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How to Change Bad Habits using Mindfulness

by Daron Larson Last night I dreamed I drank a Diet Coke. It’s been almost two months since my last one. I know there are more scandalous habits to conquer, but if you’re paying attention using mindfulness, eroding one habit can lead to eroding others. The erosion process isn’t complex. It just requires steady repetition over a long period of …

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DY 005 – “The Great Unbundling” – with guest Vincent Horn

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In this episode I talk with mindfulness teacher and co-founder of the Buddhist Geeks project, Vincent Horn. Vince is part of new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. In this session, Vince and I discuss the radical sense of experimentation, the Great Unbundling of the Dharma, ways the mindfulness and awareness practices complement each other—which is …

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Update on Good Sex: Getting Off without Checking Out

Many of you have been asking when my book Good Sex will be available. Some of you are awaiting your pre-ordered copies. I want to thank you all for your enthusiasm and support and I have an update for you. I’ve switched publishers and the release date for my book is moving to Fall of 2017. All readings and events …

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Mindfulness And Meditation Dampen Down Inflammation Genes

by Jo Marchant for New Scientist  Meditation and tai chi don’t just calm the mind – they seem to affect our DNA too. There’s evidence that such “mind-body practices” dampen the activity of genes associated with inflammation – essentially reversing molecular damage caused by stress. Mind-body practices such as mindfulness meditation are widely claimed to protect against stress-related diseases from …

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DY 004 – “Feather Light & Paper Thin” – with guest Shinzen Young

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In this session, host Michael W. Taft and meditation teacher Shinzen Young talk about the relationship between mindfulness practice (as it is usually defined) and nondual-type practices (or non-practices, if you like), the way that focusing on the details of experience relates to focusing on awareness itself, micro-sessions & nano-nirvanas, the thinness and lightness of the screeen of awareness and …

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Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk

    Jennifer Howd had been building a mindfulness practice for a few years before taking on the challenge of her first nine-day silent meditation retreat. In this debut memoir, SIT, WALK, DON’T TALK: How I Survived a Silent Meditation Retreat, she chronicles the humorous–and often harrowing–adventures of the dueling inner voices that emerge in the silence: one intent on …

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The Seven Muscles of Resilience

I’m very pleased to publish this adaptation from Meg Salter’s new book Mind Your Life, which you can get on Amazon. ~ MWT by Meg Salter Why do different people respond to stress so differently? Part of the answer lies in our individual resilience. This ability to bounce back can make the difference between normal stress that encourages growth, and …

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Study Documents Range Of Challenging Meditation Experiences

from Brown University Though it has gained popularity in the West as medically and psychologically beneficial, meditation can produce a much wider variety of outcomes, not all of them calm and relaxing, according to a new study that analyzes meditation-related challenges. Meditation is increasingly being marketed as a treatment for conditions such as pain, depression, stress and addiction, and while …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. Show Notes 0:48 Introduction and overview …

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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 …