Raghu Markus – Mindrolling – Ep. 492 – Why We Meditate with Daniel Goleman

Raghu’s longtime friend, Daniel Goleman, returns to Mindrolling to catch up on his book co-authored with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Why We Meditate.

“There’s more than normal consciousness. There are other possibilities that have their own kind of richness. There are paths to those possibilities.” – Daniel Goleman

In this episode of Mindrolling, Raghu and Daniel chat about:
  • Wild stories at Raghu’s family farm when they returned to the West 
  • How Danny’s wife, Tara Bennet-Gorman’s book, Emotional Alchemy, along with traditional Tibetan practices served as Tsoknyi’s inspiration for addressing the things that get in the way of our lives, particularly as Westerners 
  • Tsoknyi’s various methods for mindfulness: the handshake method, dropping practice, and more
  • How Ram Dass came up with the term, “little shmoos”
  • Cultivating a sense of “okayness” with things as they are
  • The different types of love on the spectrum of “essence love”

“These kinds of practices get integrated into your being. They’re a resource for that intuitive trust.” – Raghu Markus

Open a copy of Daniel Goleman and Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s new book, Why We Meditate, here.
Pick up Emotional Alchemy, written by Daniel’s wife, Tara Bennett-Goleman, here.
If you’re interested in general teachings of Tibetan spirituality, check out Blazing Splendor.
About Daniel Goleman:

Daniel is an internationally known psychologist and author. His New York Times bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence, was named one of the 25 “Most Influential Business Management Books” by TIME Magazine. Daniel is also a board member of the Mind & Life Institute, an organization that fosters dialogues and research collaborations among contemplative practitioners and scientists. Daniel has organized a series of intensive conversations between the Dalai Lama and scientists, and further merged Dharma and science, coauthoring Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body. Learn more about Daniel’s work at danielgoleman.info

About Raghu Markus: 

Raghu Markus spent 18 months in India with Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass. He has been involved in music and transformational media since the early 1970s when he was the program director of CKGM-FM in Montreal.

In 1974, he collaborated with Ram Dass on the box set Love Serve Remember. In 1990, he launched Triloka Records, which established itself as a critical leader in the development of world music. For 17 years, Triloka was home to such artists as Krishna Das, Hugh Masekela, Walela, Jai Uttal and transformational media projects that featured Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, and Les Nubians.

Raghu lives in Ojai, California, and is the Executive Director of the Love Serve Remember Foundation. In 2016, he co-founded the Be Here Now Network, where he hosts the Ram Dass Here & Now podcast, as well as his own Mindrolling podcast. He is the producer of Becoming Nobody, a Ram Dass documentary feature film that was released in 2019.

Check Out More From The Mindrolling Podcast:
Tune into Ep. 295 of Mindrolling: An Honest Journey with Anne Lamott, Duncan Trussell and Pete Holmes
Check out Ep. 335 of Mindrolling: Courage, Trust, and Love with Ram Dass and Duncan Trussell
Listen to Ep. 289 of Mindrolling featuring lessons from Tibetan teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Tune into Ep. 321 of Mindrolling: Rewriting Our Scripts with Duncan Trussell and Dr. Robert Svoboda to learn about karma and changing false narratives.
For an episode on the inner journey, check out Ep. 216 of Mindrolling: Duncan Trussell, Sharon Salzberg and David Nichtern Live

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