this way will we at last heal our bodies, our families, and the social body of our nation.
The process differs for African-American, European American, and police bodies. But all of us need to heal our racialized...
In this conversation, we are talking about LOVE. Love in its many forms, and in particular, through the lens of the beauty of Islamic Mysticism, and the words of Rumi, Hafez, and the Q'uran. Omid Safi is Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and spirituality. He is a leading Muslim public intellectual who is committed to the intersection of spirituality and social justice. He has been invited by the family of Dr. King to speak at...
What happens when 3 college students develop a meditation and yoga practice, and inspired by their teacher, use it to change the world after graduation? The answer is the Holistic Life Foundation in Baltimore, MD. In this conversation, co-founder Andy Gonzalez shares his inspiration, the key elements of bringing mindfulness in schools effectively, and how he, Atman Smith and Ali Smith decided in 2001 to dedicate their lives to healing their community and the larger world in service to their...
Tiffany Cruikshank is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher, author, acupuncturist, and founder of YogaMedicine, an advanced training program in yoga therapy and anatomy for yoga teachers. She's also a former student of the U. of Arizona. In this conversation, we talk about her early yoga and meditation practice in college, her early career training with Frank Lipman, MD, her time at Nike HQ as the company's yoga instructor and acupuncturist, and her latest endeavor, YogaMedicine....
Lama Rod Owens is known for his deep wisdom and willingness to have conversations about things that we're scared to talk about: race, gender, sexuality, identity, and his ability to hold these conversations with love. In this conversation, we get clear about the difference between diversity and inclusivity, what it means to create inclusive spaces of practice, the responsibility we have now as 'ancestors-in-training', and much more. Lama Rod is co-author of the book 'Radical Dharma: Talking...
Many of us are seeking community, places to be accepted for who we are, and safe places to explore and express what we're experiencing and feeling in these times, in a fully conscious way. In this conversation, we explore the practice of mindful dance/movement and its power to uncover feelings of deep joy, release feelings of stuck suffering, and fully experience the beauty of human embodiment.
How do we leverage the contemplative community into justice and liberation for all, not just the pursuit of liberation for ourselves individually? In this conversation, we explore issues around uncomfortable topics - race, systems of white dominance and our collective embedded-ness in these systems. We also explore how contemplative practices must look at the suffering created by these systems in order to change them, and how Courage of Care Coalition is engaged in leading workshops,...
In this conversation, we talk about the beginnings of meditation research in the United States, Al’s courage and pioneering role in leading meditation research in the southwest at the University of Arizona long before it was mainstream, and what we’ve learned about meditation through research so far. We also explore Al’s path of practice in the Zen Buddhist tradition, the role of technology and apps to make meditation accessible, and his ‘second post-academic career’ as a meditation teacher...
The Positive Communication movement centralizes the role of everyday talk in facilitating health and wellbeing across the lifespan. We engage compassion for self and other through acts of positive communication. Dr. Pitts introduces the principles of positive communication that allow us to elevate and enhance our daily lived experiences, focusing specifically on savoring communication. Communication savoring brings awareness to the meanings and relationships embedded in talk allowing...
Mary-Frances O'Connor, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona
Caregivers include family members, doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and chaplains. Fatigue and burnout can hit anyone in a caregiver role who takes on this very important task in the lives of loved ones and patients. Dr. O'Connor describes the difficulties faced by caregivers, but more importantly discusses compassion as the overarching motivation for this difficult work. We...
Interview with Sharon Salzberg by Chuck Raison, MD, Founding Director of UA Center for Compassion Studies
Dave Sbarra, Ph.D Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training,
Department of Psychology, University of Arizona
Life often does not work out in the way we expected it would unfold. The human experience is fraught with challenges and pain, and a key question for living a happier existence is 'how to prevent suffering in the face of life's inevitable pain?' Cultivating self-compassion can shape how we respond to life's inherent difficulties and make the most of challenging...
Al Kaszniak, Ph.D, talks about how helping others expands our own happiness and well-being in this dharma talk.