Awake in the World Podcast show

Awake in the World Podcast

Summary: Awake in the World Podcast with Michael Stone is a library of talks on a wide-range of topics, including bringing mindfulness and meditation practice into daily life; personal and community issues regarding mental health; and social change. The podcasts are recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone is often described as a cross between a spiritual teacher and public intellectual. His ability to integrate traditional contemplative teachings from his studies in yoga, Zen, and Vipassana, with the insights of Western psychology, gives him a unique voice for a new generation of students integrating mindfulness with the demands of their busy lives. He is the author of numerous books, he teaches internationally and lives in Canada.

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Podcasts:

 20 min. Guided Meditation: Mindfulness of the Breathing Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:11

Mindfulness of the breathing body in the abdomen to settle thoughts. Recorded 2017.

 20 min. Guided Meditation: Receptive Listening | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:06

Using sound as an anchor to ground attention. Recorded 2017.

 You Can’t Make A Person Into a Buddha | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:26

Michael explores practicing without an idea of gain, the Universal Self, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Pattabhi Jois, the Buddha and Shunryu Suzuki. How can you blend your breath with the larger self? Moksha Westshore, B.C. Recorded February 18, 2017.

 Spiritual Bypassing & Mindfulness of Thinking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:09

Michael integrates a discussion of spiritual bypassing (using practice to avoid dealing with painful feelings and unresolved emotional habits) with a teaching on using labeling to let go of ruminating thoughts and overthinking. Victoria, B.C. Recorded January 22, 2017.

 My Body is My Teacher Now | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:51

How to not leave your body, even when it feels untrustworthy. We can always turn to the body in pain, grief, and even in altered states of consciousness. Anxiety, compassion, and equanimity always play out in your body. Victoria, B.C. Recorded January 19, 2017.

 How We Practice in Family | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:00

**BONUS** Michael Stone and Matthew Remski read personal letters they wrote to each other as expectant fathers. These letters later become their co-authored book, "Family Wakes Us Up." They explore their process as fathers, as parents, and as two people integrating spiritual practice and the demands of parenting. This podcast is from our archive and was recorded November 23, 2013, in Toronto.

 15 minute Guided Meditation on the Breathing Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:56

Bringing distractions back into the beginning of the inhale. Victoria, B.C. Recorded January 17, 2017.

 Not Picking & Choosing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:03

Michael uses an old Zen tale, a troubled story about him falling in love with his wife, and quotes from Shunryu Suzuki, to describe the practice of not-knowing and not holding onto anything. He ends with a very interesting and subtle meditation instruction on breathing. Chapin Mill, New York. Recorded December 31, 2016.

 Seals, Owls & Letting Go of Destructive Relationships | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:52

Michael explores the sensitive topic of knowing when to pull out of relationships, kindness to one’s self, emptiness, love, and a story about appreciating that you and others are divine. Chapin Mill, New York. Recorded December 30, 2016.

 Moment To Moment Non-Stop Flow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:09

On silent retreat Michael speaks about bowing, forms of practice, gratitude, extending meditation beyond the cushion, and appreciating the practice of others. Recorded at Chapin Mill, New York, on December 29 2016.

 From Blame to Gratitude | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:40

Michael unpacks different kinds of blame, both inward and outward, followed by a description of projection and the link between blame and projection and how they cover over underlying feelings. Then he describes how we can make room for gratitude, as taught in the Tibetan Lojong teachings. Recorded in Ottawa on December 10, 2016.

 All Roads Run Right Through the Capital | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:31

Deep listening, wisdom, and the ability to do extraordinary things. Salt Spring Island, B.C. Recorded in December, 2016.

 Turning Things Around | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:51

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings for transforming what’s unpleasant, letting go of grasping, and the 3 treasures of awakening, reality and community. Portland, Oregon. Recorded on December 4, 2016.

 Tonglen: Sending & Receiving Practice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:30

A talk, followed by a guided meditation on inhaling suffering and exhaling peace. A practice of learning how to exchange your happiness for someone else’s suffering – how to train your heart to do what it doesn't want to do. Portland, Oregon. Recorded December 3, 2016.

 Don’t Get Stuck on Peace, See Everything as A Dream | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:51

A lively discussion on meditation and the Tibetan Lojong Practices for Training in Compassion. Portland, Oregon. Recorded on December 3, 2016.

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