Podcast: A few selects
Mindfulness+ is your personal, guided tour through body, mind, and spirit. Thomas offers bite-size lessons plus guided practices to help you dramatically improve your life simply by changing the way you pay attention.
Shinzen Young, Part 2
May 31st, 2017
VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH SHinzen Young
Continuing the conversation from our last episode, Thomas McConkie asks Shinzen Young more specifically about what we can each do to achieve not just good results, but dramatic and life-changing results from our mindfulness practice. Visit shinzen.org and unifiedmindfulness.com to learn more about the highly innovative work he has done in Western science and Eastern contemplation.
Shinzen Young, Part 1
May 24th, 2017
VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH SHinzen Young
Mindfulness+ host Thomas McConkie welcomes special guest Shinzen Young, to learn from his over 50 years of experience in meditative practice. Shinzen is regarded as one of the great pioneers in bringing the best of Western science and Eastern contemplation into a deeper union. It is hard not to learn 10 new things every time this guy opens his mouth. Visit Shinzen.org and unifiedmindfulness.com to learn more about his work.
LIVING AN INSPIRED LIFE
April 26, 2017
VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH JOHN KESLER
John Kesler joins Thomas McConkie in studio to share insights into mindfulness, developmental psychology, and the art of living an inspired life. His practice, what he calls Integral Polarity Practice, is an elegant model that deeply integrates the most profound wisdom from both Eastern and Western traditions. Enjoy the beautiful teaching that flows through John without his saying a word, and learn more about his work at theippinstitute.com.
The Zen of You and Me
Mar 22, 2017
VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH DIANE HAMILTON
This week, I talk to Diane Hamilton of Two Arrows Zen Center about her new book, The Zen of You and Me. Diane epitomizes how beautifully a mature mindfulness practice can show up in an elegant, integrated and dynamic human being. Listen in as we talk meditation, adult development, working with pain and difference, and becoming your biggest self. She leads us in a closing meditation that is signature Diane "Musho" Hamilton.
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
February 15th, 2017
VIDOE: LOWER LIGHTS SANGHA IN STUDIO
Have you wondered how mindfulness as a practice can transform you? Or what the benefits of practicing in community versus practicing alone are? Join us for our first video broadcast on Mindfulness+ to discuss these questions with three long-time members of the Lower Lights Sangha (Igor and Madison Limansky, and Gloria Pak). Each of them shares in a very personal way what mindfulness practice has meant to them and why the time is NOW for you to really commit to practice.
February 1st, 2017
HOW YOUR MIND IS HARD-WIRED TO IGNORE THE GOOD STUFF
Would it surprise you to learn that your brain has evolved over millions of years, only to misrepresent reality? To systematically exaggerate danger and underestimate reward? Neuropsychologist, Rick Hanson, argues exactly this point. Why does it matter? He says that positive experiences slip off our brains like “teflon” and negative experiences grab on like “velcro.” This is good for purposes of survival but bad for quality of life. Start turning the tables on this tilted evolutionary game with mindfulness. Learn to soak in positive experiences and start to recognize what a rewarding world it really is. You’ll be happy you did.
January 25th, 2017
fREEDOM IS JUST A SHIFT AWAY
Mindfulness can be a challenging practice. All too often we get discouraged and feel like “I’m never going to get to where I need to be.” Listen to Thomas’s words of encouragement in this episode: No matter how challenging the practice or how challenging your life–in any given moment you are just a one degree shift in awareness from freedom.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS RIGHT HERE
September 19th, 2016
CONCUR YOUR EXHAUSTION AND REVITALIZE THE BODY, MIND, & SPIRIT
One of the most common physical symptoms many of us experience in the modern world is exhaustion. Never have humans had so much freedom to pursue their goals and dreams. And never have humans paid a higher price for this constant seeking. Join Thomas McConkie as he guides us through a simple mindfulness practice that can profoundly revitalize the body, mind and spirit.
THE AWARENESS THAT YOU ARE
September 12, 2016
REAPING THE BENEFITS OF THE AGE-OLD PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness is all the buzz these days. But what is mindfulness? And how can mindfulness benefit you personally? Join Thomas McConkie in this inaugural podcast introducing the practice of mindfulness. Thomas shares how he got into the practice almost 20 years ago and how, by doing simple daily exercises, you can reap profound benefits from this age-old practice.