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Noble Mind

Noble Mind is a podcast exploring mindfulness, meditation, and psychology. In each episode, Alex Gokce, MSW, and Katherine King, PsyD, host inspiring conversations with psychologists, authors, and other thought leaders seeking real world wisdom you can bring into daily life. Interviewees have included Christopher Germer, Ron Siegel, Susan Pollak, Tom Pedulla, and more. Learn more, read show notes, suggest interviews, and more at noblemindpodcast.com. Our show is brought to you by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the integration of mindfulness, meditation and psychotherapy. For more information, visit meditationandpsychotherapy.org. IG/FB: @noblemindpodcast TW: @noblemindcast

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36: Chenxing Han on Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists

In this episode of Noble Mind, Chenxing Han shares about the diverse backgrounds and experiences of Asian American Buddhists that she encountered while conducting interviews for her new book, Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists. She discusses how these voices get erased from the mainstream story of western Buddhism and the history and important stories that get lost as a result. She describes her vision of a panethnic, pan-sectarian Asian American Buddhist identity, walking us through her distinctions among first-generation, second-generation and multigenerational Buddhists in the US. Listen for her insights on coping with anti-Asian violence, finding your path as an Asian American, and learning what you can do to create more inclusive Buddhist communities. Chenxing Han is a Bay Area writer whose work has appeared in Buddhadharma, Pacific World and the Journal of Global Buddhism, among many other publications. She earned an MA in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union and spent a year as Chaplain Resident at a community hospital in Oakland before writing her first book, Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists. Noble Mind explores mindfulness, meditation, spirituality, and psychology. Get more details, join our list, and get show notes at www.noblemindpodcast.com.

57mins

23 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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35: Charlesly Joseph on Engaged Buddhism, Racial Justice, and Practical Applications of Meditation in Times of Suffering

In this episode, Dr. Charlesly Joseph joins Kate and Alex to discuss his spiritual journey from growing up Episcopalian to embracing the dharma and finding his way to back to church and sangha in a time of personal difficulty. He explores the parallels between Buddhism and Christianity and reflects on the power of engaged Buddhism to address racial injustice. He also shares how being a physician informs his meditation practice and how he thinks about sickness, old age and death. Charlesly Joseph, MD is a father, husband and physician (among multiple intersectional identities) practicing in Albuquerque NM. He is interested in engaged Buddhism and making connections between the dharma and his Episcopalian roots. Noble Mind explores mindfulness, meditation, and psychology. Get more details, join our list, and get show notes at www.noblemindpodcast.com.

40mins

10 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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34: Becoming Self-Compassionate with Alex Gokce, MSW and Katherine King, PsyD (Host Spotlight)

Understanding self-compassion in theory is one thing, but practicing self-compassion in your daily life is another. If you commit to regular practice, you can learn to recognize your pain and respond with care and kindness. Better yet, self-compassion gives you the courage to navigate challenging experiences. So, how do we develop self-compassion and make it part of our everyday lives? In this episode, Noble Mind hosts Katherine King, PsyD and Alex Gokce, MSW share what self-compassion means to them, challenging us to build the reflex of care in response to our own suffering and treat ourselves as we would a good friend. They describe how they were each introduced to the idea of self-compassion, weighing in on how the practice makes mindfulness possible and deepens the way we give care to others. Listen in for insight on cultivating self-compassion in your life through consistent practice and learn how self-compassion can make you braver and more active in the world. Noble Mind explores mindfulness, meditation, and psychology. Get more details, join our list, and get show notes at www.noblemindpodcast.com.

37mins

27 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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33: Deirdre Fay on Practical Skills for Overcoming Trauma

​In this episode of Noble Mind, Deirdre Fay, MSW joins Kate and Alex to discuss the practical skills that help people healing from trauma and attachment pain. She discusses how our longing for connection provides important guidance about unmet attachment needs. She explains how the skills of mindfulness and concentration can help trauma survivors, challenging us to see our triggers as messages from the past—and opportunities for healing. Listen in for insight about the skills Deirdre teaches in Becoming Safely Embodied and learn her practical approach to recovering from trauma. Deirdre Fay, MSW, is the author of the new book, Becoming Safely Embodied: A ​Guide to Organize Your Mind, Body, and Heart to Feel Secure in Your World. She has also developed the Safely Embodied Network, a platform designed to give trauma survivors the tools to heal and build a fulfilling life. She has 40-plus years of experience integrating attachment theory, contemplative trauma treatment, yoga and meditation to create a radically positive approach to healing trauma.

46mins

12 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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32: Sarah Bowen on Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors

In this episode of Noble Mind, Dr. Sarah Bowen joins Kate and Alex to discuss her work developing mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) for addiction and addictive behaviors. She explains how relapse is normal part of the recovery journey for most people and why shame doesn’t work as a prevention strategy. She also shares what differentiates mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) from traditional relapse prevention and other methods of working with addiction. Learn how MBRP helps to change our relationship with cravings and gives us agency over our behavior. Listen in for Dr. Bowen’s insight on navigating problematic habits that emerged during the pandemic for many of us. Dr. Sarah Bowen is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-creator of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Treatment for Addictive Behaviors. She also serves as an Assistant Professor at Pacific University and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Bowen received her doctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. G. Alan Marlatt, and she is the coauthor of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician’s Guide. Noble Mind is a podcast exploring mindfulness, meditation, and psychology. In each episode, hosts Alex Gokce, MSW, and Katherine King, PsyD host inspiring conversations with psychologists, authors, and other thought leaders seeking real world wisdom you can bring into daily life. Get show notes, suggest interviews, sign up for bonus content, and more at noblemindpodcast.com.

56mins

27 Feb 2021

Rank #5

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31: The Path of Meditation with Alex Gokce, MSW and Katherine King, PsyD (Host Spotlight)

Meditation is advertised to bring freedom from suffering, but if you are just starting out it can be hard to see how that could possibly happen. Sitting on the cushion can be painful, and sitting with your mind can be exhausting. And how do you know if you are even doing it "right"?? In this episode, Noble Mind hosts Kate and Alex share their ups and downs on the path of meditation. They discuss their early experiences trying to meditate and why they both struggled to establish a regular practice. They describe what they wish they had known about embodiment and compassion from the beginning, as well as the benefits that practice has offered them over time.

41mins

13 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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30: Paola Cheng on the Intersection of Spirituality, Mindfulness, and Self-Compassion

In this episode we talk to Paola Chang about spirituality, mindfulness, self-compassion, and how her lived experience navigating multiple cultures and religions have shaped her worldview and sense of identity.   Paola is a Spiritual Director, trained at the Heart of Life, Yarra Theological College, University of Divinity in Australia. She is also a mental health social worker and meditation teacher. She learned meditation as a child with her Buddhist father, later converted to Catholicism, studied with the Chinmaya Mission, and is passionate about interfaith dialogue.

40mins

29 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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29: Kathryn Lovewell on Teaching Self-Compassion to Children, and Working Compassionately With the Inner Critic at Any Age

In this episode we talk to Kathryn Lovewell about teaching self-compassion to children and teens, as well as how we can all work with our own inner critic.    Kathryn Lovewell is a dedicated Mindful Self-Compassion Certified Teacher who has been teaching meditation and self-inquiry since 2006. Kathryn is the best-selling author of The Little Book of Self-Compassion and Every Teacher Matters; Inspiring Wellbeing through Mindfulness.  She is the co-author of The Positive Edge Journal and has recently published her first children’s book about Self-Compassion, The Voices in my Head! Noble Mind is a podcast exploring mindfulness, meditation, and psychology. In each episode, hosts Alex Gokce, MSW, and Katherine King, PsyD host inspiring conversations with psychologists, authors, and other thought leaders seeking real world wisdom you can bring into daily life. Get show notes, suggest interviews, sign up for bonus content, and more at noblemindpodcast.com.

42mins

15 Jan 2021

Rank #8

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28: Fabrizio Didonna on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for OCD

In this episode we talk to Dr. Fabrizio Didonna about obsessions, compulsions, and his new mindfulness-based approach to treating the mental processes that underlie these symptoms. Dr. Didonna is an internationally known Clinical Psychologist, Professor at the University of Barcelona and a Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is the developer of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He is a founder and President of the Italian Institute for Mindfulness and a unit Coordinator at Villa Margherita Private Hospital in Italy. He has been practicing and teaching meditation for many years and gives workshops and trainings worldwide. Noble Mind is a podcast exploring mindfulness, meditation, and psychology. In each episode, hosts Alex Gokce, MSW, and Katherine King, PsyD host inspiring conversations with psychologists, authors, and other thought leaders seeking real world wisdom you can bring into daily life. Get show notes, suggest interviews, sign up for bonus content, and more at noblemindpodcast.com.

49mins

1 Jan 2021

Rank #9

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27: Yasemin Isler on Healing from Grief and Loss with Mindfulness and Compassion

In this episode we talk to Yasemin Isler about healing from grief and loss through mindfulness, compassion, and community. Yasemin Isler holds a Masters degree in Mindfulness Studies. She is a coach and teacher for mindful living across the lifespan. She is a life and grief coach, mindfulness and compassion teacher, end-of-life doula and hospice volunteer.  Noble Mind is a podcast exploring mindfulness, meditation, and psychology. In each episode, hosts Alex Gokce, MSW, and Katherine King, PsyD host inspiring conversations with psychologists, authors, and other thought leaders seeking real world wisdom you can bring into daily life. Get show notes, suggest interviews, sign up for bonus content, and more at noblemindpodcast.com.

45mins

18 Dec 2020

Rank #10