The Miracle Of This Moment (w/John Astin)

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A deep dive down the rabbit hole of our astonishing, non-conceptual experience of what IS. John Astin is a health psychologist, meditation teacher, musician, and the author of four books on spiritual practice, including This Extraordinary Moment. His guided meditations can be found on Sam Harris's Waking Up app. He has a Ph.D. in health psychology and is an adjunct professor of clinical and counseling psychology at Santa Clara and Notre Dame de Namur Universities. Find his books, teachings, and more on his website: https://johnastin.com Video of this interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6FkgCQR09Q Here are all our videos on consciousness, meditation, and awakening: https://bit.ly/3NYbBvx Timecodes: 0:00 Intro 1:52 What are we? How consciousness identifies with its contents 6:33 The thought/conceptual world vs. the experiential world 11:25 Concepts can’t capture raw experience, quantum physics vs gross reality 16:24 The conceptual world and the spiritual “journey”, the nature of impermanence 23:37 How “long” is NOW? 28:06 What is living truth relative to the thought world, the pragmatic benefit of realization 34:43 Integrating absolute realization into daily life 41:09 Mind reduces infinity to finite and a sense of lack, non-duality 44:47 Coming off retreat and “reintegrating”, the “commentary” of thought consciousness 52:31 What IS anxiety experientially? 57:04 Conceptual thought world removes “magic” from experience 59:30 The power of attention and discernment in inquiring into experience 1:06:20 The apparent spiritual “journey” 1:10:38 Awakening and realization over time 1:12:52 We are wired to seek enjoyment 1:19:48 The radiant beauty of everything regardless of mental labels, what is art? 1:29:37 The miracle of what IS 1:40:17 A guided meditation/inquiry on presence: intro 1:42:19 Guided meditation on presence Video archive, audio podcast, music parodies, Supporter Tribe membership, merch, social media, and email: https://lnk.bio/zdoggmd Support us with a 1-time donation and get a personal email thank you from me: https://paypal.me/zdoggmd More about Dr. Z: https://zdoggmd.com/about-z

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