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PodcastManaging Physical Pain, with Kessonga

Managing Physical Pain, with Kessonga

Kessonga and Robin answer questions about dealing with a controlling parent, navigating judgment from others when you are sick, and how to use mindfulness to deal with pain.

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(air hisses) (mouse button clicks) (bright music) Headspace Studios. (bright music continues) So there are scientific studies out there that have proven that with consistent meditation practice, consistent mindfulness, meditation practice, that your pain sensitivity actually decreases. (upbeat music) Have you ever wished you had a wise meditation teacher on speed dial? Someone you can call after a long day? Someone you could lean on for their advice? Someone to listen and help you to see things differently? Welcome to "Dear Headspace." (upbeat music continues) Hello, everyone. Here we are with another episode of "Dear Headspace," a podcast where I sit down with one of our meditation teachers and we answer your questions about life, love, and everything in between. I'm Robin Hopkins, and in this episode, it's me and Kessonga. Great to be back with you, Robin. It is so good to be with you. You know how I love it. Yeah, it's always a lot of fun. It's always so insightful, and it's wild because I always take something away also. Well, so listen, I've got a treat for you today. Oh, okay, okay. I like treats. Okay. What you got? What you got, Robin? Well, I know that you often use rapid fire questions in your interviews. And in the spirit of getting to know our teachers a little bit more today, we decided we're gonna flip the script on you. Oh my goodness. Okay. All right, I can dig it. Are you ready for some rapid fire questions? I am down. I am down. Okay. All right, here we go. What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue? Visiting and exploring every single beach (Robin gasps) on the planet. Oh my God, I love that. Okay, what question would you most like to know the answer to? Geez. What happens after we die? Yeah, that's funny. That's mine too. Okay. That's yours also? Okay. Yeah, because it's gotta be one of the biggest questions of our life. Yeah, absolutely. Whew, okay. Who inspires you to be better? What pops into my head right away is my father. Oh, that's so nice. My father's work ethic and integrity is, like, second to none, especially because I know where he came from. Yeah. You know? I know his background from being an immigrant and all of the ridiculous adventures that he's been through. Oh, that's beautiful. Okay, now, this question we are asking to all the teachers. Okay. All right. If you had one wish that's not for the betterment of humanity, but for the betterment of Kessonga, what would it be? Okay, again, I'm saying what pops into my head right away first, is for me to somehow obtain and possess the superpowers that I wish for. Oh, okay. But now you have to say what's your superpower that you would want. Teleportation (Robin gasps). Shut up, Kessonga! That's my superpower! (Kessonga laughs) I'm always like, "Everyone always chooses flying," and I'm like, "Why would you-" No. "Choose that when...


Duration36 min

About your teachers

  • A former Buddhist monk, Andy has guided people in meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. In his mission to make these practices accessible to all, he co-created the Headspace app in 2010.

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  • Eve is a mindfulness teacher, overseeing Headspace’s meditation curriculum. She is passionate about sharing meditation to help others feel less stressed and experience more compassion in their lives.

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  • As a meditation teacher, Dora encourages others to live, breathe, and be with the fullness of their experiences. She loves meditation’s power to create community and bring clarity to people’s minds.

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  • Kessonga has been an acupuncturists, therapist, and meditation teacher, working to bring mindfulness to the diverse populations of the world.

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  • Rosie Acosta has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years and taught for over a decade. Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love.

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