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Coping With Your Shadow in Isolation

Apr 23, 2020

"Week 2 (or 3) of this great global experiment in social isolation has been throwing up all sorts of shadow aspects in our homes and in our lives. I have personally found myself staring into some of my most punitive, frustrating, and angry patterns as a lack of distraction brings little escape!

Social isolation, lack of exercise, and financial uncertainty are almost certainly going to lead to deteriorating mental health around the world.

And with this likely to be a medium term feature in our lives, it’s important we get real with it and learn how to do with our shadow aspects.

This week, fan-favourite and official coiner of the term “McMindfulness” – Dr. Miles Neale – comes back on the show to talk about how the pandemic meets all criteria of trauma, what impact that is having on our nervous systems, and how to navigate this most giant of hero’s journeys we have each been initiated into in our own way."

David Newell talks to Miles on the Inner...

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The Pandemic & Economic Situation: Five Things to Know & Five Things You Can Do

Apr 13, 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.


During the past four weeks we have experienced the impact of the effects of the Global Pandemic infecting almost two million people, and over 100,000 deaths.  In the U.S. there are over 500,000 people infected with over 21,000...

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Vagal Tone & Meditation Perspectives on COVID-19 & Immunity

Apr 10, 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 to Know

  1. Strengthening vagal tone is important because it will help your body reach homeostasis (its balanced resting state) much more quickly after a stressful experience. If our sympathetic nervous system works in overdrive...
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COVID-19 & Immunity: Yoga & Pranayama Perspectives

Apr 10, 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 to Know

  1. Yoga helps decrease stress hormones, stimulates the lymphatic system to release toxins out of the body, and brings oxygenated blood to the various organs in the body to ensure their function. These effects boost immune function.
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Ayurveda Perspectives on COVID-19 & Immunity

Apr 05, 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. Stop or strongly limit: alcohol; tobacco; medication (non-essential for life support); overeating; deep-fried or processed foods; over-exertion (even in form of excessive exercise).
  2. Keep your digestion & elimination healthy:...
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Ayurveda Perspectives on Immunity and COVID-19

Apr 03, 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.


As with most respiratory viruses, Ayurveda considers COVID-19 to be of Kapha-Vata nature. This means that it thrives in cold (especially internally) environments. The main preventive measure against the virus is to increase internal fire...

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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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