Jennifer Dumpert · Liminal Dreaming

Meet Jennifer Dumpert: a San Francisco-based dreamer, lecturer, and author of Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edge of Sleep. And that’s what we do today! We drop like stones into the sleepy space between dreams and ordinary waking consciousness, and then attempt to re-combobulate afterwards into coherent human beings.

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Sebene Selassie · The Four Elements

Sebene is a meditation teacher, integral coach, Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT) practitioner and author of You Belong: A Call for Connection. She’s also one of the most popular teachers on the Ten Percent Happier meditation app.

Sebene guides us through the four elements of earth, fire, water, and air. This practice is both powerful and practical. Sebene shows us how to harness the elements to balance our minds and bodies, and how the elements help us understand different aspects of who we are and how we connect to the world around us. A grounding journey into, in Sebene’s words, “our own indigeneity.”

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John Prendergast · The Deep Heart

John is the author of The Deep Heart: Our Portal to Presence, a book that explores “the convergence of psychological healing and spiritual awakening.” For John, this happens most clearly and powerfully in the depths of the heart. How do we sensitize ourselves to this subtle space? This is our guide’s expertise. John shows us how to rest in the heart as a way to appreciate and embody a different way of knowing and relating. We ask our hearts about our core limiting beliefs, and what it might mean to no longer believe them.

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Debora Joy · Freeing the Voice

In today’s episode we’re joined by Debora Joy, a delightful voice coach who has worked on popular TV series like Handmade’s Tale and Star Trek: Discovery. Debora guides us through an array of voice exercises, all of them meant to free us from the shackles of bodily restriction.

We learn how the way we speak reflects our conditioning, and how opening up our voice can change who we are.

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Tracee Stanley • Radiant Rest

Today our explorer-in-residence is Tracee Stanley, a longtime student and teacher of Yoga and Tantra, and author of Radiant Rest: Yoga Nidra for Deep Relaxation and Awakened Clarity. We’ve explored rest before on this pod, but not quite like this! When we sit and attempt to let go, what gets in the way? What messages about safety and worthiness are hiding in our nervous system?

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Therese Jornlin · Breath as Medicine

Today we’re joined by Jeff’s good friend Therese Jornlin, teacher of meditation, yoga, and qi gong. Therese re-introduces us to our breath as both medicine and guide. The breath can show us where we’re stuck and it can show us how to find a way through.

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David Spiegel • Hypnosis

Are you hypnotizable? Find out in this week’s episode! We’re joined by Stanford psychiatry professor Dr. David Spiegel, an expert in the clinical use of hypnosis. ⁠

We explore the neurobiology of hypnosis, how it’s different from meditation, and the potential of hypnosis to help with all kinds of health conditions, from addiction to chronic pain to anxiety. ⁠

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Valerie Mason-John • Addiction & Self-Compassion

Today we’re joined by UK-based Valerie Mason-John, also known as Vimalasara, a leader in the field of mindfulness for addiction and trauma.

This episode is about the ways we get disconnected from our bodies and our lives, and the role self-compassion can play in bringing us home. We explore this in the context of our addictions – even addictions we don’t realize are addictions, like – in Vimalasara’s words – “stinking thinking” and technology. And we explore it in the context of contemporary challenges like coronavirus, and the institutional racism and violence directed to Black bodies.

For Vimalasara, the medicine is self-compassion – delivered with fierceness and strength. She guides us into a 16-minute meditation she calls the “5 basic needs of the heart.”

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Donna Ray · The Feldenkrais Method

Meet psychotherapist and Feldenkrais teacher Donna Ray. In this episode, she makes us move! Ok, more like she makes us sit in chairs and roll our eyes and turn our heads a bit and suddenly everything feels better. Welcome to the subtle art of micro-movement!

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Tatianna Morales · Tarot & the Imagination

Today we hang out with the incomparable Tatianna Morales – aka @tatiannatarot – a Brooklyn-born spiritualist, priestess, and Tarot diviner! Together, we plunge into the imagination, learning how the age-old tradition of reading Tarot cards can give us insight into our personalities and our life situations.

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Shinzen Young · Spontaneous Thinking

Meet Shinzen Young, a long-time instructor of mindfulness, author of The Science of Enlightenment, and now co-director of the “Science-Enhanced Mindful Awareness” or SEMA Lab at the University of Arizona. Shinzen is Jeff’s OG meditation teacher. He is both a scholar of comparative mysticism and a highly creative designer of strange and beautiful (and practical) meditation techniques.

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Rima Dib · Unconscious Bias

Today we’re joined by Rima Dib, a good friend of Tasha and Jeff’s who also happens to be an expert in unconscious bias and anti-oppression education. Rima teaches workshops about difference – race, age, gender, sexual preference, ability – to people around the planet. And she makes it fun. Is this possible? Yes, it turns out! We laughed our asses off. In Rima’s words, “If it gets too heavy, we’re gonna want to put it down. By keeping it light, we can carry it longer.”

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Angelo DiLullo • Direct Pointing

Our guest today is Angelo DiLullo, a medical doctor and author of a fine book called Awake: It’s Your Turn. Angelo points directly to the true nature of self / consciousness / or whatever you want to call this bizarre ululating mystery we all seem to be living inside. He probably wouldn’t even say he “teaches” this, since all he does for his guided practice is describe his own experience of operating in a world without a sense of a panicked separate self running around going “I gotta get more stuff!”

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Ev’Yan Whitney • The Sensual Self

In this episode (the last episode of Season 1!) we get slow and personal with Ev’Yan Whitney, sexuality doula, podcast host, and author of The Sensual Self. “Sensuality” often gets lumped in with sexuality… Ev’Yan wants to change that, to tease apart these two aspects of being human and demonstrate how everyone can connect with a more sensual version of themselves.

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