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Alaine Duncan on the Tao of Trauma and Trauma-Informed Acupuncture

Happy New Year! I am very excited to launch GG Season Two by dialoging with Alaine Duncan, Doctor of Chinese Medicine. Alaine has invented a truly unique approach to trauma-informed acupuncture which integrates the neurobiology of traumatic stress, Somatic Experiencing skills and Daoist Five Element theory. Her new book, The Tao of Trauma, co-authored with Kathy Kain, views trauma through this ancient-modern integrative lens and lays out practical strategies for treating common...


Deconstructing The Five Aggregates And Their Deathless Nature

This last episode of the Groundless Ground Season One features two consecutive dharma talks recently given by Lisa Dale Miller on the five aggregates—the main agent of mental and emotional suffering in the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths. Lisa's first talk deconstructs the illusory ‘heap’ nature of the five aggregates and explicates their pivotal role in both creating and/or liberating us from suffering. The second talk dives deeply into the relationship of the five aggregates...


Jeremy Lent on Systems Theory, Wisdom Traditions and a Path to Sustainability

This dialogue with Jeremy Lent is chockfull of insights and guidance on how individuals can make lasting, positive impacts and change the collective current disastrous course humanity appears to be on. Jeremy is a modern-day renaissance man. Educated at Cambridge University and University of Chicago, he founded and IPOed an early internet company, and then due to distressful life circumstances, left the business world to engage in deep inquiry into the confluences of meaning and truth...


Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders: A dialogue with Paula Scatoloni, LCSW

Paula Scatoloni, a somatic psychotherapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, explicates the insufficiency of standardized cognitive and behavioral eating disorder treatment, and introduces Embodied Recovery, a cutting-edge somatically-oriented, trauma-informed approach, which considers the body and embodiment the missing link for effective treatment of disordered eating. Paula provides an overview of the Embodied Recovery training program she co-created with Rachel Lewis-Marlow, and...


Raising Responsible Adults: Ken Wilgus on effective parenting of teens

This episode is an educational and fun dialogue with Ken Wilgus, PhD, the author of Feeding The Mouth That Bites You, a practical guide for parents of adolescents targeted at helping them facilitate their teenager’s autonomy, responsibility, self-efficacy and independence. We touch on many tough subjects: behavior issues, academic performance, helicopter parenting, failure to launch, device culture, teen sexuality, faith and morality, substance and porn use. Dr. Ken Wilgus is a sought-after...


Contemplative Neuroscience and Integrative Medicine: Exactly what is mindfulness good for?

David Vago, PhD offers a neuroscience of mindfulness update providing clarity on what mindfulness is, is not, can and cannot do, and what is known about effective prescribing and dosing of meditation. He is research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, director of the Contemplative Neuroscience and Integrative Medicine Laboratory at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and an associate professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and department of...


Embodied Cognition and Embodied Mindfulness

Evan Thompson discusses Embodied Cognition, 4E Cognition, and the problems with studying the mechanisms of mindfulness from a brain-only perspective. Evan is a writer and professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He works on the nature of the mind, the self, and human experience by combining cognitive science, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Asian philosophical traditions. Evan holds a thoughtful, critical view in...


Phillip Moffitt on Awakening the Subtle Body in Meditation

Phillip Moffitt, author, yogi, and Theravada Buddhist meditation teacher discusses his most recent book, Awakening Through the Nine Bodies, an explication of extraordinary teachings on yoga and the subtle body, transmitted to Phillip by Himalayan master Swami Sri Premvarni Balyogi. Now eighty-six years old, Balyogi is one of a disappearing group of elder master yoga teachers in India initiated into the Himalayan yoga forest tradition. This episode is a must-listen for all seasoned meditation...


Nurturing Resilience: A dialogue with Kathy L Kain

This episode features an in-depth dialogue with Kathy L. Kain, on how to work somatically and psychotherapeutically with patients suffering the effects of developmental trauma and complex trauma. Kathy has recently co-authored a groundbreaking book on this topic titled, Nurturing Resilience. Kathy generously explicates the mechanisms of developmental traumatic experiences and their manifestation in adulthood as complex trauma syndromes, somatic shame, and personality disorders. She also...


Cortland Dahl: The union of Buddhist practice and scientific inquiry

Cortland Dahl, PhD exemplifies a rare mix of contemplative and scientific talent. He is a longtime Buddhist practitioner, scholar, translator of Dzogchen and Mahāmudrā Tibetan Buddhist texts, and meditation teacher. Cort has served for many years as the main translator for Mingyur Rinpoche and is the co-founder of Tergar International. He tells us the unusual story of how they met. Over the last 7 years, Cort completed a PhD at the University of Wisconsin Center for Healthy Minds, focused on...


Karma and Reincarnation in Early Buddhism

Episode 6 features a dharma talk given by Lisa Dale Miller at Marin Sangha on May 6, 2018. Lisa treads on the somewhat problematic territory of karma and reincarnation as understood in the early Buddhist teachings. Lisa’s interest in the actuality of karma and reincarnation is purely speculative. She does not find belief in past lives necessary for recognizing right view, ascertaining right intention, or aligning with the Buddha’s instructions for ethical conduct. And of greatest...


Integrative Psychiatry

This episode features Jose Calderón-Abbo, MD. A native of Mexico City, Dr. Calderón is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, with an additional certification in mind-body medicine. In addition to his private practice in New Orleans, Dr. Calderón has served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at LSU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Faculty with Tulane University Department of Psychiatry, and is national faculty for the Center for Mind-Body...


Healing PTSD with iRest Yoga Nidra: A dialogue with Richard Miller

About 220 million people will experience a traumatic event and 20% of them will subsequently develop symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Rates of PTSD are even higher among US combat veterans. This dialogue on Embodied Contemplative Interventions features clinical psychologist and researcher Richard Miller, the Founder and Executive Director of the Integrative Restoration Institute. The episode begins with a description of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and then Richard...


Clinical Use of Qigong with Peter Payne

Welcome back to the Groundless Ground Podcast! This first in a series of dialogues on the clinical use of embodied contemplative interventions features Peter Payne, researcher at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, and the co-founder of Bodymind Science and creator of Bodymind Training. Long-time master qigong teacher and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Peter has been a key contributor to theoretical modeling of the interoceptive, kinesthetic and proprioceptive mechanisms of...


The Value of Non-harming and the Practice of Equanimity

Though I recorded this episode over two weeks ago, the most recent horrific school shooting has once again highlighted the importance of actively working to end violence in America; especially gun violence. This episode is an exploration of the value of non-harming and its practice in daily life. Learn about the Buddhist psychological view of the causes of human harming and how to avert them, and then engage in a mind training exercise to cultivate equanimity. From a Buddhist psychological...


The Beginningless Beginning

Welcome to the first episode of The Groundless Ground Podcast! I have worn many creative hats in my life and I recently decided, in addition to seeing patients in my private practice, why not do what I love most for a wider audience: disseminate leading-edge information that awakens, transforms and heals, and dialogue with really smart, deeply thoughtful researchers, clinicians, and academics. This inaugural episode introduces integrative psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology—two potent...