Head to Heart: Mindfulness Moments for Every Day Jenifer Madson

Head to Heart gently guides us to cultivate (and sustain) those moments of clarity–the awakenings of everyday life–and to embrace and grow from them all, no matter how joyful or painful.

“Awakening…think of it as something we need to do every day; it is a process, a gradual awareness and growing insight,” Madson writes. Practice awakening to:

*generate more compassion or love,
*create an unshakable sense of well-being
*better understand your mind and surroundings,
*find answers to specific challenges,
or all of the above.

Practice can happen anywhere, any time: on the mat or on the move, sitting or walking, in silence or conversation, alone or with a group; in short, whenever you are consciously pointing your mind toward greater clarity and service while connecting with the Spirit, you are meditating and preparing to awaken.

Head to Heart times 365. Each brief meditation opens to the promise of peace, joy, and purpose.

Jenifer Madson is an award-winning Author, Speaker, and Success Coach whose journey in recovery from addiction has informed every aspect of her work in the personal development field. She uses lessons from her unique story of redemption to help people from all walks of life — from at-risk youth to Fortune 100 executives — awaken to their highest potential.

She lives in New York City, and when she’s not working or traveling, can be found on the dance floor or out exploring the countless wonders of the city.

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The Two Selves Their Metaphysical Commitments and Functional Independence By Stanley B. Klein

  • Stresses that the apparent unity of the self of everyday experience is in actuality an interaction of two metaphysically separable aspects of self/reality
  • Finds both neurocognitive material and immaterial first-person subjectivity to be necessary for a sense of self; neither is sufficient on its own
  • Takes issue with the assumption of modern science that reality can exhaustively be described via a materialist metaphysic
  • Presents extensive case material in which individuals maintain a clear sense of both the material and immaterial aspects of self

The Two Selves takes the position that the self is not a “thing” easily reduced to an object of scientific analysis. Rather, the self consists in a multiplicity of aspects, some of which have a neuro-cognitive basis (and thus are amenable to scientific inquiry) while other aspects are best construed as first-person subjectivity, lacking material instantiation. As a consequence of its potential immateriality, the subjective aspect of self cannot be taken as an object and therefore is not easily amenable to treatment by current scientific methods.

Klein argues that to fully appreciate the self, its two aspects must be acknowledged, since it is only in virtue of their interaction that the self of everyday experience becomes a phenomenological reality. However, given their different metaphysical commitments (i.e., material and immaterial aspects of reality), a number of issues must be addressed. These include, but are not limited to, the possibility of interaction between metaphysically distinct aspects of reality, questions of causal closure under the physical, the principle of energy conservation, and more.

After addressing these concerns, Klein presents evidence based on self-reports from case studies of individuals who suffer from a chronic or temporary loss of their sense of personal ownership of their mental states. Drawing on this evidence, he argues that personal ownership may be the factor that closes the metaphysical gap between the material and immaterial selves, linking these two disparate aspects of reality, thereby enabling us to experience a unified sense of self despite its underlying multiplicity.

Readership: Academic: psychologists, philosophers, clinicians, neuroscientists, theologians. Lay audience readers interested in the nature of reality, self, science, philosophy and/or psychology, mind/body debates, and dualism.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introductory Remarks about the Problem of the Self
Chapter 2: The Epistemological Self – the Self of Neural Instantiation
Chapter 3: The Ontological Self – The Self of First-Person Subjectivity
Chapter 4: The Epistemological and Ontological Selves: A Brief “Summing Up”
Chapter 5: Empirical Evidence and the Ontological and Epistemological Selves
Chapter 6: Some Final Thoughts

Stanley B. Klein, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara

Stanley B. Klein, PhD, was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut. A BA graduate of Stanford University with a doctorate from Harvard University, he has taught at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Trinity University, San Antonio; and University of California Santa Barbara, where he is currently in the Psychology Department. Klein has been a member of the APA, Psychonomic Society, and Society for Experimental Social Psychology, all while publishing on memory, the self, evolutionary psychology, social psychology, neuroscience, social neuroscience, mental time travel, and nature of mind (from a philosophical perspective).

Memory and the Self

Ever since John Locke, philosophers have wondered about memory and its connection to the self. Locke believed that a continuity of consciousness and memory establish a “self” over time. Now psychology is weighing in with new research suggesting that the relationship between memory and the self is even more complicated than that. But what’s the connection between memory and the self? Can the self be explained strictly in terms of memory? Or might the self be something over and above what memory suggests? John and Ken remember to welcome Stan Klein from UC Santa Barbara, author of “The Two Selves: Their Metaphysical Commitments and Functional Independence.”

Awakening Through Conflict ~ Tara Brach

Published on Apr 24, 2014

Awakening Through Conflict –

As long as we are identified as separate selves, we will inevitably experience conflict with others. If we learn to release blame and deepen attention to our embodied experience, conflict can become a portal for more loving, alive relationships and awakening into the fullness of our being.

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