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About Matthew Sockolov

Matthew Sockolov is a Buddhist meditation teacher and author. He was empowered to teach meditation by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is the founding teacher of One Mind Dharma. His new book, Practicing Mindfulness - 75 Essential Meditations is now available on Amazon.

Online Meditation Groups

Online Meditation Groups With all of the closures of various meditation centers due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have received messages from many people looking for resources to continue their practice. Although sitting in person with a community is perhaps your preferred way to interact with a community, there are options available to continue practicing [...]

By |2020-03-23T15:24:52-07:00March 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Working with Thoughts

In today’s podcast episode, we’re talking about the wandering mind. Sometimes called “monkey mind,” this state of an active mind can seem difficult. An active mind is something all meditators face at times, especially when new to practice. It can be a major hindrance, preventing us from continuing or even starting. We’ll start by covering [...]

By |2020-02-20T13:15:49-08:00February 20th, 2020|Weekly Meditations|0 Comments

5 Tips to Assist Your Recovery Meditation Practice

Want to make your recovery meditation even more effective to strengthening your spiritual practice? Follow these suggestions. When you're on the road to or in recovery, meditation can be a powerful tool. It can help you focus on positive energy and let go of stressful thoughts, but it has even more benefits to offer. Many [...]

By |2019-11-15T03:36:40-08:00November 15th, 2019|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Spiritual Bypass – Tuning into Aversion

Today's episode of Dharma Talk covers the topic of spiritual bypass. Spiritual bypass is a term coined in the early 80's by John Welwood. John is a Buddhist teacher and licensed psychotherapist, and described spiritual bypass as a "tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, [...]

By |2019-08-28T14:13:40-07:00August 28th, 2019|Dharma Talk|0 Comments

Listening Meditation

This week's meditation is on mindfulness of hearing. This is a sense-door on which we don't often focus specifically. However, we can use the sense-door of hearing to tune into the impermanent nature of experience, as well as the way the mind responds to and interacts with the stimulus that arises. Read more about listening [...]

By |2019-07-22T10:30:40-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Weekly Meditations|0 Comments

The Role of Self-Compassion When Struggling With a Mental Health Disorder

By now, many people are becoming aware of the increasing importance of dealing with mental health disorders. If you don’t deal with mental health issues, they tend to grow and grow, until they spiral out of control and cause increasingly serious problems in your life. This is well-known. What’s not always well-known is the importance [...]

By |2020-02-25T05:24:44-08:00July 22nd, 2019|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Renunciation – A Greater Happiness

This week on Dharma Talk, the topic is renunciation. As verse 290 of the Dhammapada says: It is wisdom that enables letting go of a lesser happiness in pursuit of a happiness which is greater. We'll talk a bit about how clinging and attachment can cause suffering before moving into the benefits of renunciation in [...]

By |2019-07-19T09:18:53-07:00July 19th, 2019|Dharma Talk|0 Comments

Guided Meditation – Mental Responses and Reactions

Today's meditation is a bit of a different practice. We will be observing our experience in an open awareness practice as we often do. However, we are adding in a piece that is often left out: recognizing mental responses. We will observe this through the lens of leaning. That is, are we leaning toward or [...]

By |2019-07-04T10:20:36-07:00July 4th, 2019|Weekly Meditations|0 Comments

Mindfulness and Thinking

This episode of Dharma Talk covers a few different questions related to the thinking mind. Can we meditate with an active mind? What do we do with "negative" thoughts? Thinking is a huge part of our experience, and we can bring mindfulness to the experience in order to dramatically change our relationships to the thoughts. [...]

By |2019-07-01T08:00:06-07:00July 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments