Grieving the Unexpected and Sudden Death of Lisa Barry
Exploring Awareness
by Frank Anderson
2y ago
It is with a very heavy and grieving heart that I share with you that  Lisa Barry the co-host and co-founder of the Exploring Awareness podcast died unexpectedly on November 30, 2021. In this episode, we grieve together using David Whyte's poem entitled The Well of Grief, and a guided meditation, with emphasis on mindfulness of the emotion of grief using the RAIN acronym of recognize, acknowledge/accept, investigate and nurture. This is tragic, unexpected and challenges everything we discuss in this podcast, while at the same time allows us an opportunity to grieve with grace, and somehow ..read more
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Episode 62: Return To Unity And Common Consciousness
Exploring Awareness
by Frank Anderson and Lisa Barry
2y ago
There is a deep place of connection within each of us, that is shared by all. In today’s world, distractions, conditions, and inflexible ideas pull us away from the present moment and our connection to each other. In this episode, we focus on the word RETURN as an invitation and intention to connect to a deeper sense of presence, an authentic sense of being -  a return to mindful awareness and a return to a felt sense of the unity of all beings. This is about a realization and being on a path to our own awakening, to a return of our original self while at the same time shared with all in ..read more
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Episode 61: The Myth Of Self Improvement
Exploring Awareness
by Frank Anderson and Lisa Barry
2y ago
Episode # 61: The Myth of Self Improvement The self-improvement industry thrives on a fundamental myth that there is something wrong with you that needs to be improved. Where does the idea that “I’m not ok” come from in the first place? In this episode, we turn the idea of self-improvement on its head. What if you are already  fine and don’t need to be fixed? Although your mind may not allow you to believe this, exploring awareness and discovering the qualities at the core of your being leads to a realization of who you really are.  These realizations re ..read more
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Episode 60: Exploring Awareness Of Dualistic Thinking And Its Impact
Exploring Awareness
by Frank Anderson and Lisa Barry
2y ago
Episode 60: Exploring Awareness Of Dualistic Thinking And Its Impact Opinions, advice and judgments tend to be experienced as having to be either this way or that way with little room in between, There is your way- which you might feel is the right, usual, customary, comfortable way and then there is the other way – which may seem wrong, not usual and not comfortable. This very common tendency is called dualistic thinking. In this episode, we bring compassionate awareness to this tendency and explore how it brings reactions instead of responses. Being aware of the dynamic of dualistic thinking ..read more
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Episode 59: Could Your Natural State Be Loving Awareness?
Exploring Awareness
by Frank Anderson and Lisa Barry
2y ago
Episode 59: Could Your Natural State Be Loving Awareness? A popular Ram Dass quote- “The natural state of the mind is pure love, which is not other than pure awareness”- sums up much of the dialogue in exploring awareness podcast episodes. The conditions in our current moment in history could lead one away from an open hearted loving awareness to a small and aggressive protective stance that can  be amplified by the loudest voices on TV, radio and social media.   It is possible to realize an identity as awareness and experience the st ..read more
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Episode 58: Are Judgements Blocking You from Peace and Happiness?
Exploring Awareness
by Frank Anderson and Lisa Barry
2y ago
Episode 58: Are Judgements Blocking You from Peace and Happiness? Judging, putting people into categories, assigning negative attributes, sticking with first impressions, even ghosting can become a personal and community norm performed without thought or consciousness. Self judgement as well stems from our experience with families and other cultural groups who judged us and made it seem normal.  In this episode, we look at the roots of  judgement by becoming aware that we are judging, and then exploring the awareness of the thoughts and emotions that lead to judgment. Some definition ..read more
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Episode 57: How the Awareness of Change Can Lead to Peace and Ease
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by Frank Anderson and Lisa Barry
2y ago
Episode 57: How the Awareness of Change Can Lead to Peace and Ease Change is part of the human experience. Welcome change can be fun and challenging, unwelcome change can lead to resistance and stagnation. Changes imposed by family or work situations can be especially difficult to accept, especially if they appear without warning.  In this episode, we discuss a perspective that emerges from exploring awareness of change. Instead of the change occupying the thoughts and energy, a shift occurs to where the awareness of the change, and its effects on thoughts and emotions transforms these co ..read more
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Episode #56: Finding Acceptance and Grace in Present Moment Awareness
Exploring Awareness
by Frank Anderson and Lisa Barry
2y ago
Forcing oneself to "accept things as they are" or asking others to, sets up conflict, invokes defensiveness and leads to stuck, judgmental feelings. Exploring awareness leads to a spaciousness where the present moment event is allowed to be what it is- good or bad.  This is not the same as allowing bad things to happen if they can be prevented- but if an event has occurred, becoming aware opens a compassionate channel through which we can move. “What you resist – persists” and “the only way out is through”. Practicing awareness though regular  mindfulness meditation opens   ..read more
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Episode 55: Open Mindedness Comes from Exploring Awareness of the Mind
Exploring Awareness
by Frank Anderson and Lisa Barry
2y ago
What is the Mind, and is the Mind just the neurological activity of the brain?. Although we don't solve this problem in this episode, this question helps create an "exploring awareness" perspective. By becoming aware of the brain as an amazing resource similar to computer hardware and software, the part of us that is aware becomes activated and realized.  With the realization of awareness comes a freedom experienced as spaciousness, open heartedness, open mindedness. When you’re no longer locked into the neurological habits of your brain and you have woken up to identity as awareness then ..read more
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Episode 54: An opportunity for peace and love in this very precious human life through exploring awareness
Exploring Awareness
by Frank Anderson and Lisa Barry
3y ago
When you’re aware you’re aware- that is another level of existence that has an opportunity for some real peace and love and a real authentic experience with this very precious human life. It’s so precious and rare and it doesn’t last that long and there are so many ways that you can use it, so why not use it for good?     ..read more
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