Episode 170 :: Danny Ford :: Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: Let Go of Should

| May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments


Danny Ford

Danny Ford joins us to speak about how his own mindfulness practice has helped guide his therapy practice.

Buddhism teaches one thing: suffering and the extinguishing of it. Contemporary mental health professionals encounter the suffering of their patients on a daily basis, and just as we see in the Dhammapada, many of the problems they encounter are “mind made”. It should not be surprising that modern therapy and an ancient tradition, so closely aligned, would find some common understanding from which to help people, regardless of ideology.

Danny Ford is an Integrative Therapist in Advanced Training. He works in private practice in Leeds, providing Integrative Psychotherapy and meditation coaching to individuals from Leeds and around West Yorkshire. Danny has been facilitating secular meditation classes at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds for three years. In 2012 he co-facilitated “Introduction to Mindfulness” classes for Touchstone Leeds IAPT.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice equanimi-tea. No, I’m not making that one up.


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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. The track used in this episode is “For Two Shakuhachi” from his CD, Traditional and Modern Pieces: Shakuhachi.

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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