Ep. 40 of The Road Home Podcast: Mutual Aid Mindfulness with Shelly Tygielski

Shelly Tygielski joins Ethan Nichtern to discuss mutual aid communities, corporate mindfulness, and the Pandemic of Love. Ethan invites Shelly Tygielski to the podcast for a timely conversation surrounding topics pertinent to life in modern times. Ranging from Shelly’s meditative beginnings and first meetings with Buddhist teachers like Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman, to her decision to quit her corporate job to find ways to bring mindfulness to her community, this episode of The Road Home explores how we can offer true service through imbibing our authentic self. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep. 39 of The Road Home Podcast – Neurodharma with Rick Hanson

Dr. Rick Hanson visits Ethan Nichtern for a conversation around the intersection of neuroscience and the contemplative traditions. Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, senior fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. Learn more about Rick, available courses and his podcast, Being Well, at rickhanson.net. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep. 38 of The Road Home Podcast – The Truth of Interconnection with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg returns to The Road Home for a conversation with Ethan Nichtern around how the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the truth of interconnection and interdependence. Sharon Salzberg’s upcoming book, Real Change, is available to pre-order. Learn more about Sharon and her offerings at sharonsalzberg.com. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep 37 of The Road Home Podcast – The Bridge Between Meditation & Music w/ Annie Hart

Songwriter and musician Annie Hart joins Ethan Nichtern for a conversation that touches on the intersection of meditative practice, activism, and music. Annie Hart is a New York City-based composer, songwriter, and performer.  She made her name with David Lynch favorites and Twin Peaks alums, synth trio Au Revoir Simone, and has since branched into a swift-moving solo career. Annie continues to break boundaries by composing music for patient listeners in her own distinctive self-taught style.  Her new album, A Softer Offering, explores deep emotional content with a paradoxically lush spareness in sound. Find Annie’s music at anniehart.nyc. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep. 36 of The Road Home Podcast – Practicing In The World As It Is

On this episode of The Road Home, Ethan Nichtern offers some thoughts on working with anxiety and fear, and how we can continue practicing in the world as it is during the COVID-19 pandemic. Practicing In The World As It Is How can we continue practicing in the midst of this world in the grasp of a global pandemic? Ethan explores how we can look at our quarantine experiences as a kind of retreat on managing our relationships. He talks about how hard it can be to meditate at a time like this, and offers some tips for those who are not comfortable with a sitting meditation practice right now. “If you had to really sum it up, meditation is not the practice of stopping your resistance, but it’s actually the practice of studying your resistance. So it’s okay if you’re having a lot of resistance either from within yourself

Guided Meditation For Setting Intention in Uncertain Times

Practice contemplating and setting clear and meaningful intentions for the time ahead. Click below for the audio. The meditation is about 19 minutes, with commentary following. If you'd like to make a donation to support more free online teachings each week, please do so via this link.

Ep. 35 of The Road Home Podcast – Meditation for the Rest of Us with Justin Michael Williams

Author, public speaker, and musician Justin Michael Williams visits the Road Home Podcast for a conversation around making mindfulness and meditation more relatable and accessible to all people. From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window to sharing the stage with Deepak Chopra, Justin Michael Williams knows the power of healing to overcome. He is an author, top 20 recording artist, and transformational speaker whose work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Grammy.com, Yoga Journal, Billboard, Wanderlust, and South by Southwest. With over a decade of teaching experience, Justin has become a pioneering millennial voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. Learn more at StayWokeGiveBack.com Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Guided Compassion Meditation For Anxiety

Click below for a guided audio meditation on working with anxiety. The meditation is about 15 minutes with commentary following. If you'd like to make a donation to support more free online teachings each week, please do so via this link.

Ep. 34 of The Road Home Podcast – Evolving Dharma with Jay Michaelson

Ethan Nichtern shares a conversation with author and meditation teacher Jay Michaelson around integrating The Dharma into our modern lives. Jay Michaelson is a meditation teacher and editor at Ten Percent Happier, a leading meditation platform, and a weekly columnist at the Daily Beast covering religion, the Supreme Court, and LGBTQ issues. Jay has been leading meditation retreats in Buddhist, Jewish, and secular contexts for fifteen years. In addition to this work, Jay is also the author of seven books on contemplative practice; including his newest release, Enlightenment by Trial and Error. He has a JD from Yale Law School, a PhD in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University, and nondenominational rabbinic ordination. Find articles and conversations with Jay that touch on a variety of topics at jaymichaelson.net. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep. 33 of The Road Home Podcast: Steve Silberman

On this episode of The Road Home, Steve and Ethan spoke about memories of Allen Ginsberg, the flaws of teachers, why Greta Thunberg is a great activist, and Steve's bestselling book Neurotribes. Steve Silberman is an American writer based in San Francisco, California. Silberman is best known as the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, which became a New York Times bestseller and was awarded the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize. His next book, The Taste of Salt, will be a history of cystic fibrosis. Silberman’s article “The Placebo Problem” won the AAAS “Kavli Science Journalism Award for Magazine Writing.” Silberman’s Wired article “The Geek Syndrome”, which focused on autism in Silicon Valley, was one of the first articles about autism in the technology industry. Learn more about Steve’s work and find insightful articles and blogs from Steve at stevesilberman.com. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.