Meditation: Falling Awake

This insightful double-interview, Meditation: Falling Awake, was presented on The Spirit of Things on the ABC Radio Network. Host Rachael Kohn interviewed Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who says the purpose of meditation is mindfulness, not bliss; and Self-Realization Fellowship monk Brother Satyananda, who makes the case that meditation can produce mindfulness and spiritual bliss.

What is mindfulness? In the interview, Dr. Kabat-Zinn defines it as: The awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.

Click on the audio player below to listen to the 50-minute interview:

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn is internationally known as a meditation teacher, author, researcher, and clinician in the fields of mind/body medicine, integrative medicine, lifestyle change, and self-healing. He is an expert in stress reduction, relaxation, and the applications of mindfulness meditation in everyday living to optimize one’s capacity to face stress, pain, and illness across the lifespan. This work is now referred to by health professionals as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and is offered in medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world. (Bio from Jon Kabat-Zinn‘s website.)

Paramahansa Yogananda

Brother Satyananda. As a monk of Paramahansa Yogananda‘s Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) monastic community for over 30 years, Brother Satyananda has inspired audiences in North and South America, Europe, Australia , and New Zealand with his dynamic presentations on the ancient philosophy of Yoga and the time-honored science of meditation. Brother Satyananda – whose name denotes “the attainment of bliss through truth” – was born in San Diego, California and as a youth lived along the coast in Southern California . He became a SRF monk in 1975, a few years after graduating from San Diego State University , where he studied business and sociology. He is based at the Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters in Los Angeles and serves as the minister-in-charge of the SRF Temple in Phoenix , Arizona. (Bio from The Spirit of Things website.)

Click here to view all my posts about Paramahansa Yogananda and Self-Realization Fellowship.

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4 Responses to “Meditation: Falling Awake”

  1. Ellen Besso Says:

    Hey Phil: I could tell we had some common ways of thinking, but I didn’t know you were a Paramahansa Yogananda follower until I saw this. I took the 5-1/2 day training here in British Columbia, right in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast in 2001. There was a Self Realization Centre here at that time; it’s since moved farther up the Coast. It’s not affiliated with the California one, but teaches the same meditation. Although I’m not currently practicing the meditation in an intensive way (2 – 40 minute sessions per day), the practice is always with me. Even in a few moments I’m able to access helpful, peaceful energy.

    Ellen Besso
    MidLife Coach, Author & Elder Care Expert

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Awesome, Ellen! Yes, living your life as one long prayer is very doable when you stay in that energy. I hope you check out my other Yogananda posts, including this one which I just updated for an upcoming monastic visit:

  3. madhura Says:

    It’s always nice to read blogs from SRF and YSS devotees. i am looking forward to reading ‘Sixty Seconds’. I am a YSS member from mumbai, India :)

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    How nice to hear from you, madhura. It’s always wonderful to connect to another devotee!

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