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Thoughts and Instruction on Mindfulness in Higher Education
Ian Wickramasekera - Hypnosis: Change Your Mind, Change Reality
Feb 11 • 47 min
I really enjoy this field so much because it gives you a very practical way of investigating the spiritual mysteries of the world. so that we can gain inspiration to look deeper into ourselves. But also, it is a very practical way of helping people with…
Jim Jobson: A Journey Through Naropa’s Early Years
Feb 4 • 49 min
"So, I went to the first summer of Naropa. And, it was not cool to be like a hippie anymore. There was an aggression of turning away from society. So, we encourage students to do meditation practice, but also to cut your hair, become a member of society,…
Dungse Jampal Norbu: Cultivating the Mind with Awareness
Jan 29 • 47 min
"[Meditation] can be a little unfamiliar and scary, but it's something that we all can do. We just lean into it. Lean into the openness. What is it like to just be free? I mean, think of when you graduated college for instance—you'd been studying your…
Kate Mazuy: Healing through Wilderness & Equine Therapy
Jan 22 • 31 min
"The natural world is unconditional, and it welcomes us in whatever state we bring ourselves to it. It invites a level of presence. It sort of insists on a quality of presence, because while there's incredible stillness in the natural world there's also…
Bari Tessler: The Art of Money
Jan 14 • 55 min
Bari Tessler is encouraging people to take a more mindful and conscious approach to their relationship with money. When Tessler finished a graduate degree in Somatic Counseling, she sought financial help to help guide her career. She found that most of…
Encore Presentation: Lama Rod Owens: A Dialogue Between Love and Rage
Jan 7 • 37 min
"Dharma isn't sexy, or glamorous for me…, it’s just work. It's discipline and work, and I do it because the fruit is spaciousness; this openness. Where I can just be with my life. That spaciousness is where liberation actually happens. Over the years of…
Encore Presentation: Phillip Stanley - The Relationships Between Sense Perceptions, Concepts, and Emotions.
Dec 31, 2018 • 29 min
Naropa University presents encore presentations of our most popular and heartfelt podcasts from 2018, including Phillip Stanley talking on The Relationships Between Sense Perceptions, Concepts, and Emotions : Dr. Phillip Stanley, PhD, speaks about one of…
Encore Presentation - Dr. Itai Ivtzan: The Discovery of Meaning and Purpose
Dec 24, 2018 • 38 min
Naropa presents some of the most popular and moving episodes of MindfulU from 2018, including "The Discovery of Meaning and Purpose, with Dr. Itai Ivtzan." The disciplines of psychology and spirituality both offer us humans a gift. Psychology, being the…
Encore Presentation - Rev. angel Kyodo williams: Liberation Through Radical Dharma
Dec 17, 2018 • 35 min
While Naropa University spends some contemplative downtime with families and friends for the holidays, we present some of our most popular an moving episodes from 2018, beginning with the Rev. angel Kyodo williams… Radical dharma and mindfulness -…
Sherry Ellms: Strengthening Our Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty
Dec 10, 2018 • 34 min
How are we defining the self? Are we all getting into the real depths of the lie that we are separate, that we're separate entities? Sherry Ellms' students get to explore that separateness and realize that we've always been part of Earth. Consider this…
Richard Rudis: Therapy through Sacred Sound and Gong Baths
Dec 3, 2018 • 49 min
Richard Rudis spent years in Tibet and Nepal, and in the Himalayas, where he met many teachers and many fundamental teachings came forward. At some point, the outline of sacred sound healing became clear, and he introduced the gong once he found a…
Diane Israel: Finding Inner Healing from Body Image & Eating Issues
Nov 26, 2018 • 42 min
Diane Israel's platform is about remembering wholeness and healing the complexity of humanity. Very inspired and excited and alive by exercise, she is still very much here to move. Her movie "Beauty Mark" is "…a raw exploration of this quest for…
Jayson Gaddis: Exploring the Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships
Nov 19, 2018 • 38 min
Being a better person within the dynamics of relationships really starts with our relationship to ourselves. We constantly cultivate our amazing relationship with who we are in the context of relationships. We can learn to have a better relationship with…
Betsy Leach: Contemplative Education and Multicultural Education
Nov 12, 2018 • 38 min
Join us as we sit with Betsy Leach, Elementary Education instructor at Naropa, and discuss the multicultural aspects of public education, and how training in contemplative practices can enhance the experience for everyone. "My experience with students has…
David DeVine: An Intimate Interview and Mindful U Year in Review
Nov 5, 2018 • 48 min
Listen in to get a history of the first year of Naropa's podcast, Mindful U, via an intimate discussion with our delightful host, David DeVine. From David: "So, before I was 14, I almost became like 8 different religions. But when I turned 21 — I found…
Hunter Lovins: Sustainability, Investing in a World You Want to See
Oct 29, 2018 • 51 min
If we were to create a regenerative economy here in this region — what would it look like? People say the Colorado economy is nothing but extractive industries–mining, conventional agriculture, oil and gas–and that's what it always has been, and what it…
Richard Miller: Integrative Restoration, Yoga Nidra
Oct 22, 2018 • 51 min
What is the singular thread that runs through every spiritual tradition? Yoga nidra (nidra means "sleep" in Yoga) gives us a framework off of which to hang so many teachings. Yoga nidra is like a tree with many branches that many spiritual teachings can…
Michael Bauer: “The Discovery of Deep Community Resilience”
Oct 15, 2018 • 39 min
If we can protect top-tier predators then we can protect large wilderness areas. The United States wilderness system, the national park system, and the national forest system–which are unparalleled globally–could help us build the room in our hearts for…
Krista Tippett: On “On Being” and Speaking of Faith
Oct 8, 2018 • 36 min
"I have been thinking a lot these days in this world we inhabit about how our traditions give us companions and teachers, and that it's one of the most important things. In Buddhism, there are the lineages of teachers that are just absolutely…
Marlow Brooks: Dancing Through Life with the Five Elements
Oct 1, 2018 • 35 min
Marlow Brooks teaches a class about the human predicament of being very diverse and celebrating differences. For instance, a fire-type person likes to be out in the sun, likes heat, likes passion. Hot, firey people want to lead. They have great senses of…
John Cobb: A Contemplative Approach to Social Justice
Sep 24, 2018 • 39 min
Look at statistics about our civic literacy in this country–we're in the grip of civic illiteracy largely because not all high schools and colleges are doing enough, though some might be. Not doing enough to make civic literacy actually enough of the…
CA Conrad: Poetry, Ritual, and Creativity
Sep 17, 2018 • 45 min
Think about eco-poetics as not just a focus on degraded soil, air and water, but vibrational absence. When a species leaves the planet, they take everything with them. Their heartbeat, their flutter, their footfalls, their hooves. In the past 50 years,…
Nataraja Kallio & Ben Williams: Reining in the Wild Mind - Yoga Traditions and Studies
Sep 10, 2018 • 37 min
Kaṭha Upaniṣad is a sacred text from the Upaniṣad that describes yoga as a state of mind after the wild horses of the senses have been reined in. There is a metaphor of the body as a chariot, and horse-driven chariots were an important part of Hindu…
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni: “One Drop of Love”
Sep 4, 2018 • 36 min
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni on performing her wildly popular one-woman piece, "One Drop of Love," for the Naropa community as part of the Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture last Spring: "I have been doing this performance for 5 years, and have been in a lot of…
Zvi Ish-Shalom: Kedumah and Jewish Mysticism
Aug 27, 2018 • 35 min
Traditionally, Judaism is practiced by way of rituals. This includes actual ritualistic practices that involve ritual objects, but it also includes ritualistic prayer, as well as ritualistic forms of study, such as studying Torah in a certain way. My…
“Santuario|Sanctuary” - Children, Immigration, and the Migration of the Monarch Butterfly
Aug 20, 2018 • 34 min
There should be free movement. There's something about the monarch butterflies having freedom of flight and freedom of mobility that many humans don't have. We found out that in Mexican folklore the monarch butterflies arrive in Mexico at the very…
Susan Skjei: Training Today’s Mindful Leaders at the Authentic Leadership Center
Aug 13, 2018 • 34 min
Sometimes, especially in mid-career, we get a little stale. It’s nice to refresh by deeply and authentically getting in touch with what matters to us within our core purpose, within our values, and within why we're doing what we are doing. Part of the…
J’Lyn Chapmann: An Exploration Between Text and Image
Jul 30, 2018 • 29 min
Sometimes we take for granted that text is an image–the letters are images–and there are some writers who are very conscious of that. When we're reading a book we take for granted that the text on the page is an image, and the focus of the book is what…
Dr. Itai Ivtzan: The Discovery of Meaning and Purpose
Jul 16, 2018 • 38 min
The disciplines of psychology and spirituality both offer us humans a gift. Psychology, being the mind-oriented discipline, seems to offer us a chance to envision ourselves within our surroundings. At the same time, spirituality invites us to move beyond…
Caitlin Winkley: Life Coaching: Blending the Spiritual with the Practical
Jul 3, 2018 • 28 min
Join us as we talk about blending the spiritual with the practical, busting some myths, and providing some tips on what it means to run a business from a spiritual vantage point. When it comes to the term "life coach," or any other spirituality-based…
Stephanie Yuhas: Approaching Interspiritual Dimensions
Jun 18, 2018 • 30 min
Many people are unaware of the interspiritual dimensions of what we offer here at Naropa - the multiple dimensions that we have here. And the fact that a lot of what we've been researching and studying in the last few years is how millennials and Gen Z in…
Olivia Meikle: Gender and Women’s Studies at Naropa
Jun 4, 2018 • 33 min
It's our mission to grow more awareness of women's issues, women's voices, women's history, women's studies worldwide. We're still so far behind in knowing what we should know about the history of women in the world and their contributions, as well as the…
Deborah Bowman: Naropa’s Transpersonal Therapy Program
May 28, 2018 • 30 min
The work of Carl Jung and of Stanislav Grof - as well as many others - have been under an umbrella of "transpersonal psychology," a field that was developed in the '50s as an extension of humanistic psychology. Abraham Maslow first developed humanistic…
Chris Cole: Bipolar Order
May 21, 2018 • 32 min
There is more to bipolar than just pathology. People are familiar with bipolar as a disorder that used to be called manic-depressive disorder, or maniac depression. Bipolar Order is a declaration of that, and a necessary bridge for people meeting the…
Candace Walworth & Cynthia Drake: Interdisciplinarity–The Bricolage of a Naropa Education
May 14, 2018 • 29 min
"I think of bricolage as an approach to interdisciplinary inquiry and to meaning-making. It comes from a French word meaning to tinker, and it's sometimes associated with improvisation, and sometimes associated with "do-it-yourself." I don't like that…
Paul Bassis: The Arise Movement
May 7, 2018 • 30 min
"Da Vinci said "…motion is life." What better way to move than to some music cranking and to lift the spirit? There is something coded in our DNA - something really ancient about our need to be tribal, our need as humans to come together with other…
Barbara Catbagan: Creating Resilient Teachers for a Crazy World
Apr 30, 2018 • 29 min
How does teaching with a contemplative focus help teachers in a crazy world? When we have practiced how to love ourselves enough to stand in our own business, then we can be more empathetic to the context from which our students come. If I'm in a class…
Empowering Underserved Communities: Holistic Life Foundation
Apr 23, 2018 • 49 min
The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives…
Elaine Yuen: Engaging Our World with Contemplative Practice
Apr 16, 2018 • 30 min
How do we blend contemplative practice with service in the world? How can we extend ourselves, offer ourselves to that world in an authentic way? One where we're not burning out at the same time? How can we support people both at the peak of tragedy,…
Joey Marti: Healing Emotional Trauma Naturally with TiPi
Apr 9, 2018 • 31 min
T.I.P.I., the French acronym for “Technique d’Identification des Peurs Inconscientes,” or "Technique for the Sensory Identification of Unconscious Fears" in English, resets our emotional response to trauma naturally, using the body’s sensory memory to…
Mark Miller: Contemplative Approaches to Music and Improv
Apr 2, 2018 • 28 min
Improvisation is a wonderful contemplative practice–a mindfulness practice–a discipline that has to do with paying attention in a very precise way to what's going on in the present moment. It's about showing up–being open to whatever is happening…
Rev. angel Kyodo williams: Liberation Through Radical Dharma
Mar 26, 2018 • 35 min
Radical dharma and mindfulness - everybody is going to get a little taste of some meditation, and its great - whatever door you use to enter into practice is great. But - the conflation of mindfulness with a depthful practice that includes an ethic view…
Lauren Ciovacco: A Journey of Discovering Sanity
Mar 20, 2018 • 34 min
I remember it was after the first year I came back to Naropa–I was actually upset with my professors. I was like, "What did you all do? Whatever you offered me, I see the world in a new way now!" I was upset because I saw the world in its fullness. There…
Lama Rod Owens: A Dialogue Between Love and Rage
Mar 13, 2018 • 37 min
"Dharma isn't sexy, or glamorous for me…, it’s just work. It's discipline and work, and I do it because the fruit is spaciousness; this openness. Where I can just be with my life. That spaciousness is where liberation actually happens. Over the years of…
Anne Parker: Gross National Happiness - The Inner and Outer Practice
Mar 6, 2018 • 26 min
When people hear the words "gross national happiness," they tend to envision a sort of idealization of what's really going on in Bhutan, the country that originated the concept. I watch our students while we're in Bhutan sometimes idealize things, and…
Ian Sanderson: Survival Skills Through a Contemplative Model
Feb 27, 2018 • 29 min
Think of the martial art behind the idea of "ninja," and the associations that pop culturally in all our heads when we hear that. Ninja art is still around, and it really is an art. Ninja literally means "persevering person;" Someone who faces life and is…
Joy Redstone: Compassionate Therapy, Counseling, and Poverty.
Feb 20, 2018 • 29 min
A person can look far less healthy than they actually are in moments of extraordinary stress. When we put ourselves in another person's shoes and we have some sense of the weight and the burdens and the stresses and the different directions they're being…
Scott Rodwin: Awareness of the Built Environment
Feb 13, 2018 • 31 min
What would you see if you were looking at the world from the point of view of a person in a wheelchair? Or if you're mobility impaired, or blind, or deaf? As architects, we need to learn to look at what kind of physical environment we are creating for…
Deborah Bowman: Gestalt–Awareness Practice, Healing in the Here and Now
Feb 6, 2018 • 31 min
Gestalt therapy is a methodology one can use for therapy or for growth. I like to call it Gestalt Awareness Practice because it’s a way of working in the here and now for healing and growth. Gestalt - from German and not truly translatable into English -…
Ramon Parish: Discipline and Delight–An Embodied Education
Jan 30, 2018 • 29 min
People already know many things. People arrive at school with their own intelligence, and they come here to cultivate that intelligence through contact with one another - embodied contact with teachers, administrators, other students - as well as with…
Jeffery Pethybridge: Writing, Literature, and Contemplative Approach
Jan 16, 2018 • 29 min
There's a real diversity of tactics about how to integrate contemplative practices into the study of writing and the study of literature and the creation of those ways of being. This is about what it means to approach writing through a contemplative way.…
Richard Brown: Contemplative Teaching
Jan 2, 2018 • 31 min
At Naropa, the notion of contemplative education is about drawing out the full richness of the student as well as the teacher in the learning process. It's about utilizing different contemplative practices such as mindfulness, awareness, compassion, and…
Stephen Polk: A City By and For the People
Dec 19, 2017 • 25 min
We're going to be imagining what this ideal city might be like. There are thousands of different aspects of a city ecosystem that we could address, but I want to address just four: community ownership, ecological sensibility, economic democracy, and…
Travis Cox: Sustainability is Ecopsychology is Sustainability
Dec 5, 2017 • 28 min
Ecopsychology is a field whose goal is to bridge our cultures' long standing historical gulf between the psychological and the ecological to see the needs of the planet and the person as a continuum. Transpersonal ecopsychology is the evolving exploration…
Phillip Stanley: The Relationships Between Sense Perceptions, Concepts, and Emotions.
Nov 21, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode, Dr. Stanley delves into the real differences between sensory perception and experience, and touches on how our emotions affect what we see, and which qualities we project onto our world. Once we see that our perceptions are different fro…
Brigitte Mars: Herbal Health and Healing
Nov 7, 2017 • 27 min
Brigitte is an herbalist and nutritional consultant of Natural Health with almost fifty years of experience. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University and The School of Health Mastery in Iceland. She has taught at Omega Institute, Esalen, Kripalu,…
Scott Rodwin: Green Building 101
Oct 24, 2017 • 32 min
Scott Rodwin, Naropa University faculty teaching Building Design in the Environmental Department, is one of the leading green architects in the country. An architect and a builder, Rodwin owns and runs a 13-person design build firm in Boulder. Scott…
Jeanine Canty: Environmental Justice
Oct 17, 2017 • 30 min
Jeanine Canty is a full time and professor and chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Naropa University, which includes the MA and Resilient Leadership Program and the BA Environmental Studies major. In this episode, Canty shares on the topic,…
Judith Simmer-Brown: The Science and Practice of Compassion
Oct 11, 2017 • 25 min
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown is a Distinguished professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University. In this episode, Simmer-Brown discusses an undergraduate course she teaches at Naropa, Wisdom & Compassion: The Buddhist Path.…
Naropa President Chuck Lief: Welcome & Social Innovation
Oct 4, 2017 • 33 min
Chuck Lief is the President of Naropa University, and a long time student of Naropa's founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In this inaugural episode of MindfulU, Lief discusses his various roles at Naropa since its founding, and explains what makes Naropa…