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Ron Purser: Beyond McMindfulness

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In this far-ranging conversation, we talk about the limitations of “McMindfulness” and discuss what it feels like to explore a new sense of self in the context of interaction. Ronald Purser, Ph.D. is the Lam-Larsen Distinguished Research Professor of Management at San Francisco State University. His latest book, McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist […]

Just human

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So, just human… Just human… So, for me, that is in contrast to those times when we talk about something transcendent, something like religious ideas, ideologies, and something out there that gives meaning… Whereas — just human — we are at the center of meaning [as something essentially subjective]. So, just human… Just human… As […]

Monica Gomez Galaz & Özlem Mavis: A felt sense of faith

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In this conversation, we explore faith as a human experience. That is, it need not be attached to any religious narrative. We talk about finding faith organically in the midst of darkness and doubt — far from the contrived positivity of “have faith!” Monica Gomez Galaz is a Focusing Coordinator in Mexico City. She is […]

Annie Bloch: Focusing as a simple & powerful meditation practice

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Annie Bloch has been practicing meditation and Focusing. She talks about Focusing as a direct connection with our inner wisdom. Annie Bloch is a hunter- gatherer-gardener in the fields of systems thinking, cognitive sciences, and psychotherapy. French and half American, on a dual path: Buddhist and Jewish. Published June 2021.

Suzanne Noel: What Sustains Me

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Suzanne Noel talks about what sustains her: swimming, riding a motorbike, and connecting with others. Suzanne Noel is a Certifying Coordinator for the International Focusing Institute.in New York. She developed Recovery Focusing (the crossing of the 12 Steps for addictive process with Felt Sensing), out of which she developed her H.O.W. We Heal model for groups. […]

Bruce Gibbs reflects on his experience with meditation & Focusing

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Bruce Gibbs talks about what his practices of meditation and Focusing have in common, what is different about them, and how they can enhance each other. Bruce Gibbs, Ph.D., has explored consciousness, both academically and experientially, for many decades. He has practiced Yoga, Vipassana, and Zen meditation. He teaches Focusing and meditation, has developed a […]

Merete Holm Brantbjerg: What Sustains Me

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Merete Holm Brantbjerg talks about the deeply satisfying bodily experience of finding what sustains her. Merete Holm Brantbjerg developed Relational Trauma Therapy, a psychomotor and systems-oriented approach. She is an international trainer, group leader, and therapist based in Denmark. See her website. See other conversation with Merete Holm Brantbjerg. Published March 2021.

Susan Rudnick: Mindfulness within a broader context

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Susan Rudnick talks about mindfulness within the broader context of Buddhism and the Zen tradition. Susan Rudnick LCSW is a Focusing-oriented therapist in private practice in Westchester NY. She has a long-term practice in Zen Buddhism, and recently has been integrating this consciousness with her roots in Judaism. In her seventies, she wrote and published […]

Thinking As Movement

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Evelyn Fendler-Lee and Serge Prengel have been exploring creative ways to think about thinking in such a way that it opens up new horizons. This process involves sharing some of what comes up as we proceed. We feel that the sharing broadens our exploration as it stimulates further thoughts in you.  For a transcript, see […]

Shelly Chauhan: 2nd conversation about her experience dealing with breast cancer

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Shelly Chauhan continues to reflect on her experience dealing with breast cancer. Our first conversation was after she had had her diagnosis. This second conversation takes place after the surgery and the first round of chemotherapy. Among other things, she talks about her experiences with pain. Shelly Chauhan MSc CPsychol : As a London-based chartered […]

Gregory Kramer: A Whole Life Path

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Gregory Kramer talks about integrating Buddhist wisdom with our everyday life. Gregory Kramer teaches, writes, and is the founding teacher of the Insight Dialogue Community. His primary focuses are sharing a relational understanding of the Dhamma and teaching Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal form of Buddhist insight meditation. He has been teaching worldwide since 1980. In […]

Shelly Chauhan reflects on her experience dealing with breast cancer

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Shelly Chauhan reflects on her experience dealing with breast cancer: “As a psychologist and coach, being diagnosed with breast cancer has enabled me to experience, first-hand, the transcendental power of emotional regulation, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Without the ability to restore a feeling of inner peace and emotional comfort, or the ability to accept, without anger, […]

Jan Winhall: Making meaning

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Jan Winhall and Serge Prengel talk about making meaning. Or, rather, feeling it, sensing into it. Jan Winhall, M.S.W., R.S.W., F.O.T., is a psychotherapist in Private Practice and Director of Focusing On Borden, a centre for teaching Focusing and Focusing Oriented Therapy. Jan is the author of “Addiction From The Bottom Up: A Felt Sense […]

Richard Gillett: The high cost of divisiveness and how to deal with it

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Richard Gillett is the author of It’s A Freakin Mess: How to thrive in divisive times. Here, we talk about how personal and social divisiveness manifests and its huge costs to our physical and mental well-being. We talk about how to change the pain of polarization, and how we feel so much better and become […]

How to depolarize political conversations

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Political conversations tend to bring out activation and polarization. This is not a reason to avoid them. To avoid falling into the pitfalls of polarization, use a mindful approach that fosters curiosity. Instead of defending a position, make it your goal to know more about each other through the discussion. This talk describes a format that helps […]

One-minute embodied mindfulness practice: Fingers & spine

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See the audio recording below the text. Today, I am going to describe to you a one-minute practice. Now, when I say one minute, it could be 50 seconds or five minutes. We’re not timing it. You sit on a bench or a chair, with your feet touching the ground. If you are on a […]

Merete Holm Brantbjerg: A gentle exploration of stress

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In this conversation with Merete Holm Brantbjerg, we explore experientially what happens in our body when we get stressed. See PDF transcript of this conversation. Merete Holm Brantbjerg developed Relational Trauma Therapy, a psychomotor and systems-oriented approach. She is an international trainer, group leader, and therapist based in Denmark. See her website. See also Merete Holm Brantbjerg […]

Harbert Rice: How a felt sense functions in a group

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In this conversation, you will learn how a felt sense functions in a Quaker Meeting’s gathering circle. Harbert describes how his work with Gendlin’s philosophy and Quaker practice came about in a Quaker meditation as a felt sense to map Quaker language into Gendlin’s language. He looks at the underlying commonality between Focusing and Quaker […]

Victoria Ramos: Dance with the Divinity which is you (a guided meditation)

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“In this guided meditation, I will share with you how you can experience each breath as a gift from the Divine. The tradition is Shaivism Tantric Yoga, and just my own yoga physical practice. But yes the origins are Yogic. But the awareness of smell etc can be credited to SE. Or Shakti. Maybe it […]

Deb Dana: How the nervous system affects our daily life

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The nervous system is where our experience begins. In this conversation, Deb Dana describes how it works and how it affects our daily life. There is a PDF transcript of this conversation. Deb Dana, LCSW, specializes in treating complex traumatic stress and lectures internationally on the ways Polyvagal Theory informs clinical interactions with trauma survivors. […]

Bruce Nayowith explores experiences of connection

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In these two short conversations, Bruce Nayowith explores his inner experience in 2 situations: (1) making contact with others while connecting with a young part of himself; (2) a situation in which an energetic connection was felt at a distance. Since 1987, Bruce Nayowith has been Focusing and exploring other processes that encourage the unfolding […]

Judyth Weaver: What Sustains Me (2020)

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Five years after the original conversation we had about what sustains her, Judyth Weaver follows in 2020. Judyth O. Weaver was awarded the USABP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. As a modern dancer she went to Japan in 1965 to study Kabuki and Noh and then entered a Zen Buddhist monastery.  Back in the U.S. […]

Judyth Weaver: What Sustains Me (2015)

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Judyth Weaver talks about her life force (2015). See also 2020 follow-up conversation. Judyth O. Weaver was awarded the USABP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. As a modern dancer she went to Japan in 1965 to study Kabuki and Noh and then entered a Zen Buddhist monastery. Back in the U.S. in 1968 she studied […]

Faith as a human experience

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Here, I am not talking about faith in God or in religious beliefs. I am talking about the human capacity for the experience of faith. See audio recording at the bottom of the page. When you hear the word faith, you probably think about religious belief. Or maybe, faith in God, not necessarily to a […]

Stephen Porges: Finding meaning in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis

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In this 3-minute video, Stephen Porges talks about finding meaning in these difficult times: “Perhaps this challenging period is directing us to what our real goal in life is. And that is to relate to others, to connect.” See PDF transcript – See also 日本語のPDF. Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he […]

Connecting during COVID-19 : Reach In & Reach Out

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During these difficult times, you can help other people, and help yourself, by reaching out. In this 4-minute video, Stephen Porges talks about listening and connecting. See also PDF transcript and 日本語のPDF. How you can do it See the short video describing Active Listening. Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he […]

Greg Cootsona: Finding Grace, Finding Space

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In this conversation, we explore the notion of grace. We talk about it from a spiritual perspective: the Christian spiritual tradition which is Greg’s anchor, as well as other spiritual traditions. We also explore down-to-earth experiences, such as being a drummer, interacting with other people, structuring one’s day… In so doing, we map out a […]

Active Listening: How to compensate for social distancing

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With the pandemic, we have to avoid unnecessary contact. So we need to make the most of what little contact we have: When you can’t go broad, go deep. This is the spirit in which I describe an approach called Active Listening, in the  7′ 30″ video below. See the transcript below the video. See […]

Washing hands as a mindful practice

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This 4-minute talk suggests a way to approach washing hands for the coronavirus as a mindful practice. For a transcript, see my article on Medium: Washing hands as a mindful practice. Published March 2020

Marcella Calabi: Enjoying a mindful conversation

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We start talking about language. As we speak from the felt sense, it becomes a conversation about incorporating a mindful attitude into a conversation. And an invitation to enrich our lives with mindful conversations. Marcella Calabi helps people find their voice and live from it. She is an outside-the-box thinker with training in music, negotiation/mediation […]

Bill Epperly: Awakened living

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In this wide-ranging conversation, Bill Epperly discusses his sources of inspiration and renewal as well as the role of vulnerability in awakened living. The conversation ends with a discussion of how to be an awake, mindful person in today’s chaotic, unbalanced world. Bill offers a practice that can help us remain grounded in the present […]

Loch Kelly: Effortless Mindfulness

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Loch Kelly talks about effortless mindfulness, and how he sees access to awakening as the next natural stage of human development. Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW, is an author, meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and founder of the 501c3 non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch teaches in a non-sectarian human being lineage using an adult education style based in […]

Edgardo Riveros Aedo: The emergence of the new

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In this talk, Edgardo Riveros Aedo gives a spontaneous demonstration of the kind of inner dialogue that makes it possible for something new to emerge. The video is in Spanish. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, I suggest you look at it (at least part of it): It is a beautiful demonstration of the process of […]

Feeling the sense of connection: Conversation with Lisa Dale Miller

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This is a continuation of the previous conversation with Lisa Dale Miller… but it can be listened to without listening to the first one. Here, we explore the experience of having a sense of connection. Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is licensed to practice integrative psychotherapy in California, New York, and Oregon and is a […]

Mindfulness & connection: Conversation with Lisa Dale Miller

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This conversation is an exploration of the shared pause: What happens when we pay attention not just to thoughts and ideas, but also to the experience of being in conversation. Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is licensed to practice integrative psychotherapy in California, New York, and Oregon and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP). Lisa has […]