May 12, 2020
Podcast composer: Chris Robertson
As someone who is always looking to find the opportunities in difficult situations, I have been wondering how we can make the most from our covid-19 pandemic. That’s a big question, I know. But zoning in on YOU, is an invaluable starting point. And a manageable one.
Simply noticing things is transformative. Noticing your fears, and what brings you joy. Noticing which relationships drain, or fuel, your energy. Noticing what kind of work doesn’t feel like a job but like play. Noticing the injustices that you are passionate about, and maybe want to help. Noticing what you can strip away from your life and still be as happy--or even happier! Meditation provides us with the opportunity to notice more of ourselves, and to support our transformations.
At some point, you can use your enhanced understanding of yourself to cultivate a life that has even more passion, purpose, and positivity. And there has never been a better time than NOW to learn more about yourself. You can then be more informed on how to craft our new normal--which will include new routines, and maybe new jobs and a new way of socializing.
In this podcast, we explore these big questions with Tal Rabinowitz. Tal is the founder of Den Meditation. With two studios in Los Angeles, 240+ online workshops and classes, and her podcast, DenTALKS, Tal has created a cool community that welcomes you as you start or expand your meditation practice.
Tal is also a mother to a 4.5 year old. So we also talk about her experience of working from home while parenting at home with her husband, and evolving a business during great uncertainty. She says, “It’ll be interesting to see what survives, what sustains, what will exist at the end of it.”
I know that you are also going through great changes and feeling uncomfortable uncertainty. But finding a way to become centered during uncertainty is exactly where meditation can help. And Tal helps demystify meditation, and explains some gateways to get started. For example, she explains that there are different lineages of meditation, like the popular TM (Transcendental Meditation).
My meditation is transforming required daily responsibilities, like cleaning or cooking dinner, into a mindfulness practice. You’ll hear more about that in this podcast, so that you can also consider this as an easy way to center your mind and emotions.
Together, Tal and I explore my broader question of how we can maximize the blessings from our covid-19 experience. And I say that with the perspective that finding the blessings is really challenging because the negative aspects are hard to see--and feel--past. But, again, we can reframe how we view our difficult emotions. Instead of squashing them, avoiding them, or fearing them, we can get to know them while wondering, What can I learn from you?
In explaining meditation, you’ll hear Tal say:
There’s so much to all of us, so many layers, and most of us haven’t even begun to even peel one of them. And by not doing that, we’re not embracing our full capacity of what we’re capable of doing, what we’re capable of thinking, what we’re capable of accomplishing … how we really need to be behaving to actually accept and receive…
There’s a description from the Den website that I’ll read because I think it sums up the opportunity that Tal (and I) believes awaits you:
When you can tap into who you are, life starts working for you. This is what The DEN Meditation is all about, and what you’ll find with DENtalks Podcast.
I hope my conversation with Tal helps to intrigue you into the benefits of being still, and simply noticing your thoughts and feelings. From learning more about yourself, new opportunities are created.
And, remember, that the Practical Nontoxic Living podcast, DenTalks Podcast, and Den Meditation virtual classes are available to help.
I’m updating a few online workshops--like Home Detox, EMF Detox, and Cleaning Detox--to consider covid-19 and infectious diseases in general. Because I think they will become part of our new normal considerations. So, again, register for my email newsletter to stay updated on those workshops and more.
Podcast composer: Chris Robertson
Guest Intro: Tal Rabinowitz
[4:21] Den Talks podcast
[5:27] Tal Rabinowitz & Den Meditation checkin
[14:00] Benefits of meditation
[25:37] Different types of meditation, many "lineages"
[34:30] Sophia's meditation practice: cooking
[36:55] Shift of Den Meditation from physical space to online community
[42:00] Tal's go-to meals
[44:11] What keeps you up at night
[46:00] Tal's reliable sources of happiness
In 2020, we're deconstructing our home, habits, and things to reconstruct a practical nontoxic and healing lifestyle. We're bringing consciousness to unconscious choices.
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