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Reality Is Not What You Think (w/John Astin) What happens if you drop the mental labels, constructs and THOUGHTS about reality, and just look directly at your immediate experience? Strap yourself in because psychologist John Astin helps us see what's right in front of us, now and always 🤯

John Astin is a meditation teacher, musician, and the author of four books on spiritual practice, including Searching for Rain in a Monsoon. He has a Ph.D. in health psychology and is an adjunct professor of clinical and counseling psychology at Santa Clara and Notre Dame de Namur Universities.

Find his books, teachings, and more on his website: https://johnastin.com

Video of this interview: zdoggmd.com/john-astin

Here's the interview with Donald Hoffman that we referenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd6CQ...

Here are all our videos on consciousness, meditation, and awakening: https://bit.ly/3NYbBvx

0:00 Introduction
9:01 The role of psychedelics, self transcendence & wonder
13:25 Awakening to non-dual reality
18:10 The miracle of our present experience
25:00 How words and concepts can’t capture experience
28:35 Conceptual vs. Experiential perspective: an exercise
34:10 Analogy to the vase illusion image: parts and whole coexist
49:28 The inconceivability of any experience, including emotions like worry and anxiety
58:29 The fractal/holographic nature of reality, the oneness of experience
1:01:28 Awakening as a sense of homecoming
1:05:15 The paradox of suffering and our frame of reference
1:09:50 “Relative” medicine vs. “Ultimate” medicine, clarifying the nature of pain
1:17:18 The impermanence of experiential phenomenon
1:26:40 The paradox of striving/seeking, allowing experience to be
1:29:00 Drifting reality and what is attention, the groundless nature of experience
1:33:28 The paradox of meditation and effort, the role of teachers
1:43:06 The dreamlike quality of waking experience
1:45:20 Zoom as an abstraction vs. in person experience
1:48:50 What is meditation? What is common to all experience: one taste
1:55:05 What is consciousness? Reality is “just this”; what is “presence”
2:04:55 All views are partial, the Alt-Middle, Integral perspective, thoughts are just thoughts
2:07:43 McGilcrist and left brain vs right brain, Jill Bolte Taylor
2:10:40 Wrapping up, links, and the book This Extraordinary Moment

Video archive, audio podcast, music parodies, Supporter Tribe membership, merch, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd

More about Dr. Z: https://zdoggmd.com/about-z
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Reality Is Not What You Think (w/John Astin) What happens if you drop the mental labels, constructs and THOUGHTS about reality, and just look directly at your immediate experience? Strap yourself in because psychologist John Astin helps us see what's right in front of us, now and always 🤯

John Astin is a meditation teacher, musician, and the author of four books on spiritual practice, including Searching for Rain in a Monsoon. He has a Ph.D. in health psychology and is an adjunct professor of clinical and counseling psychology at Santa Clara and Notre Dame de Namur Universities.

Find his books, teachings, and more on his website: https://johnastin.com

Video of this interview: zdoggmd.com/john-astin

Here's the interview with Donald Hoffman that we referenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd6CQ...

Here are all our videos on consciousness, meditation, and awakening: https://bit.ly/3NYbBvx

0:00 Introduction
9:01 The role of psychedelics, self transcendence & wonder
13:25 Awakening to non-dual reality
18:10 The miracle of our present experience
25:00 How words and concepts can’t capture experience
28:35 Conceptual vs. Experiential perspective: an exercise
34:10 Analogy to the vase illusion image: parts and whole coexist
49:28 The inconceivability of any experience, including emotions like worry and anxiety
58:29 The fractal/holographic nature of reality, the oneness of experience
1:01:28 Awakening as a sense of homecoming
1:05:15 The paradox of suffering and our frame of reference
1:09:50 “Relative” medicine vs. “Ultimate” medicine, clarifying the nature of pain
1:17:18 The impermanence of experiential phenomenon
1:26:40 The paradox of striving/seeking, allowing experience to be
1:29:00 Drifting reality and what is attention, the groundless nature of experience
1:33:28 The paradox of meditation and effort, the role of teachers
1:43:06 The dreamlike quality of waking experience
1:45:20 Zoom as an abstraction vs. in person experience
1:48:50 What is meditation? What is common to all experience: one taste
1:55:05 What is consciousness? Reality is “just this”; what is “presence”
2:04:55 All views are partial, the Alt-Middle, Integral perspective, thoughts are just thoughts
2:07:43 McGilcrist and left brain vs right brain, Jill Bolte Taylor
2:10:40 Wrapping up, links, and the book This Extraordinary Moment

Video archive, audio podcast, music parodies, Supporter Tribe membership, merch, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd

More about Dr. Z: https://zdoggmd.com/about-z
Omicron Boosters, Kids' Vaccine & More (w/Dr. Paul Offit) Why did Dr. Offit vote NO on Omicron-specific boosters at the FDA advisory meeting? What's up with vaccine for the youngest kids? AND MUCH MORE...

Video version: zdoggmd.com/paul-offit-9
All our videos with Dr. Paul Offit: https://zdoggmd.com/tag/paul-offit/
Paul's recent op-ed on variant-specific boosting: https://www.statnews.com/2022/06/29/fda-dont-rush-to-change-covid-19-vaccine-composition/
Support our educational efforts with a PayPal donation and get a personal email reply from me: https://paypal.me/zdoggmd

Video archive, audio podcast, music parodies, Supporter Tribe membership, merch, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd

More about Dr. Z: https://zdoggmd.com/about-z
Beyond The COVID Culture Wars (w/David Fuller) A pandemic post-mortem that looks ahead to how a post-COVID awakening might unfold, with Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller.

Video here: https://youtu.be/5P7l8AY1tBo
Find more from David and his guests here: https://www.youtube.com/c/RebelWisdom
A recent live show we did together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2JwFBCwFeQ&t=3307s
Here's the Culture Wars 2.0 piece we referenced: https://medium.com/s/world-wide-wtf/memetic-tribes-and-culture-war-2-0-14705c43f6bb

Timecodes:
0:00 Intro
4:40 Health 3.0 & a broken healthcare system going into the pandemic
7:50 Rebel Wisdom’s central curation function
11:00 Zoom vs. in person and the effect on connection
23:53 Internet subcultures “leaking” into the real world, Jan. 6th
26:15 The Post-Secular Religiosity of everything, including COVID
31:15 The rise of conspiracy narratives during COVID
37:05 Questioning our own thinking, personal growth
44:10 Hermeneutics of suspicion & a culture of bullshit
56:00 Conspiracies thrive in gaps in the mainstream narrative
57:30 Pre/trans fallacy & the COVID antithesis space
1:05:00 Paradox of being outside the institutions: audience capture
1:09:48 Tech platforms’ warping effect on creators
1:13:40 Jordan Peterson’s tragic arc
1:17:54 The return of the “repressed”
1:24:00 Return of psychedelic medicine
1:29:44 Limitations of psychedelics
1:34:13 Meditation & Awakening, pitfalls
1:38:58 Ayahuasca
1:44:12 Culture War 2.0 & Memetic Tribes
1:53:15 Post Pandemic Awakening & Personal Growth

Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters

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Feeding Your Baby: The Formula Crisis & Beyond (w/Mirine Richey) Just getting infants and toddlers fed seems harder than ever given formula shortages and lack of support for moms. Lactation consultant and educator Mirine Richey, MPH, IBCLC helps us unwind all the knots.

Learn more about her work at Florida State here: https://cpeip.fsu.edu/
Video at: zdoggmd.com/formula-crisis

Topics & Timecodes:
0:00 Intro, the role of the lactation consultant
05:25 Infant nutrition, diversity among lactation specialists, physical breastfeeding vs. feeding breastmilk
08:17 Social determinants, challenges for low socioeconomic and the highly educated, maternal advantages & benefits of breastfeeding
14:50 Infant advantages & benefits of breastfeeding
19:34 Breastmilk vs. formula cost (both monetary and social)
23:11 Debriefing past trauma & why it's often uncomfortable to talk about breastfeeding, more neonatal benefits
27:53 Composition of human milk, immune properties, HIV considerations, positioning for bottle feeding
31:39 Tongue-tied babies, breast-shaped bottles, maternal mental health & the effect of stress on infants, breastmilk is best
41:21 Formula composition, cow milk vs. goat milk based, clever marketing, soy based formulas
50:29 The simplicity of supplementing with formula & it's effect on milk supply, the formula industrial complex, clever marketing
59:43 Baby friendly hospitals, informed consent, alternatives to breastfeeding, donor milk, synthetic milk
1:05:25 Milk production for multiples, pumping pros & cons, mastitis, temperament & personality in infants & beyond
1:14:58 The formula crisis, causes & possible solutions
1:18:40 Final thoughts, tying it all together, finding a lactation consultant

Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters

Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Your Senses Are Gates To Awakening (w/Dr. Angelo DiLullo) Most of our lives are spent lost in the thought stream. But the senses can be our gateway to unfiltered reality right here and now.

All of our shows with Dr. Angelo DiLullo: https://bit.ly/3HdpGn7
Angelo's Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SimplyAlwaysAwake
Links to Angelo's book Awake, It's Your Turn as well as video version and retreat info: https://zdoggmd.com/sense-gates

Topics:
0:00 Intro
1:49 Awakening as a process beyond conceptual knowing
4:00 What to do when thought intervenes on unfiltered reality
7:01 The paradox of the personal and impersonal
8:50 The paradox of practice vs. non-practice
11:12 Investigating the sense gates: sound and hearing
21:10 The non-dual experience of hearing (JUST hearing)
26:10 The prerequisite role of Self-inquiry in awakening
27:52 Investigating the sight gate: gazing into infinity
33:40 Attuning to subtlety and refining perception
36:52 The importance of “just stopping”
40:11 The end of suffering and living truth investigating itself

Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters

Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
Consciousness, Free Will...& Monty Python? LIVE w/David Fuller Come join us for a live Q+A with Rebel Wisdom's David Fuller. We dive into your questions about consciousness, personal growth, and much more.

Check out David's Rebel Wisdom channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/RebelWisdom

Full Video: zdoggmd.com/david-fuller-live
Join our Supporter Tribe: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters
Lucid Dreaming, Dream Yoga, & Awakening (w/Andrew Holecek) Andrew Holecek is an author, teacher, and a renowned expert on meditation, lucid dreaming, and dream yoga. We dive into how increasing your awareness during sleep can have profound benefits for your life. In fact, it might just help wake us up from the "dream" of the waking state itself...

Andrew's website with many resources including his podcast and books: https://www.andrewholecek.com/ and his "Night Club" lucid dreaming and medication community: https://nightclub.andrewholecek.com/

If you have thoughts or feedback on this episode, hit me up here: hello@zdoggmd.com
Flow States, The Hero's Journey, & Redemptive Love (w/Dr. Angelo DiLullo) How can we awaken to life as a continuous flow state? What is no-self & the Unborn? Can suffering be a fierce grace that wakes you up to the natural flow of redemptive love? Trigger Warning: we go DEEP on this one 😂

Links to the video, Dr. Angelo DiLullo's book (Awake, It's Your Turn), his YouTube channel, a full transcript and audio podcast, and more episodes in our Awakening, Explained series: https://zdoggmd.com/awakening-flow

Topics covered: flow states in awakening, the Unborn and no-self, improv comedy and flow, why this pointing can destabilize some people, the singularity of non-dual experience, the hero's spiritual journey, suffering and fierce grace, surrendered intention and bodhisattvas, authenticity and letting go of belief, emotion work, redemptive love, and of course COVID and glory holes 😂

Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters

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Abortion: Medical & Ethical Realities (w/Dr. Alexandre West) The complex ethical, medical, and psychological issues relating to women's health & abortion are nuanced and often non-intuitive. An OB/Gyn doc joins me to help us better understand.

Dr. Alexandre (Alex) West is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Connecticut. Links to resources, video, and more: https://zdoggmd.com/abortion-facts

Your support keeps us independent and mild-to-moderately awesome: https://zdoggmd.com/supporters

Show, podcast, music, support, shop, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd
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