Awake in the World Podcast
Summary: Awake in the World Podcast 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 was an internationally-recognized Buddhist teacher, author, host of the Awake in the World podcast, and mental health advocate.
Michael teaches Tibetan practices for training in empathy: Turning what’s arising into the path, see everything as a dream, don't get stuck on peace, rest in an open mind, and after meditation just become a beginner. Enso Foundation, Kelowna, 1 hour.
Meditation, how the mind functions, and contra-indications for meditation are the subject of this talk. Michael explores karma and also the delay of gratification, borderline personality, and the difference between practices that uncover repression and practices that strengthen the personality in helpful ways. Enso Foundation, Kelowna, 1 hour.
Discussion about technology in culture and its effect on us personally and socially. Semperviva, Vancouver, 50 min.
Michael explores the way “interruption technologies” like phones and messaging etiquette, create hyper-arousal in the body and mind and de-stabilize emotions. He connects this research with practical things we can do at home to stabilize our minds and re-establish depth in relationships. Semperviva, Vancouver, 50 min. Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer
How To Meditate, Forgive, End Blame, And Stop Wounding Your Own Heart by Michael Stone Teachings
Michael talks about the goal of practice as being yourself. He tells the Zen story of T’ing being slapped and explores trusting yourself, not telling black and white stories about those we love and hate, and how meditation is the same as art. Chapin Mill, New York, 50 min.
First day of retreat Michael talks about walking meditation, bowing, and practice tips for going deeper on retreat. The talk ends with a beautiful description of Samadhi and how concentration can protect us. Chapin Mill, New York, 50 min. Photo credit: Jill Willcott
Rabbi Miriam Margles leads beautiful morning prayers (in Hebrew & English) during the Jewish-Buddhist retreat exploring the intersection of practices & teachings from both traditions, co-taught with Michael.
During a Jewish-Buddhist retreat Michael speaks about fear of failure, fear of disappointing others and being scared of missing out. He begins by talking about the death of writer Oliver Sacks. 50 min. Ontario.
Final talk about relaxing the breath to settle the mind. Noticing how when we go on line to "rest" we end up over-stimulating ourselves and lose track of what we feel and our emotions become unstable. Port Moody, 30 min. Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer
Making space in our hearts for empathy, forgiveness and non-reactivity to emerge. How to practice with your breath when you feel crazy. Samadhi is the opposite of feeling fragmented. Port Moody, 30 min. Photo credit: Jill Willcott
Did you cut my shoelaces? Q & A about different forms of meditation for different people. Michael tells some funny stories about his son and practicing mindfulness in family. He also talks about mindfulness at work. Port Moody, 30 min.
In Port Moody, B.C., Michael talks on finding the sane part of the breath, seeing how all thoughts pivot around a construct of "me," and how to cultivate a non-reactive mind. Also, the way there are many conditions that give rise to depression or psychosis, and how to actually see that backdrop to our mental states. Port Moody, B.C., 55 min.
In Copenhagen, Michael goes into detail about emptiness, working with shame, connecting with the emotional body in order to transform traumatic scars, and how to connect with the depth of the breathing body with concentration and safety. Also, how reconciliation does not heal trauma. Yoga Mudra, Copenhagen. Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer
In Copenhagen Michael maps out how meditation based on concentration can bring intense pleasure and joy (piti) and how for some students these levels of concentration (jhana) can reveal deeper levels of holding and/or old trauma. Then he details how trauma works: we will do anything not to be re-traumatized, we dissociate, and shame emerges. Copenhagen, 1 hr. 12 min.