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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A Potential Dark Future for Mindfulness

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Potential Dark Future for Mindfulness

This was a recent article from American Yoga School, and it echoed some premonitions I’ve had with the potential near future of mindfulness. So I did a Search and Replace of only three words: yoga = mindfulness poses = meditations asana = embodiment If you’re a mindfulness teacher, what would it be like for you […]

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Interview on The Whole Leader Podcast

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Interview on The Whole Leader Podcast

I was recently honored to be a featured guest about mindfulness in the workplace on Sara Harvey Yao’s wonderful podcast, The Whole Leader. Hope you enjoy listening! The Power of Mindfulness at Work

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Episode 083 :: George Mumford :: The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Peak Performance

| March 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 083 :: George Mumford :: The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Peak Performance

George Mumford George Mumford speaks with us about The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Peak Performance. I remember being not so good at sports growing up, to put it kindly. “Psyching myself out” was what we called at least part of that, over thinking things which took me out of the moment, strangling any flow of […]

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Episode 082 :: Rose Pavlov :: Ivy Child International

| March 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 082 :: Rose Pavlov :: Ivy Child International

Rose Pavlov As mindfulness becomes more common in contemporary society, so is its acceptance as a part of public and private school systems. Children are learning how to observe their outer environment and inner experience, widening the gap between stimulus and response, and making more intentional choices in their words and actions. Along the way, […]

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Episode 081 :: Mark Coleman :: Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic

| February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 081 :: Mark Coleman :: Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic

Mark Coleman Mindfulness teacher Mark Coleman joins us to speak about his book Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic. How many times has that voice inside, that inner critic, spoken louder to you than the people sitting next to you? What does the critic say, […]

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Episode 080 :: Rebecca Crane :: What Defines Mindfulness-Based Programs?

| February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Episode 080 :: Rebecca Crane :: What Defines Mindfulness-Based Programs?

Rebecca Crane Rebecca Crane returns to the podcast to speak with us about the new paper What defines mindfulness-based programs? The warp and the weft. With the proliferation of programs using the word mindfulness in their title, there comes a valid question: how does the consumer know this really is a mindfulness program? And how […]

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Episode 079 :: Sara Harvey Yao :: Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage

| December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 079 :: Sara Harvey Yao :: Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage

Sara Harvey Yao Sara Harvey Yao joins us to speak about her book Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage. Mindfulness can be kinda sneaky. I don’t mean this in a deliberate way, but rather that this idea of developing mindful presence can touch just about everything in our waking life. And though it […]

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Episode 078 :: Dr. Judson Brewer :: Eating Mindfully

| November 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 078 :: Dr. Judson Brewer :: Eating Mindfully

Dr. Judson Brewer Dr. Judson Brewer joins us to speak about eating mindfully with the Eat Right Now app. Chances are today, yesterday, and just about every day of your life you’ve eaten. Chances are also good that most of those dining experiences were done while not entirely aware of the process; like me, you […]

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Episode 077 :: Patricia Lynn Dobkin :: Mindful Medical Practitioners: A Guide for Clinicians and Educators

| November 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 077 :: Patricia Lynn Dobkin :: Mindful Medical Practitioners: A Guide for Clinicians and Educators

Patricia Lynn Dobkin Dr. Patricia Lynn Dobkin joins us to speak about her new book, Mindful Medical Practitioners: A Guide for Clinicians and Educators. Teaching mindfulness can be a very challenging activity. Introducing it to various contexts requires a deep understanding of that environment, the attitudes and perspectives of the potential participants, and an elegant […]

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Episode 076 :: Tara Healey :: Mindfulness-Based Learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

| October 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Episode 076 :: Tara Healey :: Mindfulness-Based Learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Tara Healey Tara Healey joins us to speak about developing a world class mindfulness program in the corporate world. When you attend a mindfulness program on your own, perhaps MBSR or MBCT, you will probably find yourself in a heterogeneous group of fellow participants. Everyone is there from a different background, and for different though […]

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