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Mindful Communication During Conflict: The Process of Building Trust and Mutuality Amidst Tension

January 22nd, 2020

A dharma talk on the theories behind and practices employed in developing interacting skillfully in relationships. 
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A Healthy Balance: Love Versus Codependency and Enmeshment

January 15th, 2020

In secure attachment and love, a relationship is flexible, balancing times of deep intimacy and attunement, with times where partners can be separate without preoccupied anxiety over the moods and impulses of their partner; each partner has a healthy sense of self and supportive friends outside of their core relationship; in co-dependency, the bond is often rooted in feelings insecurity, a damaged sense of self, inflexibility and separation anxiety. This episode dives into the distinctions, then leads to a meditation that explores some of the talk's tehems.

Relax & Unwind: How to Slow Down and Recuperate

January 8th, 2020

Dharma talk and guided meditation on the theme.

Skillful Intentions for a New Decade of Well Being (with New Year’s Eve Ceremony)

January 1st, 2020

Talk given at our annual New Year's Eve Event in Brooklyn NYC, Dec 31, 2019. Recording includes the 2,500 year old refuges and precepts chant in english.

Inclining the Mind Toward Secure Attachment

December 17th, 2019

Talk on how physiological states associated with early relational events influence our choices and behaviors in adult attachments and friendships, as well as ways to change our attachment patterns.
Guided visualization follows exploring the theme.
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object constancy and the psychology of protective spirits and persecutory delusions

December 11th, 2019

Object constancy is not just the ability to believe that core relationships are stable despite conflicts, but also the ability to internalize the soothing attributes of a secure attachment figure. In this talk will discuss how the mind can create agents as compensations during times of isolation and loneliness; we'll employ the early Buddhist practice of devanusati, or conjuring the felt sense of protective entities.
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Chronic Stress: Causes and Relief

December 4th, 2019

33 minute talk exploring some physiological and psychological perspectives, along with classic contemplative and mindfulness tools to alleviate chronic stress. 
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Addressing the Fear of Social Rejection

November 27th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.
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Peak Experiences, Ego Transcendence and Self-Actualization: Some Tools and Insights from Transpersonal Psychology and the Human Potential Movement

November 20th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation about Transpersonal Psychology integrated the spiritual and transcendent aspects of buddhist practice within the framework of therapy.
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Self Integration: Understanding the separate states of the psyche

November 14th, 2019

Although our sense of is that we inhabit a singular, unified self that changes little across time, in fact all humans experience a wide multiplicity of self-states, ie traits, capabilities, perceptions and behaviors that differ from one situation to the next. This talk explores the origins of self-states and how to gain a greater sense of self-acceptance through connecting with these states in meditation practice.
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Alleviating Distress: Buddhist and Contemporary Insights Into the Two Kinds of Suffering in Life

November 6th, 2019

Dharma talk on the difference between inevitable pain and avoidable suffering, along with a guided meditation on the theme.
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Repairing Attachment Wounds in Adults: A Summary of Five Practices

October 30th, 2019

An overview of attachment patterns in adults, followed by a review of ways to address damaging relational issues.
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Contemplation of One’s Mortality Meditation to Clarify Our Purpose in Life

October 30th, 2019

The mindfulness of mortality, Maraṇasati in Pali, is a 2,500 year old Buddhist meditation that provides a manner in which we can usefully and serenly contemplate the inevitabilities of old age, sickness, death and loss; the practice employs these reflections to discern our most authentic purpose in life, condusive to establishing one's highest sense of self-worth.

Interacting Skillfully with Irrational People

October 24th, 2019

Dharma talk on a variety tools to emotionally regulate angry, depressed, triggered, shut down individuals. Meditation follows that explores some of the talk's themes.
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Addressing Work Related Anxiety

October 17th, 2019

Dharma talk on the underlying psychological structures resulting in chronic work related anxiety and guided meditation on the theme.
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Thoughts on Setting Boundaries and Stating Needs

October 9th, 2019

Talk, meditation and guided reflection on the theme.
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Orienting Practice: Locating Safety Cues in Stressful Situations, Talk and Guided Visualization

October 2nd, 2019

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Stop Making Sense: Retrieving the Felt Experience Before All Conceptualization and Meaning Making

September 19th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.
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Addressing Learned Helplessness, Fatalism, Resignation

September 11th, 2019

31 minute talk followed by 29 minute guided meditation.
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Resilience, Bouncing Back From Setbacks and Going with the Flow

September 4th, 2019

Dharma talks and guided meditation on the theme.
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Procrastination, Perfectionism & Avoidance Coping: What Makes Us Drag Our Feet And How To Move Forward

August 21st, 2019

33 minute talk, 27 minute guided meditation on the theme

Killing the Buddha: Infatuation with Big Ideas and the Fetishization of “The One Who Knows”

August 14th, 2019

39 minute talk and 28 minute guided meditation

A Balanced Nervous System: Stress vs Shut Down vs Wellbeing

August 8th, 2019

34 minute talk, 30 minute guided meditation addressing both stress and tiredness

Preoccupation: Addressing the fixation on unreliable relationships that distract attention from embracing our life and moving forward.

July 31st, 2019

33 minute talk on preoccupation followed by 27 minute guided meditation on the theme

Making Sense of Life: Processing Emotional Events & Attachment Wounds Through Storytelling

July 24th, 2019

30 minute talk + 30 minute guided meditation on the theme.

Taking Inventory: Reviewing the Quality of Our Actions Without Beating Ourselves Up

July 17th, 2019

32 minute talk, 27 minute meditation on the theme

Repetition Compulsion: The Tendency to Wind Up in Unhealthy Interpersonal Dynamics, and How to Address These Patterns with Somatic Mindfulness

July 10th, 2019

33 minute talk and 28 minute guided meditation on the theme

Attaining Trascendent & Altered States of Consciousness

July 4th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation on the psychology of transcendent states and how to attain them without using psychoactive substances.

Emotions: How Are They Made & Can They Be Changed?

June 28th, 2019

A talk giving an overview of some fascinating new insights regarding the theory of emotions and affect regulation, focusing on the work of Lisa Feldman Barrett. The talk explores how these ideas fit into the core teachings of the Buddha, followed by a meditation exploring new techniques in regulating emotions.

managers, firefighters and exiles—Different Parts of the Self

June 19th, 2019

32 minute talk + 27 minute guided meditation on the theme

Upgrading Your Mind’s Operating System

June 15th, 2019

35 minute talk • 25 minute guided meditation on the theme

Unseen Costs: How Social Media & Text Based Communication Contribute to Emotional Isolation

June 4th, 2019

talk and guided meditation on the theme

Self-Transcendence

May 29th, 2019

31 minute talk + 29 minute guided meditation on the theme

Alleviating Loneliness

May 22nd, 2019

Dharma talk and guided meditation on the theme.

Getting Unhooked • How To Uncover the Nonconscious Complexes Underlying Current Struggles

May 8th, 2019

Dharma talk + meditation exploring the theme.

Dharma 101: Understanding the Four Noble Truths

May 1st, 2019

Celebrating 2,500,000 downloads of dharmapunxnyc talks with a focus on a foundational insight of the Buddha's teachings.

Connecting with Our Unmet Needs & Deepest Longings

April 24th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.

The Four Foundations of Love

April 21st, 2019

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.

hungry ghosts & angry demons: recovery retreat talk 1

April 17th, 2019

talk on the damaged relational patterns that underlie addictive and compulsive behaviors, along with a guided meditation that addresses these wounds to the human psyche. 

hungry ghosts & angry demons: recovery retreat talk 2

April 17th, 2019

talk on relationship between core shame and addiction and building self-esteem in recovery

Balancing the Bilateral Brain

April 10th, 2019

30 minute talk followed by 30 minute guided meditation.

Soothing Guided Meditation (with relaxing ambient music)

March 29th, 2019

30 minute guided meditation with relaxing ambient music

Fulfillment in Life

March 27th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation. (Recorded at the last meeting at 302 Bowery; Tuesday evening meeting moving to Williamsburg Brooklyn.)

Self-Soothing in Triggering Social Settings

March 20th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation exploring self-soothing techniques.

Relationships: Tools For Establishing a Secure Bond

March 13th, 2019

Talk and guided meditation on the theme.

Entering the Bardos: The Hidden Wisdom of Buddhist Mysticism

March 6th, 2019

Note: Due to a recording malfunction only an abridged version of the meditation's was recorded

hacking your brain: neurotransmitters, hormones and using meditation to cultivate states of well-being

February 11th, 2019

34 minute talk + 25 minute meditation

On Releasing Resentments and Processing Anger

February 6th, 2019

Talk exploring the underlying two keys to address frustration and outrage, taking adaptive actions, and finally starting the process of forgiveness. 

SAD: Seasonal Depression and Processing Dispiriting Moods

January 30th, 2019

Talk on seasonal depression and mood shifts, followed by a meditation to process difficult emotional states of being.

Understanding and Addressing Catastrophizing Thoughts and Hypochondria

January 23rd, 2019

Talk exploring unconscious psychological factors contributing to intrusive ideations and methods to address these cognitions, both in the short and long term.