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This week we talk to Tom Asacker

Tom Asacker, a popular speaker and acclaimed author, is recognized by Inc. Magazine, M.I.T., and Y.E.O. as a past member of their Birthing of Giants executive leadership program. He is a former General Electric executive, recipient of the George Land Innovator of the Year Award, and a former high-tech business owner. Asacker has been a strategic adviser to startups and Fortune-listed companies. He is the author of critically acclaimed books including his latest, I Am Keats. 

In This Interview, Tom Asacker and I Discuss...

  • His book, I am Keats: Escape Your Mind and Free Yourself
  • John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • That once you have a story, that's the end of any change
  • How limiting a story is
  • That we are spinning stories all of the time
  • The difference between fact vs truth
  • How attached we are to our perception of the world
  • That technology promotes the myth that we are in control
  • The truth that you can't learn about life by merely reading about it, you can only truly learn about life by living it
  • Our reasoning mind that differentiates us as animals
  • That life is a journey of paradoxes and ambiguity
  • The importance of being empathizing and being mindful throughout this journey
  • The desire for meaning
  • How everyone is looking for meaning externally in their lives
  • How that won't work because our culture is broken
  • That it is a personal discovery journey to live life
  • How we always have the opportunity to make other people's lives better but we have to be awake in life to do so
  • The importance of control and certainty in our lives
  • How to differentiate the voices in our heads
  • That the end result of anything that we're seeking is a feeling
  • Human nature is to be curious, compassionate and creative
  • What would happen if characters in movies could control their scenes? The result would be crushingly boring movies. Can you see the correlation between this idea and life itself?

 

 

Direct download: TomAsackerFinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

 Sarah Kaufman- Full- The One You Feed

 

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This week we talk to Sarah Kaufman about grace

SARAH L. KAUFMAN is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, author, journalist and educator. For more than 30 years, she has focused on the union of art and everyday living. She is the dance critic and senior arts writer of the Washington Post, where she has written about the performing arts, pop culture, sports and body language since 1993. Her book, THE ART OF GRACE: On Moving Well Through Life, won a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, was a Washington Post Notable Book of 2015 and has been featured on NPR’s “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.” Sarah Kaufman recently appeared at the South-by-Southwest Interactive Festival, speaking on a panel inspired by her book, titled, "Can Grace Survive in the Digital Age?" She has taught and lectured at universities and institutes around the country. In 2010 she became the first dance critic in 35 years to win the Pulitzer Prize.

In This Interview, Sarah Kaufman and I Discuss...

  • Her book, The Art of Grace on Moving Well Through Life
  • How she defines grace
  • The idea of ease at it relates to grace
  • The three different types of grace that she looks at in her book
  • Physical Grace
  • Social Grace
  • Spiritual Grace
  • That grace exists where we forget ourselves and aim instead to bring pleasure to others
  • The fact that we have a "grace gap" in our current culture
  • The religious take on grace
  • The relationship between overload and grace
  • That grace is a worldview and a philosophy that allows us to take care of ourselves and others
  • Considering the idea of "defying gravity" when considering the idea of grace
  • The paradox of grace
  • That practice makes graceful
  • The graceful balance skill with ease
  • The role of movement in grace
  • Posture - how do you do it and why is it important
  • The grace of a smooth running commercial kitchen
  • How being present is crucial to observing grace
  • That grace doesn't demand perfection, it simply means that we lean into our humanity
  • Tips to practice grace

 

 

Direct download: Sarah_Kaufman_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

 

Joey Svendsen- Full- The One You Feed


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This week we talk to Joey Svendsen

Joey Svendsen grew up in Charleston, SC and received a degree in Elementary Education from Winthrop University in 1999. After graduation, he taught school for 5 years and served as a youth minister at New Beginnings Church in James Island.

He is now the campus pastor Joey for the James Island Campus of Seacoast Church.

His book is called Fundamentalist and describes his journey of growing up in a fundamentalist church while having OCD and depression.

He is also part of the popular The Bad Christian Podcast

 In This Interview, Joey Svendsen and I Discuss...

  • How the rigid do's and don'ts found in Christianity are so contrary to Jesus
  • How he found a form of Christianity that worked for him, so much so that he became a pastor
  • His podcast, Bad Christian
  • How he grew up in a fundamentalist Christian church as a child with OCD and depression
  • How we can accept that as humans we're flawed and also move forward with a good life
  • Scrupulosity
  • That you can train your brain to be consumed with fear, self-loathing and punishment
  • How his goal is to be a catalyst to unity and understanding
  • That we the people make the country regardless of what's happening in the government
  • The stupidity and ignorance of assuming your beliefs are 100% right and the beliefs of the other side is 100% wrong
  • His beautiful description of depression
  • That it's hard to properly evaluate a situation when your brain is the problem
  • How he manages his periods of depression
  • The importance of having grace with those suffering from depression
  • Thinking of the brain as a physical organ when it comes to depression
  • How important it is to give people the benefit of the doubt
  • How his view of depression has evolved
  • How to be open

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Direct download: Joey_Svendsen_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

 

Mark Shapiro Full The One You Feed

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This week we talk to Mark Shapiro about being authentic

Mark Shapiro is a former marketing director at Showtime Networks Inc., Mark left his six-figure corporate job after 12 years and is on a mission to bring more of what’s real & authentic to the world. He is the founder of AreYouBeingReal.com, the Host of The One & Only Podcast, and a heralded transformational trainer, coach, and speaker.

 In This Interview, Mark Shapiro and I Discuss...

  • His podcast, The One and Only
  • What "authenticity" means to him
  • What it means to live "authentically"
  • Why authenticity is important
  • How focusing on authenticity can build confidence, liberate you and fulfill you
  • How living authentically can bring huge value to the world
  • That it can be hard not to live authentically
  • His choice to leave corporate America
  • People who are not afraid to be themselves
  • People who are afraid to be themselves
  • How living in alignment with your core values can contribute to living authentically
  • That we're either growing or we're dying
  • To always keep the door open to growth and redefining who we are
  • How to remain flexible to new ideas as we age
  • That though we don't like to be uncomfortable, it's rewarding when we take smart risks and try something new
  • How setting goals and being held accountable supports living outside our comfort zones
  • Doing the thing that scares you the most first thing in the day
  • The questions we can ask ourselves to see if we're living authentically

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Direct download: Mark_Shapiro_Final_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

 

Charles Fernyhough-Full- The One You Feed

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This week we talk to Charles Fernyhough about the voices in our heads

Charles Fernyhough is a writer and psychologist. His non-fiction book about his daughter’s psychological development, A Thousand Days of Wonder, was translated into eight languages. His book on autobiographical memory, Pieces of Light was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. 

His latest non-fiction book is called The Voices Within. He is the author of two novels, The Auctioneer and A Box Of Birds. He has written for TIME Ideas, Nature, New Scientist, BBC Focus, Guardian, Observer, Financial Times, Literary Review, Sunday Telegraph, Lancet, Scotland on Sunday, Huffington Post, Daily Beast and Sydney Morning Herald. He blogs for the US magazine Psychology Today and has made numerous radio appearances in the UK and US. He has acted as consultant on theatre productions on Broadway and the West End (‘The River’, Royal Court, 2012, and The Circle in the Square, 2014; ‘Old Times’, Harold Pinter Theatre, 2013), numerous TV (BBC1 and Channel 4) and radio documentaries and several other artistic projects. 

He was shortlisted for the 2015 Transmission Prize for the communication of ideas. He is a part-time chair in psychology at Durham University, UK, where he leads the interdisciplinary Hearing the Voice project, investigating the phenomenon of auditory verbal hallucinations. 

 In This Interview, Charles Fernyhough and I Discuss...

  • His new book, The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves
  • The stages of speech in childhood development and how it relates to our inner voice in life
  • The theory that says that our internal speech comes from external speech that we hear/the dialogue we hear as a child which we eventually move inward and it becomes our internal speech
  • Vygotsky's theory
  • What inner speech does for us
  • Inner speech plays a role in regulating behavior
  • It has a role in imagination and creativity
  • It has a role in creating a self
  • That the fact that we create and construct a self, doesn't mean that it is an illusion
  • The theory that says that inner speech is how we bring different parts of our brain together into a coherent narrative
  • How using inner speech skillfully can give us significant advantages in life
  • That talking out loud to yourself actually probably serves some useful function
  • Social speech - private speech - inner speech
  • As the task gets more difficult, children and adults move from inner speech to more private speech
  • How difficult it is to study inner speech
  • The dialogic thinking model
  • How his research that shows it can be helpful to teach mentally ill people who hear voices in their head to think differently about this form of inner speech
  • Theories about why people hear different voices in their head
  • That there is a strong correlation between childhood trauma and hearing voices in one's head as an adult
  • That people hear the voices of the people in books that they've read
  • Experiential crossing
  • How to work with your inner speech to improve the quality of the experience of your life
  • How difficult it is to silence your inner voice so it's better to learn how to productively interact with it, even dialogue with it

 

 

 

Direct download: Charles_Fernyhough_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

 

Daniel Levitin Full The One You Feed
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This week we talk to Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin is an award-winning scientist, musician, author and record producer.

He is the author of three consecutive #1 bestselling books: This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind. He is also the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, where he runs the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Perception and Expertise.

Dr. Daniel Levitin earned his B.A. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science at Stanford University, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oregon.

He has consulted on audio sound source separation for the U.S. Navy, and on audio quality for several rock bands and record labels (including the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan), and served as one of the “Golden Ears” expert listeners in the original Dolby AC3 compression tests. 

He taught at Stanford University in the Department of Computer Science, the Program in Human-Computer Interaction, and the Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, Computer Music, and History of Science. Currently, he is a James McGill Professor of Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience, and Music at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI.

His latest book is called Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era

 

 In This Interview, Daniel Levitin and I Discuss...

  • His new book,Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era
  • Evidence-based thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • The myth that the MMR vaccine causes autism
  • The difference between correlation and causation
  • Belief Perseverance
  • The danger of adopting a belief before all of the evidence is in
  • That we tend to make decisions emotionally rather than based on evidence
  • Persuasion by association
  • How important it is to question the status quo
  • Information overload
  • His book, The Organized Mind
  • What's wrong with multitasking
  • The effect of multitasking
  • Rapid task switching
  • Decision fatigue
  • The benefits of restorative time for the brain
  • His book, This is Your Brain on Music
  • The 6 songs Daniel Levitin gave his friend who didn't really get rock 'n roll
  • The songs he would add to that list now
  • The role of music in our brains
  • How music and the arts can regulate our mood
  • The power of the arts to re-contextualize things for us
  • Music therapy vs Music and emotion
  • The role of opioids in experiencing musical pleasure

 

 

 

Direct download: Daniel_Levitin_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT

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This week we talk to Richard Rohr, again

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including  The Naked Now, Falling UpwardImmortal Diamond, His newest book is The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation.

In This Interview, Richard Rohr and I Discuss...

  • That the normal two paths for expanding the soul are great love and great suffering
  • Suffering = whenever you're not in control
  • That Jesus is a map of the human journey
  • That if there's no good reason for suffering you have every right to be negative and cynical
  • How the honeymoon period and the grief period are non-dual states
  • What you're learning in these times is how to stay there and if you don't do this you loose the wisdom that comes with suffering
  • If you don't transform your suffering you transmit it
  • That growth occurs when an individual has just the right amount of feeling safe and ok within the conflict
  • And friendship and love give us this safety to hold us
  • Order - Disorder - Reorder
  • How we don't really want to see the pattern of loss and renewal in life
  • When you hear truth, don't ask "who said it?" Just ask, "is it true?" And if it's true, it's always from the Holy Spirit
  • How important the undeserved nature of Jesus' suffering is
  • Grief = Unfinished hurt
  • How we grow up in a world that is disenchanted
  • That it's hard to heal individually when the culture one lives in is so dysfunctional
  • Clear seeing means seeing the whole picture without our filters in place
  • How love applies to imperfect things, and it's a terrible mistake to wait for things that are "worthy" of our love and perfect
  • The reality and wisdom of "carrying the burden of the self"
  • The greek word for sin literally means when you're shooting the arrow and you miss the bullseye which doesn't mean a culpable thing that makes God not like you
  • How the clergy haven't been very motivated to move beyond a simple, punitive version of God because it keeps the laity codependant on the church
  • Relationships based on Guilt and Shame and You Owe Me are largely co-dependent in nature - it passes for love but it isn't
  • Much of religion - the church, catholic and protestant is built on codependence between the laity and the clergy
  • It has been job security for clergy to keep things this way because you keep people coming back on shame and guilt (the lowest level of motivation)
  • The truth is that God is infinite love. Any other version of God cannot continue and it doesn't lead to God's true nature
  • Evil is almost always absolutely sure of itself - it suffers no self-doubt
  • That faith is balancing the knowing and the not knowing
  • How fundamentalist Christians have moved too far away from this
  • That the great sin of America is superficiality
  • How democracy only works if the people have some degree of awareness and critical thinking
  • The incarnation is finding God IN things, in this world
  • Christian meditation is freeing yourself of yourself so that you can see God in everything
  • The "true self" is unique for every person and is also completely united
  • The "false self" (not the bad self) is the raw material God uses to break you through to your true self. It's cultural, it's passing

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

Many people could benefit from a 12 Step program to help handle their addictions but the issue of not believing in God can be a real blocker for them.

I discuss a way to use 12 Step programs while not believing in God.

Direct download: 12_step_God_mini_episode.mp3
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 Richard Rohr and Eric The One You Feed Full

 

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This week we talk to Richard Rohr

 

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including  The Naked Now, Falling UpwardImmortal Diamond, His newest book is The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation.

In This Interview, Richard Rohr and I Discuss...

  • Non-dualistic thinking
  • That non-dualistic thinking is not a balancing act, but rather it's about holding the tension of opposites
  • The difficulty of living without resolution
  • The human psyche identifies with things - it searches for an identity
  • The story of the tree from the garden of Eden is a warning against thinking one knows what perfect good and perfect evil is. It's a warning against dualistic thinking.
  • Trans-rational thinking is beyond access to the rational mind
  • The 6 things that require trans-rational thinking
  • How we can be active in our world but not hate our enemies
  • That we've confused information with transformation
  • Soft Prophecy
  • That the message of the prophets is only about 2% about foretelling Jesus
  • How important it is to change your mind
  • How we've confused cleaning up, growing up, waking up and showing up in our lives
  • That the ego wants 2 things: to be separate and superior
  • Projectors vs Introjectors
  • That prayer is about changing you, not changing God
  • You'll be as hard on other people as you are hard on yourself

 

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Direct download: Richard_Rohr_1_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT