EMB #222: Secular Meditation with Rick Heller

On the edition of the Exploring Mind and Body we bring you Secular Meditation with Rick Heller who literally wrote the book on this topic. Rick tells an interesting story of how he tried meditation himself to improve his health before he actually believed in it.

We have a number of take aways from Secular Meditation as we go through this interview and touch on various topics throughout the book.

secular meditation with rick heller

Who is Rick Heller?

Rick Heller leads meditations at the Humanist Community at Harvard. A freelance journalist, he has written for the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Buddhadharma, Free Inquiry, Tikkun, and Wise Brain Bulletin. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT.

Show Notes:

  • How Rick got into meditation
  • what is secular meditation
  • happiness and external circumstances
  • how to release anxiety with meditation
  • feeling stressed out
  • breathing meditation – pay attention to your respiratory system
  • be mindful in all areas
  • how being more focused can improve many areas of your life
  • Is meditation self centred
  • day dreaming meditation
  • softening your gaze

Rick talks about loving kindness meditation in the interview, so I thought you might enjoy watching him perform what he talks about to give you the option to do it with him if you like.

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