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Five Things We Can Do: General & Alternative Perspectives on Immunity

Mar 24, 2020

One of the guiding principles explored in the Contemplative Studies Program is that we have agency. In the face of adversity we can become empowered to consciously direct our evolution towards more favourable outcomes.

What follows is an instalment in a series of assignments taken on by CSP members. Students were asked to research pandemic related subjects including economics, health and lifestyle. The purpose of the task was to engage critical reasoning in the midst of a barrage of sensational headlines and form an action plan. In a crisis, having a plan and keeping moving is critical to mental health.

This information is provided to deliver you things you should know, and things can do during the pandemic.


Five Things We Can Do

1. Supplements are a great way to boost your immunity: Source Naturals Wellness Formula; Zinc 25-50mg once daily (with food); Vitamin C: for preventative measures, take 1000mg twice a day. Note: if feeling unwell, increase the dose...

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General and Alternative Perspectives on COVID-19 & Immunity.

Mar 22, 2020

One of the guiding principles explored in the Contemplative Studies Program is that we have agency. In the face of adversity we can become empowered to consciously direct our evolution towards more favourable outcomes.

What follows is the first in a series of assignments taken on by CSP members. Students were asked to research pandemic related subjects including economics, health and lifestyle. The purpose of the task was to engage critical reasoning in the midst of a barrage of sensational headlines and form an action plan. In a crisis, having a plan and keeping moving is critical to mental health.

This information is provided to deliver you the things you should know, and things you can do during the pandemic.


COVID-19 is an opportunity to re-evaluate how we understand our health and how we can strengthen our immunity moving forward. Many of us will prefer one approach to another, so we are offering a comprehensive guide to five entry points on how you can assist...

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The Trauma Therapist Podcast

Mar 21, 2020

In this episode of the Trauma Therapist Podcast Miles is on fire as he talks about his personal hero's journey, trauma, the convergence of Buddhism and psychotherapy and offers advice to therapists just beginning their careers.

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Knowledge Without College Podcast

Mar 09, 2020

 

Show Notes from the Knowledge Without College Podcast

Listen to the episode here.

00:25 – Miles’s personal introduction, and short biography
02:45 – Talking about Sacred Wisdoms
08:50 – Differences between scientific methods and “scientism”
16:50 – Using the best of both worlds, to create a healthier society overall
26:15 – Understanding trauma in general, and in people
32:50 – The spiritual void in the world that the latest generations grew up in
39:50 – This being a ‘default state’ today
44:45 – Talking about a few trends, and ways that people handle trauma lately
50:00 – Pilgrimage, in general
01:00:10 – Where to find and how to join Miles
01:04:05 – Miles’s message to all of you

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What Does it Mean to Take Refuge?

Feb 15, 2020
 

Excerpt from Class 3 of Find True Refuge

I actually want to put this under the point of what does it mean to take refuge. Now that you have the causes, what are the two causes? Fear and confidence.

Then what are the three objects? The reliances. You rely on the Buddha as the epitome, as the benchmark. He did it. It's possible. It's like the first four minute mile. Somebody did it. It's possible. Once somebody does it then it catches fire. It becomes a possibility for anyone. Now you have people in their sixties and seventies doing four minute, three minute miles. Same like that, the Buddha did it. Boom. The world changed.

Dharma. Conventionally you rely on his teachings. Without the teachings where are you going to go? What are you going to do? And without support how much gain do we make without support? How much gain do we make on our own?

Whether it's worldly or spiritual, the same package is there. Whether you're training your body, whether you want to be an athlete, whether you...

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Let's Talk... the Shadow

Feb 13, 2020
 

In this Episode of Let's Talk, Miles and Heather explore spiritual bypassing, trauma, and the benefits of integrating Buddhism and psychotherapy. The thread that ties these topics together is the notion of working with what Carl Jung called the shadow, the unseen, unwanted aspects of our psyche.

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Let's Talk Trauma and Spirituality

Nov 13, 2019
 

In this episode of Let's Talk... Heather and Miles explore the three characteristics that define trauma and why its so important for anyone interested in wellbeing and spirituality to be trauma-informed.

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You Are Not Alone

Oct 21, 2019
 

In this excerpt from Trauma-Informed Dharma, Miles speaks to students about the challenges of doing trauma work.

"The last few classes have not been easy for a lot of you. I've gotten some feedback, myself included, my own body giving me feedback about what gets kicked up and stirred up when you do this kind of work. It's important that I reiterate the fact that you're not alone.

Number one, whatever you're going through and whatever you're experiencing on your heroic journey, whatever is getting kicked up, whatever is coming out from the shadow, it's incredibly courageous of you. You have made a choice not to distract and dampen your senses and run to all that is on offer in your modern materialistic culture.

You have done something evolutionarily courageous. Something that perhaps no one has been able to do for generations. I like to keep putting this in context that we are souls traveling through vast stretches of time and space and even though modern culture is telling us you're...

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Third Eye Drops Podcast | Where the Treasure Hides with Dr. Miles Neale | Mind Meld 176 |

Oct 21, 2019
 

Miles talks with Michael Phillip of the Third Eye Drops podcast about:

  • death and rebirth
  • slaying the dragon and claiming the treasure
  • balance of the feminine and masculine
  • the power and necessity of social justice movements and the danger posed by their shadow
  • the origins of the Contemplative Studies Program
  • trauma
  • plant medicine and the need for integration after transformative experiences
    and more...

Listen here.

 

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The Power of Pilgrimage

Oct 17, 2019
 

 Buddhist pilgrimage starts with the advice of the Buddha. The Buddha said, once I'm gone, please go to the various sites that are associated with my life, the milestones of my life, and he said, there you will find me.

It means that in those places, there you will find him. There you will find his essence which is really your essence. It's not about the Buddha and finding the Buddha. It's about finding the Buddha within. To me, pilgrimage is a reconnection of spirit and the idea is for us to venture out of our materialistic corporate bubble and to venture into another world where we gain access to our innate sense of purpose and meaning and value as spiritual beings.

For a practitioner who wants to upstart their meditation or deepen their understanding or gain access to a lineage or find greater meaning or purpose, there's nothing more powerful than being at places like that where you enter into the stream. The world of spirit speaks a different language. It’s about...

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