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Sounds True Producer's Pick Podcast

Sounds True Producer's Pick Podcast

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Listen to over 100 podcasts from the Sounds True Producer's Pick Podcast. The podcasts consist of about 10-minute excerpts from Sounds True audio programs, handpicked by Sounds True producers. In the most recent podcast called "Embracing Intensity", teacher Pema Chodron explains how to confront the most intensely painful experiences of our lives. This excerpt is from her most recent Sounds True audio program When Pain is the Doorway. In other recent audio programs you'll hear from Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Rick Hanson, Cyndi Dale, Fred Alan Wolf, Dr. Brene Brown, Dr. Kelly McGongial, Caroline Myss, and Thich Nhat Hanh. Each podcast has a title and description to help you pick out which episode to listen to. Get some wisdom from some of the best selections of Sounds True audio titles.


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  • Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev: The Way Out Is In
    Thu, Feb 01, 2018

    Sadhguru is a yogi and mystic who created the Isha Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to exploring the outer limits of human potential. He has collaborated with Sounds True to release an audiobook version of his New York Times bestselling book, Inner Engineering. In this week's excerpt, Sadhguru encourages listeners to move past the seemingly […]

  • Rolf Gates: Learning Self-Forgiveness
    Thu, Jan 18, 2018

    Rolf Gates is an acclaimed yoga teacher and author best known for his boundary-leaping book Meditations from the Mat. This week's Producer's Pick excerpt comes from Rolf's newest collaboration with Sounds True, a practice-centric audio program Meditations on the Mat: Practices for Living from the Heart. Producer Mitchell Clute chose this selection because "so many […]

  • Diane Poole Heller: We Don’t Heal in Isolation
    Thu, Dec 07, 2017

    Diane Poole Heller, PhD, is a practicing psychotherapist who specializes in Adult Attachment Theory and trauma resolution. In her latest audio program, Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships, Diane engages with both of these issues head-on, speaking on her research into what it takes to repair one's ability to […]

  • John Lockley: Connecting with Your Bones, Ancestors, and Seven Senses
    Thu, Nov 02, 2017

    John Lockley is one of the only modern white men to be initiated as a sangoma—one of the traditional shamanic healers of the Xhosa people of South Africa. He now teaches African shamanic wisdom across the globe. With Sounds True, John recorded the practice-centric audio course The Way of the Leopard: Meditations and Shamanic Practices […]

  • Dan Millman: Overcoming Adversity
    Thu, Oct 05, 2017

    Dan Millman is an author and lecturer whose semi-autobiographical book Way of the Peaceful Warrior first ignited the public imagination almost 40 years ago. Most recently, Dan has partnered with Sounds True to create The Complete Peaceful Warrior's Way, an audio follow-up to that perennial seeker's classic. In this excerpt from the program, Dan reminds […]

  • Loch Kelly: The Five Foundations of Effortless Mindfulness
    Thu, Sep 21, 2017

    Loch Kelly is an innovative meditation teacher, author, and the founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. With Sounds True, Loch has most recently released the audio training program Effortless Mindfulness Now: Awakening Our Natural Capacity for Focus, Freedom, and Joy. In this program—as well as the excerpt that makes up this week's selection—Loch teaches a […]

  • Pedram Shojai: Becoming Vibrantly Alive
    Fri, Sep 08, 2017

    Pedram Shojai is a former Taoist monk, Qi Gong master, and the creator of the Urban Monk Academy, podcast, and Mastermind program, as well as the New York Times bestselling book The Urban Monk. With Sounds True, Pedram has recorded a new audio course titled The Urban Monk Inner Stillness Training Program. In this week's excerpt, chosen by Sounds […]

  • Reginald A. Ray: Being Awake to What the Heart Knows
    Thu, Jul 13, 2017

    Reginald Ray, PhD, is a pioneering teacher who founded the Dharma Ocean Foundation, an organization devoted to the preservation and dissemination of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom. Reggie is a longtime collaborator with Sounds True whose books and audio programs include Touching Enlightenment, Meditation in Seven Steps, and The Practice of Pure Awareness. His most recent project […]

  • Bren? Brown: The Reckoning
    Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    Brené Brown is a nationally renowned author, speaker, and research professor with the University of Houston who has spent the past decade studying the confluence of vulnerability, courage, shame, and resilience. Her latest offering from Sounds True is the audio program Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, in which Brené considers the effect of spiritual […]

  • Tara Brach: Intimacy with Life
    Thu, Jun 08, 2017

    Tara Brach is a renowned meditation instructor, the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and the author of True Refuge and Radical Acceptance. With Sounds True, Tara has most recently published Nourishing Intimacy: Cultivating Trust, Understanding, and Love in All Our Relationships. In this excerpt from that audio program, Tara discusses those revelatory moments in which we realize that […]

  • HeatherAsh Amara: Walking in Your Highest Purpose
    Thu, May 25, 2017

    HeatherAsh Amara is an author and teacher whose work draws from many different cultural backgrounds, but is most informed by the Toltec teachings of her longtime mentor don Miguel Ruiz. "I've had the pleasure of working with HeatherAsh Amara on many projects. I always look forward to experiencing her teachings firsthand," says Sounds True producer […]

  • Elena Brower: The Invitation of Allowing
    Thu, May 11, 2017

    Elena Brower is a renowned yoga teacher who has held classes across the world. With Sounds True, she is the coauthor of the book Art of Attention and the creator of the audio program Grounded and Free. Producer Kriste Peoples chose this week's Producer's Pick segment from Elena's upcoming audio offering, The Return Home. In […]

  • Judith Orloff: The Gifts of Empathy
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017

    Judith Orloff is a psychotherapist, empath, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Surrender and Emotional Freedom. "Judith is well known—and rightly so—for her insights on the sensitivities of empaths and teachings on how empathic people can learn to protect themselves from toxic people and difficult environments," says Sounds True producer […]

  • Elena Brower: Devotion
    Thu, Apr 13, 2017

    Elena Brower is a widely respected yoga instructor, artist, and the coauthor of Art of Attention. With Sounds True, she has most recently released the audio program Grounded and Free. "Having worked closely with [Elena] on the creation of this program," says Sounds True producer Kriste Peoples, "I can say for certain every breath, pause, […]

  • Jeff Foster: You Are Perfect With Your Imperfections
    Thu, Mar 30, 2017

    Jeff Foster spent much of his early life—including the period he studied astrophysics at the University of Cambridge—consumed with self-loathing, illness, and depression. Following an intense spiritual search that led him to embrace "all this, here and now," Jeff has become a well-respected teacher and writer. With Sounds True, Jeff has most recently published the […]

  • Jeff Foster: The Courage to Love
    Thu, Mar 02, 2017

    Jeff Foster is a spiritual teacher who draws upon his own awakening experience after decades of struggle with illness and depression. With Sounds True, Jeff has published several books and audios, including The Way of Rest and Sacred as You Are. Producer Kriste Peoples chose this week's excerpt from Jeff's audio offering The Courage to […]

  • Alan Watts: Just So
    Mon, Jan 23, 2017

    Alan Watts (1915–1973) is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Working closely with his son and official archivist Mark, Sounds True has gathered together a new compilation of some of Alan's most provocative audio sessions on Just So: An Odyssey into the Cosmic Web of Connection, Play, […]

  • Rabbi Rami Shapiro: Aligning with Your Own Knowing
    Tue, Jan 17, 2017

    Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author and spiritual teacher whose work has been published worldwide. In this week's edition of Producer's Pick, producer Mitchell Clute selected a potent offering from Rami's newest audio release, How to Be a Holy Rascal: A Magical Mystery Tour to Liberate Your Deepest Wisdom, Access Radical Compassion, and Set […]

  • Reginald A. Ray: Turning Over the Agency of Our Lives to the Soma
    Fri, Jan 13, 2017

    Reginald Ray is a renowned meditation teacher and cofounder of the Dharma Ocean Foundation. His most recent publication with Sounds True is Somatic Descent: Experiencing the Ultimate Intelligence of the Body. In this excerpt from Somatic Descent—chosen by Reggie's longtime student and Sounds True founder Tami Simon—he describes the basic principles and strengths of somatic […]

  • Roger Teel: The Joy of Giving
    Tue, Nov 15, 2016

    Dr. Roger Teel is the Senior Minister and Spiritual Director of Mile Hi Church in Denver, a thriving New Thought community with thousands of active congregants. With Sounds True, he has released the audio program Heart Work: Nine Ways to Transform Your Greatest Challenges into a Life of Love and Joy. In this excerpt chosen […]

  • Deva Premal & Miten: Beyond Fear
    Tue, Nov 01, 2016

    Deva Premal & Miten have shared the joy and power of sacred chant with the world across more than a dozen albums. In this excerpt from their audio learning course The Spirit of Mantra with Deva Premal & Miten: 21 Chant Practices for Daily Life, they share a different aspect of chant than their usual […]

  • Pema Ch?dr?n: Building Discomfort Resilience
    Wed, Oct 19, 2016

    Pema Chödrön is one of the most beloved American-born teachers of Buddhism in the West. In the words of Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, "I always love editing Ani Pema's talks because her kindness and heartfelt connection come through in everything she says." This week, Mitchell chose an excerpt from Pema's audio program Making Friends […]

  • Kelly McGonigal: Compassion as an Unfolding Process
    Tue, Oct 04, 2016

    Kelly McGonigal is a respected lecturer and author on the subject of the mind-body relationship who integrates the latest findings in neuroscience, psychotherapy, and mindfulness into her work. She is the author of The Willpower Instinct and Yoga for Pain Relief. This week's edition of Producer's Pick features an excerpt from McGonigal's audio program The […]

  • Edward Tick: A New Vision for Healing
    Mon, Aug 29, 2016

    Edward Tick is a practicing psychotherapist who has specialized in veterans’ health and PTSD for more than 40 years. He is the cofounder of the Soldier’s Heart nonprofit organization and the author of many books, including Warrior’s Return and War and the Soul. Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard drew this week’s excerpt from the audio […]

  • Lisa Wimberger: Three Keys to Understanding Anxiety
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016

    Lisa Wimberger is an author and a practicing therapist who specializes in stress disorders. She founded the Neurosculpting Institute, which promotes and encourages the practice of positive neuroplasticity. In this excerpt from the audio program Neurosculpting for Anxiety: Brain-Changing Practices for Release from Fear, Panic, and Worry, Lisa explains that “anxiety” is a catch-all term […]

  • A.H. Almaas: The Freedom to Be Nobody
    Mon, Aug 08, 2016

    A.H. Almaas—the pen name of A. Hameed Ali—is an author, teacher, and the creator of the path of spiritual inquiry known as the Diamond Approach. Speaking on Almaas, Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute shares, “In editing [Almaas’] talks, on more than one occasion I pushed the pause button and sat in stunned silence, trying to […]

  • Kevin Griffin: Living with a Mind
    Sun, Jul 31, 2016

    “Just by virtue of being human, we are at times going to be challenged and even controlled by our habitual patterns of thought,” states Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute—something that Kevin Griffin, an authority on mindful addiction recovery, can attest to. In this excerpt from Griffin’s audio program Recovery One Breath at a Time, he […]

  • Sharon Salzberg: Guided Instructions to Breath-Centered Meditation
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016

    Sharon Salzberg is a renowned spiritual teacher who has been leading meditation classes and retreats for more than 40 years. An avid student of many schools of Buddhist thought, Sharon is the cofounder of both the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Insight Meditation Society. With Sounds True, she has released the audio program […]

  • Matt Kahn: The Imaginary Identity Called Ego
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016

    Matt Kahn is an increasingly renowned author and spiritual teacher who drew upon his background as an empath to publish the book Whatever Arises, Love That. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute drew this week’s excerpt from the companion audio program of the same name. In this intriguing selection, Matt Kahn describes the origins and compulsive […]

  • Christopher Willard: Developing Mindfulness
    Tue, May 31, 2016

    Christopher Willard is a practicing psychologist who focuses on bringing mindfulness into childhood education. With Sounds True, he has published the book Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience. In this week’s excerpt—drawn from the book’s companion audio, Practices for Growing Up Mindful: Guided Meditations and […]

  • Michael Carroll: The Fruition of Mindful Leadership
    Mon, May 16, 2016

    Michael Carroll is a former executive for Simon & Schuster, a successful business consultant to companies such as Starbucks, and a longtime teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. With Sounds True, he has released the audio program Mindful Leadership Training: The Art of Inspiring the Best in Others by Leading from the Inside Out. In this week’s […]

  • Tami Simon: Go Into the Darkness
    Mon, May 02, 2016

    Tami Simon is the founder and publisher of Sounds True. She is the host of the weekly podcast Insights at the Edge, which features interviews with some of today’s most well-known and provocative spiritual teachers. This week’s edition of Producer’s Pick is a special one because it is drawn from Tami’s first audio program, Being […]

  • HeatherAsh Amara: Committing to Your Own Process
    Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    HeatherAsh Amara is an author, speaker, and teacher who focuses on weaving together many different spiritual traditions to encourage deeper inquiry into our most authentic selves. In this excerpt from her audio offering The Warrior Goddess Training Program, HeatherAsh talks about the origins of her teachings and how they arose from a painful, grueling period […]

  • Kriyas, the Movement of Kundalini
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    Kundalini is identified by traditions worldwide as a key to the most profoundly transformative experiences we can have—yet if we don’t know what’s going on or how to deal with it, a Kundalini awakening can be challenging and confusing. This is what Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute learned when he recorded Awakening Kundalini with Dr. […]

  • HeatherAsh Amara: Commit to You
    Fri, Apr 08, 2016

    HeatherAsh Amara is the founder of Toci—the Toltec Center of Creative Intent—a spiritual community steeped in Toltec thought and many other global traditions. Her published works encourage the development of more open, authentic lives and a deeper exploration of what motivates and enlivens us. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute chose this week’s excerpt from the […]

  • James Gordon: The Seven Stages of Healing
    Mon, Apr 04, 2016

    Through his pioneering research and experience in the field, Dr. James Gordon has established himself as a leading voice on how we treat and prevent depression. Yet it is his own personal experience that has provided many of his key insights for helping us deal with depression—and inspired him to challenge common wisdom about how […]

  • Thomas Moore: The Paradox of Modern Religion
    Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    Thomas Moore is a bestselling spiritual author who has been—at various points of his life—a university professor, psychotherapist, musician, and a monk. “There’s no mistaking that the world is changing rapidly . . .” says Sounds True producer Kriste Peoples regarding this week’s selection for Producer’s Pick. “More and more, we’re questioning our faith—wondering whether […]

  • Kristin Neff: What Is Self-Compassion, and Why Is it Important?
    Wed, Mar 16, 2016

    Dr. Kristin Neff is an associate professor at the University of Texas whose work focuses on a universal truth: most of us are incredibly tough on ourselves. We feel a genuine desire to feel compassion for others, but we’re afraid that if we begin to feel that same compassion for ourselves that we’ll become self-centered, […]

  • Lisa Wimberger: Creating Healthy Habits
    Wed, Mar 09, 2016

    Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting Institute and a therapist specializing in stress disorders. In her audio program Neurosculpting for New Habits, Lisa explores why we establish habitual patterns of behavior—both good and bad—and how they become ingrained in our everyday routine. In this illuminating excerpt, Lisa explains that unwanted and unhealthy habits […]

  • Rick Jarow: Honoring Your Calling
    Thu, Mar 03, 2016

    Rick Jarow is a professor of religion at Vassar College and an acclaimed alternative career counselor. Most counselors will tell you that the way to find the right job for you is to make an inventory of your skills and then match them to the trends and demands of the marketplace. Yet how often does […]

  • Adyashanti: The Transmission of Generational Suffering
    Wed, Feb 24, 2016

    Adyashanti is a prolific and respected spiritual teacher whose work began in Zen Buddhism but has expanded beyond any set tradition or ideology. His teachings emphasize that any and all people can achieve enlightenment regardless of their specific spiritual path. In his newest audio program, Healing the Core Wound of Unworthiness, Adya explains how modern […]

  • Cyndi Dale: The Importance of Energetic Boundaries
    Thu, Feb 18, 2016

    Cyndi Dale—one of the world’s leading experts in energy healing—has made an astonishing discovery in her private practice: up to 80 percent of the complaints that people come into the office with are not really their own, but are issues they have absorbed from those around them. She’s found that we unconsciously internalize many issues […]

  • The Cosmic Yes
    Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    Deva Premal and Miten are world-renowned devotional singers whose many albums and tours have spread the joy and power of traditional chants to millions. This week’s audio selection is excerpted from Chanting Mantas with Deva Premal and Miten: A 21-Day Immersion in the Power of Sacred Sound—a unique program intended to familiarize listeners with a […]

  • What Are the Akashic Records?
    Fri, Feb 05, 2016

    For more than a decade, Dr. Linda Howe has been on a mission to give the world full access to one of our most extraordinary birthrights: the Akashic Records, said to be the energetic archive that holds information about every soul and its journey. For generations, consulting and receiving answers from the Akashic Records has […]

  • Caroline Myss: The Many Factors of Illness
    Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Caroline Myss is one of the world’s leading authorities on intuition, energy medicine, and the pure potential of the human spirit. In this excerpt from her audio program The Anatomy of Your Health, chosen by Sounds True editor Randy Roark, Caroline brings her trademark, no-nonsense insight to the seemingly innumerable illnesses and chronic conditions that […]

  • Judith Orloff: Surrendering Old Relationship Rules
    Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Judith Orloff, MD, is one of the premier figures in the contemporary fields of psychiatry and intuition. Most recently, she has written extensively about the concept of surrender and how the act of letting go can be a powerful catalyst for change and personal satisfaction. In this excerpt from the audio program The Ecstasy of […]

  • Pema Ch?dr?n: Just Be Curious
    Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    The magic of Pema Chödrön—and what makes her such an exceptional teacher—is how she can take a subject that could be heady or conceptual and teach it in a way that makes it sink directly into the heart of her listener. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says that this selection from Pema’s audio program Coming […]

  • Mario Martinez: The Covenant of Safety
    Wed, Jan 06, 2016

    Mario Martinez is the founder of Biocognitive Theory, which synthesizes insights from medicine, psychology, and spirituality to address questions about physical and psychological wellness. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, who recorded Mario’s audio course The MindBody Code, says, “I particularly love his approach to relationships, which is grounded in science and informed by the insights […]

  • James Hollis: Entering the Second Half of Life
    Wed, Dec 30, 2015

    We tend to fear the idea of a midlife crisis as the time when we have to give up the vigor of youth. However, Dr. James Hollis teaches that what we give up when we enter the second half of life is actually our false identity. When recording the audio course Through the Dark Wood, […]

  • Rick Hanson: Coming Home to Happiness
    Wed, Dec 23, 2015

    Your mind can change the very tissue of your brain. Modern neuroscience is teaching us that all of our experiences, thoughts, and behaviors are constantly constructing and reconstructing the functioning of our nervous system. Psychologist Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain, has spent more than a decade studying how we can consciously harness our brain’s […]

  • Reginald A. Ray: What Is Beneath the Busyness and Distractedness of Our Lives?
    Fri, Dec 18, 2015

    Reginald Ray is an accomplished meditation teacher whose body-based approach to practice rises from the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He is the creator of many books and audio programs, including Sounds True titles such as Touching Enlightenment and Meditating with the Body. Chosen by Sounds True founder Tami Simon (who is also one of […]

  • Tara Brach: Connecting with Your Aspirations
    Tue, Dec 08, 2015

    There is a saying in Zen Buddhism: “The most important thing is to remember the most important thing.” As Tara Brach teaches, this is a pointing instruction that guides us to reflect on the essential values that are most important to us—heartfelt truths that are often obscured by our hectic movement through the everyday world. […]

  • Richard Miller: What Is iRest Meditation?
    Wed, Dec 02, 2015

    Yoga and meditation teacher Richard Miller set out to create a new method of practice—one that would not only relieve severe cases of anxiety and stress disorders, but which would also act to deepen and broaden our experience to include a sense of wholeness in every moment of our lives. What emerged from his efforts […]

  • Neil Douglas-Klotz: The Blessing of Peace
    Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    If you can understand the language spoken by a great spiritual master, does that master’s wisdom take on a new level of depth and meaning for you? Religious scholar Neil Douglas-Klotz believes that it does. This is why he has dedicated himself to studying Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. As Sounds True producer Mitchell […]

  • Adyashanti: Our Underlying Unity
    Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Adyashanti is a world-renowned spiritual teacher, a prolific author, and the cofounder of Open Gate Sangha. Adya has published many books and audio programs with Sounds True, including Emptiness Dancing, The End of Your World, and Resurrecting Jesus. In this compelling audio excerpt drawn from his program Guided Meditations, Adya asks listeners to reconsider the […]

  • Mark Hyman: A Guided Visualization to Bring About Instant Relaxation
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    We often feel like the causes of anxiety in our life come from events in the world around us that we can’t control. Yet, Dr. Mark Hyman has found that if we learn how to deal with our reactions effectively in the moment they occur, we can take charge of the forces that create stress […]

  • Reginald A. Ray: The Body Is Already Awake
    Fri, Nov 06, 2015

    Reginald A. Ray, PhD, is the founder of the Dharma Ocean Foundation and a spiritual teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche who focuses on the somatic teachings transmitted through the Tibetan Tantra. In this excerpt from his audio learning series The Practice of Pure Awareness—introduced by Reginald’s student and Sounds True founder Tami […]

  • Lisa Wimberger: The Power of Neurosculpting
    Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    “Lisa Wimberger is a living example of what is possible using the tools of modern science for self-directed brain change,” says Sounds True producer Randy Roark. “She embodies what I call becoming ‘Human 2.0.’” As Lisa explains in this selection from the audio course Neurosculpting: A Step-by-Step Program to Change Your Brain and Transform Your […]

  • don Oscar Miro-Quesada: Nothing Outside Us Has the Power to Create Suffering
    Wed, Oct 21, 2015

    don Oscar Miro-Quesada is a kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept who has drawn upon his decades of experience as a shaman to become the originator of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute worked closely with don Oscar to create the audio program Healing Light: An Apprenticeship in Peruvian Shamanism. […]

  • Jack Kornfield: Becoming a Child of Spirit
    Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    The play of sunlight through leaves . . . the songs of the wind . . . the arc of a brushstroke on paper. To be awake, reflects Jack Kornfield, is to discover the beauty hidden in all things—and to express that beauty ourselves. “The thing that resonated with me most in Jack’s new program, […]

  • Pema Ch?dr?n: Regret: A Powerful Seed of Compassion
    Thu, Oct 08, 2015

    Beloved American-born Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön has been spreading the word of the dharma for more than 40 years. When her granddaughter graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, Pema agreed to give the commencement address—which then formed the backbone of the book and audio program Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better. Sounds True founder Tami […]

  • Mao Shing Ni: What Is Qi?
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Dr. Mao Shing Ni is an internationally recognized teacher, author, and expert in traditional Chinese medicine. In this excerpt drawn from his audio program Qi Meditations, Mao Shing Ni explains the fundamental concept of qi—what it is, how it flows through the body, and why it’s so important to understand in the context of Chinese […]

  • Loch Kelly: What If There Is No Problem?
    Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Loch Kelly is the founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute and an emerging leader in the fields of meditation and psychotherapy. In this audio excerpt drawn from the program Shift into Freedom: A Training in the Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness, Loch leads listeners through a guided practice intended to give a glimpse of […]

  • Matthieu Ricard: The Importance of Happiness in a Life Worth Living
    Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    We know that our lives will involve some degree of suffering. But we know that we can also experience happiness and joy. The question is: what are we waiting for? In this provocative audio excerpt, noted Buddhist scholar Matthieu Ricard discusses the importance of cultivating the conditions for joy and happiness, and how happiness can […]

  • Thich Nhat Hanh: The Art of Mindful Living
    Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Thich Nhat Hanh is a world famous author, scholar, peace activist, and master of Zen Buddhism. “What I find so beautiful about Thich Nhat Hanh,” says Sounds True producer Matt Licata, “is that you can actually feel his realization come roaring through when he speaks, and you can’t help but find yourself joining him in […]

  • Lynne McTaggart: Meditation and Intention
    Wed, Sep 02, 2015

    “I’ve recorded several programs now with Lynne McTaggart,” says Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute. “She brings the same qualities to her audio programs that readers find in her bestselling books The Field and The Intention Experiment—an integrity, rigor, and attention to detail that are the hallmark of good journalism. But she doesn’t stop there. Lynne […]

  • Consciousness Change and Our Experience of Reality
    Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Robert Anton Wilson, PhD (1932–2007) was a philosopher, futurist thinker, and the author of the beloved cult classic Illuminatus! Trilogy. “Bob reminds me of that crazy old uncle or grandfather that I always wanted as a kid,” observes Sounds True producer Matt Lictata in his introduction to this clip from the audio program Robert Anton […]

  • Rick Hanson: The Intersection of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Contemplative Practice
    Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    For the past 40 years, neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson has investigated this essential question: How can we be truly, deeply happy, regardless of the circumstances of our lives? In his audio program The Enlightened Brain, Dr. Hanson teaches us how we can lay the foundations for lasting happiness by learning new ways to use our […]

  • Finding Your Motivation for Change
    Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    David E. Smith, MD, is a prolific writer and renowned expert in the field of addiction. In this excerpt from Unchain Your Brain: An Audio Program for Breaking the Addictions That Steal Your Life—co-written and presented with New York Times bestselling author Daniel G. Amen, MD—Dr. Smith explains that discovering one’s true motivation is the […]

  • An Introduction to Prana
    Wed, Aug 05, 2015

    Sounds True producer Randy Roark has recorded many authors who teach breathwork practices, from medical doctors to meditation and qigong masters. But recording Freeing the Breath with Leslie Kaminoff, a teacher of breath-centered yoga and the founder of New York City’s Breathing Project, was a singular experience. As Randy says, “I have never met anyone […]

  • Kevin Griffin: Living with a Mind
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    “Just by virtue of being human, we are at times going to be challenged and even controlled by our habitual patterns of thought,” states Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute—something that Kevin Griffin, an authority on mindful addiction recovery, can attest to. In this excerpt from Griffin’s audio program Recovery One Breath at a Time, he […]

  • The Journey to Worthiness
    Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A trustworthy guide can make all the difference when we are facing the more difficult parts of our human journey. When Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard worked with Dr. Brené Brown on her audio course Men, Women, and Worthiness, he discovered a teacher who immediately created that all-important bond of trust. “Brené has a clear, […]

  • Enlightenment and the Experiential Link Among the World’s Mystics
    Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Shinzen Young is a pioneering meditation teacher and scholar who combines a deep knowledge of mindfulness traditions with a scientist’s zeal for exploration and expansion of the practice. “The way Shinzen has opened the path of meditation to people of all walks of life has been a true gift that he has offered our world […]

  • Breaking Your Agreement with Mediocrity
    Wed, Jul 08, 2015

    It’s natural to seek comfort and security—yet it’s also true that our most valuable growth experiences often happen during the most challenging times in our life. When recording his audio program Your Life’s Purpose, Michael Bernard Beckwith addressed this dilemma as part of the ongoing process of awakening to our full and unique potential. As […]

  • Why Should We Meditate?
    Wed, Jul 01, 2015

    Beloved teacher Pema Chödrön has been at the forefront of spreading awareness of Buddhist practice in the West for nearly four decades. In this excerpt drawn from Ani Pema’s audio program Pure Meditation, she considers why it is that we are drawn to meditation and what we gain from its practice. In the words of […]

  • Kevin Griffin: Powerlessness and the Truth of Suffering
    Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Kevin Griffin is the cofounder of the Buddhist Recovery Network and the author of the Sounds True book Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life After Addiction. On Kevin’s audio program One Breath, Twelve Steps, he traces the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and how each corresponds with an aspect of Buddhist mindfulness practice. In this sharply […]

  • Witnessing the Music of Our Life
    Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    With characteristic joy and humor, ChloĂ« Goodchild teaches that one of our greatest tools for self-expression, healing, and spiritual insight resides within us: our own naked voice. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “I loved working with ChloĂ« on Awakening Through Sound, and hearing her insights about how we can unlock the hidden potential […]

  • Journey to the Oracle at Delphi
    Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Shamanic healer and teacher Nicki Scully leads expeditions to sacred spots around the globe. However, her Sounds True audio program Becoming an Oracle shows that you don’t need a plane ticket to experience a powerful journey—travels of the spirit can illuminate, inspire, and transform us. Becoming an Oracle includes visits to sites and associated figures […]

  • How We Unconsciously Create Difficulties at Work for Our Personal Growth
    Wed, Jun 03, 2015

    Could the difficulties we experience at work be doorways into spiritual and emotional growth? What happens if we reframe the troubles of our daily lives as precious opportunities for awakening? In The Power of Radical Forgiveness, Colin Tipping describes a perspective—along with practices and techniques—to help us embrace our challenges rather than fighting or fleeing. […]

  • What Does It Take to Be Successful in the Connection Economy?
    Wed, May 27, 2015

    Seth Godin is the author of many bestselling, industry-redefining books on business, marketing, and creativity such as Purple Cow, The Icarus Deception, and The Dip. In this excerpt from his audio program Leap First: Creating Work That Matters—chosen by Sounds True founder and publisher Tami Simon—Seth shares his insights into why certain Internet ventures succeed […]

  • Energy: One of the Keys to Meditation
    Thu, May 21, 2015

    One of the most significant barriers that many Westerners encounter when approaching meditation is a confusion about the religious and mystical origins of Eastern practices—and whether one has to take some kind of leap of faith to meditate. Shinzen Young, a noted authority of mindfulness meditation, is the ideal teacher to put such concerns to […]

  • Facing Our Deaths
    Thu, May 14, 2015

    One of the top figures in the field of consciousness studies for more than 30 years, Marilyn Schlitz is an author, speaker, and president emeritus of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. On the audio program Living the Noetic Life: Transformation and Healing at the Convergence of Science and Spiritual Practice, Marilyn shares insights from a […]

  • How Past Lives Affect Us
    Wed, May 06, 2015

    Many of us are curious about past lives, but how much do they affect us in the here and now? In his experience as a psychic consultant, author Ainslie MacLeod has come to believe that healing our past lives may be the most important step we can take in our spiritual growth. When recording Ainslie’s […]

  • Can We Experience the Difference Between Thinking and Awareness?
    Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and one of the prime movers behind the spread of mindfulness-based stress reduction. In this excerpt from Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon outlines one of the fundamental aspects of mindfulness meditation—the difference between thinking and awareness. According to Sounds […]

  • What Is Gratitude?
    Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    “Angeles Arrien has the mind of a scholar and the heart of a friend.” This was Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute’s reaction when he recorded Angeles’ audio program Gratitude: The Essential Practice for Happiness and Fulfillment. As both a cultural anthropologist and a spiritual teacher, Angeles had a gift for seeing how diverse global traditions […]

  • Nothing Is Outside of Our Practice
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Joseph Goldstein has been one of the most prolific and well-respected teachers of Buddhist meditation practices in the West since 1974. In this excerpt drawn from the audio series Abiding in Mindfulness, Joseph explains how mindfulness can—and must—be practiced in even the most trying of circumstances. In the words of Sounds True producer Randy Roark, […]

  • A Forgiveness Meditation
    Wed, Apr 08, 2015

    Sometimes the most compelling evidence for the power of a given practice comes from looking at the person who teaches it. When Sounds True producer Nancy Smith arrived in Arizona for her recording with the internationally renowned physician Andrew Weil, she might have expected to find him busy, pressed for time, or even stressed out […]

  • Practical Ways to Access Information
    Wed, Apr 01, 2015

    Laura Alden Kamm is a renowned medical intuitive, medium, remote viewer, and teacher. Known as a “walking MRI” because of the startling accuracy of her intuitive knowledge, Laura works at the forefront of alternate healing modalities. According to Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, “Though Laura’s own intuitive gifts were awakened following a traumatic illness and […]

  • The Resonance Theory
    Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    For decades, David Ison has worked to help push music and meditation into the realm of healing. This week’s excerpt comes from David’s audio program Chakra Illumination. As a classically trained musician, Sounds True producer Steve Lessard appreciated working with Ison on a program that intends to unlock the healing and transformative powers of music. […]

  • What Is Presence?
    Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Eckhart Tolle is one of the most famous and beloved spiritual teachers in the world largely because of the simplicity of his message: by saying yes the present moment, we can learn to escape the often painful grip of our thinking mind. In this excerpt from the audio program The Art of Presence, Eckhart defines […]

  • What Is Presence?
    Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Eckhart Tolle is one of the most famous and beloved spiritual teachers in the world largely because of the simplicity of his message: by saying yes the present moment, we can learn to escape the often painful grip of our thinking mind. In this excerpt from the audio program The Art of Presence, Eckhart defines […]

  • Carolyn Myss: What Is a Calling?
    Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Real transformation doesn’t happen when we’re complacent, and is rarely achieved without hard work and sacrifice. That’s why so many people are drawn to Caroline Myss as a teacher. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “What I love about Caroline is that she doesn’t let anyone off the hook. Her style is passionate, sometimes […]

  • The Truest Reality
    Wed, Mar 04, 2015

    “Robert A. Johnson is a living legend, a wise elder, and a guide to the deepest realms of human consciousness,” says Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute. A world-renowned Jungian analyst and philosopher, Robert is best known for his seminal trilogy of books on the human psyche, He, She, and We. In this excerpt from his […]

  • Jack Kornfield: Transforming Difficulties Using Your Own Highest Wisdom
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The inimitable Jack Kornfield has spent more than 40 years teaching Buddhist mindfulness practices around the world. In this excerpt from the audio program Guided Meditation, Kornfield guides listeners in a practice he calls “Buddha Transforming Difficulties,” which is intended to connect us with insight available to all who seek it. In the words of […]

  • Lee Holden:The Keys to Your Vitality
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    A great teacher transmits wisdom not just with words or instructions, but also through a deep passion for the teachings he or she is here to share. This is what struck producer Mitchell Clute as he recorded Lee Holden’s latest Sounds True video, Qi Gong for Self-Healing. In this excerpt, Lee demonstrates techniques for harnessing […]

  • Roger Housden:The Power of Doing Nothing
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    In Roger Housden’s audio program, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, the bestselling author and poet considers how one can embrace the totality of life outside the structure of organized religious practice. In this selection chosen by Sounds True producer Randy Roark, Housden extols the importance of ceasing the incessant rush of our lives and […]

  • Mukti: The Art of Listening
    Tue, Feb 03, 2015

    In 1996, Mukti cofounded Open Gate Sangha with her husband and teaching partner, Adyashanti. The pair would eventually collaborate on the audio learning program The One of Us: Living from the Heart of Illumined Relationship, which explores spiritual inquiry from the perspective of two people in lifelong partnership. In this excerpt, Mukti considers one of […]

  • The Covenant of Safety
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Mario Martinez is the founder of Biocognitive Theory, which synthesizes insights from medicine, psychology, and spirituality to address questions about physical and psychological wellness. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, who recorded Mario’s audio course The MindBody Code, says, “I particularly love his approach to relationships, which is grounded in science and informed by the insights […]

  • Adyshanti:The Key to Liberation
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    As the founder of Open Gate Sangha and the author of many books and audio programs, Adyashanti has distinguished himself as one of the most respected voices in contemporary spiritual inquiry. In this audio excerpt from the program The One of Us: Living from the Heart of Illumined Relationship, Adya mulls the concept of “choice” […]

  • Early Experiences with Money and Spirit
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    It’s rare to find teachers who can fully address both money and spirituality, offering practical insights for both our inner lives and our financial needs. Yet when Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute entered a Santa Monica studio to record The Money and Spirit Workshop with Brent Kessel and Spencer Sherman, he knew he had found […]

  • Ram Dass: Practicing Practicing: Tools for the Journey
    Fri, Jan 09, 2015

    In 1971, the Amercian-born yogi Ram Dass published the seminal Be Here Now, the book that helped spark a movement toward mindfulness and nondual spirituality. Since then, Ram Dass has been at the forefront of the effort to spread concepts of Eastern philosophy in the West. This selection from Polishing the Mirror: How to Live […]

  • Nature Is Talking to Us All the Time
    Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    As a master storyteller and teacher of the shamanic tradition, Ted Andrews has always had a deep connection with nature—especially with kindred animal spirits. In this excerpt from the audio program Animal Speak—which shares a title with his classic book on the subject—Andrews discusses the voice with which nature tries to communicate with us. Everything […]

  • How Our Thoughts Affect Others—And Ourselves
    Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Award-winning journalist Lynne McTaggart is one of the United Kingdom’s most notable authorities on health, well-being, and scientific spirituality. In the words of Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, “I have recorded three programs with Lynne, and have always marveled at her ability to take complex scientific research and explain it in a way that is […]

  • The Sattipatthana Sutta
    Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Since 1974, Joseph Goldstein has worked tirelessly to bring Buddhist concepts of mindfulness and lovingkindness to the West. In this detailed excerpt drawn from the audio program Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume 1: The Body, Goldstein examines and comments upon The Sattipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s “direct path of realization.” Sounds True producer Randy Roark comments on […]

  • Being and Becoming
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Buddhism and psychotherapy both share the same ultimate goal: the alleviation of human suffering. Yet it can be puzzling for therapists and practitioners alike to try to integrate these two very different approaches. When Tami Simon was recording the new audio learning program Already Free with Bruce Tift, she was impressed by the depth of […]

  • Lama Surya Das: Buddha’s One Teaching
    Wed, Dec 03, 2014

    American-born Lama Surya Das is the founder of the Dzogchen Foundation and one of the world’s great authorities on traditional Tibetan Buddhism. In this excerpt—drawn from the audio program Buddha Is As Buddha Does—Lama Surya considers an engaged, helpful life lived according to the core teachings of the Buddha. In the words of Sounds True […]

  • Our Attachment to Suffering
    Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    As a former monk and disciple of several renowned Buddhist lamas, Peter Fenner has been working for years to bring the concepts of nonduality and mindfulness to the West. In this selection from his audio program Radiant Mind: Teachings and Practices to Awaken Unconditioned Awareness, Fenner discusses the frustration felt by spiritual seekers when they […]

  • What Is Happiness?
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    One of the foremost goals of Buddhism is to help alleviate humanity’s self-inflicted suffering. French-born Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard notes that through this alleviation, there can emerge a genuine species of happiness. But what exactly does “happiness” mean? In this excerpt from his audio program Happiness—selected by Sounds True producer Randy Roark—Matthieu uses his background […]

  • Jack Kornfield: The Healing Journey
    Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Jack Kornfield speaks from the heart. It is his ability to create a genuine heart-level connection with his audience that has made him one of the most beloved and accessible meditation teachers of our time. In recording this segment from Guided Meditations for Self-Healing, producer Randy Roark was especially moved by Jack’s account of his […]

  • Erin Olivo: Strategies for Acceptance
    Thu, Nov 06, 2014

    In this selection from the audio program Living in Wise Mind: Practices to Master Your Emotions and Transform Your Life, Erin Olivo, PhD shares techniques for handling those periods when life becomes inundated with difficulty and stress. As a clinical psychologist and former director of Columbia University’s Integrative Medicine program, Olivo has years of experience […]

  • David Frenette: Navigating the Dark Night of the Soul
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    For decades, David Frenette has been one of the most prominent authorities on Christian contemplative prayer. In this excerpt from the audio program Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God, David discusses the concept of “the dark night of the soul”—that infamous time of inner spiritual conflict. According to David, that […]

  • Mark Nepo: Repeatedly We Are Asked
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Mark Nepo’s audio program Reduced to Joy: The Journey from Our Head to Our Heart arose from an experience he shared with Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard. “I had the wonderful opportunity once to sit with Mark Nepo as he read one of his poems to me,” says Stephen. “He then explained how that poem […]

  • Exploring Transparent Communication
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Thomas Hübl is a spiritual teacher with a deep commitment to bring awakening to all of life—not just to retreat or spiritual practice, but also to our most difficult interactions in the workplace, with friends, and with intimate partners. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “Working with Thomas, I really resonated with his engaged, […]

  • Andrew Harvey: You Are My Soul, My Universe
    Wed, Oct 08, 2014

    No modern teacher is more passionate about the mystical experience than Andrew Harvey. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute puts it, “Andrew always delivers his message in the most ecstatic terms, and nowhere is he more compelling than when discussing the Sufi poet Jalal Rumi.” Rumi is what Andrew Harvey calls a “divine rebel”—a person […]

  • Discovering Your Inner Shaman
    Thu, Oct 02, 2014

    José Luis Stevens is one of the world’s foremost experts on shamanism and shamanic practice. The founder of the Power Path School of Shamanism, José has trained extensively for decades under the authority of shamans from the Huichol, Shipibo, and Q’ero peoples. In this excerpt from the audio program Meditations for the Inner Shaman: Awakening […]

  • Staying Present in Difficult Situations
    Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    As one of the most beloved voices of American Buddhism, Pema Chödrön shares traditional wisdom with openness, warmth, and spritely good humor. In the words of Sounds True producer Randy Roark, “It’s as if all that’s left of Pema is compassion, no matter what subject she’s addressing.” In this excerpt drawn from the new audio […]

  • Rick Hanson: The Eight Keys to Skillful Self-Assertiveness
    Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Rick Hanson explores what modern science tells us about how our evolving brains both assist and make more difficult our relationships with others. In this selection from his audio course The Neurodharma of Love, Dr. Hanson addresses an area of confusion for most of us: what does the healthy expression of self-assertiveness […]

  • Your Body Is a River of Intelligence
    Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    As an internationally known authority on Ayurveda—the 5,000–year–old Indian “science of life”—Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar offers listeners a proven and easily applicable approach for better nutrition and overall improved health. In this excerpt from the audio program Effortless Weight Loss: The Ayurvedic Way, Dr. Suhas describes the body as a “river of intelligence” that contains all […]

  • Seane Corn: Taking Responsibility for Your Life
    Wed, Sep 03, 2014

    Randy Roark, a producer at Sounds True, selected this week’s Producer’s Pick from the audio program Detox Flow Yoga: A Guided Practice to Purify Body, Mind, and Spirit by Seane Corn. In this program, Seane helps us eliminate the physical, emotional, and mental toxins we’ve absorbed through our interactions with others and our environment—but the […]

  • Shreyas and Preyas
    Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    In the audio course Ayurvedic Wellness: The Art and Science of Vibrant Health, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar offers a sweeping overview of the principles and techniques of Ayurveda—a 5000–year–old science of life—so that we can bring these vital teachings into our lives in a relevant and meaningful way. In this selection, chosen by Sounds True producer […]

  • An Inner Revolution Against the Causes of Suffering
    Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    In the words of Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, “For me, Noah [Levine]’s teachings are a really engaging mixture of the edgy and traditional. That makes sense, given his background. On one hand, he came to meditation practice after bottoming out in his late teens following years of drug use and run-ins with the law. […]

  • Andrew Harvey: Sacred Texts of Love
    Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    For more than 30 years, Andrew Harvey has explored themes of sacred activism and spiritual ascendance through both scholarly works and deeply personal poetry. On the audio program Meditations of the Heart, Harvey teams with renowned spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson to contemplate the notion of love as the great, unifying force behind all of reality. […]

  • Tara Brach: The Trance of Unworthiness
    Thu, Aug 07, 2014

    Much of our suffering comes from a persistent sense that we somehow “wrong,” that we don’t belong in this world. Meditation teacher and psychotherapist Dr. Tara Brach calls this the “Trance of Unworthiness,” a state of mind that is reinforced by the overt and subtle conditioning we receive over the course of our lives. In […]

  • Marianne Williamson: Our Natural State Is Love
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    As the author of four New York Times bestsellers and highly sought after as a guest lecturer, Marianne Williamson is one the world’s most respected contemporary spiritual teachers. In this excerpt from her audio program Love’s Manifesto—which she co-created with the renowned teacher Andrew Harvey—Marianne considers the pure state of love that is the true […]

  • Are You Suffering from Stress?
    Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    As the founder of the Neurosculpting® Institute, Lisa Wimberger is one of the foremost authorities on the practical application of neuroplasticity. In this excerpt from her audio program Neurosculpting for Stress Relief: Four Practices to Change Your Brain and Your Life, Lisa leads listeners on an exercise designed to identify and alleviate the physical manifestations […]

  • Sharpening Your Senses
    Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    World-renowned as an authority on creative thinking and accelerated learning, Michael J. Gelb is the author of the bestselling How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. In this excerpt from the audio program The Spirit of Leonardo: Seven Steps to Self-Realization from History’s Greatest Genius, Michael speaks on the ability to hone our senses so […]

  • The Keys to Your Vitality
    Wed, Jul 09, 2014

    A great teacher transmits wisdom not just with words or instructions, but also through a deep passion for the teachings he or she is here to share. This is what struck producer Mitchell Clute as he recorded Lee Holden’s latest Sounds True video, Qi Gong for Self-Healing. In this excerpt, Lee demonstrates techniques for harnessing […]

  • Three Levels of Awakening
    Wed, Jul 02, 2014

    Pulling from her new audio program, The Self in Full Bloom: Teachings and Practices for Embodied Awakening, experienced yoga and meditation teacher Mukti speaks on the different levels of spiritual awakening. According to Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, “As we recorded The Self in Full Bloom, listening to Mukti brought me again and again to […]

  • Fool for the Spirit
    Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    As an experienced therapist and scholar of indigenous healing arts, Bradford Keeney is an internationally respected figure at the forefront of modern shamanism. Drawn from Bradford’s program Shaking: The Original Path to Ecstasy and Healing, this week’s Producer’s Pick is both unusual and invigorating. Speaking on his pick, Sounds True producer Mitchell says, “We knew […]

  • Designed to Bond
    Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    In his breakthrough book The Biology of Belief, cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton presented evidence that we are not at the mercy of our genes, but are in fact turning specific genes on and off all the time through our behaviors, emotions, and beliefs. In his new book, The Honeymoon Effect, Dr. Lipton applies what […]

  • Spiritual Healing
    Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Linda Howe has established herself as one of the foremost teachers about the Akashic Records, the spiritual archive that chronicles the journey of every soul. From a spiritual perspective, Linda teaches, healing is what allows us to deepen our experience of life—not only as individual human beings, but also as living expressions of the divine. […]

  • Asking for Support
    Wed, Jun 04, 2014

    In The Power Path Training, shamanic practitioner Lena Stevens discusses how most people look for support in the wrong places. In truth, support is everywhere in nature, everything is interconnected, and the mere fact of our existence depends on the support of air, earth, water, plants, and countless other powers. In this excerpt selected by […]

  • James Finley: The Importance of Suffering
    Wed, May 28, 2014

    Suffering and detachment are two of life’s most mysterious and difficult experiences. In this excerpt from Meister Eckhart’s Living Wisdom, author James Finley, one of today’s best-known teachers of the Christian contemplative tradition, illustrates how the spiritual teachings of the fourteenth-century mystic have helped him to come to an understanding of the paradoxical liberation brought […]

  • The Creative Observer
    Thu, May 22, 2014

    In this excerpt from The Field, author and investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart explores how we as observers interact with the world around us. As Lynne says, “Reality isn’t just fixed, but is fluid and open to some sort of influence,” suggesting that it’s even possible to change outcomes across time and space. According to producer […]

  • Caroline Myss: Daring to Be Outrageously Creative
    Wed, May 14, 2014

    As Sounds True founder Tami Simon says, “When I hear Caroline teach, her words often evoke clear memories of scenes from my life. When we recorded the audio Your Creative Soul: Expressing Your Authentic Voice with Caroline and Sandra Joseph, one moment stood out to me: Caroline said that we often want to clip the […]

  • Experiencing Anxiety
    Wed, May 07, 2014

    Dr. Steven Gurgevich is internationally recognized as a leading expert in mind-body medicine, and a master at using medical hypnosis to assist in a broad range of health challenges. Yet it was his own struggles with anxiety and panic attacks during graduate school that set him on his lifelong journey of exploration and self-empowerment. In […]

  • Mark Nepo: The Fall into Life
    Thu, May 01, 2014

    Mark Nepo possesses a unique capacity to bring each step of the spiritual journey into exquisite focus. As a poet and a spiritual teacher, Mark has a special gift for using language to bring a deep level of clarity to our shared human experience. As Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard says, “I’m astounded by Mark’s […]

  • Adyashanti: The Miracle of Redemption
    Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Adyashanti offers a fresh and insightful look at the story of the crucifixion of Jesus in this excerpt from the audio program Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “This is one of my favorite moments of the program. Adya takes the well-known scene from the […]

  • Desire: The Engine of Creation
    Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    When Danielle LaPorte suggested that we should let go of our goals, Sounds True producer Kriste Peoples was astonished. After all, Danielle’s Desire Map process is about “creating goals with soul”—so how could you let go of your goals to achieve them? In this excerpt from the audio program The Desire Map Daily, Danielle explains […]

  • Our Potential Is Limitless
    Wed, Apr 09, 2014

    In this excerpt from Pema Chödrön’s The Truth of Our Existence, the American-born Buddhist nun and beloved teacher speaks on our ability to accept pain, rawness, and vulnerability. According to Chödrön, we all have an infinite potential to open to life, no matter the situation. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute comments on his selection: “These […]

  • Jonathan Foust: What Is Body-Centered Inquiry?
    Wed, Apr 02, 2014

    “What if our best counselor for making decisions is our own body?” reflects Sounds True producer Randy Roark as he introduces this week’s selection from author and teacher Jonathan Foust. In this excerpt from Body-Centered Inquiry: Meditation Training to Awaken Your Inner Guidance, Vitality, and Loving Heart, Foust explains the underpinning principles of body-centered inquiry, […]

  • An Introduction to Radical Forgiveness
    Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    A producer at Sounds True records hundreds of hours of audio with spiritual teachers and modern luminaries every year, and they are often asked which practices stand out as being the most useful in their own lives. For producer Randy Roark, one technique always tops the list: Radical Forgiveness. After working with Colin Tipping, the […]

  • Working with Emotions and Desire
    Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    Author Sally Kempton has studied and taught the wisdom of yoga and meditation for over 40 years. In this excerpt from the audio program Doorways to the Infinite, Sally discusses the confluence of our deepest emotions and most dearly held desires. Speaking on this week’s pick, Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “In this selection, […]

  • The Power of Doing Nothing
    Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    In Roger Housden’s new audio program, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, the bestselling author and poet considers how one can embrace the totality of life outside the structure of organized religious practice. In this selection chosen by Sounds True producer Randy Roark, Housden extols the importance of ceasing the incessant rush of our lives […]

  • Constant Presence with What Is
    Wed, Mar 05, 2014

    How do you face the “wounds and suffering of the human heart”? Perhaps the greatest gift from Saint Francis of Assisi was this insight: that we learn the mystery of ourselves only at the price of our own innocence. The word “innocent,” teaches Father Richard Rohr, literally means “unwounded.” Producer Mitchell Clute chose this audio […]

  • Adyashanti: Meditation Beyond Technique
    Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    Many traditional meditation practices involve the repetition of a specific set of techniques. While these techniques have great merit, Adyashanti suggests a different approach to meditation. In this Producer’s Pick selected by Matt Licata, Adyashanti welcomes us to experience a type of meditation that frees us from any technique and opens us to the expansive […]

  • The Power of Neurosculpting
    Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    “Lisa Wimberger is a living example of what is possible using the tools of modern science for self-directed brain change,” says Sounds True producer Randy Roark. “She embodies what I call becoming ‘Human 2.0.’” As Lisa explains in this selection from the audio course Neurosculpting: A Step-by-Step Program to Change Your Brain and Transform Your […]

  • The Power of Image
    Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    Most pregnancy experts focus on what’s going on in a mother’s body—yet Catherine Shainberg knows that a mother’s thoughts, dreams, and imagination can have the greatest impact on the experience of childbirth. Catherine’s DreamBirth® work uses the power of guided imagery to help mothers access the body’s vast creative intelligence to enhance the complete journey […]

  • Cyndi Dale: The Stars Inside Your Body
    Wed, Feb 05, 2014

    Subtle healing systems from many traditions speak of energy centers in our bodies, often called the chakras. Many of us in the West have become familiar with the idea of chakras as important for our health, yet we may not be aware of the wide variety of benefits we can gain from working with our […]

  • Andrew Holecek: The Irony of Awakening
    Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    When Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard recorded the new audio program Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming, he was struck by how relevant this seemingly esoteric practice is to everyday life. As Stephen says, “I was amazed at Andrew Holecek’s ability to build on the practice of lucid dreaming with techniques […]

  • You Are Here With a Purpose
    Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    We think of places of power as being sacred sites, cathedrals, or areas of great natural beauty—yet your greatest power spot is a place you inhabit all the time. Michael Bernard Beckwith calls this “your body temple,” and teaches that part of what we all must do to express our true purpose in life is […]

  • Action-Requiring Neurological Programs
    Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    In her new audio program The Art of Empathy, Karla McLaren brings to light research that compels us to seek a much deeper understanding of what emotions are, why they arise, and the purpose they are trying to serve. Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard selected this week’s Producer’s Pick because it reflects Karla’s way of […]

  • Parts of the Psyche
    Wed, Jan 08, 2014

    Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a a powerful psychological tool for finding freedom from chronic emotional issues such as depression and anxiety and creating internal harmony where the aspects of your psyche are working together for your well-being. In this selection from Dr. Jay Earley’s audio program Self-Therapy, he introduces listeners to the basic […]

  • Rick Hanson: The Power to Change Your Brain for the Better
    Thu, Jan 02, 2014

    Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain, has spent over a decade studying how we can consciously harness our brain’s natural malleability, or “neuroplasticity,” to deepen our experience of happiness and joy. In this selection from his audio program Self-Directed Brain Change, Dr. Hanson discusses some of the techniques he has used personally and has […]

  • The Direct Path to Liberation
    Thu, Dec 26, 2013

    The Satipatthana Sutta is the Buddha’s practice-oriented teaching on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. On the audio program Mindfulness: Six Guided Practices for Awakening, master teacher Joseph Goldstein offers six guided meditations based on this profound teaching of the Buddha. In this excerpt selected by Sounds True producer Randy Roark, Joseph illuminates the importance of […]

  • Caroline Myss and Andrew Harvey: Finding Your Soul’s Companions
    Wed, Dec 18, 2013

    According to Caroline Myss, we are in an age of spiritual awakening—and many of us feel a deep longing for spiritual intimacy, to share the journey of our awakening with kindred spirits. These are our soulmates, and in The Soulmate Contract: The Power of Partnership in Your Spiritual Life, Caroline Myss and Andrew Harvey introduce […]

  • Daniel J. Siegel: What Is Interpersonal Neurobiology?
    Wed, Dec 11, 2013

    By following both his scientific curiosity and his heart, Dr. Daniel Siegel began to question one of the most fundamental assumptions about human psychology and even biology: that we are an individual, separate self. Dr. Siegel discovered that our concept of "I" turns out to be more accurately a "we"—encompassing not only our own senses, […]

  • The Importance of Happiness in a Life Worth Living
    Thu, Dec 05, 2013

    We know that our lives will involve some degree of suffering. But we know that we can also experience happiness and joy. The question is, what are we waiting for? In this edition of Producer’s Pick, Matthieu Ricard discusses the importance of cultivating the conditions for joy and happiness and how happiness can become a […]

  • Fully Expressing Our Soul’s Potential
    Wed, Nov 27, 2013

    “I always look forward to recording with Sandra Ingerman,” says Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, “because I find her teachings so powerful and personally transformative. Her new audio learning program, Shamanic Visioning, really opens up a new world of shamanic practice, using journeying techniques to explore our soul’s destiny and teaching us how to fully […]

  • Jack Kornfield: Becoming a Child of Spirit
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    The play of sunlight through leaves . . . the songs of the wind . . . the arc of a brush stroke on paper. To be awake, reflects Jack Kornfield, is to discover the beauty hidden in all things—and to express that beauty ourselves. “The thing that resonated with me most in Jack’s new […]

  • Witnessing the Music of Our Life
    Wed, Nov 13, 2013

    With characteristic joy and humor, Chloë Goodchild teaches that one of our greatest tools for self-expression, healing, and spiritual insight resides within us: our own naked voice. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “I loved working with Chloë on Awakening Through Sound, and hearing her insights about how we can unlock the hidden potential […]

  • Activating Your Hands
    Wed, Nov 06, 2013

    Jack Angelo, author of the book and companion audio program Distant Healing, teaches that there is a direct link between our hands and our hearts. Our hands, he explains, can always reveal what we’re feeling in our hearts. In this edition of Producer’s Pick, Randy Roark shares four simple exercises presented by Jack Angelo to […]

  • The Shift of the Ages
    Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    In “The Shift of the Ages,” bestselling author and independent researcher Gregg Braden explores the potential for a dramatic shift in human consciousness that may already be well underway. Gregg discusses a universal impulse that he has found in the lives of people all over the world: the sense that something is awakening from deep […]

  • Ego Mind vs. Global Mind
    Wed, Oct 23, 2013

    Author and professor of philosophy Ashok Gangadean suggests that there is an emerging global wisdom arising from a synthesis of Eastern and Western traditions. In his audio course Awakening the Global Mind, Ashok shows how we can use the power of language to rewrite our own linguistic operating system with a new spiritual grammar, helping […]

  • Meditation and Intention
    Wed, Oct 16, 2013

    “I’ve recorded several programs now with Lynne McTaggart,” says Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute. “She brings the same qualities to her audio programs that readers find in her bestselling books The Field and The Intention Experiment—an integrity, rigor, and attention to detail that are the hallmark of good journalism. But she doesn’t stop there. Lynne […]

  • Jack Kornfield: Western Women Dharma Teachers Address the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala
    Thu, Oct 10, 2013

    When editing the new Jack Kornfield audio course Transmission: Receiving the Living Wisdom of Spiritual Teachers, Sounds True producer Randy Roark collected a number of Jack’s most insightful and illuminating talks about the benefits and perils of the student-teacher relationship. “Out of all the great stories about teachers like Ajahn Chah, Dipa Ma, and Chögyam […]

  • Offering Your Presence
    Wed, Oct 02, 2013

    “Every time I listen to this talk from Thich Nhat Hanh,” says Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard, “I’m transported back to the extraordinary retreat in Estes Park where we made this recording. Even though there were nearly a thousand people in the room, you could’ve heard a pin drop. That energy of deep attention shows […]

  • Sitting There, Being Yourself
    Thu, Sep 26, 2013

    “Lorin Roche is not your usual meditation teacher,” says Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute. “He brings a playful, curious, sensuous, and open attitude to a practice that can often feel cool and detached. His approach includes and embraces everything, welcoming the richness of our lives into meditative practice.” Lorin’s embodied practice for befriending your own […]

  • The Proof for God
    Thu, Sep 19, 2013

    Can there really be an answer to the key point of dispute in the culture wars—the existence of God? Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute was impressed to discover a teacher willing to take this question head-on with clarity, open-mindedness, and a deep respect for both sides of the argument. In his latest audio program, The […]

  • Bren? Brown: Setting and Maintaining Boundaries
    Wed, Sep 11, 2013

    One of the greatest challenges for parents that Dr. Brené Brown has uncovered in both her research and personal life is our need to be our child’s friend. We think this is a way to express our love and respect—but it ends up having the opposite effect. Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard chose this excerpt […]

  • What Is Self-Compassion, and Why Is It Important?
    Wed, Sep 04, 2013

    Most of us are very tough on ourselves. We feel a genuine desire to feel compassion for others, but we’re afraid that if we begin to feel that same compassion for ourselves that we’ll become self-centered, soft, or even stop thinking about others at all. But in this excerpt from the audio course Self-Compassion Step-By-Step, […]

  • Tara Brach: The Path of Homecoming
    Wed, Aug 28, 2013

    Wouldn’t life be great if we didn’t have any conflicts, disappointments, suffering, illness, or death? We often act from an unexamined belief that our life would be perfect if we could avoid everything we don’t like. Yet Dr. Tara Brach teaches that by trying to avoid our pain, we often miss what is most beautiful […]

  • Living in the Present
    Wed, Aug 21, 2013

    We’ve heard that everything we need is in the present moment—yet as Scottish-born teacher Bodhipaksa says, the fact is that the present moment often feels unsatisfactory and incomplete, prompting us to look to the past and the future for completion. Why is that, and can we change our experience of presence? In this selection from […]

  • Transforming Loneliness
    Wed, Aug 14, 2013

    When we face times of intense loneliness, it often feels like we have forgotten how to reach out and connect to others. Dr. Judith Orloff has found that a deep sense of loneliness may not just mean we’re experiencing disconnection from others, but that we are in a state of separation from some essential part […]

  • How to Identify and Reduce the Causes of Stress
    Wed, Aug 07, 2013

    Dr. Mark Hyman has found that many of us do not even know what we’re stressed about, because a stressed lifestyle has become the norm in the modern world. To begin to experience UltraCalm—which Dr. Hyman defines as a state of reduced physical, emotional, and mental stress and anxiety—we have to first realize that we […]

  • Embracing Intensity
    Wed, Jul 31, 2013

    “I have the greatest respect for Ani Pema’s teachings,” says Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, “and I was especially interested in the material on When Pain Is the Doorway, because Pema herself had chosen it as representing the current focus of her teaching.” In this audio clip, Pema shares the story of a soldier with […]

  • Entering the Broken World
    Wed, Jul 24, 2013

    Sometimes our path of healing takes us to places we could never imagine. For author Terry Tempest Williams, the combined grief of her brother’s death and witnessing our national trauma on 9/11 took her to Italy to study the ancient art of mosaic—an art where something beautiful is made out of pieces of broken glass. […]

  • Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius: The Causes of Suffering
    Thu, Jul 18, 2013

    Since human experience occurs in the brain, explains Dr. Rick Hanson, the source of suffering can also be traced to certain processes in the brain. In “The Causes of Suffering,” Dr. Hanson identifies six engines that drive suffering—even though these patterns were originally established to boost our chances of survival. Through practices like meditation, we […]

  • States of Ingratitude
    Wed, Jul 10, 2013

    With her background in cultural anthropology and comparative religion, Angeles Arrien is a teacher with a wide-ranging knowledge of many traditions and how they approach the subject of gratitude. But as Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “The most important thing about Angeles is her own deep commitment to the practice of gratitude. Her kindness, […]

  • What is the Shadow?
    Wed, Jul 03, 2013

    Sounds True producer Randy Roark says, “There’s no area of interest more important to me these days than what is known in psychology as the shadow.” Our shadow is understood as the unacknowledged part of us that influences our decisions, undermines our efforts to change, and keeps us repeating the same patterns again and again. […]

  • What Makes Us Happy?
    Wed, Jun 26, 2013

    When Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute recorded the audio course Your Money or Your Life with Vicki Robin in her home, he had the opportunity to see a teacher who lives her teachings. As Mitchell says, “Vicki’s choices—from the car she drives to the food she eats—serve as an example of knowing what we value […]

  • Cyndi Dale: The Importance of Energetic Boundaries
    Wed, Jun 19, 2013

    In her private practice, energy healer Cyndi Dale has made an astonishing discovery—up to 80 percent of the complaints that people come into the office with are not really their own, but are issues they have absorbed from those around them. She’s found that we unconsciously internalize many issues from our environment, including thoughts, feelings, […]

  • Meditation and Everyday Life
    Tue, Jun 11, 2013

    Eckhart Tolle’s audio program Meditation: Practicing Presence in Every Moment of Your Life begins with a warning. Eckhart says he rarely teaches meditation because he sees that the practice often becomes an end in itself, and sometimes doesn’t lead to further growth. In this excerpt, selected by Sounds True producer Randy Roark, Eckhart describes how […]

  • Condemned By the Clock
    Wed, Jun 05, 2013

    Not many Sounds True authors have a secret identity, but there’s a reason that physicist Fred Alan Wolf also goes by the superheroic name of Dr. Quantum. “I’ve worked with Fred on several occasions,” says Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, “and he never fails to simultaneously entertain me, educate me, and completely blow my mind.” […]

  • The Practice of Deity Meditation
    Thu, May 30, 2013

    As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “Sally Kempton has a gift for articulating esoteric concepts in a language that is specific, grounded, and engaging.” In this week’s Producer’s Pick from the audio program Shakti Meditations: Guided Practices to Invoke the Goddesses of Yoga, she explores the many ways we can choose to relate to […]

  • A Meditation on Compassion
    Wed, May 22, 2013

    “One of my fondest memories of working in the studio,” say Sounds True producer Randy Roark, “was during this recording with Sharon Salzberg. We ended up finishing one of her other projects ahead of schedule. So I told Sharon that we could either take a well-earned day off, or we could use the day to […]

  • The Law of Cause and Effect
    Wed, May 15, 2013

    Karma is one of the most recognized concepts from Buddhism, yet is also perhaps the most misunderstood teaching for Western audiences. When Sounds True recorded the audio program Karma: Finding Freedom in This Moment, the goal was to have Pema Chödrön present the Western concept of karma so her teacher, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, could shed […]

  • Bren? Brown: The Myths Around Vulnerability
    Wed, May 08, 2013

    As a research professor at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, Brené Brown has explored for many years the roots of courage and how it is connected to emotional exposure and authenticity. In this audio selection, she challenges one of the most pervasive and inaccurate myths of our time—that vulnerability is a […]

  • Our Attempts to Feel Better
    Wed, May 01, 2013

    Dr. Kelly McGongial stands out as a teacher whose scientific knowledge brings a new clarity to our understanding of the spiritual journey. As Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard notes, “Kelly’s research-based insights reinforced truths that I’d glimpsed in my own meditation practice. After recording her program, I was inspired to reevaluate ways that I approach […]

  • Tara Brach: Connecting with Your Aspirations
    Wed, Apr 24, 2013

    There is a saying in Zen Buddhism: “The most important thing is to remember the most important thing.” As Tara Brach teaches, this is a pointing instruction that guides us to reflect on the essential values that are most important to us—heartfelt truths that are often obscured by our hectic movement through the everyday world. […]

  • Transcend Your Limitations
    Wed, Apr 17, 2013

    “I love working with Matrix Energetics founder Richard Bartlett and his teaching partner Melissa Joy,” says Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute. “Richard’s approach is so freewheeling and spontaneous that working with him is more like a day at the amusement park than an average day in the studio. I’ve heard other teachers speak of transcending […]

  • Cyndi Dale: Your Energetic Boundaries
    Wed, Apr 10, 2013

    As a teacher, Cyndi Dale is one of the best ambassadors for subtle energy practice. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “I found Cyndi to be both engaging and incredibly knowledgeable about the human energy system. What impressed me the most was her ability to present this subject in a way that is luminously […]

  • Caroline Myss: Dropping Our Entitlement
    Wed, Mar 27, 2013

    Caroline Myss has a unique style as a spiritual teacher—straightforward, passionate, and sometimes uncomfortably direct. Sounds True founder Tami Simon, who has produced Caroline’s audio programs for more than 20 years, says: “Sometimes listening to Caroline feels like I’m being drenched with a bucket of ice water. Yet I cherish her as a friend and […]

  • Seane Corn: Taking Responsibility for Your Life
    Thu, Mar 21, 2013

    Randy Roark, a producer at Sounds True, selected this week’s Producer’s Pick from the audio program Detox Flow Yoga: A Guided Practice to Purify Body, Mind, and Spirit by Seane Corn. In this program, Seane helps us eliminate the physical, emotional, and mental toxins we’ve absorbed through our interactions with others and our environment—but the […]

  • Starting Where We Are
    Thu, Mar 14, 2013

    Mitchell Clute, a producer at Sounds True, chose this week’s Producer’s Pick from the audio program Still the Mind with Scottish-born Buddhist teacher and author Bodhipaksa. In this selection, “Starting Where We Are,” Bodhipaksa helps us touch into a deeper sense of spacious awareness, identifying some of the stumbling blocks to beginning our meditation practice […]

  • The Primary Purpose of Your Life
    Wed, Mar 06, 2013

    “No one can talk about living in the now like Eckhart Tolle,” says Sounds True producer Randy Roark, who chose this week’s Producer’s Pick from the audio program Deepening the Dimension of Stillness. In this program, recorded in front of a select audience during a three-day retreat in Maui, Eckhart shares the techniques he himself […]

  • The Sacred, Secret World of the Soul
    Wed, Feb 27, 2013

    John O’Donohue, beloved Irish poet and philosopher of the heart, made a lasting impression on Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, who recalls John’s vast appetites, deep feelings, and laser-sharp mind. For this week’s Producer’s Pick, Mitchell chose a selection from Longing and Belonging: The John O’Donohue Collection. Though he hears John’s “magic” in all his […]

  • Jeff Foster: Every Moment Is an Invitation
    Wed, Feb 20, 2013

    Jeff Foster is the author of the Sounds True book and audio learning program The Deepest Acceptance. In this Producer’s Pick, Mitchell Clute shares a selection that captures the essence of Jeff’s teaching. All of our troubles begin, explains Jeff, when we we forget our “total indivisibility from this moment.” But just as no wave […]

  • Bren? Brown: The Journey to Worthiness
    Fri, Feb 15, 2013

    A trustworthy guide can make all the difference when we are facing the more difficult parts of our human journey. When Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard worked with Dr. Brené Brown on her audio course Men, Women, and Worthiness, he discovered a teacher who immediately created that all-important bond of trust. “Brené has a clear, […]

  • What Are Our Emotions?
    Wed, Feb 06, 2013

    Imagine in this moment being completely in touch with your physical sensations, aware of who you are and your connection to all your surroundings, and conscious of the wisdom of your deepest emotions. Why isn’t this our natural experience all the time? Raphael Cushnir, the author of The One Thing Holding You Back, teaches that […]

  • Caroline Myss: What Is a Calling?
    Wed, Jan 30, 2013

    Real transformation doesn’t happen when we’re complacent, and is rarely achieved without hard work and sacrifice. That’s why so many people are drawn to Caroline Myss as a teacher. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says, “What I love about Caroline is that she doesn’t let anyone off the hook. Her style is passionate, sometimes […]

  • A Forgiveness Meditation
    Thu, Jan 24, 2013

    Sometimes the most compelling evidence for the power of a given practice comes from looking at the person who teaches it. When Sounds True editorial director Nancy Smith arrived in Arizona for her recording with the internationally renowned physician Andrew Weil, she might have expected to find him busy, pressed for time, or even stressed […]

  • What Are the Akashic Records?
    Wed, Jan 16, 2013

    You may have heard of the Akashic Records, said to be an energetic archive that holds information about every soul and its journey. But consulting and receiving answers from the Akashic Records has remained the province of a few specialists for generations now. For over a decade, Linda Howe has been on a mission to […]

  • Kriyas, the movement of Kundalini
    Thu, Jan 10, 2013

    Kundalini is identified by traditions worldwide as a key to the most profoundly transformative experiences we can have—yet if we don’t know what’s going on or how to deal with it, a Kundalini awakening can be challenging and confusing. That’s what Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute learned when he recorded Awakening Kundalini with Dr. Lawrence […]

  • The Fear and Anxiety Solution
    Thu, Jan 03, 2013

    This week’s Producer’s Pick comes from the audio program The Fear and Anxiety Solution by Dr. Friedemann Schaub. Steve Lessard, a producer at Sounds True, joined Dr. Schaub in Seattle for this recording session and chose this selection after noticing how many people struggle with fear or anxiety. In this selection, Dr. Schaub discusses how […]

  • Caroline Myss and James Finley: Trauma and Transformation
    Wed, Dec 26, 2012

    In this week’s Producer’s Pick, we listen to the opening minutes from the audio program Transforming Trauma by authors Caroline Myss and James Finley. Mitchell Clute, a producer at Sounds True, chose this selection after editing the program, which was recorded before a live studio audience. In this selection, Caroline Myss introduces the idea of […]

  • The Seed of Fear
    Wed, Dec 19, 2012

    This week’s Producer’s Pick comes from Living Without Stress or Fear: Essential Teachings on the True Source of Happiness, an audio program with Nobel Peace Prize nominee, poet, and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Mitchell Clute, a producer at Sounds True, chose this week’s selection, noting the “directness and luminous clarity” that distinguish Thich Nhat […]

  • David Whyte: Most Forms of Love Are Unrequited
    Tue, Dec 11, 2012

    This week’s Producer’s Pick comes from David Whyte’s audio program When the Heart Breaks: A Journey Through Requited and Unrequited Love. With a poet’s insight into the landscape of the soul, Whyte offers a deeply moving exploration of how we experience love and loss and how, with resilience and time, we can rise again each […]

  • Just Be Curious
    Wed, Dec 05, 2012

    The magic of Pema Chödrön—and what makes her such an exceptional teacher—is how she can take a subject that could be heady or conceptual and teach it in a way that makes it sink directly into the heart of her listener. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says that this selection from Pema’s audio program Coming […]

  • The Covenant of Safety
    Wed, Nov 28, 2012

    Mario Martinez is the founder of Biocognitive Theory, which synthesizes insights from medicine, psychology, and spirituality to address questions about physical and psychological wellness. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute, who recorded Mario’s audio course The Mind-Body Code, says, “I particularly love his approach to relationships, which is grounded in science and informed by the insights […]

  • Entering the Second Half of Life
    Wed, Nov 21, 2012

    We tend to fear the idea of a midlife crisis as the time when we have to give up the vigor of youth. But Dr. James Hollis teaches that what we give up when we enter the second half of life is actually our false identity. When recording the audio course Through the Dark Wood, […]

  • Mistaken Identities
    Wed, Nov 14, 2012

    In The Miracle of Trust, teachers Nouk Sanchez and the late Tomas Vieira draw upon their insights from A Course in Miracles to help listeners transcend the ego and express their unique love in the world—insights that have been informed and deepened through the hardships of their own relationship. Though Nouk and Tomas were no […]

  • How to Connect with Your Higher Self
    Thu, Nov 08, 2012

    For spiritual seekers of many generations, Alan Watts earned a reputation as one of the most accessible—and entertaining—interpreters of Eastern philosophy in the West. For this week’s Producer’s Pick, Sounds True producer Randy Roark offers a selection from You’re It!, a collection from the audio archives of Alan Watts. What Randy finds most refreshing about […]

  • Journey to the Oracle at Delphi
    Tue, Oct 30, 2012

    Shamanic healer and teacher Nicki Scully leads expeditions to sacred spots around the globe. But her Sounds True audio program Becoming an Oracle shows that you don’t need a plane ticket to experience a powerful journey—travels of the spirit can illuminate, inspire, and transform us. Becoming an Oracle includes visits to figures from the Greek, […]

  • How We Unconsciously Create Difficulties at Work for Our Personal Growth
    Wed, Oct 24, 2012

    Could the difficulties we experience at work be doorways into spiritual and emotional growth? What happens if we reframe the troubles of our daily lives as precious opportunities for awakening? In The Power of Radical Forgiveness, Colin Tipping describes a perspective—along with practices and techniques—to help us embrace our challenges rather than fighting or fleeing. […]

  • What is Your Spiritual Personality?
    Wed, Oct 17, 2012

    Having the ability to choose your spiritual path can be both exciting and daunting. How do you know which ones will be rewarding, engaging, and compatible with your learning style? Jonathan Ellerby has studied many traditions and how people operate within them, and has created a system for determining your unique spiritual personality type. Sounds […]

  • A Guided Visualization for Instant Relaxation
    Wed, Oct 10, 2012

    We often feel like the causes of anxiety in our life come from events in the world around us that we can’t control. Yet Dr. Mark Hyman has found that if we learn how to deal with our reactions effectively in the moment they occur, then we can take charge of the forces that create […]

  • Jack Kornfield: The Eightfold Path
    Thu, Oct 04, 2012

    Jack Kornfield has an exceptional gift for translating Eastern thought for Western audiences in a way that is accessible and relevant while remaining true to the original teachings. Sounds True producer Randy Rourke says that he was especially impressed with the way that Jack introduces newcomers to the central practices and timeless wisdom taught by […]

  • Using the Power of Your Mind to Make Any Diet Work
    Thu, Sep 27, 2012

    “We often find ourselves in an internal debate at Sounds True,” says producer Matt Licata, “about whether diet-oriented programs really fit with our core mission. Fortunately, a teacher like Dr. Steven Gurgevich offers an approach that we can truly stand behind.” Dr. Gurgevich is a key member of Dr. Andrew Weil’s physician training program and […]

  • The Fundamental Ambiguity of Human Existence
    Wed, Sep 19, 2012

    Pema Chödrön teaches that the awakened life begins and ends with wonder—the thrill of letting go and thoroughly enjoying the ride. What prevents us from making this leap? Our ego’s survival instincts. In the audio program The Three Commitments, Pema teaches about Tibetan Buddhism’s essential life instructions for letting go of confusion and fear so […]

  • An Introduction to Prana
    Wed, Sep 12, 2012

    Sounds True producer Randy Roark has recorded many authors who teach breathwork practices, from medical doctors to meditation and qigong masters. But recording Freeing the Breath with Leslie Kaminoff, a teacher of breath-centered yoga and the founder of New York City’s Breathing Project, was a singular experience. As Randy says, “I have never met anyone […]

  • An Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
    Thu, Sep 06, 2012

    The popularity of shamanism has increased dramatically over the last few decades, but there is still much confusion about just what shamanism is and how it might be relevant to those in the modern world. Sandra Ingerman has emerged as a teacher with a special gift for demystifying shamanism and helping us experience the world […]

  • Andrew Harvey: You Are My Soul, My Universe
    Thu, Aug 30, 2012

    No modern teacher is more passionate about the mystical experience than Andrew Harvey. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute puts it, “Andrew always delivers his message in the most ecstatic terms, and nowhere is he more compelling than when discussing the Sufi poet Jalal Rumi.” Rumi is what Andrew Harvey calls a “divine rebel”—a person […]

  • Tara Brach: A Pause for Presence
    Wed, Aug 22, 2012

    Why are we in the midst of a “Mindfulness Revolution?” It’s because neuroscientists have found conclusive evidence that traditional mindfulness meditation practices can have a powerful, positive effect on the biology of the human brain. As Dr. Tara Brach teaches, “Mindfulness helps us increase our calmness and clarity, access our creativity, and become more open-hearted.” […]

  • Our Attempts to Feel Better
    Thu, Aug 16, 2012

    Dr. Kelly McGongial stands out as a teacher whose scientific knowledge brings a new clarity to our understanding of the spiritual journey. As Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard notes, “Kelly’s research-based insights reinforced truths that I’d glimpsed in my own meditation practice. After recording her program, I was inspired to reevaluate ways that I approach […]

  • Jack Kornfield: A Story about the Healing Power of Compassion
    Wed, Aug 08, 2012

    Whether he’s speaking to beginners, advanced students, or anyone else interested in the spiritual journey, Jack Kornfield’s favorite way of transmitting insight is through stories. As Sounds True producer Randy Roark observes, Jack’s heartfelt stories may be funny, surprising, or poignant—and are always rich with wisdom. In Jack’s new program, Awakening Is Real: A Guide […]

  • Integral Mapmaking
    Wed, Aug 01, 2012

    Philosopher Ken Wilber is renowned for creating his astonishingly comprehensive integral “theory of everything,” a framework that helps us bring new depths of understanding to any facet of human knowledge and experience. But how does he choose what to incorporate into such an ambitious model? Sounds True producer Matt Licata chose this week’s selection from […]

  • Enlightened Sex
    Wed, Jul 25, 2012

    What is the relationship between sexuality and spiritual awakening? How do these two seemingly different streams of life experience come together and show us the true nature of what it means to be a human being? For this week’s podcast, Sounds True producer Matt Licata offers this selection from Enlightened Sex, where David Deida helps […]

  • The Resonance Theory
    Wed, Jul 18, 2012

    This week’s episode, “The Resonance Theory,” comes from David Ison’s audio program Chakra Illumination. As a classically trained musician, Sounds True producer Steve Lessard appreciated working with Ison on a program that intends to unlock the healing and transformative powers of music. Our chakras, each of which represent a rung on what Ison calls the […]

  • How to Build an Altar
    Wed, Jul 11, 2012

    Joseph M. Marshall is a Lakota elder who believes that the wisdom and stories of his people are the greatest gift that he can share with the wider world. In recording Joseph’s audio program Living the Lakota Way, Sounds True producer Randy Roark was deeply moved by just how relevant and needed these teachings are […]

  • A Daily Practice to Reconnect with Yourself
    Thu, Jul 05, 2012

    In his teachings, Eckhart Tolle often talks about the “pain-body,” which is how he refers to part of our subtle energetic field that actually feeds on toxic thoughts and emotions. He teaches that we all have a pain-body that can keep us from experiencing the fullness of this moment—so what do we do about it? […]

  • The Blessing of Peace
    Wed, Jun 27, 2012

    If you can understand the language spoken by a great spiritual master, does that master’s wisdom take on a new level of depth and meaning for you? Neil Douglas-Klotz believes that it does, which is why he has dedicated himself to studying Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute puts […]

  • Flooding Your Emotions with Loving Vibrations
    Wed, Jun 20, 2012

    Many traditions tell us that there is “someone watching over us”—that we receive invisible help from beings that are identified as guardian angels, ancestors, or spirit guides. Is it possible to make contact with these forces and deepen our relationship with them? Intuitive Marie Manuchehri believes so—and also believes that it is often everyday stress […]

  • The Seven Stages of Healing
    Wed, Jun 13, 2012

    Through his pioneering research and experience in the field, Dr. James Gordon has established himself as a leading voice on how we treat and prevent depression. Yet it is his own personal experience that has provided many of his key insights for helping us deal with depression—and inspired him to challenge common wisdom about how […]

  • Staying Open to the World
    Wed, Jun 06, 2012

    We sometimes think of our spiritual teachers as exalted beings who have discovered the way to transcend the everyday struggle and uncertainty of normal life. But when you listen to Pema Chödrön, you realize just the opposite is true—Pema teaches about Buddhism from a place of grounded vulnerability, tenderly sharing her first-hand experience of the […]

  • Mark Nepo: The Fall into Life
    Wed, May 30, 2012

    The gift of a poet is not merely to have a skill with words, it is the ability to use language to bring a deep level of clarity to our shared human experience. That’s what makes poet Mark Nepo such an extraordinary teacher—he has a unique capacity to bring each step of the spiritual journey […]

  • Breaking Free from Emotional Eating: Everyone Has an Issue with Food
    Wed, May 23, 2012

    Aside from hunger, why do we eat? Our relationship with food, teaches Geneen Roth, is a microcosm of how we feel and reflects what we believe about pleasure, deprivation, nourishment, and trust in every area of our lives. Matt Licata, the audio producer of When Food Is Food And Love Is Love, recalls a powerful […]

  • What Is Healthy Breathing?
    Wed, May 16, 2012

    The air we breathe costs nothing. Yet each breath we take holds the priceless gift of better health if we know how to breathe in a natural, revitalizing way. When Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute recorded Breathing: A Beginner’s Guide to Increased Health and Vitality with Ken Cohen, he was astonished by the profound changes […]

  • What Is Stress?
    Wed, May 09, 2012

    We all want to relieve stress in our life—yet how well do we understand what stress is and why it works? When Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute recorded the audio program Relieve Stress with Medical Hypnosis, he was impressed by how much Dr. Steven Gurgevich’s lucid explanation of stress set the foundation to help us […]

  • Jack Kornfield: Meditation for Beginners
    Wed, May 02, 2012

    One Sounds True program that has stood the test of time is Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield. Known for his unique gift for making Eastern teachings accessible to modern people in the West, Jack created this program as a way to introduce people to the power of meditation to change lives. As Sounds True […]

  • A Quick De-Stressor
    Wed, Apr 25, 2012

    Everything in Reiki begins with and returns to the precepts: For today only, do not anger, do not worry, be honest in your work, be compassionate to yourself and others. When Sounds True producer Randy Roark worked with Reiki teacher Bronwen Stiene to record Reiki Relaxation, it became clear that Bronwen truly embodies these values. […]

  • Cynthia Bourgealt: The Wisdom Teachings of Jesus: Beyond Belief and Into Practice
    Wed, Apr 18, 2012

    Ever since the time of Jesus, people have debated what he really taught and what his intentions actually were. When listening to Cynthia Bourgeault’s audio course Encountering the Wisdom Jesus, Sounds True producer Matt Licata was especially struck by the way that she goes beyond a conceptual examination of Gospels to enable us to feel […]

  • Breaking Your Agreement with Mediocrity
    Wed, Apr 11, 2012

    It’s natural to seek comfort and security—yet it’s also true that our most valuable growth experiences often happen during the most challenging times in our life. When recording his audio program Your Life’s Purpose, Michael Bernard Beckwith addressed this dilemma as part of the ongoing process of awakening to our full and unique potential. As […]

  • How to Identify and Reduce the Causes of Stress
    Wed, Apr 04, 2012

    In today’s world where the “stress lifestyle” has become all too common, even trying to figure out what’s causing us stress can be hard. That’s why Sounds True producer Randy Roark was impressed to hear Dr. Mark Hyman offer his approach to identifying the stressors in our lives. “Instead of looking at outside factors first, […]

  • Somatic Experiencing Practices and Physical Pain
    Wed, Mar 28, 2012

    We know that pain is the body’s essential warning system for telling us when we’re dealing with something that can cause us physical harm. Yet is there some way we can keep from being constantly overloaded by this survival system in the case of chronic pain? Pioneering doctor Peter Levine and his colleague Maggie Phillips […]

  • Creating a Healthy Night Ritual
    Wed, Mar 21, 2012

    It’s been reported that nearly half of the adults in the United States suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Unfortunately, many people turn to sleeping pills as a solution—with all the side-effects that come with them. Dr. Rubin Naiman, a clinical psychologist who specializes in sleep and dream medicine, has a better way. As […]

  • Honoring Your Calling
    Wed, Mar 14, 2012

    Most career counselors will tell you that the way to find the right job for you is to make an inventory of your skills and then match them to the trends and demands of the marketplace. Yet how often does that end up providing us with truly fulfilling work? Rick Jarow teaches a radically different […]

  • Energy: One of the Keys to Meditation
    Wed, Mar 07, 2012

    One of the most significant barriers that many Westerners encounter when approaching meditation is a confusion about the religious and mystical origins of Eastern practices—and whether one has to take some kind of leap of faith to mediate. Shinzen Young, a featured teacher at this year’s Wake Up Festival, is the ideal teacher to put […]

  • Walking: The Ultimate Exercise for Optimum Health
    Wed, Feb 29, 2012

    We know how valuable exercise can be for enhancing our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Yet we tend to think of it as something that must be strenuous, involving heavy weights or formidable physical challenges. But Dr. Andrew Weil shows us evidence that walking—an activity so simple that many of us take it for […]

  • Entering the Now
    Wed, Feb 22, 2012

    One of the hallmarks of living an awakened life, as echoed throughout the world wisdom traditions, is being able to discern between “thinking” and “awareness.” Sounds True producer Matt Licata has heard many teachers who can speak clearly about awakening in a conceptual way, but believes that Eckhart Tolle has a unique gift for leading […]

  • David Whyte: Taking the Courageous Step
    Wed, Feb 15, 2012

    David Whyte has a rare gift for expressing the wisdom of a spiritual teacher with a poet’s mastery of language. When Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute recorded David’s audio program, What to Remember When Waking he found that “David’s voice is so compelling and his words so beautiful that at first you may not realize […]

  • Sleep Hygiene
    Wed, Feb 08, 2012

    When Sounds True producer Randy Roark recorded Dr. Martin Rossman’s Fall Asleep, Stay Asleep, he knew that he would be hearing three of Dr. Rossman’s clinically proven guided visualization exercises to help listeners get a good night’s rest. Just as important, however, were some simple guidelines that Dr. Rossman outlined for good “sleep hygiene.” As […]

  • How Spiritual Beings Take Physical Form
    Tue, Jan 31, 2012

    When Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute began recording Cynthia Hutchison’s Healing Touch Meditations, he admits that he only had a vague idea of how Healing Touch differed from Reiki and other touch-based modalities. Yet after hearing Cynthia’s direct and heartfelt explanations of Healing Touch, he began to understand what has made this system so special […]

  • Your Ally on the Path of Self-Discovery
    Tue, Jan 24, 2012

    When Sounds True’s editorial director Nancy Smith recorded Gangaji’s audio course The Greatest Discovery, she experienced the feeling that many of Gangaji’s students report—that Gangaji seems to look directly into our hearts and minds, gently revealing unexamined thoughts and behaviors that are holding us back on the spiritual journey. As Nancy puts it, “She has […]

  • Taoist Sexual Secrets
    Thu, Jan 19, 2012

    Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute admits that he felt some trepidation when he went into the studio to record the audio learning course Taoist Sexual Secrets. “The outline had some unusual stuff. What did circulation of qi have to do with being multi-orgasmic? And what in God’s name was ‘testicular breathing’?” Fortunately, he needn’t have […]

  • The Qualities of Fundamental Consciousness
    Wed, Jan 11, 2012

    Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute edited The Realization Process, Dr. Judith Blackstone’s six-hour audio training course on her original method for embodied spiritual awakening. At the heart of this work is what Dr. Blackstone calls “fundamental consciousness”—a primary dimension of being that is the basis of both our individual sense of self and the transcendence […]

  • The Silverbeards
    Thu, Jan 05, 2012

    Sounds True publisher Tami Simon is our producer for Dr. Clarissa Pinkola EstĂ©s’ audio series on The Dangerous Old Woman archetype. In this week’s Producer’s Pick, we hear the story of “The Silverbeards,” from The Joyous Body, the fourth volume in this landmark collection. Here, Dr. EstĂ©s describes a visit to an underground hot spring, […]

  • Rick Hanson: The Intersection of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Contemplative Practice
    Wed, Dec 28, 2011

    For the past 40 years, neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson has investigated this essential question: How can we be truly, deeply happy, regardless of the circumstances of our lives? For the first time in history, we can track the effects of specific behaviors on brain activity and demonstrate how meditation and mindfulness practices can change the […]

  • The Blessing of Peace
    Wed, Dec 21, 2011

    Every producer at Sounds True has their dream projects. For Mitchell Clute, one such recording was Just Being Here: Rumi and Human Friendship. “Even before I worked at Sounds True, I loved Coleman Barks’ translations and his deep-voiced, big-hearted delivery of Rumi’s ecstatic poetry.” When paired with the spacious music of virtuoso cellist David Darling, […]

  • Unconditional Confidence
    Wed, Dec 14, 2011

    In addition to being the founder of Sounds True, Tami Simon also produces a number of our audio programs. One of the programs that stood out to Tami was Pema Chödrön’s Unconditional Confidence: Instructions for Meeting Any Experience with Trust and Courage. As Tami says, “When it comes to delivering heart instructions on how to […]

  • An Introduction to Radical Forgiveness
    Wed, Dec 07, 2011

    A producer at Sounds True records hundreds of hours of audio with spiritual teachers and modern luminaries every year, and they are often asked which practices stand out as being the most useful in their own lives. For producer Randy Roark, one technique always tops the list: Radical Forgiveness. After working with Colin Tipping, the […]

  • You Are an Energy System
    Fri, Dec 02, 2011

    “I have a simple religion,” says Harijiwan Khalsa. “To be happier today than I was yesterday.” This simple statement struck Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute as particularly profound coming from a renowned teacher of kundalini yoga. “What I remember best about Harijiwan,” says Mitchell, “was the approachable, down-to-earth way he presented his teachings, which could […]

  • What Is Gratitude?
    Tue, Nov 22, 2011

    “Angeles Arrien has the mind of a scholar and the heart of a friend.” This was Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute’s reaction when he recorded Angeles’ audio program Gratitude: The Essential Practice for Happiness and Fulfillment. As both a cultural anthropologist and a spiritual teacher, Angeles has a gift for seeing how diverse global traditions […]

  • Constant Presence With What Is
    Tue, Nov 15, 2011

    How do you face the “wounds and suffering of the human heart”? Perhaps the greatest gift from Saint Francis of Assisi was this insight: that we learn the mystery of ourselves only at the price of our own innocence. The word “innocent,” teaches Father Richard Rohr, literally means “unwounded.” Producer Mitchell Clute chose this audio […]

  • Developing Emotional Intelligence
    Wed, Nov 09, 2011

    In Karla McLaren’s experience as an empathic counselor and researcher, emotions have more to tell us than we often realize. When Sounds True producer Randy Roark was recording Karla’s audio learning program, The Language of Emotions, he gained a whole new appreciation for the depth of information that our emotions contain. As Randy puts it, […]

  • Resting in Awareness
    Tue, Nov 01, 2011

    Perhaps no one person has done more to prove the clinical value of mindfulness practice than Jon Kabat-Zinn. His groundbreaking research on the use of mindfulness to address chronic pain and accelerate healing has helped bring meditation into the world of conventional medicine. Yet perhaps his greatest gift is his ability to make mindfulness immediately […]

  • Caroline Myss: The Power of Prayer
    Tue, Oct 25, 2011

  • The Rhythm of Being
    Wed, Oct 19, 2011

    John O’Donohue was a one-of-a-kind force of nature: a genius with words, a brilliant thinker, and a professional excavator of the soul. When Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard worked to re-release A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O’Donohue on DVD, he was deeply moved by how John’s poetic insights and wisdom could enhance our appreciation of […]

  • Power Breathing
    Wed, Oct 12, 2011

    Often we think of healers as those with special abilities that only a few possess. What impressed Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute about Master Stephen Co’s first encounters with pranic healing, as he describes in his audio program Power Breathing, is he initially felt nothing as he did these practices to heal his wife—in fact, […]

  • Being and Becoming
    Wed, Oct 05, 2011

    Buddhism and psychotherapy both share the same ultimate goal: the alleviation of human suffering. Yet it can be puzzling for therapists and practitioners alike to try to integrate these two very different approaches. When Tami Simon was recording the new audio learning program Already Free with Bruce Tift, she was impressed by the depth of […]

  • Lewis Mehl-Madrona: Everything is story
    Wed, Sep 28, 2011

    What would modern psychiatry and medicine look like if they had been invented by Native American people? This is a question that particularly intrigued Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute when he was recording the audio program Native American Healing Meditations with Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona. As someone who has a deep connection to his Cherokee and […]

  • Erin Olivo: Cultivating a Compassionate Stance
    Wed, Sep 21, 2011

    Stress is a normal and even necessary part of life, but when we can't let go of our feelings of worry or fear, stress becomes anxiety. And persistent anxiety can easily lead to significant health issues. So how do we keep everyday stress from turning into long-term anxiety? When Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard recorded […]

  • What is Qi?
    Wed, Sep 14, 2011

    Westerners who first encounter the concept of qi­ often regard it as something extraordinary, even supernatural—an energy available only to masters of spirituality or martial arts. Yet much of Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an understanding of this vital life force as it operates in each and every one of us. When Sounds True […]

  • Rick Hanson: Coming Home to Happiness
    Wed, Sep 07, 2011

    Your mind can change the very tissue of your brain. Modern neuroscience is teaching us that all of our experiences, thoughts, and behaviors are constantly constructing and reconstructing the functioning of our nervous system. Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain, has spent over a decade studying how we can consciously harness our brain’s natural […]

  • How Our Past Lives Affect Us
    Wed, Aug 31, 2011

    Many of us are curious about past lives, but how much to they affect us in the here and now? In his experience as a psychic consultant, author Ainslie MacLeod has come to believe that healing our past lives may be the most important step we can take in our spiritual growth. When recording Ainslie’s […]

  • Becoming Aware of Your Body on a Cellular Level
    Wed, Aug 24, 2011

    Will Johnson believes that body is the greatest source of spiritual wisdom. Though we tend to be trained to “live from the neck up” in our culture, many profound teachings tell us that when we get out of our heads and into our body, we open the door to presence, happiness, and awakening. When recording […]

  • Ram Dass: Working on Yourself
    Wed, Aug 17, 2011

    In the summer of 1974, inside a balmy Boulder, Colorado, warehouse that served as the main hall of the fledgling Naropa Institute, a young teacher called Ram Dass gave a talk that went to become legendary. This talk covered the Bhagavad Gita, Ram Dass’ experiences on the spiritual journey, and the issues of the time—but […]

  • The Practice of Metta, or Lovingkindness
    Tue, Aug 09, 2011

    When it came time for the Buddha to distill all his teachings on the path to nirvana and the liberation from suffering, he created the Satpatthana Sutta. Joseph Goldstein, one of America’s most respected Buddhist scholars and teachers, delved into the wisdom of each passage of the Sutta over the course of 47 lectures. Sounds […]

  • Eccentricity is the First Sign of Giftedness
    Wed, Aug 03, 2011

    Of all the gifts that come with age, perhaps the greatest is this: as we grow older, we grow more fully into our true identity. This is one of the central lessons that Dr. Clarissa Pinkola EstĂ©s offers in her landmark audio series,The Dangerous Old Woman. As Sounds True’s publisher Tami Simon recorded the second […]

  • Adyashanti: Real Freedom: Dying Before You Die
    Wed, Jul 27, 2011

    How long does it take to become spiritually awakened? Does it take hundreds of hours of dedicated meditation—or can it really happen in an instant? When Tami Simon recorded Adyashanti’s new audio learning course Falling into Grace, she asked him to shed light on this enduring puzzle of awakening. Adya’s response was more than she […]

  • Who is Part of You?
    Wed, Jul 20, 2011

    In Western medicine, healing is about addressing problems in the body or mind. In Native American medicine, it is our story that we must learn to heal. This is the underlying premise of what Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona calls “Narrative Medicine.” When recording Dr. Mehl-Madrona’s new audio learning course The Spirit of Healing, Sounds True producer […]

  • Being Fully Present
    Wed, Jul 13, 2011

    We often think of meditation as a technique, as something that we do. But what if meditation is as much about “undoing ourselves” as it is about “doing” a specific practice?  When editing Pema Chödrön’s new program Natural Awareness, producer Tami Simon was struck by the teaching on what Pema calls “non-meditation”—an approach to meditation […]

  • Jack Kornfield: The Varieties of Freedom
    Fri, Jul 08, 2011

    If there is such a thing as enlightenment or liberation from ego, why are all the most advanced spiritual teachers so personally different from each other? This was a question that had been confusing Sounds True producer Randy Roark for some time—until Jack Kornfield provided the answer. In this excerpt from The Jewel of Liberation, […]

  • The Meditation Bandwidth
    Thu, Jun 30, 2011

    When does our experience of meditation start? Is it when we settle down on the cushion for the first time—or does meditation truly begin when we connect with a state of expansive consciousness that we may have only glimpsed before? When recording Sally Kempton’s audio training program Beginning Meditation, Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute was […]

  • Tara Brach: The Trance of Unworthiness
    Thu, Jun 23, 2011

    Much of our suffering comes from a persistent sense that we somehow “wrong,” that we don’t belong in this world. Meditation teacher and psychotherapist Dr. Tara Brach calls this the “Trance of Unworthiness,” a state of mind that is reinforced by the overt and subtle conditioning we receive over the course of our lives. In […]

  • Balancing the Energy Body
    Wed, Jun 15, 2011

    Recording for a full week can be an exhausting experience for the crew and author alike, but Sounds True producer Randy Roark noticed something unusual happening when he worked with Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson—her energy levels actually increased as each hectic day went on. It was a good sign that the practices in Dr. Chiasson’s […]

  • Jack Kornfield: Guided Meditations for Difficult Times
    Wed, Mar 09, 2011

    When we find ourselves in challenging situations, remembering our highest intentions can provide stability and spare us from the painful consequences of behaving unconsciously. Randy Roark shares an inspirational excerpt from Jack Kornfield’s audio program Guided Meditations for Difficult Times: A Lamp in the Darkness. This Producer’s Pick features “Your Highest Intention,” an eight-minute guided […]

  • Introducing Producer’s Pick
    Thu, Mar 03, 2011

    What makes Sounds True’s programs unique? Whether we record in our studio or at a live event, our producers have mastered the art of creating an experience that is as close as possible to a face-to-face encounter with a spiritual teacher. In this introduction to our new podcast series, “Producer’s Pick,” Tami Simon reveals the […]

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