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Practical Guidance On Mindful Living & Overcoming Common Obstacles – Joseph Goldstein

Practical Guidance On Mindful Living & Overcoming Common Obstacles – Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein has been a pioneer in bringing eastern wisdom to the west and is certainly one of the worlds most respected Buddhist teachers. Joseph has studied and practiced meditation for over 40 years under the guidance of eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet.

Joseph is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist studies in Massachusetts. He is the author of several practical and powerful books about Mindfulness, Meditation and Buddhism.

In this interview Joseph offers us practical guidance on walking the path to mindful living with more wisdom ease and lightness. You will discover today…

  • The common challenges and pitfalls on this path and how to overcome them.
  • What ‘waking up’ really means.
  • The stages on the path of mindful living
  • The common misconceptions and misunderstandings people have about what meditation is and what it can deliver.
  • Profound and simple advice for those starting out with mindfulness practice.

Plus enjoy a 15 minute practice of mindfulness led by one of the worlds most respected teachers.

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Show Notes

Join the ’31 days of mindfulness challenge’ here

Come and join the community discussions at any time on our Facebook page

Learn more about the Barre Centre For Buddhist Studies.

Check out Josephs upcoming retreats and the Insight Meditation Society.

If you want to explore Josephs books you can also check them out here.




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585 Responses

  1. Monique Message

    Hi , thank you introducing us to Joseph such a great speaker. i am from melbourne are there any weekend meditation/yoga/mindfulness retreats you would recommend in my area?

  2. Emma

    Loved this and the meditation. I meditate a lot on my own so it was beautiful to do it with you guys. It’s so wonderful to hear all these different experts on mindfulness, thank you again for creating this wonderful summit.

    Love n light always,


  3. Catherine Rees

    Thank you, Joseph. I am full of appreciation for all you shared today. ‘Keeping it simple’ has been a personal mantra for a year or so … and not only does it work … it brings a sense of peace, too. One more calmer ‘being’ making the world that little less chaotic. 🙂

  4. Diane Glendenning

    These daily “lessons” are very helpful to me at this time in my life. I am so grateful to have found The Mindfulness Summit. It is as if I was drawn too it but some unexplainable force. Thank you, thank you.

  5. Socrates Gliarmis

    Wonderful session and enjoyed the 15 minute sitting Enjoying this entire retreat. Much gratitude to a dear being (Ki) who directed me to this challenge. Namaste l

  6. Christina

    Wow, always inspiring to hear from a teacher who has so much experience and depth of knowledge and that something intangible that comes with many years of Dharma practice. Also enjoying the lovely questions.

  7. Chitra Krishnamurthy

    I could listen to Mr.Josephs interview. It was very good. It gave me a great confidence to understand the state of mindfullness. Thank you for this open invitation.

  8. bugda savasir

    Thank you, thank you , thank you 🙂 has been really inspiring both for my own awareness and how it fits with my practice in psychotherapy…how to contain tje session, how to open the space, how to be accepting and so many other thoughts inspirations.

  9. Eva

    Become more aware in life. Introduce a mindfulness practice. That is a journey and an adventure full of ups and downs. I am greatful to discover that my struggle is not alone. It takes courage, and persistance to set up a routine. So, compassion and acceptance along with patience have to go with this journey.
    Simple and easy.
    Added to my Mary Poppin’s bag.
    Thank you very much.

  10. Tashi Delek

    This was a very inspiring and useful talk. So valuable! I have been meditating for over thirty years and yes, it is a practice. It is helpful to know that others have doubt and get discouraged on the path … But still we continue. There were many gems … Like “simple and easy” and the quote about ” admiring the teakettle or drinking tea” and the one about acting without regard for the fruit.

  11. Kathryn Bolak

    Thank you! What a lovely way to enjoy the evening! It is amazing how quickly one’s inner landscape can transform by simply bringing attention to our breath. I feel a sense of gratitude to those who are hosting this summit!

  12. Michael Cowley

    A profound gem in there: ‘Be simple and easy.’ A terrific way to start a day, approach an upset, work towards a solution, enjoy another’s company: A great emotion settler: Be simple and easy – and can I add ‘breathe into it’.

  13. Angie

    Love all of the points made. SIMPLE AND EASY- that will help me in numerous ways as I work it into my life. I do tend to dramatize things and in doing so, make challenges much larger than they need to be. SIMPLE AND EASY!

    Thank you!

  14. Hayley Wood

    What a lovely video, I especially like the discussion on not confining mindfulness to your formal meditation practice – this really resonated with my current experiences and practice. Thank you so much for the chance to take part in this summit, it has helped invigorate me and renew my intention to live mindfully.

  15. Woody Walton

    Love the idea of this Summit and especially the roster of excellent teachers you’ve assembled, but I have to agree with Christopher Chevalier – the interviewer doesn’t need to acknowledge every sentence the speaker utters. I know we’re supposed to be mindful but I t’s very distracting !

  16. Olie Lewis

    Hi I have purchased the full access pass which I thought would allow me to revisit the days I had missed. I am logged in but when I try to look at the transcript it asks me to buy the full access pass. Help please. thanks

    1. Sally Bohlin

      Had the same problem, but then discovered that if I went to the receipt of my purchase
      there are two sites that can be accessed – by clicking on them. And you will find all of the sessions offered to date.

  17. Patricia nisbet

    Hello, I have paid for full access under panisbet@buffalo.edu and have forgotten my password. I followed the instructions to get a new password and get an email back that the email has been disabled by the host. I have gotten many of those. So I can not access the daily live or past access. This is such a wonderful event I am sad to be missing it. Thank you so much for giving it to us! Please help!. thank you!

  18. linda evans

    I am having trouble accessing past session. This is occurring after I go to the receipt link for past sessions, click the session and receive a notice to purchase the pass. I have spent nearly a half hour trying every trick I know to access Goldsteins Session. I am tired and now must go to sleep sans the chosen session. ????

  19. Rachel Clare

    It’s November and I just listened to one of my favourite talks again. I really want to thank you Melli and your team for putting this together. Like beginning my hatha yoga practice years ago, a curious mind really helped to bring me through!..and the yoga also introduced non attachment! Yes,both long journeys! Much love and thanks,Rachel.

    1. nan yarbrough

      I too am revisiting the wonderful gift that was given to us last month by Melli O’Brien and the 31 pros she interviewed. Listening again to the speakers I always hear something I missed first time around. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to witness these people speaking their truth in this public forum. This experience has set me on the path at long last.

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