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Hacking the Self is a podcast, blog, and community that explores the emerging convergence of various disciplines, traditions and cultures in their attempts to understand human consciousness and promote human flourishing.

This space dives into the desire to understand The Self, or “atman,” a concept in Indian metaphysics that’s often translated as “consciousness” or “soul.” You will find collection of conversations and written articles that are sometimes esoteric but also aspire to be pragmatic and to help people understand themselves in relation to others.

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Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 1

#50: Reducing Stress with Chinese Herbalism: a conversation with Roger Drummer Part 1

This is the first of a two part conversation on Chinese Herbalism with Roger Drummer. Roger is the founder of Herb Works and the man who formulated its various, exceptional products, such as Tian Chi and Inner Peace. A brief description of Roger's story from the Herb Works website will ...
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What’s the difference between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

#49: What’s the difference between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

In my fourth and final conversation with acupuncturist Ben Elan we learn about the differences between Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Ben's insights are highly relevant to anyone interested in Chinese Medicine, "alternative" approaches to Western Medicine, Medical Qi Gong or Daoism. In particular, this information is ...
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Crash Course in Yin Yang & The 5 Elements with Ben Elan

#48: Crash Course in Yin Yang & The 5 Elements with Ben Elan

In my third conversation with Ben Elan, Ben gives us a glimpse into two foundational pieces of Daoism and Classical Chinese Medicine: the concepts of Yin Yang & 5 Element Theory. Guest Bio: Benjamin Elan, Dip. Ac has been been studying and practicing Classical Chinese Medicine for 13 years. Trained ...
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Chinese vs Western Medicine with Ben Elan

#47: Chinese vs Western Medicine with Ben Elan

In the second conversation in our series on Ancient Chinese Medicine with acupuncturist Ben Elan, we cover the following topics: fundamental differences in approach between Chinese & Western medicine the pros and cons of each methodology what kinds of problems or symptoms are each of these effective at treating challenges ...
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What is Chinese Medicine? with Ben Elan

#46: What is Chinese Medicine? with Ben Elan

This conversation is the first in a series on Chinese Medicine. I'm tinkering with a new format for the show in which I do a series of shorter (20-30 minute) conversation with one guest where we unpack one theme or topic over a number of shorter episodes. Here is the ...
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Biohacking Light & Sleep with Dayne Barkley

#45: Biohacking Light & Sleep with Dayne Barkley

In this episode I sit down for another conversation with Dayne Barkley who shares helpful suggestions for biohacking light and sleep. Dayne also discusses his latest venture: developing a multi use and more stylish model for blue light blocking glasses. Dayne educates us on the following topics including: circadian rhythms ...
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Buddhist Geeks with Vincent Horn

#44: Buddhist Geeks with Vincent Horn

This week is a special week for me because I sit down with Vincent Horn, the host and founder of the podcast Buddhist Geeks, which was the first show, along with Waking Up with Sam Harris, that turned me onto podcasting. Buddhist Geeks has a keen interest in several of ...
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The Art of Awakening with Katchie Ananda

#43: The Art of Awakening with Katchie Ananda

This week I speak with Katchie Ananda who teaches Dharma Yoga: an approach to teaching hatha yoga that integrates the insights of Theravada Buddhism. Katchie and I discuss studying with exceptional teachers like Richard Freeman and Jack Kornfield and how these teaches have impacted her. We also discuss the ways ...
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