Rank #1: Ep. 03 - Faith and Loving Kindness
Oct 01 2014
Rank #2: Ep. 98 – Dr. Kristin Neff
For episode 98 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon shares a conversation with Dr. Kristin Neff Ph.D.
Dr. Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first studies on self-compassion fifteen years ago. She is the author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. In this conversation, Sharon and Kristin speak about how Kristin came to specialize in the work of self-compassion, and the nuances between self-esteem and self-compassion. They discuss many of the scientific discoveries about self-compassion that research has uncovered, and how these findings debunk many of the cultural myths surrounding compassion today. The conversation closes with Kristin leading a 10-Minute guided meditation on balancing Compassion Burnout.
May 13 2019
Rank #3: Ep. 83 – John O’Donohue
For Episode 83 of the Metta Hour Podcast, enjoy this conversation from the archives between Sharon and beloved author and Celtic mystic, John O’Donohue.
Find show notes and resources here: https://beherenownetwork.com/metta-hour-ep-83-john-odonohue/
This conversation “Dawning of the Spirit” was recorded in 1998 in Boston, MA by the Omega Institute. The conversation is an exploration of the crossover between the practical application and mysticism of Buddhism and Christianity. Sharon and John discuss the concept of faith at length, as well as the themes of identity, connection, empathy and more. John O’Donohue is the beloved author of “To Bless the Space Between Us” and widely recognized as one of the most charismatic and inspirational enduring voices on the subjects of spirituality and Celtic mysticism. The 2018 book release, “Walking in Wonder” is a welcome tribute to a much-loved author whose work still touches the lives of millions around the world, and includes a foreword by Krista Tippett. Learn more about the: legacy of John O’Donohue: johnodonohue.com
Oct 15 2018
Rank #4: Ep. 64 - Real Love Series: Dr. Dan Siegel
For episode 14 of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon speaks to Dr. Dan Siegel about the neuroscience behind love, relationships and awareness.
Nov 06 2017
Rank #5: Ep. 94 – Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush
For the 94th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon shares the stage with Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush!
Live from the 2018 “Open Your Heart in Paradise” retreat, Sharon speaks with Ram Dass and Mirabai about embracing the dying process. How can we be with one another as souls, to live and die consciously? The group of old friends explore these questions and share a reading from Mirabai and Ram Dass’s final book, Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying.
Mar 18 2019
Rank #6: Ep. 57 - Real Love Series: Tara Brach
Tara is the author of many books, including the "Radical Acceptance" and "True Refuge," and is the founder the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. Sharon and Tara dive into the world of self-love, discussing the subtle differences between self-worth and self-love, and how the two inform each other. They also discuss how to return to compassion and love when our buttons get pushed, in particular in the with the current political climate in the world. Tara also offers her approach to applying mindfulness and compassion practices of R-A-I-N, and how she continues to develop these tools for herself and her students.
Jun 12 2017
Rank #7: Ep. 59 - Real Love Series: Jack Kornfield
For episode nine of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon speaks with meditation teacher and author, Jack Kornfield.
Sharon and Jack Kornfield originally met in the 1970s in Colorado and went on to found the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA along with Joseph Goldstein. In this episode, Sharon and Jack talk about their first meeting over 40 years ago, and how the landscape for meditation in the West has dramatically changed since that time. They also discuss Jack's new book "No Time Like the Present" and it's theme of freedom as compared to the theme of love in Sharon's new book "Real Love". Tune into a fascinating ninth episode for the Real Love Podcast Series.
Jul 03 2017
Rank #8: Ep. 89 – Krishna Das
Jan 07 2019
Rank #9: Ep. 78 - How to Be Single and Happy with Dr. Jenny Taitz
For Episode 78 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with Dr. Jennifer Taitz. Dr. Taitz is a board-certified cognitive-behavioral clinical psychologist, a certified dialectical behavioral therapist, and the author of two books: End Emotional Eating and How to be Single and Happy.
Find show notes and links for this episode: https://beherenownetwork.com/metta-hour-ep-78-jenny-taitz/
Aug 06 2018
Rank #10: Ep. 45 - Along the Path
Dec 12 2016
Rank #11: Ep. 05 - The Eightfold Path
Nov 18 2014
Rank #12: Ep. 04 - The Brahma Viharas
Oct 28 2014
Rank #13: Ep. 33 - Three Skills of Meditation
Feb 01 2016
Rank #14: Ep. 54 – Real Love Series: Bell Hooks
Bell Hooks is a cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. Celebrated as one of our nation’s leading public intellectual by The Atlantic Monthly, as well as one of Utne Reader’s 100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life, she is a charismatic speaker who divides her time among teaching, writing, and lecturing around the world. Previously a professor in the English departments at Yale University and Oberlin College, hooks is now a Distinguished Professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
May 22 2017
Rank #15: Ep. 75 - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
For episode 75 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon shares a talk from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
In this 1979 talk at Insight Meditation Society, His Holiness looks at the potential for spiritual practice to transform ourselves and the world we live in. He reflects on Buddhist teachings that could most dramatically change the lives of Western practitioners.
Jun 25 2018
Rank #16: Ep. 105 – The Spectrum of Awareness with Diana Winston
For the 105th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with author and teacher, Diana Winston.
Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at the Semel Institute’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. She is the author of “The Little Book of Being” and the co-author of “Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness.”
In this episode, Sharon and Diana speak at length about Diana’s new book, “The Little Book of Being” released in the Spring of 2019. They discuss natural awareness and formal meditation practice as well as the nuances of working with a teacher. The podcast closes with Diana leading a 5-minute guided meditation. To learn more about Diana’s work, you can visit dianawinston.com.
Aug 19 2019
Rank #17: Ep. 35 - The Path
Apr 14 2016
Rank #18: Ep. 27 - Introduction to Metta
Sharon helps us to appreciate the sense of clarity that naturally arises when our view is no longer distorted by our fears, biases, and judgments of the world around us. This truth is born of and sustained through the versatile wisdom that comes from the cultivation and subsequent embodiment of a genuine balance of the mind and heart. Meditation serves as a method of manifestation for the conditions necessary to promote and support this awakened state. Our capacity to open is innate and requires only that we uncover and nurture these qualities through our commitment to practice
Oct 05 2015
Rank #19: Ep. 38 – Metta, Concentration and Balance
Jul 20 2016
Rank #20: Ep. 56 - Real Love Series: Dr. Mark Epstein
Mark Epstein has paved the way for the cross-section of Western psychotherapy with Buddhist philosophy in the West, writing a number of books including his seminal work, "Going to Pieces without Falling Apart." Listen in on a fascinating conversation between two longtime friends and colleagues discussing Real Love in relationships and what that has to do with attachment theory, desire, Freud and early childhood development!
Jun 05 2017