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PodcastProcessing Tragedy, with Kessonga

Processing Tragedy, with Kessonga

Kessonga and Robin answer questions about how to overcome obstacles in the workplace, how to stay mindful while rushing, and how to process emotions after natural disasters.

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(mellow music) Headspace Studios. And so I remember this one guy taught me, he said, "There's no such thing as failure. There are just lessons that are learned." (lively 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". (lively music continuing) Hello, everyone. I am so excited to be here for 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 am Robin Hopkins, and in this episode, I am privileged to sit here with my old pal, Kessonga. You're privileged? I am. I am privileged, Robin. No one says that about me. No one says, (laughing) but thank you for saying that. No, I still look forward to sitting and sharing this space with you, Robin. I do too. I do too. It's a highlight of my day. Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. So, greetings, greetings, everyone. Salutations. Greetings, Robin. Now, how are you today, friend? How are you doing? I'm doing good. I'm doing good. I am maintaining well. That seems to be my, has been my slogan lately. I am maintaining well. What does that mean for you? I'm curious. I don't know. It's kind of all-encompassing. You know, when you say you're maintaining, that might sound like, "Oh, you're not, mm. Are you doing okay?" "You're not growing, you're stagnant." Right, right. "You might be a little stagnant." But that's why I add the "well," right? So I'm maintaining, but I'm maintaining well. (laughing) Oh, I like this for you. I like this. I've been thinking a lot lately about being inundated with the news and the political climate and climate change. And I just thought, like, coming into it in the spirit of maintaining well, let's flip that on its head. And I wanted to ask you the question of like, since the last time we chatted, have you had any moments that have, I don't know, restored your faith in humanity? And they could be big, it could be small, but like, just,... Although I suppose it's a setup with, "restored your faith in humanity." That sounds big. But it could be-- Yeah, a small moment too. that sounds pretty big. Right. (both laughing) Yeah. No, I love questions like this. I love that, you know, no matter how big or how small, because oftentimes we think we have to come up with something that's so grandiose, right? Yes. My daughter, my youngest daughter, we had bought some Girl Scout cookies. And do you know what she said, Robin? What did she say? "Well, Papa, why don't we go and give them to a homeless person? Oh, that's so awesome. Yeah. Yeah. 'Cause there's a bus stop that we often see. Yeah, we're like, "Why don't we go...


Duration33 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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