Day 1: Joseph Goldstein – Waking Up Through Mindfulness 2018-05-18T19:14:23+00:00

Day 1: Mind

Waking Up Through Mindfulness

Joseph Goldstein

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What You’ll Learn

  • Go beyond “being present” and discover what mindfulness truly means
  • Learn how to integrate mindfulness into your daily routine
  • Discover how to stop feeding the emotions you’re resisting
  • Join in a guided mindfulness practice

About Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist studies, both in Barre, Massachusetts. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, and Insight Meditation among others. Joseph has studied and practiced meditation since 1967 under the guidance of eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet and he leads Insight Meditation retreats around the world.

To learn more about Joseph and his work, check out the IMS website

About Acharya Fleet Maull

Fleet Maull is an author, meditation teacher, executive coach and social entrepreneur, working at the intersection of personal and social transformation. Acharya Maull is an empowered senior teacher in both the Shambhala Buddhist and Zen Peacemaker traditions, who leads meditation and bearing witness retreats, activist trainings and prison programs around the world. He founded Prison Mindfulness Institute and Engaged Mindfulness Institute. He is the author of Dharma in Hell and Radical Responsibility.

To learn more about Acharya Fleet Maull check out his website.

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  1. Kevin J, Waters May 15, 2018 at 2:14 am - Reply

    As I’m listening to Joseph Goldstein explain mindfulness, I am reminded of a definition of mindfulness…… Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention purposely in the present moment, Not Judgmentally, It’s about Knowing that I Know through my mind ! He is also reinforcing the means with which to bring our/ myself back to mindfulness when the mind wanders OFF………. That wandering of the Mind is what makes Mindfulness Awareness Practice very Difficult for many early on ….not allowing us to live in a true state of Mindfulness !!!

  2. Bob Mente May 15, 2018 at 2:33 am - Reply

    Joseph Goldstein really helped me to understand in a very deep way what is ttruly going on for me in my meditation times of walking, sitting and other practice

  3. carl baker May 15, 2018 at 2:45 am - Reply

    thank you, thank you! recharging my mindfulness, carl, canada.

  4. Kathleen Rubin May 15, 2018 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Thank you Joseph! I am so grateful to learn to HIGHLIGHT the moment of waking up from being lost in my daily practice. This is gold! Loved also to learn about the importance of the walking practice. I am doing something similar in my daily workout sessions, whether I jog or train in the gym, I am very present in what I am doing. I focus on counting, breathing, movement, I even make a point of smiling throughout periods and notice this changes my mood to a happier state.

  5. mike rodgers May 15, 2018 at 4:32 am - Reply

    ok, ya got me (here goes $147)…

  6. JENNY May 15, 2018 at 5:20 am - Reply


  7. Kristina May 15, 2018 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Thank you Joseph for these very helpful views on bringing practice into our daily lives! Much appreciated! 🙏🏻Kristina

  8. Paul May 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    At least two insights: “Sit and notice sitting – simply take a step and feel the body moving” – Thank you, Joseph.

  9. K Mendoza May 15, 2018 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Very helpful to recognize the emotion without the filter of aversion and saying, “It’s okay!” Looking at the tone when thinking of the emotion in an investigative manner rather than judgmentally. I so appreciate the understanding mindfulness liberates when we investigate the causes of our suffering and let them go. Thank you so much for sharing your insights and experiences.

  10. Jana May 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Thank you Joseph for an interesting view of fear, emotion and using the soft whisper as a mental note in awareness. Truly has given me some things to work towards as I see the attitude of my mind. All the best to you.

  11. Jean May 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    In no way intending disrespect but I fell asleep and went to that in between sleep and wakefulness place which was wonderfully refreshing but not mindful. In itself a good lesson. I will listen again to Joseph’s talk and stay awake this time.

  12. stephan schramm May 15, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    … only a little more than nothing. Yes, indeed!

  13. Evelyn May 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I like that he suggests walking first. It is very helpful to me to start walking before sitting.
    Also, when you catch your mind wandering to view it in a positive way as moments of awakening. I am very very thankful that this was provided for free. Love and Hug

  14. Janet schaefer May 15, 2018 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I love Joseph . His dharma talks are always helpful! He shares any meditation discoveries and he practices so much that i try to access all of his talks. That has been happening since the late 70’s. Spot on and always inspiring. Thank you for this latest access!

  15. Geri deGruy May 15, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    This was great! I’m re-reading Joseph’s latest book on mindfulness and it’s even better the second time, helping me tune in more deeply. Thank you!

  16. Robyn May 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Joseph, you have always been one of my favorite teachers/guides. Have tried many times to attend one of your retreats but you’re always sold out and the waiting list hasn’t worked for me. Like Janet, I simply try to access all your talks and podcasts. Always feels like a gift when i hear you. Brings me back to who i want to be. Much love!

  17. Rivka May 15, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I love the depth of so many layers of mindfulness – deeper we look more layers are revealed.
    Thank you so much for such stimulating teaching.

  18. Peggy May 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Excellent! I love the ‘sit and notice the sitting’ and the walking meditation as a way to improve incorporating mindfulness into everyday life. Thank you!

  19. Sasipriya May 15, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Joseph is so clear and precise, and illuminating as always. Such a great pleasure to sit with such a master, even for 10 minutes.. Feeling lot of gratitude.

  20. Ellen Lederman May 15, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    No matter how crazy the world gets, Joseph helps me find some sanity within it…or at least, within me! Thanks so much.

  21. Ria Tanz Kubota May 15, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    For some reason, I found the moderator intrusive, self-congratulatory, and annoying. Must remind me of challenging people in my past. Kept shutting down during this and remembering EST training talking about, “You can sleep, but you can’t escape learning.” Funny to hear the description of how thought frames the experience while writing this. As you may recall EST included sleep deprivation. Triggers being thoughts is interesting reframing. Your sharing chuckling over how thoughts trigger emotions, cause suffering, and are ephemeral–thank you moderator whom I demonized–found a button floating around inside. Who knew? Thank you, gentlemen.I am grateful.

  22. Marika May 15, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Grateful for these inspiring teachings from a master of the art of meditation! The essential emptiness of a thought is truly an aha! for me, and the idea of inverting the common hierarchy that sitting meditation is somehow ‘superior’ or above other forms.

  23. Robyn May 16, 2018 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Thank you. Inspiring and helpful.

  24. Lamees Mansur May 16, 2018 at 1:13 am - Reply

    I love this teacher. I have listened to his long and detailed teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Adio of three thick series)- many times over and thoroughly and I so much appreciate his student-friendly style, his spirit and his light heartedness in making this material easiulyn accessible!!. I recommend this program highly. It is basics and in my opinion, it is all you need to learn and put into pracrtice. The rest of readings and studies, I feel, is just extra, maybe indulgence and too much for the intellect more than for one development and enhancing the path towards freedom.

    Thanks Joseph for taking on being a teacher in my lifetime! I am grateful!

  25. Leona May 16, 2018 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Much valuable information. Instead of noting being distracted, note the powerful moment of waking up. I liked the language sitting in a dignified manner, open to unpleasantness, subtlety of the tone revealing our filter, etc. I thought the moderator helped to allow the massive amount of information be covered in the amount of time. I also liked the ending meditation. Thank you.

  26. Miriam Frischer May 16, 2018 at 1:50 am - Reply

    What everyone said. Simple didections enabling me to be mindful in a deep way. Sit and know you’re sitting; could be drive and know you’re driving. Could be everything we do during the day. Love it. Thabk you fkr the opportunity to refresh my practice.

    • Miriam Frischer May 16, 2018 at 1:51 am - Reply

      sorry for typos.

  27. Donna May 16, 2018 at 3:46 am - Reply

    I love Joseph’s teaching and am thankful to have experienced it before he retires! I will try his suggestion of working with walking meditation as my primary formal practice and see what comes as I tend to focus on everyday life mindfulness practice and have focused in the past on sitting meditation and lovingkindness practice. I love the simplicity of these practices. I appreciate hearing the teaching “it’s ok” and being with fear as well as “simply begin again.” My whole body softens. Thank you for a valuable teaching.

  28. Patricia Gordon May 16, 2018 at 3:49 am - Reply

    Thank you for taking us beyond breathing
    Like so many others who posted I appreciate investigating what is a thought
    What is an emotion
    Thank you

  29. Isabel Vericat May 16, 2018 at 4:50 am - Reply

    For me investigating the nature of thought is too much of a pyhilosophical o rational meditation.
    Thank you for the practice!

  30. Mike Williamson May 16, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

    gentle…….allowing…..what does it mean to allow the receptive as well as allow when we lose the receptive?


  31. Edgar May 16, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    So many insights. The attitude of being investigative rather than being judgmental struck me. Curiosity, rather than fear, is the great motivator. Thank you.

  32. Angschel May 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    To Joseph Goldstein,

    Your work and practise, your talks, your online courses have been a fantastic frame work for me to start seeing things clearly.
    Not only life changed for the better, more important even, attitude towards life changed entirely. .

    Thank you very very much indeed for your life time dedication to teaching and sharing dhamma. xx

  33. Geri deGruy May 16, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I loved your focus on exploration and the adventure we’re on. Clearly it gives you joy and that filled me too. Curiosity! Yes!

  34. Kazi Nasrin Siddiqa May 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Its a deep dive to recognize mindfulness and yap, guess I got it. Thanks for systematic and rhythmic guidance.

  35. Mary Lynn peters May 16, 2018 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Joseph offered many new insights that I want to explore and practice, like having a “soft silent word in the mind that’s acknowledging the moment’s experience” with the breath, as
    a “soft silent word in the mind.” It was so helpful to hear him talk about dealing with strong emotions. I so appreciated how he shared his own experience in working with strong fear
    that helps me with dealing with anxiety and fear. Joseph’s sharing was very useful and enlivening!

  36. Robbie May 16, 2018 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Wonderful insights. I’m taking away adding walking meditation to my daily practice to further bring mindfulness off the cushion, and bringing curiosity and interest to fear. Thank you Joseph as always for your wonderful loving, funny,
    insightful, presence!

  37. Kitty May 16, 2018 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Joseph is my teacher of meditation.
    I learn so much from him.
    He is so inspiring with his love and interest of meditation.
    That is why he is a good teacher.

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