March 25, 2021

Sam Harris: Transcending the Illusion of the Self & Mindful Meditation

Mayim explains the benefits and historical role of meditation with her former colleague and UCLA PHD graduate buddy Sam Harris. Sam talks about his journey discovering mindfulness through an altered state as a teenager which led him to a life dedicated to encouraging others to get in touch with their base desires through a meditative practice. How do you unlink your thoughts and uncover patterns of emotion, behavior, and beliefs that no longer serve you? How do you transcend the constructed notion of who you are to access your soul? Mayim and Jonathan get put into a meditative trance by the silky timber of Sam's voice as he tackles misperceptions about meditation and explains how to access different realms of consciousness and connect to your true self.

Theme Song Written, Produced, and Performed by Ed Robertson. Mixed by Kenny Luong.
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Sam Harris

Author, Philosopher, & Neuroscientist

Mayim Bialik


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