Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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Episode 100 :: Max Pugh :: Walk With Me Film, Mindfulness, and Thich Nhat Hanh

| November 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 100 :: Max Pugh :: Walk With Me Film, Mindfulness, and Thich Nhat Hanh

Max Pugh Film maker Max Pugh joins us to speak about Walk With Me, a film about mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh. Many of the mindfulness teachers in the West, whether first generation, Gen X, Millenials, or whatever is most current, got their start on the contemplative path from various traditional settings. One of the […]

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Episode 099 :: Jennifer Howd :: Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk: How I Survived A Silent Meditation Retreat

| November 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 099 :: Jennifer Howd :: Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk: How I Survived A Silent Meditation Retreat

Jennifer Howd Jennifer Howd joins us to speak about her book Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk: How I Survived A Silent Meditation Retreat. Going on retreat can be one of the most transformative, fun, interesting, and difficult things a meditator may do in their lifetime of contemplative practice. You encounter pain, continuous thoughts, overwhelming emotions, sometimes […]

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Episode 098 :: Nicholas T. Van Dam :: Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation

| October 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 098 :: Nicholas T. Van Dam :: Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation

Nicholas T. Van Dam Dr. Nicholas Van Dam joins us to speak about the recent paper “Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation”. Several years ago, thanks to the kindness of a friend, I was fortunate enough to be included in a gathering sponsored by the Mind […]

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Episode 097 :: Inger Burnett-Zeigler :: Mindfulness with Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Women in Chicago

| October 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 097 :: Inger Burnett-Zeigler :: Mindfulness with Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Women in Chicago

Inger Burnett-Zeigler Inger Burnett-Zeigler joins us to speak about her teaching of mindfulness to socioeconomically disadvantaged women suffering from clinical depression in Chicago. You may have noticed that there is a particular challenge faced by teachers of mindfulness programs, and those they teach. The problem is this: much as we may want to offer our […]

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Episode 096 :: Shala Nicely and Jon Hershfield :: Everyday Mindfulness for OCD

| September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 096 :: Shala Nicely and Jon Hershfield :: Everyday Mindfulness for OCD

Shala Nicely Shala Nicely and Jon Hershfield join us to talk about how mindfulness can help those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Have you ever noticed your mind spinning on a single track? Try as you might, the same thought repeats again and again? I certainly have, and mindfulness has really helped me to notice when […]

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Episode 095 :: Lisa Dale Miller :: Somatic Trauma Intervention

| September 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 095 :: Lisa Dale Miller :: Somatic Trauma Intervention

Lisa Dale Miller Lisa Dale Miller joins us to speak about somatic trauma intervention. While mindfulness in a typical program is not necessarily therapy, there are often overlapping ideas and disciplines which may be found in both. The skills one develops in a mindfulness program, for example, build a capacity to notice, to sense both […]

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Episode 094 :: Amanda Johnson :: Letting Go of Perfectionism

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 094 :: Amanda Johnson :: Letting Go of Perfectionism

Amanda Johnson Amanda Johnson joins us to speak about how aspirations of being perfect may not being serving us, in her new book Becoming Enough: A Heroine’s Journey to the Already Perfect Self. Do you ever wrestle with the thought or feeling that you just aren’t measuring up? That there’s a Should Be, and you’re […]

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Episode 093 :: Elana Rosenbaum :: The Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

| August 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 093 :: Elana Rosenbaum :: The Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Elana Rosenbaum Senior MBSR teacher Elana Rosenbaum joins us to speak about teaching mindfulness, and her new book The Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: A MBSR Guide for Clinicians and Clients. Mindfulness programs have started to become quite common in the U.S., and while it’s good to see more accessibility to those who may benefit […]

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Episode 092 :: Janet Solyntjes :: Colorado MBSR Teacher Group

| August 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 092 :: Janet Solyntjes :: Colorado MBSR Teacher Group

Episode 092 :: Janet Solyntjes :: Colorado MBSR Teacher Group Janet Solyntjes Janet Solyntjes speaks with us about the Colorado MBSR Teacher Group. In our last episode we learned about the formation of a community of mindfulness teachers in the Pacific Northwest. In today’s interview, we move to another part of the country, exploring this […]

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Episode 091 :: Laura Martin :: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teachers of the Pacific Northwest (MBSRPNW)

| July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 091 :: Laura Martin :: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teachers of the Pacific Northwest (MBSRPNW)

Laura Martin Laura Martin speaks with us about building a community of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teachers of the Pacific Northwest (MBSRPNW). If you’re a mindfulness teacher or thinking of becoming one, you may run into some challenges with peer interaction. Not the interaction itself, but simply finding them, locating the community of those fellow teachers. […]

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