I speak with Jonathan Foust, a mindfulness and meditation teacher, with a speciality in body centred inquiry, which we also touch upon in our conversation.
Jonathan was born and raised on a Pennsylvania farm by quakers, and one day as a young child sitting under a tree, he had a strong mystical experience, which really set the course for the rest of his life. For example he lived at the Kripalu Yoga and meditation centre for 24 years.
Today Jonathan lives in Washington DC with his wife Tara Brach. Jonathan leads retreats, he teaches meditation teachers to be. And he basically works with all things to do with mindfulness and meditation.
The power of questions
Seeing what is present and asking it how it wants you to be with it
Pausing and savouring what we have
The challenge of a busy life and remembering to come back to presence
Listening to our bodily energy as much as to our mind
We become more wise through our suffering - and through deep love
The four noble truths and personality types
The importance of a path
Your personal path is what you can't not do
Impermanence and how meditative practice can give you steadyness in the midst of change
How do we develop more intuition
Bowing to all our life obstacles - that's where the growth is
The unhelpful power of craving and grasping
The dangers and benefits of always seeking self-improvement and optimization in our lives
How do you use your energy and the 4 cuadrant model
Holw opening to nature can shift our awareness and consciousness