Let’s face it, there’s alot of dead time in podcasts.  And there are so many podcasts that they are hard to keep up with (I should know, I just appeared on 50 of them while promoting my book!).  At my sold-out Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga Esalen workshops I’ve gained a reputation as “The Fortune Cookie Man.”  If you have taken my classes you know that I view our blessings the same way I view our curses.  My mind happens to be extremely reductionistic, which is both a blessing and a curse.  Yes, I can read thousands of pages of upanishads and reduce them to “Atman=Brahman” and read the Bhagavad-Gita and reduce it to “Follow your dharma,” but that sometimes does not translate into me being as patient as I aspire to be. 

Anyway, for those who appreciate digestible nuggets of wisdom I have tried to make them as delicious as possible by framing them as “Fortune Cookies meet Podcasts” or PodtuneCookies.com

Here are some samples from PodtuneCookies.com, directed and edited by Sophie Horwitz-Hirsch: 


  • Ira Israel

    Psychotherapist & Author

    Psychotherapist Ira Israel is the author of “How To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re and Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening,” which is endorsed by Sting, Reverend Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, Jack Kornfield, Shauna Shapiro, Warren Farrell, Katherine Woodward Thomas, Jai Uttal, Joanne Cacciatore, Lorin Roche, Fred Luskin and many many others. Ira teaches workshops on authenticity and happiness at Esalen and Kripalu and has written over 300 articles on psychology, philosophy, Buddhism, yoga, film, art, music & literature for The Huffington Post, Good Men Project, Mind Body Green, Thrive Global, and Medium.  Ira is also the producer, writer and actor of the best-selling DVDs and videos "Authenticity and Awakening for Lovable Idiots," "A Beginner's Guide to Happiness," "A Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness Meditation," "Mindfulness for Depression," "Mindfulness for Anxiety," and "Yoga for Depression and Anxiety.”  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has graduate degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. For more information please visit www.IraIsrael.com