Episode 197 :: Jacob Hess :: Mindfully Mormon

| April 13, 2014 | 2 Comments


Jacob Hess

Jacob Hess joins us to speak about applying a Buddhist originated mindfulness practice, with a Mormon community.

Hi, everyone. Before we get started with today’s episode, I want to remind the listeners that we’ve started a new podcast which may also interest you. It’s called Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science, and appears every other week, alternating with The Secular Buddhist. You’ll find many of the same guests you’ve enjoyed and learned from here, as well as new researchers, teachers, and practitioners. You’ll find Present Moment in the Science & Medicine section of iTunes, in Natural Sciences, or just do an iTunes Store search for Mindfulness, and look in the results in the Podcasts section. You can also visit the website, PresentMomentMindfulness.com. Thanks for checking it out, and if you like what you hear, please feel free to share it with others.

Whether you think of it as a watering down of Buddhism or not, mindfulness is mainstreaming. And like a secular approach to the tradition, it’s finding that this opens doors which would otherwise remain closed. I had an opportunity recently to speak with a fellow mindfulness educator, and hear more about how he’s taking the practice to an audience we might not think of being as interested, accepting, and eager for it as they are. Perhaps their openness can be an example to others.

Jacob Hess is Co-Founder of All of Life. He holds a doctorate degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was psychology department valedictorian at Brigham Young University. He has recently worked as Research Director at Utah Youth Village, a non-profit for abused children in Utah. Jacob has authored 13 peer-reviewed articles and two books, including a new exploration of American romance. He is married to Monique Moore and has one 22 month-old boy who makes sure his daddy smiles at least 9 times a day.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Tazo orange tea.


Web Links

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

About the Author ()

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.

Comments (2)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Ron Stillman Ron Stillman says:

    First, I want to thank Ted for his willingness to keep SBA open to everyone be it traditional Buddhism to Mormonism. It’s taken me awhile to accept this approach and I now understand the importance of it.

    With that said, I am a former Mormon. I thought I could leave that world behind but it hasn’t worked out that way. Briefly, I found it difficult to listen to this podcast. Nevertheless, I contacted Jacob Hess and we’re now friends. Long story short, as a result of his blog, I started to listen to Mormon Stories Podcast where a man, John Dehlin, lets people tell their story.

    This morning, I listened to two spellbinding stories of a couple who have literally gone through a “trial by fire”. The years of doing the hard work necessary for their transformation reminds me of Gotama’s hard work to finally reach his own transformation.

    I would ask that each of you who listen to their stories do so using your Mindfulness to notice your experience of what they say, whatever it may be. I am learning that there are “pearls of great wisdom” where you least expect to find them.

    So, with that said, here are the stories of Mara and Danny Kofoed.


  2. starstuff says:

    If all the members were like Jacob it would be much easier for liberal members to stay in the church. Good podcast, I agreed with some of it, disagreed with some, but overall I was glad I listened. I currently attend a Mormon ward and have all my life but i’m internally more aligned to Secular Buddhism at this point.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.