Over the years I have been really delighted to meet several of my biggest spiritual and intellectual influences. I have been on 10-day silent meditation retreat with Jack Kornfield, which was so fantastic because his book A Path With Heart has been so huge in my personal life and professional work.

I have been introduced to around 900 therapists on stage by Interpersonal Neurobiology researcher Dan Siegel with Jack Kornfield sitting beside him,  right after Professor V.S. Ramachandran had finished talking about the mirror neuron system… So that I could then invite this room full of people in professional attire to get out of their seats, put down their notepads, and explore mindful movement with me guiding, while referencing the psychological and brain-based information they had been learning!

To many, these names won’t mean much —but if you follow neuroscience and it’s intersection with psychology and meditation, you’ll probably understand my giddiness!

These moments gave me a thrill, but also brought up a lot of nervousness and insecurity —something I share about in the AHEM training in terms of my own edges as a teacher and public speaker, and the tools that work..

This most recent meeting was such a delight, because it was actually a smaller venue, maybe 100 participants —and I was graciously brought to the stage Buddha’s Brain author, Rick Hanson and actually greeted with excited applause by the participants who go to these conferences and workshops on mindfulness, somatic psychology and neuroscience, where I have become a bit of a fixture as the “body” guy —the “hey, let’s get up and move around, breathe and explore the experience that these concepts relate to..” guy.

It was really validating to have lunch with the facilitators and hosts of the event, and get to have some conversation with Rick in which he was very complimentary about what I had shared with the group (he had even participated!) and the layers he observed me weaving into the experience.


There was even a photo op! I am pictured here between Rick and his co-facilitator for the event, Elisha Goldstein, along with the two UCLA Psychology powerhouses, mother & daughter: Marion Solomon & Bonnie Goldstein.

rick, elisha and me

Buddha’s Brain is one of the key required texts in our training. Find out more here: 2016 Training