Dr. Peter Strong
Dr. Peter Strong speaks with us about Mindfulness Meditation Therapy, and his new book The Path of Mindfulness Meditation.
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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.
“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
Music for This Episode
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