Being Well Podcast: Letting Go of Our Conditioning with Caverly Morgan
January 23, 2023

The main topic we explore on the Being Well Podcast, in many different ways, is change. How can we come to understand ourselves better, let go of who we were, and become who we wish to be? In this episode Dr. Rick and Forrest are joined by meditation teacher and former Zen monastic Caverly Morgan.

They discuss how we can release our conditioning, identify the inner voice that leads to change, and get to the heart of who we are.

About Our Guest: Caverly is a meditation teacher, author, and the founder of Peace in Schools – a nonprofit which created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Her practice began in 1995, and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. She’s also the author of the wonderful new book The Heart of Who We Are: Realizing Freedom Together.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 1:55: Caverly’s path to Zen
  • 3:30: Truth and freedom
  • 7:20: Chop wood, carry water
  • 8:30: Why it’s okay to have a “conventional” path to enlightenment
  • 9:35: The voice that says “is this all there is?”
  • 12:25: Distinguishing our conditioning from what we really want
  • 15:40: What supports us in exercising our will
  • 21:20: Resistance, preference, and willingness
  • 23:25: Responding to “should”
  • 29:10: Our will and our ego
  • 35:30: Making room for our own nurturing voice
  • 37:35: Practical ways to listen to the heart
  • 40:40: Awakening together
  • 47:20: Coming home to our own being at the simplest level
  • 50:30: Recap

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