Welcome to the Project Mindfulness podcast, hosted by Christiaan Neeteson. We'll take you on a journey across the globe and talk with various meditation & mindfulness practitioners. We talk about their experience, the lessons they have learned and what they want the world to know. From Eastern to Western Philosophy, Artists, Doctors, Physicians, Psychologists and alternative medicine, all fields have valuable insights and approaches to mindfulness. In this podcast, we explore those with our guests.
Joining me on the podcast today is Philippe Douyon. Philippe is a Board Certified Neurologist who completed his residency in Neurology at New York University and fellowship at New York Presbyterian-Cornell in Clinical Neurophysiology. He has spent the last several years caring for people with neurological disorders with a special emphasis on those with a history of epilepsy, seizures, and non epileptic events. He created a therapeutic, supportive environment, aimed at using a multimodal approach to improve the lives of people with neurological disorders and promote brain health.
Find more about Philippe here: https://www.inlebrainfitinstitute.com/
In this episode I have a talk with Mark Romero. Mark is a sound therapist, but no ordinary one. Mark found out his music has the power to heal, transform and empower people's lives. He educates people on the science of energy related to our functioning. Simply said, he helps people create a positive difference in their lives through his guitar play and voice. Music helps people deal with loss, grief, anger, pain and much more. It helps people achieve a better and deeper sleep and can change someone's state of mind from negative to positive. We also talk about music in a way of transporting energy, as a vessel,where intention carries through frequencies and melodies, and impacts our daily lives. What are you really listening to? Let's dive into it.
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Website Mark: http://markromeromusic.com/about/
In this episode I have a talk with Marc Lesser. We talk about his current book, seven practices of a mindful leader. A book about the most important lessons Marc took away from being in a Zen monastery kitchen for 10 years and working as an CEO. His work involves collaborations with companies such as Facebook and Google. The episode talks about mindful leadership, the importance of habits and emotional intelligence. Read the transcript here: https://projectmindfulness.com/podcast/becoming-a-successful-leader/
In this episode I have a talk with Dr. John Yates or Upasaka Culadasa. We talk about his current book, The Mind Illuminated. A book that bestselling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves “brings the path of meditation to life.” We talk on why he wrote it and what are important things to know when reading it. We talk about his new upcoming book, what the buddha really taught, online internet forums and insights, the somatic and psychological aspects of human development and what exactly is awakening?
You can win a signed copy of his work 'The Mind Illuminated'. Find out more on how to participate here: https://projectmindfulness.com/giveaway/
We've compiled the most important lessons in mindfulness from our guests. The episode contains pieces of advice from John Vervaeke (Lecturer at the University of Toronto), Robert Goodman (Social Psychologist), Robert Beatty (Psychotherapist), Lauren Skae (Writer), Joanna Turner (Wealth & Success Coach), Dr. Brad Lichtenstein (Physician) and George Thompson (YouTuber). Together with Benjamin Bush, we talk about our practice and the most important lessons we learned. It has been an incredibly journey to talk with these people from all over the world and connect with them. This special episode concludes season 1 of our podcast. We look forward to season 2 and look back on our amazing 27 guests and their stories.
In this episode I have a talk with Isabelle de Burgh . She specializes in creating plant-based alternatives to recipes and teaches young teens the significance of nutrition for mental health amongst other things. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and has extensive training in health coaching through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. We talk about switching to a plant-based diet, a holistic approach to wellness, emotional eating and the effect of our metabolism on our everyday life.
Find more here: https://www.isatales.com/
Today I have a talk with Robert Beatty. Robert is a member of the first wave of Theravada Buddhist Teachers who brought the Dharma from Asia in the 1970’s. Robert founded the Portland Insight Meditation Community where he is the guiding teacher. He has a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto, and Masters in Social Work from Portland State. Robert has extensive training in numerous Western therapies. This episode goes a bit deeper under our skin and proposes various questions like: Can we fully heal our trauma? What exactly is enlightement? Do we need a guide for our practice? And what can we do about the climate crisis?
Today I have a talk with Robert J. Goodman, Ph.D., assistant professor at Northern Arizona University. Robert is a psychologist who examines the neurological, behavioral and psycho social consequences of mindfulness. In this episode, we talk about the influence of mindfulness on memory, regulating emotions, the practice of Satipatthana and aging-related memory decline. I'm sure this talk will help you understand why this practice is so important for each one of us. I'm joined by Tim Schofield from the UK, one of our community members who writes about non-duality and minimalism, who provides additional questions and input.
Find Robert's work here: https://in.nau.edu/psychological-sciences/robert-goodman/
In this episode, I have a talk with Frank Leder about mindfulness, compassion and vipassana meditation. Frank Leder is the founder of the TouchLife School of Massage in Europe. Frank is a direct descendant of Ruth Denison and is a teacher in her lineage in Europe. One of the central questions in this episode is: How do we develop patience and loving kindness in these hurried and stressful times? He talks about his personal journey into meditation, his experience in the practice and his advice for each of us applying mindfulness in daily life.
Attend a retreat with Frank here: http://www.achtsamkeitsmeditation.net/
Together with Greg Jacoby, we talk about meditation retreats. Why should you join one? What should you look for? What are the benefits and risks? Greg has organized and been part of numerous meditation retreats such as the Vipassana 10-day retreats and retreats with Swami J. The summer meditation retreats are coming up and we give you some insight into why you should or shouldn't join a retreat.
Read our 9 tips here: https://projectmindfulness.com/podcast/meditation-retreats-9-tips/
In this episode of the podcast, I talk with John Vervaeke, Doctor of Philosophy and award-winning lecturer at the University of Toronto in the departments of psychology, cognitive science, and Buddhist psychology. We talk about his practice, his journey into meditation, his unique approach to western philosophy, eastern philosophy and evidence-based science. Various topics will be talked about including the psychedelic revolution, what enlightenment exactly is and what the higher states of consciousness entail.
Follow his lectures here: https://www.youtube.com/user/johnvervaeke
In this episode I talk with Lou Redmond, who is a meditation teacher and writer. Central to this episode is finding your bliss, the heroes journey and belief in action. We talk how Lou went from addiction to alcohol to a complete change in his body and mind. He found his path and supposedly his destiny. We deconstruct what happened to him and why he had the courage to quit his job and go on a soul searching journey. We talk about his meditation practice and his teachings on Insight Timer.
If you'd like to learn more about Lou, check out his website here: https://www.louredmond.com/
In this episode, I talk with Maria Fernanda Leaño or Malinche about her practice and journey in spirituality. We talk about her multicultural upbringing and how it shaped her to be passionate about building bridges between cultures, races and countries. The name and history of La Malinche is inherently connected with this mission. We talk about the connection to native Mexican culture, especially Shamanism. We explore what Shamanism is and how she implements it in her art. An important part of this is psychomagic. Changing our perspective.
If you'd like to know more, visit her website at: https://www.malincheart.com
Helen Denham is a recording artist & writer from New York. We talk about her meditation practice and mindfulness in performing. Besides meditation as inspiration for her writing, she uses a dreaming journal and reality checks in her practice. Coming from a past of modelling, she had a hard time accepting her self-image, we talk about this journey and the liberation of self-acceptance.
Listen to her music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7aVhjajwZ7w3yaBVJJRtX6
In this episode I talk with Alasdair, who is currently a nomad living in a caravan in France together with his fiancée. In 2015 he decided to sell all his things, leave his job and take a oneway plane ticket out of the country. We talk about managing waste, simple living and being mindful with our finances. Alasdair also talks about Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a autoimmune disease, and how he was forced to be mindful of what he eats and what effects it has on his body & mind.
If you'd like to know more, check out his website: https://www.alasdairplambeck.com
He also runs a podcast together with his feyonce called FAR OUT: Adventures in Unconventional Living:
In this episode, I talk with Shereen, also known as 'Law of Positivism' on Instagram. She is a meditation teacher, writer, yoga teacher and reiki practitioner. We talk about her spiritual journey from business and marketing into energy healing, astrology and Reiki. Her mission is to create a higher positive vibration in the world, connecting with others and sharing her passion. We explore exactly what she does, why she does it and what you can learn from it.
If you'd like to know more, make sure to visit her website: https://www.lawofpositivism.com/
Today I talk with Upasaka Upali, who is a meditation teacher and currently studies with Upasaka Culadasa. He studied meditation first with Tucker Peck, Ph.D. and currently studies with John Yates, Ph.D. (Upasaka Culadasa). He lives in the Southeastern United States where he teaches meditation locally and over video chat. We talk about his experiences and practice and what exactly 'The Mind Illuminated' is.
Learn more about Upali here: https://upalimeditation.com/
After developing anxiety, George went on a 6 month trip to China to take a different approach. He learned about Daoism, Tai Chi and more from Master Gu in the Wudan Mountains. We talk about his journey and the lessons he learned in this episode.
Follow his adventure: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAGTpcuP8o9_sWzvDGfZYKA
Rajan is 4 months out of a 12 year monastic career. He wanted to see if meditation is real and if it can bring you into higher states of consciousness. Listen to his story, his journey and the discoveries he made.
Visit Rajan's website: https://monkfitmeditation.com/
In this episode I'm talking with Quinn Travis, who is a Vinyasa Flow yoga instructor. We talk about his personal journey from psychedelics to Yoga. How for a time there was no "Quinn" anymore and he had to redefine his purpose in life. As Eckhart Tolle was quite central in my personal journey, so it is for Quinn in his journey.
In this episode, I talk with Rob Don, who is a Yoga teacher and musician from Los Angeles. Rob has been teaching Yoga since 2013. Originally from Lynwood, Rob has trained with world renowned yoga teachers and is happy to share what he has learned with us. We talk about his personal journey into yoga, why yoga is important and where to start with Yoga practice.
If you'd like to know more about Rob, make sure to check out his website: https://robdonyoga.com
Silas Day is an author, writer, meditation teacher, and dharma student. He writes books, posts, lectures on dharma topics and creates guided meditations to help those who want to better themselves. He lives with his wonderful wife and cat (Miko).
He has somewhere around 11,000 hours of meditation under his belt and over 15000 plays of his guided meditations on Insight Timer.
In this episode, we talk about his practice, the deeper states of meditation and the lessons he learned after extensive practice in various traditions and methods.
Learn more about Silas Day here: https://silasday.com/
Lauren Skae (@thezenblonde) is a writer, meditation instructor and currently traveling the world to discover different approaches to meditation. She traveled from Bali, India, Nepal, Korea, Thailand, Israel, Turkey to Ireland to discover the ancient secrets of meditation and mindfulness. Practicing in different traditions, she learns first-hand about the culture, traditions, and religions. We talk about her travels and her discoveries in this episode.
If you'd like to know more, follow her on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/thezenblonde/
Dr. Brad Lichtenstein is a naturopathic physician in a private practice, and a professor at Bastyr University. He believes in the power of breath to restore health and balance. His private practice is focused on Mind & Body Medicine, specialized in Clinical Biofeedback, Psychotherapy, chronic illnesses and end of life bedside care. In this episode we talk about his practice, his insights and his advice for anyone practicing meditation & mindfulness.
Find more about Dr. Lichtenstein here: http://thebreathspace.com
What is flow? What can you do with it?
In this episode, I talk with Joanna Turner about her experience in meditation and her journey in discovering her flow. Joanna is a leading Wealth & Success Coach, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Advanced EFT & Master NLP Practitioner.
We discover the relationship between Flow & Mindfulness and find out how you can access this incredible state of awareness.
Find out more about Joanna Turner and Mission for Balance here: www.missionforbalance.com/
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In this episode I talk with Duane Toops about his practice and his experience on the path of Meditation. Duane talks about his journey from Vipassana and Mindfulness to Chan Buddhism. Central to this talk is the idea of facing ourselves in the mirror. Seeing clearly where we are and working with what we have. It's not always an easy experience, but ultimately it is the way forward to self-improvement and lasting change.
Follow Duane’s journey here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ5hmW1yeMaF4wcU08FxqAw
First of all, we've changed our name! We are now called "The Mindfulness Project Podcast".... more on that will follow in the future, so stay tuned.
In this episode, I have a talk with Ron Russell. Ron is a level 2 certified unified mindfulness coach and a teacher in our online community. So what exactly is Unified Mindfulness and why is it different from other meditation techniques? We explore it in this episode.
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In this fifth episode, I have a chat with Mark Gilenson. Mark is Chan Priest and Bass player, part of our teacher team in the Meditation Community. He shares about his encounter with Meditation, his current practice and the important lessons he learned throughout the years. He emphasizes how meditation alone will not bring you a happy life, and how there are more components to the relief of suffering in our lives.
In this episode, I talk with meditator Mike Finney about his practice and his exploration of Meditation. From a very young age, Finney encountered meditation by watching Star Wars, wondering how to levitate things himself. As his journey continued, he learned about different ways to meditate and how it can help to improve your life. This episode got some sound effects, so be ready!
For this second episode, I have a chat with Greg Jacoby, traveller and meditator, coming from a background of drug dealing and dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Greg encountered meditation on his travel to Indonesia, but on his return was not yet able to build up a different life and change his habits. He found himself in debt, was able to resolve it and realized something had to change. He planned a 28-day retreat with Swami J (Traditional Yoga and Meditation) in Northern India and his life turned around. You’ll find that the change and deep found peace of Greg is both inspiring and heartfelt.
Join our community here: discord.gg/FKWFeYq
For this first episode, I have a chat with David Bowman, 31 year young New-Yorkian, former Rabbi and a background of working in corporate finance. David found his way to Meditation through Judaism and discovered how Pragmatic Meditation can help people who don't connect with a religion or have no interest in dogma yet still want to be able to follow the Path of Meditation. David created a free course on themindfulcourse.com about access concentration, a way for anyone to practice Meditation with measurable results. You’ll find that the motivation and enthusiasm of David is contagious… and I believe this first episode is a great kick-off to the upcoming podcasts.
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