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Be The Change Meditate

with Ed & Deb Shapiro + 30 Experts
Join 30 brilliant and inspiring meditation experts on a magical mystery journey that will transform you from the inside out. Discover what meditation is and how to do it, and expect your life to never be the same again!

The Experts

Learn more about each speaker
and their session!

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Happiness Is An Inside Job

with Ed & Deb Shapiro
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Ed and Deb are the authors of Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and The World, and are featured columnists on Oprah.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and vividlife.me, where they host their own LIVE radio show, Going Out of Your Mind.
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Aligning to Love

with Marianne Williamson
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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality, and her latest book is The Law of Divine Compensation.
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A Mindful Nation

with Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Ryan has a daily mindfulness meditation practice. He has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness practice as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation. During his tenure in the House, he has helped to get mindfulness and social and emotional learning programs established in several schools in his district.He is the author of bestseller Mindful Nation. He also spearheaded a conference at a medical school in his district on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
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Loving Kindness

with Sharon Salzberg
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Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work. "Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright." Her books, Loving Kindness and Real Happiness are international bestsellers.
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The Meditating Brain

with Dr. Richard J. Davidson
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Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, Founder and Chair and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison dedicated to the study of positive qualities, such as kindness and compassion. He is the co-author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain. He is particularly known for studying the physiological and emotional effect of meditation on the brain.
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Being Surprised by Oneself

with Gangaji
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Gangaji travels the world speaking to seekers from all walks of life. A teacher and author of Hidden Treasure and The Diamond In Your Pocket, she shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover a true and lasting fulfillment. Through her life and words, she powerfully articulates how it is really possible to discover the truth of who you are and to be true to that discovery.
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Everything Is Meditation

with Robert Thurman
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Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, and co-founder and President of Tibet House US. He was the first Western monk to be ordained by the Dalai Lama in India. He writes and lectures frequently on Buddhism, Asian history, and critical philosophy.
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Miracle of Universe

with Gabrielle Bernstein
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Featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as one of the next generation thought leaders, Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Gabrielle is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the book May Cause Miracles, A 40-day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. Her earlier titles include Add More ~ing to Your Life – A hip guide to happiness and Spirit Junkie – A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. Gabrielle is also the founder of the social networking site HerFuture.com for women to inspire, empower and connect.
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Abiding in Being

with Robert Holden
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Robert Holden’s work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, PBS, and in two BBC-TV documentaries: The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy, shown in 20 countries to 20 million viewers worldwide. He coaches leaders in business, education, health, and politics. He is author of Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, and Loveability: Knowing How to Love and Be Loved.
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Attention in Action

with Tara Stiles
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Named “Yoga Rebel” by the New York Times, Tara Stiles has inspired a wide audience around the world with her relatable approaches to yoga, meditation, exercise, awareness, nutrition, and everyday well-being. Tara is the founder and owner of Strala Yoga, widely known for its unpretentious, inclusive, and straightforward approach to yoga and meditation.
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Just do it!

with Brian Johnson
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Brian Johnson is the Philosopher + CEO of en*theos. He also created PhilosophersNotes, taught Optimal Living 101, wrote a little book called A Philosopher's Notes, is featured in the documentary Finding Joe and has a monthly "Big Ideas" column in Experience Life magazine.
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Be Completely Who You Truly Are

with Seane Corn
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Seane Corne teaches at Yoga Works in Santa Monica, Calif., and travels extensively teaching workshops, conferences and retreats internationally. She is a devoted supporter of programs for at-risk girls and women and has joined with her friend Ashley Judd in supporting fundraising and awareness-campaigns for the educational nonprofit YouthAIDS.
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Soul Food

with Deva Premal & Miten
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Deva Premal & Miten began their journey into love and music in 1990 when they met at the ashram of controversial Indian mystic, Osho. Their worldwide concerts and best-selling albums  have since introduced millions of Westerners to the joy and deep relaxation found in spiritually based songs and chanting mantras from the Eastern meditation traditions
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Waking up to the Truth

with Eli Jaxon-Bear
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Eli Jaxon-Bear is a spiritual teacher who infuses his teaching with a living transmission of silence. He presents a unique map of egoic identification as a vehicle for ruthless self-inquiry and final realization of true freedom. He is the author, among other books, of Sudden Awakening into Direct Realization.
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Self and Other Than Self

with Joan Halifax Roshi
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Joan Halifax Roshi is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has worked in the area of death and dying for over thirty years and is Director of the Project on Being with Dying. For the past twenty-five years, she has been active in environmental work.
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Meditation is Kindness

with Andy Puddicombe
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Andy Puddicombe is a registered clinical mindfulness consultant and a former Buddhist monk. He is the author of Get Some Headspace and is the founder of Headspace, a project that aims to make meditation accessible and easy-to-learn.
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Meditation as Medicine

with Joan Borysenko, PhD
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Joan Borysenko, Ph.D is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. She is the author of many bestselling books, including Minding The Body, Mending The Mind. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing.
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More Being Than Doing

with Mark Matousek
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Mark Matousek is the author of award-winning Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story, When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living, and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life. His second memoir, The Boy He Left Behind, was a Los Angeles Times Discovery Book. He received a National Magazine Award nomination for "America's Darkest Secret", a piece about the epidemic of incest in the U.S., and has published essays in O: The Oprah Magazine, The New Yorker, Yoga Journal, The Utne Reader, Harper's Bazaar, and others. He is the Creative Director of V-Men, the male arm of Eve Ensler’s V-Day, an organization to end violence against women and girls.
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Passionate Presence

with Catherine Ingram
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Catherine Ingram is an international dharma teacher with communities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia and the author of, Passionate Presence: Seven Qualities of Awakened Awareness. Since 1992 she has led Dharma Dialogues, which are public events that focus on directing awareness toward greater wellbeing in an ethical and happy life. Catherine also leads numerous silent retreats each year in conjunction with Dharma Dialogues. She is president of Living Dharma, an educational non-profit organization founded in 1995.
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Little Moments of Awareness

with Robert Gass and Judith Ansara
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Robert Gass and Judith Ansara are both inspirational and transformational teachers. Robert is an architect of social transformation, working with leaders who have a high degree of leverage in the progressive and political worlds. He is also a recording artist, best known for his chanting album, Om Namaha Shivaya.  Judith is as a spiritual guide, coach and teacher for Progressive leaders and those committed to their own evolution. Robert and Judith also run couples retreats.
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Families That Meditate Together Stay Together

with Mallika Chopra
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Mallika Chopra is an  author and businesswoman. She is the founder and CEO of Intent.com, a lifestyle dotcom. Earlier in 2000, she had co-founded the dotcom mypotential.com along with her father Deepak Chopra. She is also the president of Chopra Media LLC and sits in the board of directors of Liquid Comics (previously known as Virgin Comics). She also blogs for Beliefnet and Huffington Post.
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A Deep Awakeness

with Tim Freke
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Tim Freke is pioneering an accessible way to experience profound spiritual awakening. He is the author of over thirty books, including the bestselling The Jesus Mysteries. In his latest book, The Mystery Experience, he creates a new language of awakening, which makes profound ideas simpler to understand, so that it’s easier to experience a real transformation of consciousness. He is the founder of The Alliance for Lucid Living, (The ALL), an organization dedicated to our collective awakening.
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Loving Ourselves

with Cyndi Lee
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Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching.  Founder of NYC’s influential OM yoga Center, Cyndi now teaches workshops and Teacher Trainings worldwide.  She is the creator of #selfieatsixty, a series of photos, blogs and an upcoming book offering yoga and meditation wisdom to help women gain confidence as they age.  Author of the yoga classic, Yoga Body Buddha Mind, her newest book is May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind.  www.cyndilee.com
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Courage to Let Go

with Richard Freeman
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Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968 and is the founder of the Yoga Workshop. He has spent nearly nine years in Asia studying various traditions which he incorporates into the Ashtanga yoga practice as taught by his principal teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Richard’s background includes studying Sufism in Iran, Zen and Vipassana Buddhist practice, Bhakti and traditional Hatha yoga in India. Mary Taylor studied yoga in India with K. Patabhi Joyce, and began to see the overlay of yoga with her interests in food, cooking, movement, anatomy, and art. She is the author of three cookbooks, and co-authored What Are You Hungry For? This explores yoga, meditation, and finding one’s personal dharma as a means to bring lasting meaning and happiness.
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Be The Change

with Bonnie Reiss
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Bonnie Reiss has led a remarkable life , with a career that  includes ground breaking accomplishments.  Whether running non profits, advising socially conscious companies, or serving on boards, Bonnie is committed to helping improve the lives of others.She has worked for  U.S. Senators, Presidents and the Governor of California, as well has having started and run three national non profit foundations.
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Expanding the Mind To New Possibilities

with Mark Becker
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Mark Becker is a Master Yogi with over 30 years experience and has trained over 1000 instructors. Yogi Mark is the disciple of Swami Satchidananda, Swami Vishnudevananda and Swami Bua, the three swamis who brought yoga to the USA. In 1981, Yogi Mark taught Omega Institute's first Yoga Teacher's Training Course.
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Making Fear Your Best Friend

with Kiri Westby
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Kiri Westby was raised as a Buddhist and taught meditation from six years old. She has traveled extensively since 2000, working as an activist for human rights. Her work has taken her into some of the hardest and most challenging parts of the world.
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From Addiction to Awakening

with Noah Levine
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Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons.
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I Am Not That

with Shayne Traviss
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Shayne Traviss is a rainmaker, meditator, yogi, believer of miracles, producer of all things inspiring, and the founder of VividLife.me/ and VividLifeRadio.
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Breathing, Relaxing, Releasing

with David Welch
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David Welch has an extensive background both in front and behind the camera in film, TV and commercials, as an actor, stuntman, assistant director, and award-winning producer of the movie, Peaceful Warrior. He was Tony Robbins’ head trainer in Los Angeles, and is now the CEO of Awaken World Media and co-founder of awaken.com, a site promoting transformation, enlightenment, awakening, personal growth, health and wellness.

Your Host

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Ed & Deb Shapiro

Ed and Deb Shapiro know a thing or two about meditation. They have been doing it for over 40 years and are totally dedicated to sharing, teaching, and writing about it. They believe meditation is of value to everyone: Yogis do it, Christians do it, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and atheists all do it, and you can do it too! Ed and Deb are the award-winning authors of the Be The Change Meditate Online Conference companion book: Be The Change, How Meditation Can Transform You and the World, foreword by the Dalai Lama.

Ed grew up in New York City and trained in India as a Swami—a Meditation and Yoga Master—at the Bihar School of Yoga. Deb grew up in London and began meditating at the age of 15. By the time they met each was exploring what it meant to live a truly spiritual life, free of doctrine. Ed and Deb are featured columnists on Oprah.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and vividlife.me, where they host their own LIVE radio show, Going Out Of Your Mind. See them at: EdandDebShapiro.com