DY 003 – “Masters of Oblivion” – with guest Kenneth Folk

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In this session, we feel the power of the dark side, talk about nirvana, deconstruct the concept of nirvana, dive deep into the reality of death, look at the denial of death, and probably scare away all listeners. Kenneth Folk is an instructor of meditation who has received worldwide acknowledgement for his innovative approach to secular Buddhist meditation. Learn more …

DY 002 – “The Cosmic Joke” – with guest Kenneth Folk

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In this second session, we look at suffering machines, ways to suspend the necessary conditions for suffering, The Terminator, state chasing, and getting the cosmic joke. Kenneth Folk is an instructor of meditation who has received worldwide acknowledgement for his innovative approach to secular Buddhist meditation. Learn more about him and his work at Kenneth Folk Dharma. Books by Thomas …

DY 001 – “Am I Mindful Right Now” – with guest Kenneth Folk

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In this first session, Kenneth and I discuss what it means to be mindful, and get into the world’s mildest fight about enlightenment. Kenneth Folk is an instructor of meditation who has received worldwide acknowledgement for his innovative approach to secular Buddhist meditation. Learn more about him and his work at Kenneth Folk Dharma.   0:48 Introduction and overview 4:00 …

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The Anarchist’s Guide to Mindfulness

by W. T. Johnson hey don’t want you to be still. They don’t want you to be contented. They don’t want you to know yourself. Harsh as it may be, they don’t even want you to be happy—which is exactly why you must. In a world that is constantly vying for your attention, becoming selective with that attention is an …

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The Birth and Death of Monks

by Sean Wilson Fargo Thirty years old on the other side of the world, I was hot on the trail for something profoundly meaningful in my life. It was so close I could taste it. Running on the precipice of constant burnout, I was deep in the habit of constantly seeking, doing, and pleasing. I never wanted to miss anything …

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Mindfulness Class Helped Women, But Not Men, Overcome ‘Negative Affect’

In a new study of a Brown University scholarly course on mindfulness that also included meditation labs, researchers found that the practice on average significantly helped women overcome “negative affect” — a downcast mood — but did not help men. The finding, the authors said, should call more attention to considering gender as a potential factor in assessing mindfulness efficacy. …

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Just 10 Minutes of Meditation Helps Anxious People Have Better Focus

From Science Daily Just 10 minutes of daily mindful mediation can help prevent your mind from wandering and is particularly effective if you tend to have repetitive, anxious thoughts, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. The study, which assessed the impact of meditation with 82 participants who experience anxiety, found that developing an awareness of the present …

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The Long Road to Financial Awakening

Getting Mindful with Money by Jessica Graham his might come as a shocking disappointment to some, but waking up doesn’t mean you and your life become magically perfect. How many enlightened masters have also been alcoholics, sexual inappropriate with students, or downright abusive? Clearly, if spiritual awakening made you a perfect person, this wouldn’t be the case. There are different …

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Dimensions of Focus and Concentration

Want to learn how to focus and concentrate? Start here What do you think of when you think of focusing? For most people it means narrowing the attention to a single point. But actually there are several dimensions of focus or concentration that are relevant. We can think of concentration as having at least three important dimensions: Width (or “scope”) …

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The Sensuality of Everyday Experience

How to Use Sensory Clarity to Deepen Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice—and Enliven Your Life by Michael W. Taft Once some friends of mine were trying to get pregnant, and were having a hard time. They went to all the usual doctors, but—even though everything was deemed to be in working order—no baby. Eventually, the doctors said there was only one …

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Finding Stillness: My Introduction to Meditation

by Ashleigh Abramovich Eight years ago, I was at a diner with a new group of friends—just three months sober—listening to a very animated, awake, and bright young woman share about her experience with alcohol. Her name was Jessica, and she spoke about how when she was drinking underage nothing mattered but the ‘stuff’ and how much ‘stuff’ she had. …