“Righteous Response for BLM,” Ruth King
In this free offering from the app Liberate, Ruth King leads a meditation for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) practitioners to offer an uplifting and supportive space for processing emotional responses to violence against Black people. All feelings are welcome, whether grief or righteous fury. As she connects with ancestors and wise mentors, King guides listeners to “invite in the losses of our time and the losses of timeless time,” allowing those who have been harmed “to rest in our arms.”
Your Undivided Attention (Episode 19), “The Fake News of Your Own Mind”
It’s not your fault that it’s so hard to put down your phone. Your Undivided Attention, produced by the San Francisco-based nonprofit Center for Humane Technology, exposes how technology companies compete to seize our attention, preying on the negativity bias that keeps us on their apps longer (and makes their investors more money). In this episode, Insight Meditation teachers Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman talk about the role that mind-training could (and should!) play in the creation of ethical technology. They suggest how technology can be used to awaken rather than to delude our minds, inclining us toward wholesome thought patterns with the help of algorithms.
Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US, Buddhist teacher and author Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel launched this podcast in order to investigate (but not definitively answer) questions such as these: How do we navigate our lives in the midst of uncertainty? What is the purpose of spirituality? How can we accommodate both the beauty and the pain of life? Namgyel approaches these questions in a grounded way, making them feel less existential and more practical: how do we find peace in the face of suffering?
Savvy Psychologist (Episode 284), “Can Mindfulness Ease Childbirth Pain? A Neuroscientist Says Yes”
Our brains are wired to protect us, but the intensity of pain during childbirth can trigger fear even when nothing is amiss. The pain may bring with it catastrophic thoughts, and we may imagine that the pain will never end. On this podcast, neuroscientist Emiliana Simon-Thomas from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center shares evidence-based research indicating that body-scan meditations during childbirth can make birth givers and their partners more comfortable by encouraging them to notice pain as a sensation rather than a signal of impending death. Body scans can help us focus on what is actually going on instead of what we fear (or hope) may happen.
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