In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison are joined for the second time by Dr. Paul Theilking, MD. Paul is a psychiatrist, zen practitioner, and Chief Scientific Officer at Novamind. They cover the following topics:
(2:45) What is a contemplative practice?
(4:38) Contemplative practices go by many names (e.g., “spiritual”)
(10:45) Mindfulness and the mystical experience
(16:55) Paul discusses mindfulness form a Zen perspective
(20:44) The Zen practice of Koan contemplation
(24:00) What it means to “practice” mindfulness
(27:25) The difference between resisting and not resisting the contents of the present moment
(32:40) Is the mindful state of non-striving compatible with accomplishing goals?
(39:17) Why are contemplative practices often used for integration after psychedelics?
(47:22) Yoga as a contemplative practice
(53:28) Contemplative practices and the purpose of life
(01:00:16) The neuroscience of mindfulness
(01:02:55) Mindfulness and psychedelics help us understand the “self”
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