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The Long Road to Good Sex

I write to you on the day of my book launch. Good Sex: Getting Off without Checking Out is now available wherever books are sold. I have to tell you it feels good, really good. I’ve been alternating between a dizzying happiness and an almost anxious excitement. Along with a slew of other emotions I’m also feeling a double-wide truck …

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Nondual Fundamentalism and Limitless Awakening

by Michael W. Taft Nondual awareness is just so… lovely. The most beautiful part of the nondual experience is how it encompasses all things. As the name itself suggest, there are not two things anywhere, but simply one, vast, spacious YES of the universe. Nonduality is the awareness that says Yes to all things; says Yes even to No, even …

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How to Rate and Review Podcasts in the iPhone App

Wondering how to rate a podcast on your iPhone? Most guides show you how to do it with an iTunes search. But if you’re using your iOS Podcast app, there is a much easier method. The podcast app on iTunes is the one with this icon: If you’re listening using that app, rating is a breeze. Rating and reviewing a …

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DY 009 – “The Craving Mind” – with guest Judson Brewer

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What do the neurocorrelates of enlightenment, the activation of the posterior cingulate cortex, and the extinction of craving all have in common? They relate to the work of Judson Brewer. In this episode Jud and I talk about his brain biofeedback machine, the neurophenomonolgy of effort vs. non-effort, the feedback loop of reward-based learning, working with the black hole of …

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Effort vs. Effortlessness in Meditation Practice

by Michael W. Taft started out trying way too hard in meditation practice, and continued to practice like that for a very long time. Waking up was serious business, the most important thing in life, and I threw myself into practice with almost comedic fervor and dedication. The Indian scriptures I was reading at the time tended to reinforce that …

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Emptiness and Fullness: A Story about Stories

by Vincent Horn “The stories that make sense of the world are part of the world. It is not by transcending this world that we are transformed but by storying it in a new way.” – David Loy “Wisdom tells me that I’m nothing. Love tells me that I’m everything. Between these two my life flows.” – Sri Nisargadatta Buddhism …

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Sleep Meditation – Guided

Enjoy this sleep meditation, guided by Michael W. Taft Play this audio when you want to go to sleep. It’s a 34 minute long guided meditation that will help you go to sleep. It is peaceful and soft, so if you go to sleep quickly, the sleep meditation guidance will not wake you back up. Instead, it will help you …

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Some Fruits of Meditation: Simple Happiness

by Ian Welsh As regular readers of my blog know, I’ve been meditating for some time, with some useful results. A lot of modern meditation teaching and writing emphasizes meditation for benefits: be calmer, more loving, happier, be more effective. Heck, even “make money.” That’s all very nice, and I’ve certainly noticed benefits, but the original impetus for a lot of …

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DY 008 – “Meditation, Magick, and the Fire Kasina” – with guest Daniel Ingram

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In this session, host Michael W. Taft and radical dharma author and practitioner Daniel Ingram discuss the Fire Kasina practice, meditation and magick, working with archetypal forces and entities, Daniel’s description of a fruition experience, siddhis and visionary experiences, Daniel’s wizarding worldview, and much more. We also discuss the second edition of his classic work Mastering the Core Teachings of …

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Do Nothing Meditation

by Michael W. Taft The sages of many spiritual traditions have said that the highest state of spiritual awakening is present in our minds at all times. Total enlightenment has always been there, is there now, and always will be there. In Buddhism this is referred to as the Buddha nature, in Hinduism it is called the Self. It’s funny …

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What Is the Self? An Interview with Thomas Metzinger

by Michael W. Taft Thomas Metzinger is a German philosopher. As of 2011 he holds the position of director of the theoretical philosophy group at the department of philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and is an Adjunct Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and on the advisory board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation. From 2008 …

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DY 007 – “Enlightenment’s Evil Twin” – with guest Shinzen Young

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In this session, host Michael W. Taft and meditation teacher and neuroscience consultant Shinzen Young talk about what mindfulness teachers are getting wrong, Shinzen’s Periodic Table of Happiness Elements, informed consent for awakening, effective strategies for dealing with the Dark Night of the Soul, and the phenomenon that Shinzen calls “Enlightenment’s Evil Twin.” Learn more about Shinzen Young at Shinzen.org. …