Curious Bodhi

34 - McMindfulness: The New Capitalist Spirituality with Ron Purser

An episode of Curious Bodhi

By Jnana B
What makes us human? What is the nature of our happiness and suffering... and where do we rile up the energy to do all of this!? How does awakening unfold on the tri-level of our body/mind/spirit continuum and transfer into society? This podcast is for truth-seekers and those who wish to gain wisdom - not just 'dry, book knowledge'. We cover topics like: how awakening affects us on a societal level in science, art, & economics; Buddhism, Hinduism, & ancient knowledge; plant entheogens; and spiritual practice. Email me at
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37 - Waking Up Isn't So Easy!
My first awakening was as a teenager. I opened a book after having a psychological break (you know, the world ends with everything when you're young), and I read the sentence out loud: "We are all One". With that sentence, I lost my sense of self completely. Tears ran down my face, and I became one with the universe and all my pain and suffering was relieved. Long story short -- ever since, I have searched for God beyond conventional reality. Why? Because that experience was isolated and did not carry itself until final liberation. This is a very common pitfall: temporary enlightenment. Spiritual bypassing is another trap. What else? As an adult, the ego becomes solidified and strong. I even remember standing in my kitchen (again, as a moody teenager) while listening to the radio. A scientist on the broadcast mentioned that "by age 30, 99% of thoughts are no longer creative but are programmed and mechanical." I remember thinking, "I can't even think for myself when I grow up? I hope that never, ever happens to me!" Well, I've breached the barrier and became 31. As an avid painter and musician, at least some creative thought still belongs to me. And psychedelics have helped me realise that society doesn't actually exist, so there's that! But for many adults and people my age, awakening isn't easy. Adulting comes with baggage: childhood baggage, mortgage baggage, relationship baggage, job expectation baggage, socialising baggage, and anti-creative mind programming to top off the entire 30+ cake. Western culture teaches us that we are going somewhere, and we can't stop to breathe until we get there. It's covered up in bank balances, responsibilities, and social prestige/conditioning. But really, we are all just looking for ourselves! The "real me". Reality. The truth of what it means to be human. Love: real, unconditional love for ourselves and each other. So, we have to essentially unravel all the conditioning from the time we were born until this very moment to have any sort of epiphany and take all these layers off to become naked. What adult feels comfortable standing in a crowd naked? As a child, we did it, and we were damn proud of ourselves! But, awakening takes courage. This episode is about why it's difficult and what traps we can run into along the way. Sneaky ego! Send me a voice message - make it easy, @  
July 19, 2019
36 - Vedic Living: Interview with Akshay Kanade
Veda: Knowledge (n). Akshay was born in India and now lives and breathes in New York City, though he still keeps his connections to India. He is well-versed in Sanskrit, the Vedas, and Hindu scriptures, where we go through his wealth of knowledge and wisdom. We touch on Vedic stories, Ayurveda, history, and more. Though the Vedas can seem daunting to touch at first, here are key resources to become familiar with Vedic literature and thought: The Bhagavad Gita As It Is - by Srila Prabhupada, The Upanishads - of 108, 10-13 of which are considered major: Brihadaranyaka, Chandogya, Taittiriya, Aitareya, Svetasvatara, Isha, Kena, Katha, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Kausitaki and Maitrayaniya, & great Vedantan Swami Vivekananda.
July 14, 2019
35 - Psychedelic Integration: Interview with Greg Lawrence
Greg Lawrence is a certified transformational and psychedelic integration coach who works with his clients in the preparation and integration stages of using psychedelic medicines. In our episode, we talk about psychedelic care; what to expect when taking plant medicines; and when it's a good or bad time take psychedelics personally. Greg has worked extensively with: Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Bufo/5-MeO-DMT, NN-DMT, Kambo, Iboga, Sananga and Psilocybin/magic mushrooms. If you want to get in touch, see Greg's website at
July 9, 2019
34 - McMindfulness: The New Capitalist Spirituality with Ron Purser
It's no secret: "modern mindfulness" is in -- especially in the United States, and it is spreading rapidly also within Europe. We chat to Ron Purser, head of the Mindful Cranks Podcast and author of McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became The New Capitalist Spirituality, on his critique of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme that may have gotten too big for its britches to become a trendy self-help business model and even harmful for people and society in the long run. How has "modern mindfulness" been severed from its true Buddhist roots? How have big companies like Google and Apple hijacked mindfulness programmes to keep workers docile and the wheel of good ol' capitalism spinning? Is the science backing mindfulness even that sound? We go over all these questions and more in this engaging interview. McMindfulness will be released in July, 2019. Catch Ron at Foyle's Bookstore in Charring Cross, London in early August at his book signing.
July 4, 2019
33 - The Pantheistic Approach: Interview with Anish
Anish Banskota was born in Nepal and moved to the United States at a young age, where he began to question the Christian narrative which brought him back to his pantheistic roots. We dabble in what Hinduism means to him and also his experiences with psychedelics which have helped him on his spiritual path back home. Anish is also working on a podcast called Trippy Talks. Send me a voice message - make it easy, @  
July 2, 2019
32 - Key Buddhist Terminology
Here, we whittle down the most fundamental and important Buddhist terms without the "fluff". What do they actually mean in a practical way? Emptiness ; Non-duality ; Nibbana ; Dukkha ; Sankhara. Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
June 27, 2019
31 - Near-death & New Life Experience: Interview with Artisha Bolding
Artisha nearly left this earth in 2018 and came back a new woman; we go through what brought her to the brink of death, her experiences interacting with another plane of consciousness, and the attitude it left her with today. We also share ways in which consciousness works on the path to awakening and how it makes us more positive and how it can make YOU more positive, too. Please reach out if you have a near-death experience to share to raise awareness about this subject! Contact Artisha at  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @  
June 24, 2019
30 - Ayahuasca & San Pedro in Peru: Interview with Lane Belone
Lane  Belone has been called to be a positive force in the world through his  extensive experiences with travel; after exploring over 40 countries, he  explains how he integrates his brand new mind with what he's learned  through his awareness of other people and cultures. He now guides others  to live the lives they want and also works with Ayahuasca and San Pedro  in South America. Listen to find out more about these medicinal plants,  the ceremonies, and catch lane at for a free consultation to see how you can work together.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
June 22, 2019
29 - What is Advaita Vedanta? Interview with Swamini Brahmaprajnananda
Swamini B resides in Mumbai, India, where she has been trained under H.H. Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji (1930-2015) who has been known as the greatest Advaita teacher of his time. She is well-versed in the Vedas, and specifically the Upanishads, and helps numerous people directly in her city and via the online community. I ask what Advaita Vedanta is all about, pick her thoughts on the neo-Advaitan movement with teachers ranging back from Ramana Maharshi up until the current Mooji, and what Buddhism and Advaita have in common (or not)... Catch Swamini at and listen to her podcast: River of Wisdom. Have a question for me? Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
June 19, 2019
28 - Music & Buddhism: Interview with Bill Protzmann
In this episode, we go over how Buddhism is interrelated with music and Bill's usage of music as a gateway to transform both himself and others through an emotional release/connection, letting go, being together in a crowd, and also being in the present moment -- whether that brings fear or liberation! We even get into some nitty-gritty human subjects on the situation in the United States and a bit of quantum physics. Bill has been playing the piano since the age of three and is now a music care practitioner; learn more about Bill by visiting him at  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @  
June 13, 2019
27 - Realisations Lately...
What have you realised about your own consciousness, recently? Here, I go over a spontaneous insight that tumbled out and snowballed into many, until I had to write them all down. I distinguish "insights" from "thoughts and feelings", because insights are fresh and thoughts and feelings are old and often come back again and again which try to suck us in. I want to provoke you to reach into your own conscious experience for insights! As always, email me at Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
June 7, 2019
26 - Living Life as the Tao: Interview with Harry Sherwood
Harry Sherwood spent time with a multiplicity of yogis, masters, monks, and witnessed various sacred ceremonies and practices all around the world to search for the great Enlightenment - then he found what he was looking for, ten years on... Harry gives advice and shares his accounts of what being at peace really means. This is a great episode for the Western mindset, as two Western perspectives get together to talk about this subject: life as a yin-yang. Harry is the founder of where you can consult and find all his advice and workshops. It is truly a pleasure to meet with Harry; I highly recommend an encounter with this harmonious being for everybody!  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
June 6, 2019
25 - The Prospective Billionaire Who Walked Away: Interview with Danny Levin
While many of us don't have opportunities to be rich or famous... we are still not always that humble ;-) What if it had been handed to us, in our karma -- in our deck of life's playing cards -- to dine with the wealthiest and run a billion dollar company? What kind of realisations in life would make us turn the other way and decide to just surrender all those playing cards in? This is what happened to Danny Levin. He talks to us about what matters most to him and goes through a few stories from his book: The Mosaic. Danny is firstly a human being, and secondly, an author and visionary with some amazing projects being contributed into our world. Visit to learn more about Danny and feel free to contact him there. Namaste! Send me a voice message - make it easy, @
May 30, 2019
24 - Gentle Guided Meditation on Death
A gentle and relaxing meditation on the experience of the death of the body and the gross mind. Don't be afraid! It's very uplifting.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
May 22, 2019
23 - Just Walk! A Guided Meditation
Walking meditation can't get any simpler than "just sitting" Zazen... whether you're on your way to work and a mission -- or you specifically set out to just walk -- these are the basic foundations of walking, noticing, and finding yourself in your experience -- as it is. Om, namaste.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
May 12, 2019
22 - The Cycle of Birth, Death, & Caffeination
Waking up can be tricky business! Why, when we start to awaken, do we backslide instead of flowering fully into that non-dual presence we know is possible? Here, we share what the Buddha found while on his final step into liberation, a few tips about how the mind 'tricks us' from my first-hand experience, and what this spiritual term "ego" is all about. Dive in!  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
May 3, 2019
21 - Energy, Tantra, and Awakening with Julie Jancius
Are you intrigued by what carrying a "higher vibration" means? How does it affect our personality and our moods? Special guest, Julie Jancius of the "Angels & Awakening" podcast, comes on the show to talk with me about energy, Tantra, Kundalini, awakening, dopamine, and even does a live reading for me from the Other Side. See Julie's big smile on her website at to see how she can help facilitate your energy body through her work with spirit. Enjoy, and have a blessed day!  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
April 26, 2019
20 - Buddhism is not a Religion!
Buddhism is not a religion... nor a philosophy or a set of rigid values to uphold. Did you know that Buddhist morality is not mandatory but merely sets the stage so that you may awaken easier? With this ease in mind, Buddhism seeks to help liberate all beings from birth and death in THIS lifetime: not in some future perfect situation or in heaven beyond. The Buddha laid a foundation to win at life out of pure compassion. Are you curious?  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
April 12, 2019
19 - Building an Ecological House: Part II
As promised, here is what I am personally going to do to change the high-strung city lifestyle I now lead, to integrate the knowledge and awareness I have gained about life. With our rising population and hyper-focus on technology, I believe we need better solutions for our collective conscious future. To respect all of life: people, animals, and the environment are my long-term concerns instead of money, power, fame, stress, and busy-ness. Enjoy, and let me know what you will do if you find inspiration in this episode!  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
March 21, 2019
18 - The Economy, Cities, & Our Big Brains: Part I
As the population is projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, our economy will inevitably change: there will be less jobs, more machines and technology taking on human roles, and we will be an evermore intelligent species. What will we do with this changing landscape? Will we go down the same road as the Industrial Revolution, or will we make even wiser choices? Join me to discover what we can do differently from here...  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
March 18, 2019
17 - Hinduism is not a Religion: Perspective with Karthik
 In this episode, I speak with a friend who has grown up in India -- the  land of the "Hindus". Where did this term come from? Who gave it to  India's vast population, and what comes with embracing this title?  What's up with the holy books such as the Vedas and Bhagavad Gita, and  is it a polytheistic religion where many gods are necessarily prayed to?  All this will be answered and more in our uplifting interview with  Karthik.   Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
March 14, 2019
16 - Internet Series: Effects on our Consciousness
A few days ago, I stumbled on a documentary about "Just Eat" and how it's changing the way we order food. We can now sit online and order just about anything without having to move from the house. What repercussions will this and other internet behaviours have on our consciousness, moving forward as interactive human beings? This and more internet topics explored. See my website at for the full article!  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
February 15, 2019
15 - Is There Security In The Material?
Can there ever be security in the material forms we surround ourselves with? What about our homes and environment? In this short episode, I ask what you think about our need for fulfillment...  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
February 4, 2019
14 - The 8-Fold Path & The 4 Noble Truths
When the Buddha was enlightened under the Bodhi tree, he became aware of the 4 Noble Truths and the 8-Fold Path. Ultimately, he got this beautiful information by his own initiative. If we are willing to take a look at our own conscious experience, we might begin to let go...  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
January 29, 2019
13 - Samsara Explained; Getting off the Wheel
Are we living in a "dream"? How do we know, and what are the examples that point to this? What is the true nature of life? I will explain, in this episode, the rationality behind Samsara and what it means to be caught up in The Wheel and one way out...  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
January 6, 2019
12 - Going to the Roots of "Being"
Are you a human being or a human doing? What is "being", anyway? In this episode, we go over what being is in all practicality and how you can train yourself to find your own being-ness. After all, every holy scripture points to this very essence, which is fundamental to every living and non-living entity in our universe. So, we might as well get used to it.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
December 31, 2018
11 - Interview with Hans Wilhelm On Our Pre-birth Plan and Reincarnation
In this episode, I talk to a very special guest who has helped uplift humanity through his books, videos, and unique illustrations: best-selling author, Hans Wilhelm. We go through the 'tough' subject of our pre-birth plan and why we decide to incarnate (and reincarnate!) on this planet. Did we have a plan before coming to this life on earth, and did we know what we were in for? What is the purpose of this incarnation in this body? As it has been said... "The truth is simple; the seekers of truth are complex." Find Hans at  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
December 26, 2018
10 - The God Button: Bufo Alvarius
In this emotional interview, I catch up with a friend who came face-to-face with Reality via Bufo Alvarius from the Amazonian jungle. "Bufo", for short, is an altogether transcendent experience for the soul, illuminating the gifts that God bestows on humanity -- lest we forget. It is not a trip nor a hallucination but a short travel in the hands of God, our creator and destroyer -- which vastly changes the life of a person for the better during his waking moments on earth.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
December 18, 2018
9 - Manifestation Takes Time, So Keep Going
I recorded this short episode after a long run outdoors, when insights often arise about the nature of life -- what is the difference between recurring thoughts and those of manifestation? When thoughts and feelings, aka "inspiration" about a project arises, I talk about where this comes from and the inevitable endpoint as manifestation. Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
December 9, 2018
8 - Internet Series: De-Google Yourself!
The internet and Google are a huge part of how we co-create our reality, but I have to stop to wonder... is this the way we want to see ourselves going and interacting on a personal level in the future? The Native Americans say, "look 7 generations ahead of you, and then make action." In this episode, part of a series, I explore the problems of the internet and the ways in which we can get around this as our main tool of communication. For humanity's sake!  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
December 3, 2018
7 - Interview with Artist Demi on Italian Politics And Ego Death
In this episode, I talk to artist Gianluca (Demi) who gets straight into what's bugging him about Italian fascism right this very moment. Then we go on to penetrate spirituality from the point-of-view of a free soul living in the city with hopes of a brighter future for us all -- and ego death along with a few other surprises! Welcome to the conversation. Demi's artwork is on & @gldemi on Instagram.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
November 26, 2018
6 - All People and Phenomena Are Empty!
Inspired by a trip in Paris, I recorded this episode in a teeny hotel room. I deconstruct our tendency to remember ourselves as "separate people" and just how this is created by memory and a very specific "my" viewpoint on a situation. This is applicable to any moment in time, so enjoy!  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
November 20, 2018
5 - Interview with Tattooist Jeffrey Segundo on Following Instincts
I interview Jeffrey Segundo, a tattoo artist from Australia who speaks about how hard times can turn into gold from the perspective of the absolute. We met through a series of serendipities, and it was his attraction to our tattoo studio's spiritual vibe that caught his attention (Fifth Dimension Tattoo & Piercing) which is a fascinating reason to choose a job overseas! Jeff covers his background, the law of "I AM", and who he is as a person on this great earth. You can catch Jeff's artwork on Instagram @juxtagram.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
November 14, 2018
4 - Interview with Jana Rosenbergova on Freedom
In this episode, I speak with Jana Rosenbergova, a top London massage therapist about what freedom means to her. We have a cup of coffee and go into the nitty-gritty of the thoughts and emotions having to do with spirituality and healing in real-time. Jump right in! You can contact Jana for a massage at and visit her website by searching for "Holistic and Hair" and "Treatwell".  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
November 7, 2018
3 - Organic & Spontaneous Satsang in London
In this organic Satsang, which means "sacred gathering", we will traverse together to see if we connect on the insights that have been handed my way as of lately. This episode touches on the notions of "nothing" and non-separation; little paradoxes; language; clinging; and even guidance into the ever-present open space of You and what it is to open, open, open up! I even lose my train of thought at one point... that's what happens when you go organic.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
October 28, 2018
2 - Buddhist Methods of Awakening
In this very practical guide to various Buddhist methods of awakening, we will take a brief walk through the Vedas, Zen, Advaita, Theravada, Tantra, and Mahayana to explain what you can pull from these traditions to hone your spiritual practice and bring them into your everyday life.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
October 19, 2018
1 - Introduction: Spirituality is Realistic
Food for every level of awareness, starting right at the beginning: somewhere or nowhere at all. It doesn't matter. Since we're all unique beings in various ages and contexts on this planet, we will all be in different stages of our spiritual development. Don't let that stop you! Dig right in and get into the silly metaphors for a while.  Send me a voice message - make it easy, @ 
October 14, 2018
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