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Mitchell Rabin & Loch Kelly Dialogue on The Way of Effortless Mindfulness

Mitchell’s guest this week is founder of the non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW, who is an author, meditation teacher, psychotherapist.

Loch teaches in a non-sectarian human being lineage using an adult education style based in the earliest non-dual wisdom traditions, modern science and psychotherapy. Loch is grateful to all his teachers and shares from his own experience that has given him great joy, freedom and love. Loch’s work is to help people access awakening as the next natural stage of human development. He offers in-person retreats, workshops, and online video and audio courses. He served on the New York Insight Teachers Council, studied extensively with Mingyur Rinpoche, and was invited to teach direct realization by Adyashanti.

Loch has collaborated with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU in the study of how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. As a licensed psychotherapist, Loch has been teaching seminars, supervising clinicians and practicing awareness psychotherapy in NYC for 30 years. Loch is a graduate of Columbia University and Union Theological. He was awarded a fellowship to study forms of non-dual meditation in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal from 1981-1982 and has studied with teachers from around the world.

He studied Buddhism with Professor Lily de Silva at the University of Kandy, Sri Lanka, Insight Meditation with Godwin Samararatne and at the Theravada monasteries, Inter-Spiritual Contemplative Meditation with Fr. Bede Griffiths and Anthony de Mello, Advaita at Sri Ramana Ashram, and Dzogchen and Sutra Mahamudra with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in Nepal. Loch spent 10 years establishing homeless shelters and community lunch programs and working in a community mental health clinic in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as Coordinator of Counseling and Interspiritual Chaplain at Union Theological Seminary and worked extensively with families recovering from the trauma of 9/11. Loch currently lives in New York City with his wife Paige and their cat Duffy.   

Mitchell and Loch have been friends and colleagues when they met through Dr. Stan Groff at a holotropic breath workshop in NYC in 1998, and have been appreciating each other’s work since they met.

Loch was a guest on A Better World Radio in 2016 to discuss his book Shift Into Freedom.

Comments about Loch’s most recent Book

“In this profound book, Loch Kelly offers his contemporary ways to “glimpse” our awake nature immediately and heal our wounded parts. When Loch and I have taught together, I have found, for myself and students, that Loch’s practices are amazingly effective. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness brilliantly weaves together meditation, neuroscience and psychotherapy to truly support a compassionate awakening.” ~ Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., Founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS)

“In this groundbreaking guidebook, Loch Kelly offers contemporary versions of ancient practices to help us access the fundamental experience of being aware. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness teaches a unique form of mindfulness, which is advanced yet simple. Loch offers effective ways of integrating consciousness, a process that can liberate our lives with meaning, connection and clarity. What a beautiful book!” ~ Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Author of Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence

“Loch Kelly is one of the clearest expressions of authentic awakened freedom and love that I know. He offers wise, loving medicine and direct, practical guidance which evolved from Loch’s vast experience and deep commitment to help others awaken to spiritual freedom.” ~ Adyashanti, Author of The Most Important Thing

“Loch Kelly offers a rich array of unique mindful glimpses that reveal our naturally awake, open-hearted awareness. His guidance is clear and precise… and it arises from a wise, caring heart. There are very few who can guide with such mastery.   For those dedicated to realizing what is beyond our dualistic perceptions, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is truly a gift.” ~ Tara Brach, Author of Radical Acceptance :
Loch Kelly’s New Book, with free gifts:


Mitchell Rabin is the Founder, President and CEO of A Better World Foundation & Media, with a background in psychology  stress management, acupuncture and social entrepreneurship. He is a counselor, and executive coach all as a means of educating and inspiring clients and students alike to lead others by modeling humane, eco-sensitive and integrity-based values.  He has been a consultant to business leaders and CEOs of green and health-oriented start-ups over the past  25 years. He is an impassioned environmentalist and social entrepreneur using media & business as agents for change.

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