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Finding meaning & purpose, moment by moment

Finding meaning & purpose, moment by moment


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Finding meaning & purpose, moment by moment




How to depolarize political conversations

You can download a printable PDF of this article. Political conversations tend to bring up activation and polarization. This is not a reason to avoid them. The following provides some suggestions to make them a more satisfying experience. These suggestions stem from a simple premise. In political discussions, we tend to become focused on arguing […]


Fingers touching: Embodied one-minute mindfulness practice

See the audio recording below the text. Today, I am going to describe to you a one-minute practice. Now, when I say one minute, it could be 50 seconds or five minutes. We’re not timing it. You sit on a bench or a chair, with your feet touching the ground. If you are on a […]


Merete Holm Brantbjerg: A gentle exploration of stress

In this conversation with Merete Holm Brantbjerg, we explore experientially what happens in our body when we get stressed. See PDF transcript of this conversation. Merete Holm Brantbjerg developed Relational Trauma Therapy, a psychomotor and systems-oriented approach. She is an international trainer, group leader, and therapist based in Denmark. See her website. For therapists: See conversation with […]


Harbert Rice: How a felt sense functions in a group

In this conversation, you will learn how a felt sense functions in a Quaker Meeting’s gathering circle. Harbert describes how his work with Gendlin’s philosophy and Quaker practice came about in a Quaker meditation as a felt sense to map Quaker language into Gendlin’s language. He looks at the underlying commonality between Focusing and Quaker […]


Victoria Ramos: Dance with the Divinity which is you (a guided meditation)

“In this guided meditation, I will share with you how you can experience each breath as a gift from the Divine. The tradition is Shaivism Tantric Yoga, and just my own yoga physical practice. But yes the origins are Yogic. But the awareness of smell etc can be credited to SE. Or Shakti. Maybe it […]


Deb Dana: How the nervous system affects our daily life

The nervous system is where our experience begins. In this conversation, Deb Dana describes how it works and how it affects our daily life. There is a PDF transcript of this conversation. Deb Dana, LCSW, specializes in treating complex traumatic stress and lectures internationally on the ways Polyvagal Theory informs clinical interactions with trauma survivors. […]


Faith as a human experience

Here, I am not talking about faith in God or in religious beliefs. I am talking about the human capacity for the experience of faith. See audio recording at the bottom of the page. When you hear the word faith, you probably think about religious belief. Or maybe, faith in God, not necessarily to a […]


Stephen Porges: Finding meaning in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis

In this 3-minute video, Stephen Porges talks about finding meaning in these difficult times: “Perhaps this challenging period is directing us to what our real goal in life is. And that is to relate to others, to connect.” See PDF transcript – See also 日本語のPDF. Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he […]


Connecting during COVID-19 : Reach In & Reach Out

During these difficult times, you can help other people, and help yourself, by reaching out. In this 4-minute video, Stephen Porges talks about listening and connecting. See also PDF transcript and 日本語のPDF.  How you can do it See the short video describing Active Listening. Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where […]


Greg Cootsona: Finding Grace, Finding Space

In this conversation, we explore the notion of grace. We talk about it from a spiritual perspective: the Christian spiritual tradition which is Greg’s anchor, as well as other spiritual traditions. We also explore down-to-earth experiences, such as being a drummer, interacting with other people, structuring one’s day… In so doing, we map out a […]


Active Listening: How to compensate for social distancing

With the pandemic, we have to avoid unnecessary contact. So we need to make the most of what little contact we have: When you can’t go broad, go deep. This is the spirit in which I describe an approach called Active Listening, in the 7′ 30″ video below. See the transcript below the video. See […]


Washing hands as a mindful practice

This 4-minute talk suggests a way to approach washing hands for the coronavirus as a mindful practice. See the transcript below the video. Edited transcript: The Coronavirus advisories have been warning us how important it is to wash our hands often, and each time for a good 20 seconds. In this article, I will present […]


Marcella Calabi: Enjoying a mindful conversation

We start talking about language. As we speak from the felt sense, it becomes a conversation about incorporating a mindful attitude into a conversation. And an invitation to enrich our lives with mindful conversations. Marcella Calabi helps people find their voice and live from it. She is an outside-the-box thinker with training in music, negotiation/mediation […]


Bill Epperly: Awakened living

In this wide-ranging conversation, Bill Epperly discusses his sources of inspiration and renewal as well as the role of vulnerability in awakened living. The conversation ends with a discussion of how to be an awake, mindful person in today’s chaotic, unbalanced world. Bill offers a practice that can help us remain grounded in the present […]


Loch Kelly: Effortless Mindfulness

Loch Kelly talks about effortless mindfulness, and how he sees access to awakening as the next natural stage of human development. Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW, is an author, meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and founder of the 501c3 non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch teaches in a non-sectarian human being lineage using an adult education style based in […]


Edgardo Riveros Aedo: The emergence of the new

In this talk, Edgardo Riveros Aedo gives a spontaneous demonstration of the kind of inner dialogue that makes it possible for something new to emerge. The video is in Spanish. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, I suggest you look at it (at least part of it): It is a beautiful demonstration of the process of […]


Feeling the sense of connection: Conversation with Lisa Dale Miller

This is a continuation of the previous conversation with Lisa Dale Miller… but it can be listened to without listening to the first one. Here, we explore the experience of having a sense of connection. Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is licensed to practice integrative psychotherapy in California, New York, and Oregon and is a […]


Mindfulness & connection: Conversation with Lisa Dale Miller

This conversation is an exploration of the shared pause: What happens when we pay attention not just to thoughts and ideas, but also to the experience of being in conversation. Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is licensed to practice integrative psychotherapy in California, New York, and Oregon and is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP). Lisa has […]


Sharon Stanley: What sustains me

Sharon Stanley talks about what sustains her: the delight of just being alive, and how she gets in touch with that. Audio only: Dr. Sharon Stanley is a psychotherapist, educator and writer living on Bainbridge Island, Washington. As a long time student of Dr. Allan Schore, Sharon has integrated a number of somatic practices for […]


What is the felt sense?

This 4 1/2 minute video describes what it is like to have a felt sense, and how to get more in touch with it. This is the 9th in a series of very short talks, each under five minutes. This series explores different aspects of the pause as the foundation from which mindfulness emerges. See […]