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 were recorded at live events so you might hear coughing, airplanes, cars, sirens, laughter, and peoples’ questions—all part of the intimate experience. Michael Stone (1974-2017) was a Buddhist teacher, author, and mental health advocate. His legacy is stewarded by Carina Stone. Podcast funded by Patreon (patreon.com/michaelstone).
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.
A public lecture about the effect of phones, the internet, and digital media on our minds and relationships. Michael offers very practical tools for managing our minds in an era of information overload. 1 hour. Copenhagen. Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer
In Gotenborg, Michael maps out the first two levels of concentration (jhanas); the importance of not being too awake; and a very different approach to working with strong emotions like anger but leaving it alone. Gotenborg, Sweden.
In Gotenborg, Michael explains the first level of concentration that emerges when the mind settles (first jhana). Also: distinguishing concentration from mindfulness in the Buddhist and Yoga Sutra traditions. Gotenborg, Sweden.
In Gotenborg, Michael offers instruction on the Buddha’s teachings of mindfulness on the breath: learning how to let the breath be natural; what happens when joy arises and various energies appear in the body during deeper levels of concentration; and how to our mind tends to move in loops and what we can do about it. Gotenborg, Sweden.
Chanting for Ill and Dying Species. On the last night of silent retreat in Cubjac, France, the community chanted outdoors for all ill and dying species. Based on a traditional Buddhist chant for humans, we translated it for other living beings. Led by Emilie Lindsten & Michael Stone 5 min. France. Photo credit: Jill Willcott
Chanting Heart Sutra and Bodhisattva Vows. Early morning chanting on silent retreat led by Caitlin Strom. 5 min. Chapin Mill, Batavia, New York. Photo credit: Andréa de Keijzer
Led by Jennifer Whitney and community, a recording of evening chanting for dying animals and vegetation. 5 min. Chapin Mill, Batavia, New York. Photo credit: Jill Willcott
Rose Riccio gives her first dharmatalk on retreat exploring the Ox-herding images and how there are 84,000 gates into practice, and you only have to enter one. 30 min. Chapin Mill, Batavia, New York. Photo credit: Jill Willcott