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Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. He wrote the bestselling book, "10% Happier," started an app -- "10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" -- and now, in this podcast, Dan talks with smart people about whether there's anything beyond 10%. Basically, here's what this podcast is obsessed with: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)? New episodes every Wednesday morning.
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As far as meditation teachers go, they don't come more highly regarded than our guest this week, Jack Kornfield. Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. You might think this meditation master is unflappable, but you would be mistaken. Kornfield discusses how he, one of the preeminent teachers in the field, still encounters difficult times, including how his marriage ended in divorce. He also delves into the role psychedelics play in the mindfulness movement.Plug ZoneWebsite: https://jackkornfield.com/Books: https://jackkornfield.com/books-audio-programs/Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/heart-wisdom-with-jack-kornfield/id923017416Twitter: @JackKornfieldFacebook: @jkornfield, https://www.facebook.com/jkornfield/***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326
For Christine Porath, meditation was one way of coping with a toxic work environment. Her own experience, paired with watching her father suffer a serious health scare tied to his own harmful workplace atmosphere, led to her interest in researching civility in the workplace. She shares with us her findings, such as how working with uncivil co-workers can drive down morale as well as performance, and she presents data on the real-world financial consequences of incivility in the workplace. Porath is the author of "Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace" and co-author of "The Cost of Bad Behavior."Plug ZoneWebsite: http://www.christineporath.com/Books: https://www.amazon.com/Christine-Porath/e/B01NCOGEER%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_shareTwitter: @PorathCTed Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/christine_porath_why_being_nice_to_your_coworkers_is_good_for_business***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326
Peter Attia is the founder of Attia Medical, PC, a medical practice focusing on the applied science of longevity. In other words, his practice aims to increase the length of one's life, while simultaneously improving the quality. He explains how happiness, or emotional well-being, can help accomplish both and he recommends meditation as one way to achieve that emotional well-being. He knows this first hand; emotionally describing the personal struggles he overcame to transform himself into the person he is today. Discussing both his personal and professional beliefs he tells Dan, "Even If being happier didn't extend your life one day, even if it shortened your life a day, wouldn't it be worth it?"Plug ZoneWebsite: https://peterattiamd.com/The Peter Attia Drive Podcast: https://peterattiamd.com/podcast/Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @PeterAttiaMD***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326
Bonus Meditation with Sharon Salzberg, Walking Meditation
At 43 years old, Byron Katie was unhappily married, suffered from depression and agoraphobia and was addicted to codeine and alcohol. In fact, she felt so much self-hatred, she slept on the floor believing she did not deserve a bed. Yet in the midst of her crisis, she awoke one morning in a halfway house, with a sense of pure joy. A switch had been flipped and all her suffering disappeared. It had become evident to her that her thoughts were causing all her emotional pain and she had finally broken free. Katie believes she has been given a gift and now spends her life trying to help end suffering for others.Plug ZoneThe Work of Byron Katie: https://thework.com/Books: https://www.amazon.com/Byron-Katie/e/B001H6S8B4Twitter: @ByronKatieFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theworkofbyronkatie/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8dvufocK9zM6KnkronGbzAThe Work App: https://thework.com/the-work-app/***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326
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.Plug ZoneWebsite: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/Social Media: @sharonsalzbergTen Percent Happier ResourcesLoving-kindness + Walking meditation: https://10percenthappier.app.link/cnjzzwHvhX***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326
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.Plug ZoneThe Dempsey Center: https://www.dempseycenter.org/The Dempsey Challenge: https://www.dempseycenter.org/dempsey-challenge/***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326
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.Suicide Prevention Resources:http://www.bethe1to.com/If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one help is available.Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK], or text TALK to 741-741 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org - for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day 7 days a week.Even if it feels like it – you are not alone.If a person says they are considering suicide:Take the person seriouslyStay with themHelp them remove lethal meansCall the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7Escort them to mental health services or an emergency roomPlug ZoneDean Valoras Blog: https://rocktherisingblue.wordpress.com/CBS Sunday Morning Special: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-lost-girls-diary-alexandra-valoras/Ten Percent Happier MeditationJoseph Goldstein's Self Compassion:https://10percenthappier.app.link/rl7xRtFOiX***VOICEMAILS***Have a question for Dan? Leave us a voicemail: 646-883-8326
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
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mahmood hasan

good

Sep 11th
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Em

Dan wasn't open to this interview at all. Quite disappointing.

Aug 26th
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Kayla Fowler

she's just describing CBT, I don't understand why this is being given a platform. 🤷

Aug 26th
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Ivan Kovalenko

☕️

Aug 23rd
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Em

amazing episode. feels likes two masters sharing insights together

Jul 31st
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elin moen

Love the meditation 😍

Jul 23rd
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Em

The best conversation. This whole hour and a half is sooo worth it!

Jul 14th
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Jule

Dont look for peace in the external reality

Jul 6th
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Sindhuja Rao

Jule 👍

Jul 6th
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Teresa Duhl

I would love a discussion of grudges and how to release them. Often the person against whom the grudge is held is untouchable b/c either they have not earned the trust needes to have a vilnerable conversation ("what you did hurt") or they simply are not physically in your life any more.

Jul 3rd
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Jens Emil Asp

pmoioo

Jun 27th
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mike

I was pleased that this went beyond the old materialist paradigm that does a very slow death in the wake of quantum reality. however I wished they would have taken the next big step. consciousness as fundamental rather than so called matter. science went wrong when it went down the materialist deterministic path. but on our level it certainly seemed plausible. not so much anymore, in fact it doesn't work on the quantum level

Jun 14th
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Samantha McAtear

Great interview!

Jun 14th
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Samantha McAtear

This'd be much better to listen to without the swears beeped out in my opinion.

Jun 14th
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Edson José Cortiano

Suggestions for guests: lucid dreaming teachers, such as Robert Waggoner and Andrew Holecek.

Jun 13th
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Spiritdove

i dont agree with Dali Lamma .. religions can be very destructive. its not like food.. cutting off heads or saying your going to hell if your not in it is not right actions.. So I say hes totally wrong on this issue to stay in a religion.

Jun 5th
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Harman Bagha

You can meditate for decades but that doesn't mean your sexuality is gone. You have the possibility of turning this into the catholic church and allnthe pedophilia. Dont repress sexuality but dont do it with your students obviously.

Jun 1st
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Amanda de la Port

sounds like a crock of shit. 1st 10 % podcast I haven't enjoyed.

May 26th
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Harman Bagha

Many things he describes sounds a lot like hypnosis. Not sure if there is a nexus between meditation and hypnosis.

May 19th
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Tetyana Shymanchuk

Greatful for such an interesting podcast and interview in particular

May 16th
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Harman Bagha

I like 10% happier app better than headspace. 10% has Joseph Goldstein and other great teachers. Can't stand the accent of the dude on headspace.

May 9th
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