Episode 68 :: Stephen Schettini :: It Begins with Silence

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Stephen Schettini

Stephen Schettini speaks with us about his new book, It Begins with Silence – The Art of Mindful Reflection.

Meditation can be very challenging, not the least of which is understanding what it is we’re trying to do. Empty the mind, use the mind, both, or neither? Seeing that meditation can be many things can help that particular part of our practice. It is inclusive of the attention of mindfulnes, and the reflection of what’s happening in the discursive mind. And it helps for us to remember that it really is a component of an overall practice, that meditation is not all of what we do as part of The Practice.

It is certainly a part that gets a great deal of attention in our culture. But, as our returning guest today Stephen Schettini points out, “meditation is a chaotic affair”, and it helps if we make it a part of ourselves. That’s only going to happen if we find the practice enjoyable and enriching in our lives.

Stephen is the founder and director of Quiet Mind Seminars. He’s led hundreds of meditation workshops in the Montreal area since 2003 through www.thequietmind.org, and has contributed columns regularly to local newspapers and to The Suburban, Quebec’s largest English-language weekly. He also freelanced for the Montreal Gazette. Stephen made a living in print communications and over the next 20 years authored, co-authored, illustrated, and designed dozens of books on information technology and health science.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Cherry Blossom Green tea.

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“Meditation is a chaotic affair.” — Stephen Schettini




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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:

  • Chaniwa

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Category: Book Reviews, 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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