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  • World-renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg recently faced a very serious health scare and a true test of her decades of practice. In this very candid conversation Sharon tells us what happened to her, how her mindfulness training took over to help her get through the crisis and the lessons she learned coming perilously close to death.

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    Website: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/
    Social Media: @sharonsalzberg

    Ten Percent Happier Resources
    Loving-kindness + Walking meditation: https://10percenthappier.app.link/cnjzzwHvhX

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  • Patrick Dempsey is not just a pretty face. Sure he's widely known for playing McDreamy, aka Dr. Derek Shepherd, on ABC’s Grey's Anatomy, but that hardly scratches the surface. A meditator since the 1980's, he's used the practice to find the right state of mind for both his acting and professional race car driving. He's even traveled to India to further his practice. His mental training proved valuable during his mother’s battle with ovarian cancer, and he has since been inspired to start the Dempsey Center, which "makes life better for people managing the impact of cancer." In this enlightening conversation, he explains how mindfulness is a driving force in every aspect of his life.

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    The Dempsey Center: https://www.dempseycenter.org/
    The Dempsey Challenge: https://www.dempseycenter.org/dempsey-challenge/

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  • On March 19th of last year, Dean Valoras' life changed forever. That is the day he lost his teenage daughter Alexandra to suicide. Alexandra was an intelligent, successful, highly-motivated high school student. Externally she appeared happy and excited for the future, but that did not match how she felt internally. Alexandra kept secret journals where she wrote about feeling like a failure. In this episode, Dean shares the story of Alexandra in hopes of helping others and he discusses his meditation practice and other tools he’s using to help him move forward.

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    Dean Valoras Blog: https://rocktherisingblue.wordpress.com/
    CBS Sunday Morning Special: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-lost-girls-diary-alexandra-valoras/

    Ten Percent Happier Meditation
    Joseph Goldstein's Self Compassion:
    https://10percenthappier.app.link/rl7xRtFOiX

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  • Human beings are wired for social connection. Sadly, thanks in large part to the internet, mobile phones and social media, we are seeing an increase in social isolation. Zen teacher and psychotherapist Koshin Paley Ellison refers to this diminishing of social interaction and intimacy with other individuals as Zombieland. In our conversation, and in his book "Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up," he hopes to help others rediscover their values and discover a way to truly live life to the fullest. Plug ZoneWeb: https://zencare.org/Books: Wholehearted: https://www.amazon.com/Wholehearted-Slow-Down-Help-Wake/dp/1614295255/ref=sr_1_1?crid=KDFHIQH761J0&keywords=wholehearted+slow+down%2C+help+out%2C+wake+up+by+koshin+paley+ellison&qid=1563975290&s=gateway&sprefix=wholehearted%2Caps%2C127&sr=8-1Awake at the Bedside: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1614291195/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1Zencare Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/zencare-podcasts/id369948549Instagram: @koshinpaleyellisonTwitter: @koshinpaleyFacebook: @koshinpaley***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326

  • We all encounter stress, but what we sometimes overlook is that stress can be useful, it is, after all, built into us by evolution. Our guest this week teaches how to distinguish between good and bad stress and how to make it work for us. Modupe Akinola is Associate Professor of Management at Columbia Business School where she conducts research on how certain environments can induce stress and how this stress can impact performance both positively and negatively. It was her own emotional stressors which led her to explore meditation. Quickly recognizing its benefits, Akinola took the plunge and traveled to India to further her practice. Modupe talks about her meditation journey, embracing emotions, unconscious bias and details her research dealing with police officers and bias and the link between depression and creativity.

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    Website: https://www.modupeakinola.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/modupe-akinola-5300b735
    Twitter: @ProfAkinola

    Ten Percent Happier Resources:
    The new Stress Better course with Modupe Akinola
    Web: https://www.tenpercent.com/stress
    App: https://10percenthappier.app.link/stress-better-sms

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  • If there was such a thing as a mind-ectomy or a mind transplant, our guest this week, Sylvia Boorstein, tells us she would have had it, confiding, "I need a mind that doesn't make up worries about something that didn't even happen yet." She calls herself "a life-long worrier, an inveterate fretter." Yet this very same person is an accomplished author, psychotherapist, Buddhist teacher, co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Years ago, on her first meditation retreat, she received news that her father had been diagnosed with a form of cancer. She remembers feeling devastated, but not hysterical or overwhelmed. It was in that moment she realized how meditation had prepared her to deal with life's challenges differently. Through her captivating story-telling, Boorstein explains how she has achieved “poise of mind” and is able to manage life more gracefully.

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    Website: http://www.sylviaboorstein.com/
    About: http://www.sylviaboorstein.com/about
    Books: http://www.sylviaboorstein.com/books

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  • An athlete as a kid, a devastating sports injury would change James Clear's life forever. While a sophomore in high school, a baseball bat struck Clear in the face, resulting in massive head trauma. He would need to relearn very basic skills to function as himself again. Bit by bit, he started forming small habits which over time resulted in big changes. Today, he is the author of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones.

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    About: https://jamesclear.com/
    Book: https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits

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  • Most kids are not spending their time in solitude exploring the abilities of the mind. In that way, Narayan Liebenson was not like most kids. Fascinated with the mind since a young age, she has led a life studying meditation in different traditions. Her training over the past forty years includes study with meditation masters in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan traditions. In 1985, Liebenson co-founded the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, which describes itself as "an urban refuge and teaching center for all who seek inner peace through the liberating practice of Insight Meditation." She is also the author of the recently released book, "The Magnanimous Heart: Compassion and Love, Loss and Grief, Joy and Liberation." In it, and in our discussion, she describes how to move from the "constant squeeze" of suffering to a direct experience of what she calls "enough-ness." We also discuss how that concept relates to the Buddhist teaching of "Hungry ghosts," creatures with huge stomachs and tiny mouths, who always remain hungry.

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    New Book "The Magnanimous Heart: Compassion and Love, Loss and Grief, Joy and Liberation"
    https://www.amazon.com/Magnanimous-Heart-Compassion-Grief-Liberation/dp/1614294852
    Cambridge Insight Meditation Center: https://cambridgeinsight.org/about/teachers/
    To donate to the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center: https://cambridgeinsight.org/generosity/unrestricted-gift-dana/

    Ten Percent Happier Meditation – Oren Jay Sofer's Practicing Kindness:
    https://10percenthappier.app.link/3nu2IRiOiX

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  • Jerry Colonna is the CEO and co-founder of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm committed to the notion that better humans make better leaders. For nearly 20 years, he has used the knowledge gained as an investor, executive, and board member for more than 100 organizations to help entrepreneurs and others lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity. Colonna is a certified professional coach, who draws on a wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to improve their performance and satisfaction. Plug ZoneCompany: https://www.reboot.io/Book: Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up: https://www.rebootbyjerry.com/Event at the Rubin Museum with Dan Harris & Jerry Colonna 7/10https://rubinmuseum.org/events/event/jerry-colonna-dan-harris-07-10-2019Twitter: @jerrycolonnaTen Percent Happier Meditation - Sharon Salzberg's Dressing Up The Inner Critic:https://10percenthappier.app.link/2sFkPUVNiX***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326

  • Chris Ruane has been a member of the British Parliament for more than 20 years. As a meditation and mindfulness practitioner, he wanted to share the benefits of these practices with his colleagues in government. In 2013, he set up free mindfulness classes in the UK Parliament. Since then, more than 150 British Members of Parliament and peers have received mindfulness training, along with 250 members of their staff. Jamie Bristow serves as Director of The Mindfulness Initiative, which was founded in 2013 to support British politicians in forming the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness (MAPPG), a cross party group dedicated to developing public policy on mindfulness in health, education, criminal justice and the workplace. Ruane and Bristow have joined forces to bring mindfulness techniques to legislators around the world, hoping it will lead to more thoughtful decision-making and constructive dialogues between opposing political parties.

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    Chris Ruane Bio: http://oxfordmindfulness.org/people/chris-ruane/
    Chris Ruane Email Address: ruanec@parliament.uk
    Chris Ruane Twitter: https://twitter.com/Chris_RuaneMP
    Jamie Bristow Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamiebristow
    The Mindfulness Initiative: https://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org/

    Ten Percent Happier Meditation - Jeff Warren's Training the Mind: https://10percenthappier.app.link/Sx7HisBOiX

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  • As a child Annaka Harris suffered from migraines. Searching for ways to cope with that pain, she became curious - wondering "what is this pain" and "where is it coming from?" The line of questioning shifted her perspective and propelled her into a quest of understanding the mystery of consciousness. Harris takes us with her on this quest in our interview and in her book Conscious, which looks at the many definitions of consciousness and challenges long-held assumptions about this complicated concept.

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    Website: https://annakaharris.com/about/
    Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind: https://annakaharris.com/conscious/
    I Wonder: https://annakaharris.com/i-wonder/
    Twitter: @annakaharris

    Meditation From Joseph Goldstein on Ten Percent Happier "Turbo-Charge Your Meditation" aka, Busy Life Meditation: https://10percenthappier.app.link/o431sZ4XWW

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  • Diana Winston first learned about meditation as a kid, but it wasn’t until she traveled to Asia following college that her practice really took off. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma! Thankfully for us, she has returned to mainstream society where we can learn from her teachings. She’s been called one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness and has taught mindfulness for 20 years at hospitals, universities, corporations, non-profits, and schools in the US and Asia. Currently she is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Semel Institute’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) and the co-author of Fully Present, the Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. She is also the author of Wide Awake for teens, and has published numerous articles on mindfulness. In our conversation, Winston shares stories from her own practice, including her time as a Buddhist nun, as well as what she calls her most challenging and rewarding practice - trying to mindfully parent her nine-year-old daughter.

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    Website: http://www.dianawinston.com/about_me.html
    The Little Book of Being: http://www.dianawinston.com/
    UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: www.uclahealth.org/marc
    Twitter: @dianawinston
    “Just This” Talk by Diana Winston in the Ten Percent Happier app: https://10percenthappier.app.link/EPje4jnDXW


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  • It’s hard to deny our society’s increasing dependence on, if not addiction to, email, apps and social media. If we recognize it as a problem, then how do we fix it? Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University and the author of the New York Times bestseller: Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Newport writes about our growing dependency on technology and its negative consequences. From deleting apps on your phone to spending time alone with your thoughts, Newport provides valuable steps to break away from our increasing digital dependency.

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    Website: http://www.calnewport.com/
    Digital Minimalism: http://www.calnewport.com/books/digital-minimalism/

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  • Daniel M. Ingram sparked controversy in the Buddhist world when he declared himself to be an arahat, the term commonly used for a person who has reached the final stage of enlightenment. In this week's episode, Ingram responds to his critics and details what he experienced during the course of this journey. He also talks about his book, Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, which aims to help people navigate their path to enlightenment, which he insists is an attainable goal for any of us.

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    Website: http://integrateddaniel.info/
    Book: https://www.mctb.org/
    Twitter: @danielmingram
    Additional sites: https://firekasina.org/
    https://www.dharmaoverground.org

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  • Helen Tworkov first encountered Buddhism in Nepal during the 1960's and has studied in both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. She has also studied with Mingyur Rinpoche, a well-known Tibetan Buddhist meditation master. Together they have written the book "In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying." The book details Rinpoche’s intimate account of his three year journey away from his monastery and the near-death experience that allowed him to gain life-changing wisdom.

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    Tricycle: https://tricycle.org/
    Book: https://www.amazon.com/Love-World-Journey-Through-Bardos/dp/0525512535

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  • Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston and has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is also the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her TED Talk "The power of vulnerability" has been viewed nearly 40 million times and Netflix has just released her special, "Call to Courage." In these speeches, and in our conversation, Brown explains why you can’t have courage without vulnerability.

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    Website: https://brenebrown.com/
    TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en
    Netflix Special: https://www.netflix.com/brenebrown

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  • At just 21 years old Marc Lesser took a year-long leave from his education to explore meditation. His one year leave would turn into 10 when he became the director of the first Zen monastery in the western world. He’s a Zen priest, an avid meditator and teacher, the author of several books and has been the CEO of several companies including his current company, which aims to integrate business practices with mindfulness - also the focal point of his new book Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen.

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    Website: https://www.marclesser.net/

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  • Suffering from his own long battle with depression, social scientist and author Johann Hari yearned for a greater understanding of what caused it and what might help combat it. Hari set out on a journey to not only meet the leading experts on depression, but to observe how other parts of the world treat it. He breaks down his research into the biological, psychological and social causes of depression and presents several fascinating studies from around the world. The Plug ZoneWebsite: https://2018.johannhari.com/Twitter: @johannhari101 ***VOTE***Please vote for your favorite Health & Wellness podcast in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. Vote Here: http://bit.ly/10webby ***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326