Conversations with the Wise: Ruth King

Awakening Joy's James Baraz recently sat down with Ruth King, a mindfulness teacher, author & life coach. She is on the Teacher’s Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and is the founder of Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community in Charlotte, NC. Her books include Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible and Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out (arriving June 2018). “One of the things I’m trying to encourage is that we can use this practice to begin to investigate our conditioning so that we can change our relationship to this stimuli or this numbness that some of us have. My prayer is that we get educated around our conditioning at a …

Conversations with the Wise: Sylvia Boorstein

Awakening Joy's James Baraz recently sat down with Sylvia Boorstein, a best-selling author, psychotherapist and founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Sylvia is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include Happiness is an Inside Job; It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist; Don't Just Do Something, Sit There; and Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness. “Mindfulness is being alert moment to moment to see clearly what’s really happening so that we will be able to respond in a way that will not create suffering for ourselves or others." For the full …

Conversations with the Wise: Terry Patten

James Baraz recently interviewed Terry Patten, a philosopher, author, activist, social entrepreneur, consultant and coach. He is the author of A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries. He worked with Ken Wilber as part of a core team at Integral Institute to develop the book, Integral Life Practice, which distills ancient and modern practices into an intelligent, contemporary transformational lifestyle. "Our crimes against the young at the level of environmental and fiscal irresponsibility are going to become political issues and I think we will have an opportunity and responsibility to bring our support. We in the older generation need to take some risk with our time and money to support the younger generation." For the full interview, visit https://awakeningjoy.info/conversationsPatten.php https://youtu.be/_1okR7J2lX8

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Calling All Eco-Sattvas

Impermanence, anicca in Pali, is the underlying fact of reality upon which the Buddha based his teachings of liberation. Things change. Accepting change and being willing to let go of what was is often seen as a great challenge. But there is a more inspirational aspect of change that the Buddha also taught: Human beings can wake up from their ignorance to see things in a new way. This can happen not only individually, but also culturally. Entrenched conventional ignorance can undergo a paradigm shift and transform into a new, clearer way of understanding. Change based in greater wisdom and compassion can sometimes seem to move at a glacial pace. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The arc of the moral universe …

Conversations with the Wise: Dacher Keltner

James Baraz recently interviewed Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley where he directs the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab. He is also the founder and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, a cutting edge interdisciplinary research center that is devoted to the scientific understanding of individual happiness, compassion, strong social bonding, and altruistic behavior. Keltner is the author of Born to Be Good and The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. "Women are rising to positions of power in unprecedented fashion. This is a reason for serious optimism. In addition, the new generation seems less materialistic than the previous one. That gives me hope." For the full conversation go to www.awakeningjoy.info and click on “Conversations with the Wise.” https://youtu.be/mwo8yzkmziY

Conversations with the Wise: Bob Doppelt

James Baraz recently interviewed Bob Doppelt, a leading environmental and sustainability expert who coordinates the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC), a network of more than 300 mental health, trauma treatment, and resilience-building professionals working to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual resilience in response to the traumas and toxic stresses generated by climate change. Doppelt is the author of Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing and From Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life. "Systems push back hardest when they’re on the verge of change because there is a desire to maintain the status quo. It is very possible if we have the …

Conversations with the Wise: Julia Butterfly Hill

James Baraz interviewed Julia Butterfly Hill, an environmental activist best known for having lived in an ancient redwood tree for more than two years in the late 1990s. She is the author of "The Legacy of Luna" and "A Course in Courage": "I feel fear, but I don’t let my fear stop me. I feel rage and anger because that’s my natural response to places and people and animals I love being decimated. I feel all of these feelings that are part of the human experience but what we choose to do with those feelings makes all the difference. What's going on now is putting things right in front of people’s faces and we have to deal with it. It’s …

Conversations with the Wise: Frank Ostaseski

We learn compassion as we see that we are not alone in our suffering. A classical teaching encourages us to remember every day that suffering is part of life. Everyone is subject to loss and gain, illness and death. Whether you are going through a period full of blessings or full of challenges, remember that they’re both part of our life’s curriculum. With gratitude for just being alive and learning along the way, every moment counts. James Baraz interviewed Frank Ostaseski, founder of the Metta Institute, co-founder of Zen Hospice Project, and author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully, as part of a series called "Conversations with the Wise": “Mature hope requires clear intention but …

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Conversations with the Wise: Linda Graham

Often we want to contribute to society in some way but it’s hard to take the first step. Will our efforts make a difference? James Baraz interviewed Linda Graham, MFT - Resources for Recovering Resilience who teaches nationwide on the integration of mindfulness, relational psychology, and neuroscience as part of a series called "Conversations with the Wise": “When we do one scary thing a day we can train the brain to overcome inertia or anxiety with an action. We train ourselves to respond rather than stay scared. To do something small is fine—that’s how the world changes. When we take wise action from a full, loving heart it makes a difference. Every choice has an impact.” https://youtu.be/ZOpf9WAdq2s For the full conversation go to …

Conversations with the Wise: Thanissara

Awakening Joy's James Baraz recently interviewed Thanissara, meditation teacher, social and environmental activist, mindfulness psychotherapist and co-author of Listening to the Heart as part of a series called "Conversations with the Wise": "If we’re going to take on forces that are trying to destroy the whole planet—and we should make no mistake about it, that’s actually what is happening—some of this consciousness is so devoid of humane empathy that they would rather take down and destroy everything before they let go of their power—shouldn’t we be responding collectively and standing for the values that we hold dear? "To feel anger when someone is overwhelming your boundaries is a natural reaction but when it turns into dwelling in hatred it’s like, as Nelson …