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Coleman Barks: Rumi, Grace, and Human Friendship

Tami Simon speaks with Coleman Barks, a leading scholar and translator of the 13th century Persian mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi. Coleman’s work was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers’Language of Life series with PBS. He has published numerous Rumi translations, including with Sounds True the audio programs I Want Burning, Rumi: The Voice of Longing, and his new three-CD collaboration with cellist David Darling called Just Being Here: Rumi and Human Friendship. In this episode, Tami speaks with Coleman about the extraordinary friendship between Rumi and his teacher Shams Tabriz, and how translating Rumi requires entering a trance state. Coleman offers insights on grace as he and Tami listen to selections from Just Being Here. (62 minutes)

Mark Nepo: Holding Nothing Back

Tami Simon speaks with Mark Nepo. Mark is a poet, philosopher, and spiritual teacher who is the author of numerous books and audio projects, including the New York Times #1 bestseller The Book of Awakening, which made the list of Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things. With Sounds True, Mark has created an eight-session audio learning course called Staying Awake: The Ordinary Art. In this episode, Tami has an intimate conversation with Mark about the two most important lessons he has learned from his journey with cancer, the role of effort and grace in our lives, what it means to take “the exquisite risk,” and how we can shift our perspective to see with the eyes of the heart. (73 minutes)

Keeping Our Brains Healthy as We Age

Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Gary Small, the director of the UCLA memory and aging research center. For his work in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging, Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Dr. Small explains which factors are in our control when it comes to preventing memory loss and even the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. He also talks about the importance of weight loss, good sleep, and diet for brain health as well as some of the latest research related to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. (42 minutes)

Living from Interconnectedness and Intention

Tami Simon speaks with Lynne McTaggart, an award-winning journalist known for her exhaustive research on the intersection between cutting-edge science and the worlds of spirituality, health, and culture. She is the author of The Field, The Intention Experiment, and The Bond, and her Sounds True audio programs include Living the Field and Living with Intention. In this episode, Tami speaks with Lynne about discoveries from her ongoing work with intention experiments that reveal how our thoughts affect reality. She also discusses new findings that we are biologically wired for cooperation instead of competition, and what we can do to shift our lives and culture towards interconnectedness. (60 minutes)

Resolving Anxiety at Its Root, Part 1

Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Friedemann Schaub, the author of the Sounds True book The Fear and Anxiety Solution. Dr. Schaub’s breakthrough method of self-empowerment combines his medical expertise with NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), timeline therapy, and clinical hypnotherapy—and has helped thousands overcome persistent fear, anxiety, depression, and a host of other chronic issues. In the first half of their two-part conversation, Tami speaks with Friedemann about how we can develop a language that lets the subconscious and conscious mind work in harmony. Dr. Schaub also outlines the root causes of anxiety and leads us through the Pattern Resolution Process for resolving emotional wounds. (70 minutes)

Your Cells Are Listening, Part 2

Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Sondra Barrett, a nationally recognized speaker on mind-body medicine and a medical scientist whose cutting-edge research on cancer cells led to new healing strategies for children and adults with life-threatening illnesses. With Sounds True, Dr. Barrett has written a new book, Secrets of Your Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence. In the second half of a two-part interview, Tami speaks with Dr. Barrett about how spiritual practices and lifestyle factors affect what genetic material is expressed at a cellular level, the role of belief and imagery in the healing process, and the power of the microscope for revealing the sacred art within life. (60 minutes)

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