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Ralph White- The One You Feed

 

 

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This week we talk to Ralph White 

Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban institution of holistic learning where his current role is Creative Director. The Open Center receives almost 60,000 visits annually from participants in its year round programs and has presented the major writers and speakers in the fields of wellness, social/ecological change, inner development, world spiritual traditions, art and creativity  for over twenty seven years. He is an international speaker on spirituality, consciousness, the history of the Western Tradition. He is also editor of the award winning Lapis magazine, and taught the first fully accredited course in holistic thinking and learning at New York University.

His new memoir is called: The Jeweled Highway: On The Quest For a Life of Meaning

 In This Interview, Ralph White and I Discuss...The One You Feed parable

  • His latest book, The Jeweled Highway
  • The role of music in his life
  • His involvement in building spiritual retreat centers
  • How you retain your centeredness in an urban environment
  • If there are parts of the world that are more conducive to places of spiritual retreat than others
  • The powerful role of retreat centers of bringing together people of like mind
  • The importance of contact with nature
  • The importance of a spiritual practice
  • The importance of cultivating community

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A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed

The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.

This parable goes by many names including:

The Tale of Two Wolves

The Parable of the Two Wolves

Two Wolves

Which Wolf Do You Feed

Which Wolf are You Feeding

Which Wolf Will You Feed

It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.

Direct download: Ralph_White_Final.mp3
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will always take effort- the one you feed

This was on my mind this week. I thought it would be good to revisit this episode- Eric

Life will always take effort

Most of us have a fantasy that we will hit some point where life won't take effort. We will read the right book, learn the right meditation, rub the right crystal and our troubles will vanish.

I think this is a fallacy. Life always take effort, and I think this is good news. It's our unrealistic expectations that cause us problems and cause us pass over what works and chase more snake oil.

Make the effort, life is worth it.

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Tami Simon The One You Feed

 

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This week we talk to Tami Simon about What Matters Most

Tami Simon founded Sounds True at the age of 22 with the mission of disseminating spiritual wisdom. As a pioneer in the conscious business movement, she focuses on bringing authenticity and heart into the workplace while honoring multiple bottom lines. Tami hosts a popular weekly podcast called Insights at the Edge, where she has interviewed many of today's leading teachers, delving deeply into their discoveries and personal experiences on their own journeys. With Sounds True, she has released the audio program Being True: What Matters Most in Work, Life, and Love.

 In This Interview, Tami Simon and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • The core invincible goodness that's deep inside of us all
  • Her new audiobook, Being True: What Matters Most in Work, Life and In Love
  • What "There's no there there" means as it relates to enlightenment
  • How she balances both accepting the moment and striving for things in her life
  • The role that healthy ambition plays in daily life
  • The types of feedback that our bodies give us to indicate that things are out of balance
  • What her spiritual practice looks like today
  • Somatic Meditation
  • How she's working on integrating the meditative state into her everyday life
  • The never ending process of deep attending within ourselves
  • The five keys to living with integrity
  • How support plays a big role in us having the courage to bridge the gap between knowing and doing
  • Her experiences with some of the great spiritual teachers that she has met
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The One You Feed

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This is a bonus episode of Eric being interviewed by Greg Berg on his excellent Life on Purpose podcast

From Greg's show notes:

What is a life worth living? How do change your behavior and establish lasting habits? Which wolf do you feed?

For Life on Purpose Episode #35, my guest is podcast host/producer Eric Zimmer from The One You Feed, which was named one of the Best Health Podcasts of All Time by The Huffington Post.

Eric has spent the past two years asking these questions of thought leaders, scientists, and teachers such as Simon Sinek, Byron Katie, don Miguel Ruiz, Sharon Salzberg, Bob Proctor, BJ Fogg, Dan Millman, and many more.

Eric joins me for a great, in-depth conversation about his own life journey (being addicted to drugs and homeless 20 years ago), what he’s learned doing the show, tools and tips for self-awareness and behavior change, and much more!

 

 

 

The Tale of Two Wolves

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed

The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.

 

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Matthew Fox - The One You Feed

 

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This week we talk to Matthew Fox about The Four Paths to God

Matthew Fox is an American priest and theologian. Formerly a member of the Dominican Order within the Roman Catholic Church, he became a member of the Episcopal Church following his expulsion from the order in 1993.

Fox was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation Spirituality. The movement draws inspiration from the mystical philosophies of such medieval Catholic visionaries as Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, and Meister Eckhart as well as the wisdom traditions of Christian scriptures.

Creation Spirituality is also strongly aligned with ecological and environmental movements of the late 20th century and embraces numerous spiritual traditions around the world.

Fox has written 30 books that have sold millions of copies. His latest book is called A Way to God: Thomas Merton's Creation Spirituality Journey

 In This Interview, Matthew Fox and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • Feeding "the love of life" vs the "love of death"
  • How fear can drive compassion out
  • Embracing the difficult
  • Silence and solitude
  • Balancing engaging with the world vs retreating from it
  • Battling our narcissistic tendencies
  • Learning to let go and let be
  • Developing a "portable solitude" that we can take with us
  • His Four Paths to God- Via Positiva, Via Negativa, Via Creativa, Via Transformativa
  • Creativity as a path towards God
  • Getting "off the cushion" and into the world
  • Via Positiva
  • Awe and astonishment as a path to deeper spirituality
  • Nature as part of the Via Positiva
  • Via Negativa
  • Facing suffering and grieving as part of the Via Negativa
  • Via Transformativa
  • Keeping our attention on being compassionate
  • The "glittering Niagra of Trivia" that is our culture and media
  • Thomas Merton's transition to mysticism
  • Was Thomas Merton assassinated by our government?
  • Technology as the main problem of our time
  • How technology will not redeem us
  • Being expelled from the Dominican Order
  • Supporting homosexuality

 

 

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A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed

The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.

This parable goes by many names including:

The Tale of Two Wolves

The Parable of the Two Wolves

Two Wolves

Which Wolf Do You Feed

Which Wolf are You Feeding

Which Wolf Will You Feed

It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.

Direct download: Matthew_Fox.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

Conor O'Brien The One You Feed

 

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This week we talk to Conor O'Brien about celebrating our uniqueness

Conor O'Brien is an Irish singer and songwriter for the band Villagers.

The band came to prominence in 2010 with the release of their debut album, Becoming a Jackal. Released to critical acclaim, the album was shortlisted for the 2010 Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize. The band's second studio album, {Awayland} was released in 2013. It won the Choice Music Prize that year and was also shortlisted for the 2013 Mercury Prize. Their 2015 record Darling Arithmetic quickly became on of Eric's favorite records of last year. It also won an Ivors Award for Best Album of the Year.

 

In This Interview, Conor O'Brien and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • Using art to explore our inner challenges
  • His "meditation" song
  • His song about smiling into the void- Nothing Arrived
  • Embracing the difficult
  • How most music tries to cover up the cracks in life
  • How music that seems sad can be very comforting.
  • Being part of something bigger
  • Realizing how little we know
  • Becoming more comfortable talking about his sexuality
  • Being an introvert
  • The sweet relief of knowing nothing comes for free
  • Looking for shortcuts in life and how they don't exist
  • Why being on The One You Feed is sort of like going to a therapist
  • How therapy is less accepted in Ireland as much as America
  • Having faith in the things that make you different
  • Finding the things in ourselves that are unique and magnify them

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A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed

The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.

This parable goes by many names including:

The Tale of Two Wolves

The Parable of the Two Wolves

Two Wolves

Which Wolf Do You Feed

Which Wolf are You Feeding

Which Wolf Will You Feed

It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.

Direct download: Conor_OBrien_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

Brad Warner- The One You Feed

 

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This week we talk to Brad Warner about not being a jerk

Brad Warner is an ordained Zen teacher and author of the books There Is No God And He Is Always With YouSit Down and Shut Up and Hardcore Zen. He’s also a writer for the Suicide Girls website, bass player for the hardcore punk rock group 0DFx (aka Zero Defex), star of the movies “Shoplifting From American Apparel” and “Zombie Bounty Hunter M.D.,” director of the film “Cleveland’s Screaming!” and former vice president of the US branch of the company founded by the man who created Godzilla.

His latest book is called: Don't Be a Jerk: Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master - A Radical but Reverent Paraphrasing of Dogen's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

In This Interview, Brad Warner and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • His book, Don't Be a Jerk and Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master
  • That we become the people we need to become
  • How a person can be a buddha one minute and a jackass the next
  • That once you realize what your "negative" urges are, they become less attractive for you to respond to
  • The answer to the question, "How do you strive to be a better person AND accept life exactly as it is?"
  • That the most intelligent course of action is the one that benefits everyone involved
  • How one of his teachers said that you need to hold an equal amount of faith and doubt
  • The idea that thoughts are just the secretions of your brain the same way your stomach acid are the secretion of your stomach

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A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed

The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee Indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.

This parable goes by many names including:

The Tale of Two Wolves

The Parable of the Two Wolves

Two Wolves

Which Wolf Do You Feed

Which Wolf are You Feeding

Which Wolf Will You Feed

It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.

Direct download: Brad_Warner_Final_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

Michelle Segar Full- The One You Feed

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This week we talk to Michelle Segar about making lasting change

Michelle Segar, PhD, is a motivation scientist and author of critically acclaimed No Sweat! How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness . She is also the Director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center (SHARP) at the University of Michigan, and Chair of the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan’s Communications Committee.

Her evidence-based ideas about what motivates people to choose and maintain healthy behaviors is changing the conversation across fields. She consults with global organizations on these issues and delivers keynotes and sustainable behavior change trainings. She ran with the Olympic Torch at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

In This Interview, Michelle Segar and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • Her book, No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness
  • How considering a different "why" for starting to be more physically active can be helpful
  • That why we engage in physical activity and what it is that we do are critical when it comes to us sticking with it
  • How too many "whys" dilute their positive effect on us
  • Intrinsic vs Extrinsic goals
  • How answering the question, "What kind of physical activity did you enjoy doing as a kid?" can be important
  • That we should start doing what makes us feel good and stop doing what makes us feel bad when it comes to physical activity
  • That any physical movement is better than none at all - Everything counts!

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A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 

One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed

The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.

This parable goes by many names including:

The Tale of Two Wolves

The Parable of the Two Wolves

Two Wolves

Which Wolf Do You Feed

Which Wolf are You Feeding

Which Wolf Will You Feed

It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.

Direct download: Michelle_Seager_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

James R Doty - The One You Feed

 

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This week we talk to James R Doty about the power of compassion

James R Doty, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of CA, Irvine and medical school at Tulane University. He trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

As Director of CCARE, Dr. Doty has collaborated on a number of research projects focused on compassion and altruism including the use of neuro-economic models to assess altruism, use of the CCARE developed compassion cultivation training in individuals and its effect, assessment of compassionate and altruistic judgment utilizing implanted brain electrodes and the use of optogenetic techniques to assess nurturing pathways in rodents.

Dr. Doty is also an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist having given support to a number of charitable organizations including Children as the Peacemakers, Global Healing, the Pachamama Alliance and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley. Additionally, he has endowed chairs at major universities including Stanford University and his alma mater, Tulane University. He is on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit foundations including the Dalai Lama Foundation, of which he is chairman and the Charter for Compassion International of which he is vice-chair. He is also on the International Advisory Board of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

He is the author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart 

In This Interview, James R Doty and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • His book,  Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart 
  • The impact of compassionate acts on our brain, health and well-being
  • How early in his childhood he felt like a leaf being blown around by an ill wind
  • The four key lessons that, when learned, changed the trajectory of his life
  • The difference between you and your inner voice
  • That when you create the internal circumstances for reaching your goal, that allows for the possibility of the outward circumstances to align themselves for your own success
  • A scientific perspective on the connection between the brain and the heart and the rest of the body

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Direct download: James_R._Doty_Final.mp3
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Parker J Palmer- The One You Feed
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This week we talk to Parker J Palmer about finding wholeness

Parker J. Palmer, is the founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. He is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy.

Parker holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as eleven honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. In 2010, Palmer was given the William Rainey Harper Award whose previous recipients include Margaret Mead, Elie Wiesel, and Paolo Freire. In 2011, he was named an Utne Reader Visionary, one of “25 people who are changing your world.”

 

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In This Interview, Parker J Palmer and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • That wholeness is not about perfection but it's about embracing all that we are
  • His book, Hidden Wholeness: A Journey Towards an Undivided Life
  • What the idea of "the Soul" means to him
  • His experiences with clinical depression and the lesson he's learned, a.k.a. "the pearl of great price"
  • What "the divided life" is
  • That we need BOTH community and solitude
  • The voice of depression
  • The important concept of, "If you can't be in community, watch out for being alone and if you can't be alone, watch out for being in community."
  • The idea of "The Circle of Trust"
  • That sometimes giving advice to someone is like giving CPR to people who can breathe for themselves & when we give them CPR, we're actually inhibiting their own capacity to breathe
  • The importance of letting another person work their way to the answer themselves
  • His book, Healing the Heart of Democracy
  • What he has to say about the current state of politics
  • That rather than looking at the right vs left division in politics, another view is to look at the people who think they can't do anything politically and have given up vs the activists
  • That our founding fathers really got it wrong when defining who "we the people" are
  • The important role that conflict brings to our form of government
  • The Five Habits of the Heart that are important to healing the heart of democracy

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