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Join clinician and author Lisa Dale Miller at the leading edge of integrative mental health! We deliver thoughtful dialogues with innovative clinicians, researchers and contemplatives that unite health science research and profound wisdom traditions, inform about somatic psychotherapies and Buddhist psychology, and we do it all with big dose of intelligence, clarity, curiosity and openheartedness.
 
Lisa Dale Miller gives a brief overview of her motivation to write "Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence" and its contents. This is the first in a series of podcasts related to the clinical application of Buddhist psychology. Visit the website: www.awakened presence.com Visit the blog: http://effortlessmindfulness.wordpress.com/
 
This is the first of two dharma talks given at Marin Sangha in June 2014. In this talk, Lisa Dale Miller refutes the controversial claim by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others, that mindfulness-based interventions (MBSR and the like) deliver a "universal dharma"; an accurate depiction of traditional Buddhist meditation practices and implicitly imparts the profound ethical and philosophical aspects of the actual Buddhadharma.
 
Lisa Dale Miller, MA, LMFT, LPCC, SEP is a private practice psychotherapist in Los Gatos, CA, specializing in mindfulness psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and chronic pain. She is also an outpatient provider for the VA San Jose. Lisa is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Training clinicians in the pract ...
 
The first of two dharma talks given by Lisa Dale Miller, MFT, at the Marin Sangha on June 3 and 10, 2012 bridging the gap between personal love and the Buddha's profound teachings on boundless love. In these two talks we traversed the wild and diverse world of love— its ever-present approach and avoidance, needing and wanting, holding and letting go, gain and loss, opening and collapsing— eventually arriving at the point in which these dualistic qualities ultimately dissolve into love's true ...
 
The second of two dharma talks given by Lisa Dale Miller, MFT, at the Marin Sangha on June 3 and 10, 2012 bridging the gap between personal love and the Buddha's profound teachings on boundless love. In these two talks we traversed the wild and diverse world of love— its ever-present approach and avoidance, needing and wanting, holding and letting go, gain and loss, opening and collapsing— eventually arriving at the point in which these dualistic qualities ultimately dissolve into love's tru ...
 
This is a dharma talk I gave on August 8, 2017 at IMSB in Mountain View, Ca, on the topic of Skillfully Recognizing Empty Appearance. Though the Buddhist notion of emptiness can be quite challenging for Western Buddhist practitioners, the rich teachings on emptiness offer a clear path to apply wise view, wise action and skillful means in daily life.
 
Fierce compassion and discerning wisdom are necessary for cutting through all forms of doubt that impede our capacity to be a source of upliftment and awakening for ourselves and others. This talk is a follow-up to the talk I gave on Fearlessness. Enjoy!
 
Lovingkindness meditation, or metta, is a mindfulness practice for the heart: a beautiful way to cultivate feelings of compassion and love for self, others and ultimately all beings. Lovingkindness Meditation #2 is a 25-minute guided metta practice to generate lovingkindness for a neutral person and then for a somewhat difficult person. Metta meditation should be done at your own pace. It is not necessary to force yourself to move onto this often more challenging metta practice until you fee ...
 
David Vago, PhD and Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP tackle the traditional Buddhist concept of "enlightenment" from their modern clinical points of view in a stimulating and fun discussion. Part 2 focuses on S-ART, David's neurobiological framework for describing the positive effects of meditation on self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence; Theravada, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna notions of awakening and not-self; secular mental training; different interventions for different psy ...
 
This is a dharma talk I gave on August 24, 2017 at Bloom of the Present Sangha in Santa Cruz. This is a follow-up to my talk on Emptiness in that non-hatred is probably the other most difficult of the Buddhist precepts to apply as a Buddhist practitioner/householder living in a world characterized by human suffering that arises from hatred, greed and primordial ignorance. This talk had particular significance as it was delivered two weeks after the horrific events that transpired in Charleston.
 
Listen to the first of two talks I delivered at Marin Sangha in May 2016 on Delusion and Non-delusion. This first talk covers the Buddhist psychological description of how delusion manifests in human perception and its effects on collective and personal human suffering.
 
Listen to the second of two talks on non-attachment—certainly the most misunderstood and maligned Buddhist ideal. This talk focuses on the practical application of non-attachment in daily life. Together the Marin Sangha and I explored various ways to cultivate non-clinging by transforming greed with equanimity, hatred with compassion, and delusion with clarity.
 
Listen to two talks I delivered at Marin Sangha on non-attachment—certainly the most misunderstood and maligned Buddhist ideal. This first talk deconstructs the term into its various meanings and explores the philosophical implications of non-attachment and identity clinging through the Buddha’s teachings from the Pāli Canon and those of several modern-day Buddhist teachers.
 
David Vago, PhD and Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP tackle the traditional Buddhist concept of "enlightenment" from their modern clinical points of view in a stimulating and fun discussion. Part 2 focuses on S-ART, David's neurobiological framework for describing the positive effects of meditation on self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence; Theravada, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna notions of awakening and not-self; secular mental training; different interventions for different psy ...
 
n these turbulent times it is important to understand how effective social action and the Buddhist practices of wise speech, embodied awareness and right action complement one another. Virtuous conduct, sīla, depends upon a Buddhist practitioner's ability to comprehend and enact right view: impermanence, not-self and the causes of suffering and non-suffering. This talk clarifies how to hold the precepts while boldly, fearlessly engaging in social action.
 
The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation by Langri Tangpo, beautifully illustrate the reality that in the Buddhist literature mind and heart are not separate; rather a sacred complex of one mind/heart. Seating oneself firmly in the sacredness of mind/heart allows full extension of the Bodhisattvic commitment to develop Bodhichitta, the altruistic intention to attain enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. The Eight Verses form a practical manual for developing the Bodhisattvic p ...
 
This is a dharma talk I gave at marin Sangha on November 5, 2017. The topic of the talk is Bodhicitta: a dedicated, heart-felt desire to fully awaken for the benefit of all other beings. Bodhicitta reminds us that every moment is an invitation to awaken all beings by motivating ourselves to engage in other-regarding behaviors. This is how we take on the responsibility of decreasing the mass of human suffering by seeding the world with at least one more quiescent, wise and compassionate perso ...
 
Join me Kevin Miller as I interview entrepreneurs, business owners and experts who share their stories and insight on how to be successful in business. Listen and learn as we have fun discussing their business journey from start up's to multi million dollar enterprise. I enjoy learning from the many high profile guests I have been fortunate enough to interview and I hope you do too. As a successful business owner and entrepreneur, I believe that we never stop learning. ' Every day is a schoo ...
 
The first path factor of the Buddha’s Eightfold Noble Path is right view, also known as wise understanding. Though right view is the first of the Eightfold path factors, it represents the fruition of the succeeding seven path factors. Right view and right intention (the second path factor) together encompass supreme training in wisdom; a training designed to awaken the faculty of penetrative understanding—that which knows things as they truly are. The Buddha defined right view as understandi ...
 
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Love it or Hate it, public speaking is something we can all become better at through practice, planning and preparation. Lisa Evans is an experienced public speaking professional trainer and offers training and coaching to help you as a leader and a business owner. Tune in as Lisa offers fantastic value, tips and expert knowledge to help you improv…
 
Muzz Buzz is Perth's first and most successful drive thru coffee business. CEO Warren Reynolds joins me in the studio to discuss how the franchise business grew to having 36 stores throughout WA. Listen in as he explains the journey and challenges of growing the concept and adapting to change.By Kevin Miller
 
In this year of radical loss, Opening to Grief: Finding your way from loss to peace is an essential guidebook for anyone navigating grief and loss. Claire B. Willis, author, clinical social worker, ordained lay Buddhist chaplain and yoga teacher talks about her journey writing this book and shares expert counsel about the many ways to honor any for…
 
Do you want to reset, feel better and improve your energy ? Erin explains Breathwork, what it is and how the process can help you as a person and help your business. Erin is a small business owner and understands the small business journey and the challenges we face. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the breathwork process and it was a…
 
My second dialogue with Evan Thompson covers his latest and most controversial book, Why I Am Not A Buddhist, which spotlights conceptual and functional problems with Buddhist modernism, Buddhist exceptionalism, Buddhist Empiricism, and neural Buddhism. With philosophical adeptness, Evan argues a cosmopolitan view of not-self and enlightenment, and…
 
Lisa is the Managing Director of Benchmark Specialist Property Managers. Listen in as Lisa tells us about buying an existing business and making it her own. We talk about customer service and having a work life balance with young families. Lisa also has a really cool Canadian accent 😊 Thanks for tuning in, don’t forget to subscribe.…
 
Rick Hart is a retail success story. The Rick Hart Group had 18 stores, 300 staff and a turnover of $180 Million Dollars. I sit down with Rick to listen and learn about his story and his approach to business. This episode provides great value to any small business owner looking to scale their business. Thanks for joining me, don't forget to subscri…
 
Social Media can be overwhelming for small business owners. Just knowing which platforms to be present on and what to post is stressful enough. Delighted to sit down and discuss Social Media and Marketing with two fantastic industry experts Sarah Thomson and Kasia McNaught to share there experience and knowledge. This podcast is for you, the Small …
 
I was very fortunate to sit down in the studio with Dale Alcock for over an hour and learn about his story. Dale needs no introduction, he has amassed great success in business by focusing on his reputation and ensuring accountability and consistency of his own personal values in business. This is a fantastic opportunity to listen in to an open and…
 
This episode is a dharma talk I gave online at Marin Sangha on 9/13, when we were experiencing insane wildfires burning throughout our area. The talk uses the Fire Sutta to explore collective conduct and personal responsibility in the midst of extreme life circumstances such as 2020 continues to bring many of us. My intention in releasing it now is…
 
Jason Walker owns F45 Joondalup and talks to me about a 5 year journey as part of one of Australia's most successful franchise models. You will hear Jason talk about the benefits of purchasing a franchise and how owning this business has allowed him to build a community of friends and members. Jason is a multi time Ironman and we discuss determinat…
 
A fantastic and informative episode about all things networking and your local business association. Have you ever wondered what goes on at a networking event ? What are you meant to do ? What types of people are there ? Lauren Bell is the General Manager of the Wanneroo Business Association and sheds some light on networking do's and dont's and wh…
 
Marky Salinas owns 2 cafes in the Joondalup area and tells us about his early experiences working in the hospitality industry to now owning his own premises. It is interesting to hear Mark talk about his early introduction to mentorship and goal setting and how this helped shape his pathway to achieving his success. Mark also talks about the effect…
 
Lama Rod Owens, African-American author and Tibetan Buddhist teacher, describes himself as, “black, queer, cisgender, and male-identified, fat, mixed class, Buddhist teacher and minister, yoga teacher, and shit-talking Southerner.” When I contacted Lama Rod more than a year ago to have him on the show, his assistant told me he was deep into writing…
 
This episode is a celebration of Teja Bell, a lifelong practitioner and teacher of Aikido, Taijiquan, Qigong, Neigong, Buddhism and Taoism. I have studied qigong with Teja for many years and delighted in QigongDharma and Radiant Heart Qigong, his unique integration of Buddhist meditation and qigong. He is an Aikido master (6th degree black belt) an…
 
Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW, is a rare combination of rigorous researcher and compassionate clinician. His unique integration of CBT and mindfulness led him to create Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), an integrative group intervention for treating chronic pain, stress, and opioid misuse. His attention to detail and methodology has made …
 
Are non-human animals conscious? Do non-human animal minds have concepts, intelligence, memory, intentionality, ethics, and social behavior? Kristin Andrews, professor of philosophy, author, and pioneering researcher in moral cognition, discusses non-human animal consciousness and the ethical problems of using non-human animals, like rats, as resea…
 
Psychedelic-assisted interventions appear to be all the rage these days. Though there are many psychedelic evangelists I wanted to find a credible medical resource to discuss these treatments. Deep gratitude to my friend Ron Purser who introduced me to my esteemed guest, Sylver Quevedo, MD, a pioneer in integrative family and internal medicine, ass…
 
Lisa Dale Miller, psychotherapist and dharma teacher, shares three invaluable daily practices for maintaining sanity in our “new normal” of staying at home all the time. 1) Three Gratitudes Practice 2) Awareness Breaks for when you feel agitated or anxious 3) Diligence and Renunciation Practice as helpmates to get good sleep, exercise everyday, and…
 
The COVID-19 outbreak is the very time for meditative practice because chaos and uncertainty are the rich soil of awakening! Of great help is to shift your mindset into a compassionate stance with respect to social distancing and spending more time at home. Lisa Dale Miller, psychotherapist and dharma teacher, shares advice and easy practices for d…
 
Psychiatrist James S. Gordon pioneered a mind-body methodology widely used around the world for healing psychological trauma. His latest book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma, offers a comprehensive evidence-based program anyone can use to reverse the psychological and biological damage caused by traumatic experie…
 
Depression is a relapsing disease and preventing future depressive episodes is critical for lifelong mental health. Psychiatrist and UCSF Professor Emeritus Stuart Eisendrath’s new book, When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing mindfulness to alleviate depression, is a layperson’s guide for depression relapse prevention. His book offers detai…
 
Last week a patient greeted me with these words, “2020. Clear vision.” That declaration of clear knowing, exemplifies every wish I have for our world as we step into a new decade. See clearly, care deeply, act wisely. Though I infrequently feature two dharma talks in a row on this podcast, this one epitomizes the power of imparting wisdom at a time…
 
Welcome to the end of the year, the end of the decade, and the last episode in GG Season Two. From the creator’s side, GG Season 3 looks like the best is yet to come. It’s been a challenging year globally in so many ways. And certainly climate disruption tops the list of 2019’s human failures: We utterly fail to comprehend the consequences of our c…
 
If it is not by now fully apparent how much I love science, this conversation, well more accurately this rare chance to sit at the feet of a science master, is proof that there is nothing more surprising and profound than the physics of space, time, information, and quantum reality. Cosmologist, UCSC physics professor, science activist, and author …
 
Loch Kelly’s new book, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness, is a practice manual for living a fully embodied, open-hearted life. Loch insists the goal of effortless mindfulness is not to escape or transcend, but to recognize and embody wakeful pure awareness, which is ever-present in the midst of the full range of human experience. To help listeners …
 
This episode is a dive deep into the extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist teachings on Dream Yoga, Sleep Yoga, and the Bardos, with Andrew Holecek; a longtime Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and expert in offering these teachings via contemporary language and authentic practices. Andrew’s methodology goes way beyond lucid dreaming. He believes that shamath…
 
This episode features a dharma talk given by Lisa Dale Miller at Marin Sangha in March 2019. The talk begins with a discussion of teachers and their fallibilities, and the ethical standards the Buddhist teachings require teachers to uphold. The second part of the talk focuses on human beings who spend their lives engaged in wrongdoing, realize thei…
 
My dialogue with Cuong Lu, Buddhist teacher and prison chaplain in the Netherlands, was by far the most moving experience of my podcasting life. Cuong’s wisdom and limitless compassion brought me to tears several times during our time together. He was born in Vietnam and grew up in the midst of war, only knowing fighting until his mother moved them…
 
It seems the more mindfulness is mainstreamed, the more its claims are being questioned. Ron Purser, Professor of Management at SFSU and author of the new groundbreaking book, McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality, has been a longtime critic of the widespread mainstreaming and overselling of mindfulness practices. He…
 
This episode features Anna Lembke, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School and author of the massively influential book Drug Dealer, MD. Dr. Lembke shares her immeasurable expertise in psychiatry, dual-diagnosis and chronic pain treatment, with a heavy dose of unmitigated truth-telling. Ou…
 
Divorce is almost as much a part of life as marriage. Yet most couples are in the dark about pro-social, non-toxic approaches to divorce. Enter Gabrielle Hartley, attorney, mediator and co-author of Better Apart, a practical guide for skillfully executing a divorce and emerging a wiser, more compassionate and resilient human being. The uniqueness o…
 
This is a very special episode featuring Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, addiction psychiatrist, author, app developer, and associate professor of psychiatry at Brown University School of Medicine. Jud is a seasoned researcher of mindfulness interventions for addiction and developer of novel habit-change apps for abating anxiety and craving. A longtime Bud…
 
Describing what is ultimately indescribable, that which transcends language, is really challenging. Yet psychologist John Astin accomplishes this daunting task so beautifully in his new book, This Extraordinary Moment. And John and I try our best in this rich dialogue to entice you into a process of profound inquiry into nondual reality and its use…
 
This dialogue with visionary psychotherapist Gina Ross—a pioneer in understanding and healing collective trauma—is both informative and deeply moving. A Syrian Jew with empathy for both Israeli and Arabic cultures, and founder of the International Trauma Healing Institutes, Gina has devoted her life’s work to resolving the societal and individual d…
 
Happy New Year! I am very excited to launch GG Season Two by dialoging with Alaine Duncan, Doctor of Chinese Medicine. Alaine has invented a truly unique approach to trauma-informed acupuncture which integrates the neurobiology of traumatic stress, Somatic Experiencing skills and Daoist Five Element theory. Her new book, The Tao of Trauma, co-autho…
 
This last episode of the Groundless Ground Season One features two consecutive dharma talks recently given by Lisa Dale Miller on the five aggregates—the main agent of mental and emotional suffering in the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths. Lisa's first talk deconstructs the illusory ‘heap’ nature of the five aggregates and explicates the…
 
This dialogue with Jeremy Lent is chockfull of insights and guidance on how individuals can make lasting, positive impacts and change the collective current disastrous course humanity appears to be on. Jeremy is a modern-day renaissance man. Educated at Cambridge University and University of Chicago, he founded and IPOed an early internet company, …
 
Paula Scatoloni, a somatic psychotherapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, explicates the insufficiency of standardized cognitive and behavioral eating disorder treatment, and introduces Embodied Recovery, a cutting-edge somatically-oriented, trauma-informed approach, which considers the body and embodiment the missing link for effective…
 
This episode is an educational and fun dialogue with Ken Wilgus, PhD, the author of Feeding The Mouth That Bites You, a practical guide for parents of adolescents targeted at helping them facilitate their teenager’s autonomy, responsibility, self-efficacy and independence. We touch on many tough subjects: behavior issues, academic performance, heli…
 
David Vago, PhD offers a neuroscience of mindfulness update providing clarity on what mindfulness is, is not, can and cannot do, and what is known about effective prescribing and dosing of meditation. He is research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, director of the Contemplative Neuroscience and Integrative Medicine Laboratory …
 
Evan Thompson discusses Embodied Cognition, 4E Cognition, and the problems with studying the mechanisms of mindfulness from a brain-only perspective. Evan is a writer and professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He works on the nature of the mind, the self, and human experience by combining cognitive science, phil…
 
Phillip Moffitt, author, yogi, and Theravada Buddhist meditation teacher discusses his most recent book, Awakening Through the Nine Bodies, an explication of extraordinary teachings on yoga and the subtle body, transmitted to Phillip by Himalayan master Swami Sri Premvarni Balyogi. Now eighty-six years old, Balyogi is one of a disappearing group of…
 
This episode features an in-depth dialogue with Kathy L. Kain, on how to work somatically and psychotherapeutically with patients suffering the effects of developmental trauma and complex trauma. Kathy has recently co-authored a groundbreaking book on this topic titled, Nurturing Resilience. Kathy generously explicates the mechanisms of development…
 
Cortland Dahl, PhD exemplifies a rare mix of contemplative and scientific talent. He is a longtime Buddhist practitioner, scholar, translator of Dzogchen and Mahāmudrā Tibetan Buddhist texts, and meditation teacher. Cort has served for many years as the main translator for Mingyur Rinpoche and is the co-founder of Tergar International. He tells us …
 
Episode 6 features a dharma talk given by Lisa Dale Miller at Marin Sangha on May 6, 2018. Lisa treads on the somewhat problematic territory of karma and reincarnation as understood in the early Buddhist teachings. Lisa’s interest in the actuality of karma and reincarnation is purely speculative. She does not find belief in past lives necessary for…
 
This episode features Jose Calderón-Abbo, MD. A native of Mexico City, Dr. Calderón is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, with an additional certification in mind-body medicine. In addition to his private practice in New Orleans, Dr. Calderón has served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at LSU School of Medicine Depar…
 
About 220 million people will experience a traumatic event and 20% of them will subsequently develop symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Rates of PTSD are even higher among US combat veterans. This dialogue on Embodied Contemplative Interventions features clinical psychologist and researcher Richard Miller, the Founder and Executive Directo…
 
Welcome back to the Groundless Ground Podcast! This first in a series of dialogues on the clinical use of embodied contemplative interventions features Peter Payne, researcher at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, and the co-founder of Bodymind Science and creator of Bodymind Training. Long-time master qigong teacher and Somatic Experi…
 
Though I recorded this episode over two weeks ago, the most recent horrific school shooting has once again highlighted the importance of actively working to end violence in America; especially gun violence. This episode is an exploration of the value of non-harming and its practice in daily life. Learn about the Buddhist psychological view of the c…
 
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