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 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 (

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 Effort, Monarch Butterflies, and Meditation Lessons in Farming | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:21

Caitlin Lambstrom gives a dharma talk on silent retreat about avoiding burnout, using effort wisely, getting rest, and being inspired by something greater than yourself. Salt Spring Island, Canada. 40 min. Recorded August 26, 2016.

 Ethics, Forgiveness, Breathing, and the Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:27

Michael speaks about the ways that being mindful of the body helps us make ethical choices and how our hostility and poor conduct only happen when we have lost track of the body. An interesting exploration at the nexus of ethics and breathing. Recorded at the Eight-day Silent Meditation Retreat on Salt Spring Island, August 24, 2016.

 Deeper & Deeper Patience | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:36

Michael speaks about composure, waiting 5 breaths when we are aggravated, and how patience is not about waiting for something, it’s really a matter of being where you are. The talk begins with a story about his young son and ends with a sing-along. Salt Spring Island, Canada. 50 min. Recorded August 25, 2016.

 Healing Trauma Through the Body | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:51

Michael suggests that you need to get deeper than cognition and stories, in order to heal trauma. It’s what we have created in the wake of painful events, that need healing. Knowing when to name our symptoms and then when to drop the pathology. Meditation Facilitation Program, London, 40 min. Recorded on July 31, 2016. Listen to Part 1, Symptoms of Trauma:

 Symptoms of Trauma | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:24

Michael details fear, dissociation, and shame, and how they impact the body, mind, and relationships. Very clear talk about the strategies we use to protect ourselves and create recognizable symptoms. Michael ends with a story about generational trauma. Meditation Facilitation Program, London. Recorded on July 30, 2016. Listen to Part 2, Healing Trauma Through the Body:

 Thinking Is Optional | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:25

How to work with your thoughts through labeling practice. Recorded at the Meditation Facilitation Program 2016 in London, UK.

 The Unnecessary Suffering We Cause Ourselves | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:55

Using mindfulness of thinking to hold mental states more lightly. Meditation Facilitation Program, London, 50 min.

 Forgiveness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:53

**BONUS** A tender and personal talk Michael gives during silent retreat about his father, forgiveness, and how we need to practice forgiveness all the time. He talks about how, and why. He talks about the painter Hellen Frankenthaller's death and practicing in good times and bad. This podcast episode is from our archive and was recorded Dec 29, 2011.

 Love: Sometimes We Can Really Show Up | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:40

An hour before New Year's Michael gives a quiet talk on the Heart Sutra and Forgiveness. "When I hold someone's hand as they are dying I chant the Heart Sutra. Or when I watch my son sleeping." A tender and quiet talk on silent retreat. This podcast episode is from our archive and was recorded on Dec 31, 2011.

 Learn How to Stop Breaking Things | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:43

Michael gives a talk on New Year's Silent Retreat on Dogen and how to practice meditation without memory and imagination. Learn to step back and turn your light inwards. Living in your small grass hut, covered in weeds. This podcast episode is from our archive and was recorded on Dec 30, 2012.

 Being Independent in our Practice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:40

**BONUS** Michael Stone talks on silent retreat about how meditation works over the long-haul, how to practice with a teacher that encourages independence, and how to live without gain. This is the second last talk of the year and the group was in deep silent practice, and it was snowing. This podcast is from our archive and was recorded Dec 30, 2013, at Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre in Midland, Ontario.

 Speaking Up, Resilience, Non-Grasping | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:57

Michael Stone talks during the New Year's Silent Meditation Retreat about the depth of meditation, an old koan about bowing, Zen master Dogen, and Edward Snowden. This powerful talk wraps up 2013. This podcast episode is from our archive and was recorded Dec 31, 2013, at Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre in Midland, Ontario.

 Letting Go of Expectations & Having the Last Word | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:22

Michael begins teaching concentration technique by aligning attention and the body. Recognizing expectations we have for ourselves and others and how grasping creates suffering. Not allowing others to change. The more you seek enlightenment the further it goes away. Meditation Facilitation Program, London, 50 min.

 Blending Traditions: Yoga & Buddhism | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:14

A community talk at Tassajara Monastery with Michael Stone & Zen teacher Paul Haller. They each share some of their biography and field questions about practice. Paul shares from his 40 years of Zen practice. Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, California.

 The Deep Request: 30 Minute Guided Meditation w/ Paul Haller | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:39

Followed by a talk on how meditation unfolds, and how to use the space of meditation to investigate experience. Recorded on retreat co-taught with Michael Stone, Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, California. 60 min.


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