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Turning Towards What’s Difficult

Tami Simon speaks with Lama Tsultrim Allione, an author, former Tibetan nun, internationally known Buddhist teacher, and founder of the Tara Mandala retreat center. Lama Tsultrim has created several audio programs with Sounds True, including The Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine and Cutting through Fear, which helps us meet and release the demons of fears and other unhelpful emotions and obsessions. In this episode, Tami and Lama Tsultrim speak about the sacred feminine within Buddhism and how to understand it without creating duality. They also discuss the eleventh-century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön and Lama Tsultrim’s journey through grief over the sudden loss of her husband. (69 minutes)

Insights from a Nondual Rabbi

Tami Simon speaks with Rabbi Rami Shapiro, an award-winning author of more than two dozen nonfiction books, whose poems and short stories have been anthologized in over a dozen volumes and whose prayers are used in prayer books around the world. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rabbi Rami will be a featured presenter at Sounds True’s 2013 Wake Up Festival in August. In this episode, Tami and Rabbi Rami speak about his early experiences of nonduality and how his nonduality teachings have evolved dramatically over time. They also talk about preparing for death, teachings and practices to help people “die into the arms of love,” and Rabbi Rami’s unusual take on the practice of forgiveness. (67 minutes)

See Rabbi Rami Shapiro live in August 2013. Visit for more information.

Mark Nepo: Becoming the Poem

Tami Simon speaks with Mark Nepo, a New York Times #1 bestselling author and a cancer survivor who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 35 years. Mark has created several audio programs with Sounds True, plus a new interactive video learning course called A Pilgrimage of the Heart: Discovering Your Authentic Voice and Inner Courage, which launches March 19th. Mark will present at Sounds True’s Wake Up Festival this August, including a pre-festival workshop on writing and spiritual growth. In this interview, Mark speaks about how to relate helpfully to our pain, sincerity as a specific type of intelligence, the role of pilgrimage, and the spiritual path of the artist. (64 minutes)

Active Dreaming in the Multiverse

Tami Simon speaks with Robert Moss, a lifelong dream explorer, shamanic teacher, and student of the Western Mystery Tradition. Robert is a former professor of ancient history and philosophy and the author of several books. With Sounds True, he has created the audio learning course Dream Gates: A Journey into Active Dreaming. In this episode, Tami speaks with Robert about how we can listen to our dreams, and the process he calls the “Lightning Dreamwork Technique.” He speaks about how synchronicities can help us navigate our life and our spiritual practice, and shares insights on what we can learn from our dreams, including how they can allow us to connect with alternate versions of ourselves. (61 minutes)

Erin Olivo: A ‘Wise Mind’ and Regulating Our Emoti...

Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Erin Olivo, an assistant clinical professor of medical psychology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the former director of the Columbia Integrated Medicine program. With Sounds True, Erin has created the audio learning program Free Yourself from Anxiety: A Mind-Body Prescription. In this episode, Tami speaks with Erin about three essential skills to help us regulate our emotional reactivity, and explores what it might mean to develop a “wise mind” in relation to our emotions. She also shared on-the-spot tips to help us when we feel triggered by stress, and her insights on how we can reduce chronic negative self-talk. (61 minutes)

Brené Brown: The Courage to be Vulnerable

Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston’s graduate college of social work who has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Brené is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly, and with Sounds True she has created the audio learning course The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Courage, and Connection. In this episode, Tami speaks with Brené about the cultural myth that equates vulnerability as weakness instead of recognizing it as the greatest measure of our courage. They also examine Brené’s research about the qualities that allow someone to live in a wholehearted way. (66 minutes)

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