Jessica and Michael

Jessica Graham and Michael W. Taft — The DY Team

Deconstructing Yourself was created to share the life changing force that is meditation. We strive to extend beyond any particular religion or technique in order to welcome anyone into our community. Our original articles are written with honesty and curiosity, in hopes of encouraging, informing, and inspiring your meditation practice.

We cover issues that affect us all: heartbreak, death, love, sex, religion, art, and how meditation can help to enliven and transform them.

In our news section we bring you articles on cutting edge studies that show the numerous benefits (and sometimes the drawbacks) of meditation. Research is constantly uncovering yet another way that a meditation practice can enhance our lives.

Meditation is evolving away from being something only for those immersed in a specific religion. We are deeply interested in being a part of conversation about the future development of the contemplative arts. We hope to be a place for all who are dedicated to exploring themselves, others, and the world with meditation.


Michael W. Taft is an author, editor, meditation teacher, and neuroscience junkie. He is currently a meditation coach specializing in secular, science-based meditation training in corporate settings. Michael is the author of several books, including Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept, and Ego (which he co-authored), as well as the editor of such books as Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson and the upcoming The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young. He often teaches at Google and has worked on curriculum development for SIYLI. Michael is also an official advisor to the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab. He was previously editor-in-chief of Being Human, a site for exploring what evolution, neuroscience, biology, psychology, archeology, and technology can tell us about the human condition, and was editorial director of Sounds True.

From Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, Michael has been meditating for over thirty years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist and Hindu practice. He currently lives in Berkeley, California, and is founding editor of Deconstructing Yourself.

Interested in getting meditation training? Meditation with Michael.

Michael is available to speak or teach at your corporation, company, conference, retreat center, or meditation group. Email him here.


Jessica Graham teaches several weekly meditation classes in Los Angeles, including Eastside Mindfulness Meditation. She also teaches daylong workshops and instructs private clients. She has been trained in Shinzen Young’s Basic Mindfulness System and also draws inspiration from Adyashanti, Pema Chödrön, Tara Brach, and Michael A.Singer. Jessica is also a certified grief specialist, an actor, and a producer.


For more information or to contact Jessica visit her website or connect with her on Facebook andTwitter.



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