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22 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Michael Taft. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Michael Taft, often where they are interviewed.

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22 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Michael Taft. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Michael Taft, often where they are interviewed.

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Michael Taft, SIPTU Economist on Comprehensive Fiscal Policy to Meet Challenges Ahead

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On this edition of Lifeline: Michael Sullivan is joined by SIPTU Economist, Michael Taft, to talk about SIPTU’s launch of a comprehensive fiscal policy that meets the challenges facing the economy and society from the threats such as the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. Broadcast: 18/09/2020
Sep 18 2020 · 19mins
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Michael Taft

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In this episode, I interview my good friend Michael Taft. Michael is a meditation teacher, author, and a neuroscience junkie living in the Bay Area.  He is the author of The Mindful Geek and the host of Deconstructing Yourself podcast.  In the last few years, his name, work, and career in the field of meditation have skyrocketed to new heights.

Now typically, one would interview Michael around the topics of meditation and spirituality.  This is an unusual episode in the sense that we don't talk so much about Michael's teachings as much as we look at his life as a spiritual teacher and an entrepreneur.

Michael has created an amazing platform for his offerings and it's often hard to see how much work and hustling goes into creating such a structure.  I explore what it took him to create his platform and make his gifts accessible to the world.  We also look at some of his fascinating life adventures and the risks he took along the way.

And for those of you looking for a dose of spirituality and mediation, rest assured.  The entire episode is colored with that flavor.  And so you get this rare mix of spirituality and hustling in this one episode.

In this episode we cover:
  • The hustle of doing your art/craft.
  • Doing marketing, running the tech
  • Making a career in the world of meditation and how this differs from a typical corporate jobs.
  • Structure vs fluidity in life and finding the sweet spot
  • How to help people and consent
  • The importance of a community
  • Dichotomies
    • Chaos vs Structure
    • Individualism vs Collectivism
    • The world of ideas vs embodied feelings
  • The benefit of psychological tools and tests on the spiritual path and life in general
Enjoy!

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Aug 23 2020 · 1hr 24mins

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Michael Taft on The Realignment of Irish Politics

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We talk with Michael Taft about Irish politics. Michael Taft is a researcher for Irish trade union SIPTU. He blogs at Notes on the Front.

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Jul 17 2020 ·
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The Alternative Government with Michael Taft

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Reboot Republic is two years old and to mark the occasion we are joined by the guest with the most podcast appearances, SIPTU researcher and political economy commentator, Michael Taft.

We discuss the new Government and the claims that they are radical centrist and what that means. We also talk about the Apple Tax ruling and what will happen no matter the verdict. Finally we talk about the need for the Alternative Government to begin to come together and put forward solutions to the big issues that people care about during the lifetime of this new Dáil.

Thanks for all the support over the last two years.

Follow Michael on twitter: @notesonthefront

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Jul 14 2020 · 37mins
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The Alternative Government with Michael Taft

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Reboot Republic is two years old and to mark the occasion we are joined by the guest with the most podcast appearances, SIPTU researcher and political economy commentator, Michael Taft.

We discuss the new Government and the claims that they are radical centrist and what that means. We also talk about the Apple Tax ruling and what will happen no matter the verdict. Finally we talk about the need for the Alternative Government to begin to come together and put forward solutions to the big issues that people care about during the lifetime of this new Dáil.

Thanks for all the support over the last two years.

Follow Michael on twitter: @notesonthefront

Join us: patreon.com/tortoiseshack
Jul 14 2020 · 37mins
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#45: Michael Taft - Deep Mind Training

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Michael Taft is a meditation teacher, bestselling author, and podcaster.

He teaches meditation at top tech firms like Google and is a core faculty member of Wisdom Labs in San Francisco and an official advisor to the Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab. He has served as editor-in-chief of Being Human and long-time editorial director of Sounds True.

Having meditated in various traditions and techniques from Zen temples in Japan to yogi caves in India, Michael has a ton of experience (over 35 years) in training his mind. He also interviews top teachers on his popular podcast Deconstructing Yourself.

In this episode, we talk about Michael's journey to the east and through advanced meditation practice, worldviews and frameworks for understanding the mind and meditation, the trials and potential pitfalls of adapting ancient methods for a modern context and the future of meditation in the West, and his general advice for finding the right meditation practice and refining it

And if you enjoy this podcast with Michael, which I think you will, then I encourage you to check out his books The Mindful Geek, Nondualism, and Ego.

Jun 09 2020 · 38mins
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Stark economic predictions for the year ahead - with Michael Taft

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This week the Government published the worst economic projections since the financial crisis of 2008-11. Finance minister, Paschal Donohue, issued a bleak warning that Ireland is now in “severe recession”. How will the next government deal with the economic and fiscal challenges that lie ahead? Is there anything in the joint framework from Fine Gael and Fine Fail that can weather the storm? Michael Taft, a researcher for SIPTU and the man behind the blog ‘Notes on the Front’ joins Hugh and Pat to discuss the structural reforms and measures needed to grow the economy and control the national debt.
Apr 22 2020 · 45mins
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Reversing the Stack— A Nondual Practice Map, with Michael Taft

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In this episode, host Michael Taft remixes his map of deconstructing sensory experience, and talks about how to use it to work in nondual traditions. Essentially the idea is to reverse the stack by starting out with Stage 4 (pure awareness) and then working your way up to stage 3, etc. Michael also spends some time talking about maps of meditation, problems therewith, and why he is already reworking this map after a short time.

Show Notes

0:25 – Introduction

2:11 – Michael’s reasons for opposing maps, and creating the Deconstructing Sensory

Experience map

5:05 – Critiques Michael has heard about the map since first presenting it, and his responses

10:13 – Brief review of stages 1-4 of the map

14:41 – The logic behind putting cessation as stage 5 in the previous map; why it’s now

removed from the map

18:19 – How each stage is useful and no stage is lesser than the others

21:13 – Description of stage 4, pure awareness; how this stage is viewed in other traditions

25:43 – Reversing the stack, using this model bidirectionally

29:56 – The observer trap and how reversing the stack overcomes this problem

34:34 – Outro

Note: this is only a map, only a model. Just like a menu is not food, this model is not claiming to be reality. It’s just a handy way to help you orient your practice.

This model doesn’t count for nondual meditations, high-concentration/jhana practice, etc. It is only to help you with your vipassana practice.

These are not discrete or digital stages. They are analog, and shade into one another. Each stage is desirable and useful for various things. No stage is somehow better than another.

In vipassana practice, however, we are usually attempting to tranverse the stack from stage one to stage four.

When doing nondual practices, we transverse the stack from bottom to top (4 -> 1) and do what we might call “nondual vipassana” or something akin to many Mahamudra practices—which is what this episode describes.


Level 1 - Conceptual - Thinking about sensory experience objects using words.

Level 2 - Phenomenal Object - Contacting the phenomenology of sensory experiences in the form of objects.

Level 3 - Flow / Change - Contacting the phenomenology of sensory experiences as vibration, waves, or change.

Level 4 - Pure Awareness - Noticing awareness itself with no content.

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Nov 22 2019 · 34mins
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Deconstructing Sensory Experience, with Michael Taft

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In this episode, host Michael Taft shares a map of deconstructing sensory experience. This is intended to help orient you to your vipassana meditation practice; helping you to understand where you’re at, where you’re going, and what to look for next. A basic map of vipassana.

Note: this is only a map, only a model. Just like a menu is not food, this model is not claiming to be reality. It’s just a handy way to help you orient your practice.

This model doesn’t count for nondual meditations, high-concentration/jhana practice, etc. It is only to help you with your vipassana practice.

Very important: the inclusion of “Cessation” as level 5 doesn’t mean that level 5 is the final goal of practice. It’s just something that can happen, and is included for the sake of completeness.

These are not discrete or digital stages. They are analog, and shade into one another. Each stage is desirable and useful for various things. No stage is somehow better than another.

In vipassana practice, however, we are usually attempting to tranverse the stack from stage one to stage four. Stage five may or may not be something that happens.

When our practice is very skilled, we can also tranverse the stack from bottom to top (4 -> 1) and do what we might call “nondual vipassana” or something akin to many Mahamudra practices. 

Summary of Stages

Stage 1 - Conceptual - Thinking about sensory experience objects using words.

Stage 2 - Phenomenal Object - Contacting the phenomenology of sensory experiences in the form of objects.

Stage 3 - Flow / Change - Contacting the phenomenology of sensory experiences as vibration, waves, or change.

Stage 4 - Pure Awareness - Noticing awareness itself with no content.

Stage 5 - Cessation - Sudden collapse of awareness.


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Sep 24 2019 · 43mins
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Michael Taft - The Path of Spiritual Awakening and Self-Development

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Michael Taft, a long-time meditation teacher, author, and founder of Deconstructing Yourself blog and podcast, discusses the stages of personal development and the awakening path, deconstructing reality, and the benefits of a regular meditation practice.

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Apr 17 2019 · 1hr 17mins
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