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.

Ep. 32 of The Road Home Podcast: Simran Sethi

On this episode of The Road Home, journalist Simran Sethi joins Ethan Nichtern for a conversation about her work with environmentalism and agricultural biodiversity. Simran Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change. She has written for outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Guernica and The Guardian. Simran is the author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love. Learn more about her at simransethi.com.  Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Ep. 31 of The Road Home Podcast: Making a Sustainable Meditation Practice

On this episode of The Road Home, Ethan Nichtern talks about making a sustainable meditation practice and overcoming some of the obstacles that can block your progress. How can you set up a meditation practice for long term success? Ethan talks about the keys to making a sustainable practice, including finding your spot, connecting with dharma buddies, and reframing your point of view. “For most of us, finding people to practice with, or check in with about our practice, is really important.” – Ethan Nichtern Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.

Your 2020 Aspirations

Dear Friends, Whatever you are celebrating and whoever you are celebrating with, I hope the holidays are treating you well, and you are treating your own heartmind well, too. At this time of year, I ask the students I work with personally to contemplate aspirations for the coming year, as a way to enter 2020 with a bit more clarity of intention. I thought I'd share the exercise with you in case it might be useful. This can be done as a contemplation period after a sitting session, a journaling session, or any other form of structured reflection you find useful in your practice. It may be helpful to contemplate your aspiration on these two levels: Outer: What is your plan for outer practice, study, courses, retreats, body practice, service work, political engagement, creative practice or other forms of dharma practice in 2020? What would you like to aspire towards informally, or formally commit to taking on this year?Inner: What are

Ep. 30 of The Road Home Podcast – Leadership and the Art of Growing Up with Jerry Colonna

This time on the Road Home Podcast, Ethan Nichtern is joined by leadership coach Jerry Colonna for a conversation around balancing leadership and wealth with the principles of mindfulness and spiritual practice. Jerry Colonna is the CEO, and co-founder, of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm whose coaches and facilitators are committed to the notion that better humans make better leaders. For nearly 20 years, he has used the knowledge gained as an investor, an executive, and a board member for more than 100 organizations to help entrepreneurs and others to lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity. Learn more about Jerry’s offerings at Reboot.io. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and more via The Be Here Now network.