Episode 31 :: Dr. Peter Strong :: Mindfulness Meditation Therapy

| September 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

Dr. Peter Strong

Dr. Peter Strong speaks with us about Mindfulness Meditation Therapy, and his new book The Path of Mindfulness Meditation.

Before we get started with today’s interview, I wanted to say thank you to Josh, Stanford, and others who’ve gone out to the website in the past week or two, and taken the time to click on Contact. Reading emails from listeners who are getting something positive out of this podcast, out of finding a like minded community of people who share our secular approach, is what makes this effort worthwhile. I also wanted to say welcome to the many people who have joined us on the FaceBook fan page in the past few weeks, it’s been terrific to have you join in the discussions, and thank you for your energy and interest. This is about you, for you, and I’m very grateful to have you here. Welcome to the Secular Buddhist community.

I would also like to mention we have a growing list of Meetup groups specifically for secular Buddhism, the newest being the Cambridge Secular Buddhists in Cambridge, MA. If you’re out that way, please consider joining the group and supporting them in their meetings. You can find a link to them and others on the web page for The Secular Buddhist podcast, www.thesecularbuddhist.com, under Resources, Practice Centers.

Moving onto our interview for today, Peter Strong, Ph.D is a scientist and Buddhist psychotherapist, based in Boulder, Colorado, who specializes in the study of mindfulness and its application in Mindfulness Psychotherapy. He trained in the US and the UK and developed the methods of Mindfulness Meditation Therapy and the use of Experiential Imagery-based Psychotherapy. He uses mindfulness-based psychotherapy for individuals to treat anxiety, depression, phobias, grief and post-traumatic stress. He teaches mindfulness techniques to help couples overcome habitual patterns of reactivity that cause interpersonal conflict. Peter also offers teaching seminars to groups and companies with an employee wellness program and interest in stress management.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Colorado Bulldog in honor of our guest living in Colorado. The recipe is on the web page for this episode.

:: Discuss this episode ::

 

Quotes

“Meditation is the focussed application of conscious awareness on an object… Samatha is like taking a vacation from the mind, vipassana is diving into the mind.” — Dr. Peter Strong

 

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Music for This Episode

Shakuhachi Meditations

Shakuhachi Meditations

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez’s CD, Shakuhachi Meditations. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Cross of Light

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Ted Meissner

About the Author ()

Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Quiet Lake says:

    I’ve been listening to the Secular Buddhist podcast on and off for about a year but this episode was the one that motivated me to register on the website so I could leave a message.

    I really appreciated the depth and clarity of the discussion and listened to the podcast over again right after reaching the end. I’ve added it to my favorites and will be listening to it again.

    This is a great introduction to mindfulness and I will recommend it to my friends.

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