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Dr. James Doty: The Science of Compassion

James Doty, M.D. is a neurosurgeon and founder of Project Compassion at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Project Compassion seeks to work with both the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience and a variety of...

Ali, Atman, Andres: Holistic Life Foundation

Brothers Ali and Atman Smith met Andres Gonzalez at the University of Maryland College Park. During their last semester there, the trio spent a lot of time reading books on spirituality, philosophy, modern history, religions, ancient history, politics, and astronomy. They all saw some things...

Americ Azevedo: Truth Demands to be Lived..

A few years ago, Americ Azevedo sat in a college classroom with about 15 students. It was a meditation class and he was the instructor. This past fall, that same class enrolled 603 students and took place in one of the largest lecture halls on the UC Berkeley campus. A philosopher,...

Marc Ian Barasch: The Compassionate Life

Marc Ian Barasch is an award winning author, magazine editor, TV producer, and media activist.      Desmond Tutu call his book Field Notes on the Compassionate Life "a compulsory read for everyone", while Dr. Larry Dossey said of The Healing Path, “If you read one...

Jay Chodagam: Fulfillment over Achievement

In 1998, while getting his master’s degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Janardhan (Jay) came to the realization that a life of fulfillment trumps a life of achievement. His search led him to understanding and researching meditation techniques, which had an immediate...

Janice Marturano: Finding the Space to Lead

Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and leadership excellence. She founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership in January, 2011,...

Bidyut Bose: One Breath at at Time

After his PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Bidyut Bose spent many years doing research and development for Silicon Valley's tech companies.  However, in 1998, he started paying forward a gift that his father (and later monks from the Himalayas) had endowed him with -- gift of...

Emma Seppala: Science of Service: Why it's Good for You & the World

Emma Seppala speaks 5 languages: French, German, Spanish, English & Mandarin.   She's got three degrees, from Yale, Columbia and Stanford. And she's got many awards for her research on meditation, happiness, social connection and compassion -- and yoga-based interventions for war...

Chase Bossart: Coming Alive With Every Breath We Take

Chase Bossart has devoted over 20 years to living and teaching therapeutic yoga in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya/Viniyoga. First introduced to Yoga as part of a study abroad program in Chennai, India in 1991, Chase became hooked on its simple yet profound teachings and returned repeatedly...

Matt Walker: Sleeping Enough to Be Truly Awake

“The evidence is overwhelming, it is irrefutable.  Sleep is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body health each and every day,” says Matt Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of...

Makala Kozo Hattori: Healing Gift of Cancer -- And Life

Makala Kozo Hattori is a healer, counselor, host and writer who was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer in July 2015. Rather than pursue traditional Western medicine’s allopathic treatments, he chose a path of natural medicine, diet, spiritual practices, and relational healing....

Anil Ananthaswamy: Explorations in the Edge of Self

Anil Ananthaswamy is a science writer and author of The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of Self (Dutton, Penguin Random House, 2015), which has been described as “revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self” via an intimate look at the latest neuroscience...

Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman: Walking the World of Suffering with Both Compassion and Indifference

Suzuki Roshi walked up to Mel Weitsman one day and said, “Just being alive is enough.” This became a touchstone for Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman who, after more than 50 years of practice, continues to draw on Suzuki Roshi as his role model. He tries to be as simple as possible when he...

Laura Delano: Recovery from Psychiatry and Reclamation of Inner Compass

Laura Delano is a community organizer, psychiatric liberation writer, and activist who advocates for fully informed choice about psychiatric diagnosis and "treatment" and for individuals’ right to access alternatives to the mental health system.  Laura recently founded and...

Sarah Peyton: The Riddle of Self-Esteem: Why Self-Compassion Can Be Hard

Sarah Peyton is a certified trainer of the Center for Nonviolent Communication who has a passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing that unify people with their brains and bodies. She aims to integrate teachings from brain science and the use of resonant...

Shamash Alidina: Mindfulness and Kindfulness

Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most well-known mindfulness experts, is an accomplished mindfulness teacher, coach, speaker and author.  He is author of the international bestseller Mindfulness For Dummies, and more recently, of The Mindful Way through...

Mary Rothschild: Attention, Digital Media and Young Children: From Confusion to Agency

Mary Rothschild was making bread with a group of preschool aged children at Ariadne's Thread, the children's center she founded and directed, when "she realized there had been a period of total silence as the children paid attention to kneading their piece of dough into an animal...

Aarti Kuber: Healing through Acceptance and Forgiveness

Mumbai-based 22-year-old Aarti Kuber likes to call herself a Planeteer and believes her life’s mission is to help our planet and its people heal. Having experienced child sexual abuse, she went on to peacefully confront the person who violated her, ten years after the incident took place....

Roger Walsh: From Altered States to Altered Traits

"Contemplative practices aim not merely to induce altered states but to induce altered traits -- or as Huston Smith so eloquently put it, 'to transform flashes of illumination into abiding light.'" - Roger Walsh Dr. Roger Walsh is not your everyday MD. A former circus...

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu: From Mindfulness to Heartfulness

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is a Stanford University-based psychologist and scholar who combines disciplines of Western science with Eastern healing modalities.  With a doctorate from Harvard University, Stephen has trained in clinical and community psychology, yoga, meditation, and Chinese...

Jerry White: Noble Resilience to Nobel Purpose

Jerry White is CEO of Global Impact Strategies and Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia. He shares in the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.  He worked closely with Diana, Princess of Wales, and then King Hussein and Queen Noor...

Shin Terayama: Loving My Cancer

“My purpose is to lead people to higher consciousness, that is to be wise and full of love.” Shin Terayama, a Japanese physicist, voluntarily checked himself out of a hospital in 1984 at the age of 46 to die from inoperable, metastasized kidney cancer. Having regularly worked...

Terry Patten: A New Republic of Heart

Terry Patten is a philosopher, teacher, activist, consultant, social entrepreneur, and author. Over the last fifteen years he has devoted his efforts to the evolution of consciousness by facing, examining, and aiming to heal our global crisis through the marriage of spirit and activism. He...

Jeff Warren: Becoming One's Own Consciousness Explorer and Teacher

“We are here to learn from each other, to share our various neurotic life strategies in a safe space, so we can then laugh uproariously at them together, in a spirit of dumbfounded incredulity.” – Jeff Warren   Jeff Warren came to meditation by chance, while working as a...

Daya Devi-Doolin: All I Need to Know is Inside

Rev. Daya Devi-Doolin is known as a “Doctor of Thought." She is the co-founder, with her husband Chris, of The Doolin Healing Sanctuary International, a center established in in Deltona, Florida in 1989 that offers alternative modalities of healing and Gentle Hatha Yoga, including free...

Brenda Salgado: Midwifing the Prophecy of an Earth-Based Feminine Consciousness

“I am loved. I am a blessing. I am sacred just the way I am. I have dignity. I have wisdom and gifts for the whole.” The 2016 graduating class at Naropa University echoes Brenda Salgado’s words after she addresses them at their commencement ceremony. Brenda Salgado is a...

Dimple Parmar: Marrying Into Cancer -- and Finding Love

The founder of Love Heals Cancer based in Delhi, India, Dimple Parmar is a force to be reckoned with. Determined to serve humanity and bring a smile to everyone's face, she is a person who believes in letting the power of love and care engulf one’s life. After losing her loving partner...

Denise Bonnaig: Transcending Limitations and Transforming Wounds

“Ignorance just means you don’t know that there is a way out of your suffering.” At once a lawyer, life coach, yoga teacher, and mother, Denise Bonnaig has been force of transformation in the lives of many. As a founding member of the boutique law firm Bonnaig &...

Jane Murray: Moving from Headspace to Heartspace and Midwifing the New

Jane Murray, a former commercial lawyer qualified in the UK, Ireland and New York, and now a start-up entrepreneur in the United Kingdom, has shifted both in her life and in her career from inhabiting the head-space to the heart-space. As she's sought connection and belonging in a...

Alan Wallace: Contemplative Science: Fathoming the Human Mind and the Nature of Consciousness

In 1970 when he was just 20 years old, Alan Wallace said to the universe, “I need to meet a wise old man and I need it quickly!”  He was hitchhiking alone in Norway.  After several hours of waiting to catch a ride to Oslo, a little old man in a Volkswagon picked him up. As...

Wendy Palmer: Leadership as Embodied Spiritual Practice: Aikido and Mindfulness

Wendy Palmer is a teacher and leadership coach who shares the wisdom she has gained from her many years of experience in studying both mindfulness and the non-violent Japanese martial art of Aikido. She teaches with compassion and humor about body intelligence and how to become more connected...

Michelle Kinder: Socially Conscious Leadership from the Inside Out

Dallas-based therapist, activist, writer, community leader and speaker Michelle Kinder examines and teaches conscious leadership “from the inside out.” She offers practical, achievable steps for parents, teachers and others to support children’s social-emotional health, and for...

Graham Betchart: Improving "Next Play Speed" & Playing Present

Graham Betchart is on a mission to normalize and popularize mental skills training.  A leader in the mental performance field, he is co-founder of Train the Mind, the first ever online mental training gym which serves as an elite Mental Performance Platform for student and professional...

Narendra Kini: Heartfulness and the Quest for an Integrated Life

On the outside, Narendra Kini (Naren) is a successful Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, executive, and technologist. On the inside, he is an artist, poet, and heartful seeker of spirituality, peace, inner beauty, and truth. Naren has co-founded or managed thriving companies and startups...

Jude Currivan: In Flow With the Universe

"Mind is matter and consciousness isn’t something we have – it’s what we and the whole world are." Dr. Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, futurist, healer, author and mystic.  After a corporate career culminating in the mid-1990s with...

Loch Kelly: The Way of Effortless Mindfulness

"Effortless Mindfulness is letting go of present moments, thoughts, and attention to open to a naturally wise, compassionate awareness that is connected in the Now. " – Loch Kelly Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW, is an author, meditation teacher, licensed psychotherapist, and founder...

Sue Cochrane: Embracing Imperfections: Healing and Compassion Through the Courts

Sue Cochrane served as a judge on the Family Court Bench in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 18 years since her appointment in 1994.  She pioneered a new model on her family court cases which transformed the structure and practice of Family Court into a holistic, empowering, client-centered model....

Casey Lake: Martial Arts For Transformation

“Attain a greater balance of Love, Wisdom, and Power through a method of practice and internal development in awakening your true potential and innate power. Align with your higher self and reinforce the energy states of being you truly prefer. Journey the path of self-mastery by owning...

Home Nguyen: What Seems to Matter Doesn't Really Matter

Dr. Home Nguyen is a professor of leadership, and an advisor and coach to leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators. He has over 20 years' experience in personal leadership, mind-body practices, and executive coaching. His mission is to develop mindful, influential and compassionate leaders and...

Lama Tsomo: Sustaining Our Spiritual Practices in the Face of Frustration and Discouragement

Lama Tsomo, born Linda Pritzker, is an American teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, an author, and a philanthropist living in western Montana. Her path of spiritual inquiry and study led to her ordination as one of the few female American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsomo is known...

Paul R. Fleischman: The Wonder of the Universe is Wondering in Us

“Everything we see and touch consists of matter rearranged by information and energy. Everything is in connections and bonds. Life, mind, and love, our human nature, have been created in partnership with the rules that run the world.”  -- Paul R. Fleischman, in Wonder: When...

Gert van Leeuwen: Critical Alignment: Learning to Move from Strength Instead of Strain

Silence is the answer. And silence arises when we are willing to let go of everything we have built up so far, and continue from there. Not to want to perform to become what we pursue-- but to become who we are. – Gert van Leeuwen As a young man he trained for a decade in the classical...

Cynthia Li: Brave New Medicine: Building Personal Resilience and Immunity

Cynthia Li, MD, is a physician, author, and speaker. Currently, she has a private practice in integrative and functional medicine, and serves as faculty for the Healer’s Art program at the University of California San Francisco Medical School.  She is author of a new book, Brave New...

Stephanie Nash: Cultivating Health, Well-Being, Joy & Compassion While in Solitude

Stephanie Nash is a dynamic Mindfulness Coach, Integrative Counselor and speaker specializing in the comprehensive and uniquely structured Unified Mindfulness System, developed by Shinzen Young, with whom she has worked closely since 1998. An accomplished and versatile professional actress and...

Leila Naderi: The Yogi Leader

Dr. Leila Naderi is an award-winning entrepreneur, educator, researcher and consultant, who is passionate about leadership development, partnership development, and social impact. She is the founder of Global Leadership Academy, an entirely volunteer-run organization, and Yoga for Leadership, a...

Leslie Booker: Cultivating Compassion: Lessons from the Front Lines of Criminal Justice

“Caring for myself is not self indulgence.  It is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare” -- Audre Lorde These words open Leslie Booker‘s website. Known as “Booker”, she brings her heart, wisdom and compassion to the intersection of...

Bharat Shah: Holistic Health, During the Pandemic

“Nothing will benefit health and increase the chances of survival of life on Earth as the evolution to a Balanced Vegetarian Diet.” - Albert Einstein "स्वास्थ्य को बेहतर करने के लिए  एवं मनुष्य...

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