Shari Arison talks with Johnathan Harrison, a teacher of Buddhist meditation (nondual meditation), about his path into practicing and teaching meditation that combines knowledge from both Western and Buddhist psychology, his book Ending Stress: A Practical Guide to Nondual Meditation and Therapy, and how being a jazz player and amateur magician helps in his work.
Shari Arison hosts Johnathan Harrison, to explore the fine line between what’s real and how it looks, stressing the way our own perception determines how we behave. He was trained as a physicist, but had undergone major changes in his personal life, from religion, to magic, to playing jazz, and finally found his path in Buddhism. Harrison Says that “We don’t react to what is happening, but to what we think is happening.”
The two discuss the kinship between science and spirituality. “For me spirituality is just about learning to be more realistic, seeing things as they really are, rather than as I think they are,” Harrison says, explaining that his training in physics proved highly useful in the spiritual work he does. He now teaches courses in Buddhism meditation, to help people raise their awareness around the way they perceive the world and communicate with others. Harrison, who is also the author of the book Ending Stress, brings ancient therapy tools and inspiration from the masters of nondual and Buddhist traditions.