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

February 11th, 2019 · Comments

34 minute talk + 25 minute meditation

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On Releasing Resentments and Processing Anger

February 6th, 2019 · Comments

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

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SAD: Seasonal Depression and Processing Dispiriting Moods

January 30th, 2019 · Comments

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

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Understanding and Addressing Catastrophizing Thoughts and Hypochondria

January 23rd, 2019 · Comments

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

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Being Triggered: Why It Happens And What to Do About It

January 16th, 2019 · Comments

Talk and guided meditation; the talk presents an overview of early buddhist and contemporary clinical insights into the psychology processes underlying the sudden switch from a safe and confident state into a hypervigilant, survival mode; the meditation explores self-soothing during triggered states, and de-activating triggering individuals.

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Climbing the Ladder of Well-Being – The Psychological Processes Underpinning Helping Others Skillfully

January 9th, 2019 · Comments

Talk and Guided meditation on the three nervous system states and neural correlates underpinning helping others skillfully, without being dysregulated via emotion contagion.

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Reflecting on a Renewed Sense of Purpose for a New Year

January 1st, 2019 · Comments

Recorded December 31 2018 in Brooklyn NY, from 11pm to just before midnight (after which the sangha chanted the Buddhist refuges and precepts).

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Safe vs Alert vs At Risk: How Our Nervous System Influences How We Think, Act and Perceive Others

December 19th, 2018 · Comments

34 minute talk and 26 minute guided meditation on the theme.

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Developing Awareness of Feelings as a Way to Transform Ingrained Behaviors

December 12th, 2018 · Comments

30 minute talk and 29 minute guided meditation on transforming ingrained behaviors and perceptions through developing a sustained awareness of underlying feelings.

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Loosening the Grip of False Perceptions Through Skillful Acts of Non-Compliance

December 5th, 2018 · Comments

Dharma talk and guided meditation exploring the theme. Hour long episode.

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the myth of self-improvement vs the healing journey of self-care

November 27th, 2018 · Comments

A talk summarizing the Buddha's insights into one of the most pernicious catalysts of suffering, why self-improvement regimes invariably leave us disappointed and often with even more damaged states of inner esteem, and the psychologically sound practices to process emotional wounds.

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Social Discomfort: What Behaviors Exacerbate and Alleviate Interpersonal Awkwardness

November 21st, 2018 · Comments

Talk and Guided meditation exploring alleviating social anxiety

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Imagination and Creativity in Meditation as a Form of Self-Therapy

November 14th, 2018 · Comments

26 minute talk + 28 minute guided meditation developing creative visualization practice
Also: Join us for our last retreat of the year!

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Surviving Toxic Relationships with Narcissists and Sociopaths

November 14th, 2018 · Comments

35 minute talk + 24 minute guided meditation on developing a secure base
And join us for our last retreat of the year! 

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How to Transform Unpleasant Memories into Useful Stories

October 31st, 2018 · Comments

Talk and Guided Meditation

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Two Talks and Meditations from 2018 Dharma Punx Retreat on Secure Attachment

October 31st, 2018 · Comments

Talks and guided Meditations from the October 25 - 28 Won Dharma Retreat on Secure Attachment

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Unlearning Fear: Reviewing neural processes underlying fear and meditation strategies to alleviate avoidance coping

October 25th, 2018 · Comments

Talk and guided meditation on the process of overriding fear through visualization process.

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Cultivating A Spiritual Path to Survive Shitty Times

October 17th, 2018 · Comments

33 minute dharma talk followed by 29 minute guided meditation on the theme

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Healing Core Shame By Developing Self-Worth and Confidence While in a Meditation Practice

October 10th, 2018 · Comments

Talk on the concept of core shame, what causes it, how it leads to self-doubt, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, vulnerability and avoidant coping patterns, and a guided meditation demonstrating how to alleviate core shame in practice.

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How to Understand and Alleviate Those Distressing Thoughts

October 4th, 2018 · Comments

30 minute talk followed by guided meditation on the theme

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Self-Retreat: On the Transformative Power of Emotions

October 4th, 2018 · Comments

Extended talk on the efficacy of emotions followed by meditation exploring the theme. Recorded September 28 2018 at Garrison Institute

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The Emotional Wounds Underlying Envy & Jealousy

September 26th, 2018 · Comments

28 minute talk + 28 minute guided meditation

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A Basic Process for Making Difficult Decisions

September 23rd, 2018 · Comments

30 minute talk + 30 minute guided meditation where we practice making a difficult decision

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Core Feelings, Defensive Impulses and Resilience

September 12th, 2018 · Comments

39 minute talk followed by 25 minute guided meditation on themes introduced in the talk.

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The Social Brain and Shaping One’s Self to Achieve Acceptance from Others

September 5th, 2018 · Comments

33 minute talk, 27 minute guided meditaiton practicing the tools described in the talk

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Five ways to Use Attention in Meditation to Reduce Agitation & Build Distress Tolerance

August 29th, 2018 · Comments

33 minute talk + 30 minute meditation reviewing different techniques

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What Hides Behind the Curtain

August 22nd, 2018 · Comments

25 minute talk + 25 minute meditation which further investigates the theme.

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Addiction. Attachment. Dharma. Recovery.

August 15th, 2018 · Comments

36 minute talk, 27 minute guided meditation on the theme.
This talk expands on ideas found in the clinical books of
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Addiction as an Attachment Disorder' by Philip Flores,
'Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self' by Allan Schore

Along with these other studies:
Caspers, K. M., Troutman, B., & Spinks, R. (2006). Attachment as an organizer of behavior: implications for substance abuse problems and willingness to seek treatment
Padykula, N.L. & Conklin, P. (2010). The self-regulation model of attachment trauma and addiction. Clinical Social Work Journal
Reis, S., Curtis, J. & Reid, A. (2012). Attachment styles and alcohol problems in emerging adulthood
Schindler, A., TSack, P. M., Kustner, U. & Eckert, J. (2005). Attachment and substance use disorders.
Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction’ (2008) Gabor Mate
Substance Abuse and Insecure Attachment Styles: A Relational Study Yasmin Borhani University of California, Irvine
Research by Thorberg and Lyvers (2006)

 

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Live in Berlin, August 9 2018

August 12th, 2018 · Comments

Talk given at Akazienzendo in Schoneburg Berlin.

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the repair of emotional wounds and core shame in meditation practice

August 1st, 2018 · Comments

32 minute talk + 26 minute guided meditation on the theme.

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The Fear of Insignificance, Transcendence and the final process in Buddhism, Atammayata

July 25th, 2018 · Comments

33 minute talk + 27 minute guided Atammayata meditation

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The Whys & Hows of Setting Boundaries with Foolish People

July 12th, 2018 · Comments

34 minute talk, 26 minute guided meditation

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Defining Depression and Alleviating the Intrusive Thoughts That Trigger Relapses

July 12th, 2018 · Comments

27 minute talk followed by 30 minute meditation

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Each of us is a crowd: Defensive Sub-Personalities and the Wounded Child

July 5th, 2018 · Comments

31 minute talk, 29 minute meditation exploring the theme.

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UNDERSTANDING THE DECENTRALIZED SELF AND HOW ONE CAN INTEGRATE IMPULSES INTO AN ADAPTABLE PSYCHE

June 28th, 2018 · Comments

37 minute talk, 27 minute meditation, followed by brief addendum

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Standing Up to Bullies Without Freezing: Using Spiritual Tools to Protect Ourselves

June 20th, 2018 · Comments

28 minute talk, 27 minute meditation practicing the concepts + brief conclusion. 

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Invitation to a Spacious and Open Mind

June 14th, 2018 · Comments

33 minute talk + 27 minute guided meditation on the theme

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NO BIG IDEA - Don’t Believe the Hype

June 7th, 2018 · Comments

25 minute talk followed by 30 minute guided meditation

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Sometimes All You Need Is a New Perspective (or A Different View)

May 30th, 2018 · Comments

32 minute talk • 27 minute guided meditation on the theme • thanks for listening

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Mending Important Relationships with Mindful and Mirroring Dialogue Strategies

May 23rd, 2018 · Comments

34 minute talk followed by 26 minute meditation related to the theme.

Remember to check out the six part, filmed Dharma Punx NYC series now showing at: learn.tricycle.org/courses/feeling-secure-in-an-unstable-world

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Talk on Core Shame and Low Self-Esteem, With Inner Child Meditation Exploring How to Ease Old Emotional Wounds

May 16th, 2018 · Comments

27 minute talk +30 minute guided meditation exploring the topic, including exploring how the brahma viharas can heal early emotional wounds.

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Understanding and Treating Anxiety

May 9th, 2018 · Comments

34 minute talk, 26 minute meditation

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Existential Well-Being: Cultivating Insights Steering Us Towards a Meaningful Life

May 2nd, 2018 · Comments

30 minute talk followed by 30 minute guided meditation on the theme.

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How to Fire Your Inner Prosecutor: Deflating the Inflated Superego

April 25th, 2018 · Comments

Talk followed by guided meditation exploring ways to address the inflated superego

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how early life experiences, now long forgotten, still influence our lives and what we can do about them

April 18th, 2018 · Comments

35 minute talk, 25 minute meditation on the theme.

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two paths to liberation: samadhi and vipassana

April 11th, 2018 · Comments

26 minute talk followed by 30 minute guided meditation on the topic

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Guided meditation – samadhi and vipassana

April 11th, 2018 · Comments

30 minute guided meditation

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i just dont know what to make of it and that’s ok

April 4th, 2018 · Comments

26 minute talk + 30 minute guided meditation

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memory reconsolidation—the intersection of a core buddhist insight practice with contemporary neuropsychology

March 26th, 2018 · Comments

30 minute talk, 30 minute meditation on the topic

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Turning Towards, Rather than Running from, Discomfort: Observing and Learning from Difficult Experiences

March 7th, 2018 · Comments

35 minute talk followed by 28 minute guided meditation exploring the tools discussed.

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