Awake in the World Podcast show

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.

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Podcasts:

 Fear, Rebirth, and the 3 Insights | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:28

Describing how the Buddha met fear, Michael maps out how concentration practice unfolds, then offers a mind-opening view of rebirth and reincarnation. Wisconsin. Recorded March 26, 2017.

 What Is This? Short Guided Meditation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:11

An 8-minute guided meditation with Martine Batchelor. Centre of Gravity, Toronto. Recorded March 28, 2010.

 From Fear to Sympathy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:13

How to meet others who are in fear or anxiety, how to help anxious kids, how to validate the feelings of other people without exacerbating what’s going on for them, and how to develop concentration (jhana) practice. Wisconsin. Recorded March 26, 2017.

 Fear, Dread & Anxiety: The Buddha in the Forest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:11

On retreat, Michael speaks about the Buddha’s instructions for practicing alone in the wilderness, how past actions haunt the body, how to turn towards anxiety, and a moving story about his son and autism. Wisconsin. Recorded March 25, 2017.

 20 min. Guided Meditation on Thinking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:24

For the purposes of meditation, what you’re thinking about is not important. But as we pay attention to thinking in meditation, you might notice other aspects of the process of thinking besides the content. So, for example, if you’re thinking words or images, what’s the quality of the inner voice? What’s the quality of the pictures that you see? Recorded 2017.

 20 min. Guided Meditation: Unstable Emotions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:16

See if you can find out where in your body that emotional state or mood is most manifested, most expressed. What sensations or feelings in your body let you know that you’re having this emotional state? See if you can notice how the emotional state is expressed through your body, through sensations in your body. Recorded December 2017.

 20 min. Guided Meditation: Feeling the Sensations of the Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:50

Nothing needs to be refused. Let the breath travel the body without picking up speed. The clouds of thought haul across the sky. Let them come and go. Let the breath move the way blood moves: let it find its own rhythm. Recorded 2017.

 20 min. Guided Meditation: Tuning into Breath in the Nostrils | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:29

Tuning into breath in the nostrils to explore subtle sensations and bring mind into its natural state. Recorded 2017.

 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.

 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.

 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.

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