Episode 282 :: Miles Kessler :: Mindfulness, Aikido, and the Integral Dojo in Tel Aviv

| November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Miles Kessler

Miles Kessler joins us to speak about the intersection of mindfulness and Aikido.

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There are principles of mindfulness, however one chooses to define or not try to define that term, which can manifest in a wide variety of human endeavors. Perhaps those most dependent on awareness, intentionality, balance, and the courageous engagement with others coming to us in conflict are good examples. Today’s guest explores how that shows up in his own teaching of martial arts.

Miles Kessler is an American teacher of Aikido (6th Dan, Aikikai), meditation, and Integral Practice. He is the founder and director of the Integral Dojo in Tel Aviv, as well as the non-profit organization Aikido Without Borders in Israel/Palestine. For close to 20 years he has been producing Aikido events such as “Aikido Practice & Inquiry”, “Integral Aikido Intensives”, “The Dead Sea Seminar”, “Meditation For Aikidoka”, and the “Aikido At The Leading Edge” tele-summit. His mission is to support people who are committed to Aikido, meditation, mindfulness, personal development, embodiment and Integral Practice.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Dragon Dharma tea.

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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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