Episode 254 :: Loch Kelly :: Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness

| August 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Loch Kelly

Imagine you’ve been through a pretty rough time in your life, with a series of tragic losses and changes, all in a short amount of time. Sound familiar? Many people have had that unfortunate experience, and sometimes there’s another experience which profoundly shifts our state of mind to something more equanimous. But what is that? Our curiosity may lead us to realms of spiritual answers from religious doctrine, but more and more these explorations are also leading to scientific discovery in the company of our contemplative practice.

Loch Kelly, M.Div, LCSW is an educator, consultant, and leader in the field of meditation and psychotherapy who was asked to teach meditation by Mingyur Rinpoche and Adyashanti. The founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, he is an emerging voice in modernizing meditation, social outreach, and collaborating with neuroscientists to study how awareness training can enhance well-being.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Purple Passion Punch.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of this podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. You can visit his website to hear more of his music, get the full discography, and view his upcoming tour dates.

Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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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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