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Benjamin Shalva- The One You Feed 1


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This week we talk to Benjamin Shalva

Benjamin Shalva is the nationally renowned author of Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within and Spiritual Cross-Training: Searching through Silence, Stretch, and Song and has been published in the Washington Post, Elephant Journal, and Spirituality & Health magazine. A rabbi, writer, meditation teacher, and yoga instructor, he leads spiritual seminars and workshops around the world.

 In This Interview, Benjamin Shalva and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • His new book, Ambition Addiction: How to go slow, give thanks and discover the Joy Within
  • That ambition can be healthy and it can also cross the line to being destructive
  • The casualties ambition can leave behind
  • The mirage of "any day now"
  • The signs and symptoms of ambition addiction
  • That addictive behavior is something we do often and it's counterproductive
  • The helpfulness of the question: Is my goal an all or nothing goal?
  • That the road to hell is not paved with good intentions, it's paved with unexamined intentions
  • Recovering from ambition addiction
  • The technique of breath, word and deed
  • The key step of slowing down


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Category:general -- posted at: 10:39pm EST

Michelle Gielan Full- The One You Feed


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This week we talk to Michelle Gielan

Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness.

Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success. She is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.

Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.

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

  • The One You Feed parable
  • Her new book, Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change
  • The role that watching the news has in causing us to feel depressed
  • How three minutes of negative news can lead to a 27% lower mood all day long
  • How believing we are helpless can be one of the leading causes of depression
  • The importance of believing that our behavior matters
  • The three greatest predictors of success
  • Stress isn't necessarily bad, it's the perception that matters
  • Feeding the good wolf in others
  • The myth that we can't change other people
  • Is this positive thinking?
  • Focusing on the good
  • The power lead



Direct download: Michelle_Gielan_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm EST

Roger Housden Full- The One You Feed


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This week we talk to Roger Housden about dropping the struggle

Roger Housden founded and ran The Open Gate, a conference and workshop center in England that introduced the work of Ram Dass, Thich Nath Hanh, and many others into Europe.

His work has been featured many times in The Oprah MagazineThe New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

His first book was published in the U.K. in 1990, and as of 2014, he has published twenty two books, including four travel books, a novella, Chasing Love and Revelation, and the best-selling Ten Poems series, which began in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life and ended with the publication in 2012 of Ten Poems to Say Goodbye.

His latest book is called Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have

 In This Interview, Roger Housden and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • His new book, Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have
  • The power of poetry to reach deeper than the rational mind
  • That struggle is not the same thing as effort
  • That struggle is not the same thing as work
  • That struggle is an extra push that really originates in fear, adding a note of desperation, that rarely ever works

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Direct download: Roger_Housden_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

This is a very brief summary of my thinking today post-election.



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Category:general -- posted at: 7:51pm EST

Mike McHargue


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This week we talk to Mike McHargue about beliefs

Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) is the best-selling author of Finding God in the Waves, host of Ask Science Mike and co-host of The Liturgists Podcast. He's a leading voice on matters of science and religion with a monthly reach in the hundreds of thousands. Among other outlets, Mike has written for RELEVANT, Don Miller's Storyline, BioLogos, and The Washington Post.

 In This Interview, Mike McHargue and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • His new book, Finding God in the Waves
  • His analogy of our brains being like the government
  • Where God is found in our brains
  • That if you continually analyze your relationship with a person, eventually that relationship will be less emotionally based and more intellectually based
  • That the arts as well as anything looked at or experienced as a whole rather than reductively will help feed your "romantic" wolf in a relationship
  • His journey from the Southern Baptist Church to losing his faith to where he is today
  • His faith today is a posture of gratitude, surrender, an awareness that life is just something that we have that we didn't do anything to receive and it is a rare and precious gift and that he extends that gratitude to God (which is found in our unique human capacity to love)

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Direct download: Mike_McHargue_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

Shinzen Young Full- The One You Feed


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This week we talk to Shinzen Young about the science of enlightenment

Shinzen Young is an American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant.

His systematic approach to categorizing, adapting and teaching meditation has resulted in collaborations with Harvard Medical School, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Vermont in the burgeoning field of contemplative neuroscience.

He is the author of The Science of Enlightenment, Natural Pain Relief  and numerous audio offerings.


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 In This Interview, Shinzen Young and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • His new book, The Science of Enlightenment
  • The five fundamental good wolves
  • The skill set of mindful awareness
  • How meditation helps you concentrate
  • How the ability to concentrate is at the base of the pyramid of anything you want to do
  • That mindful awareness is the ability to focus on anything you want, whenever you want for as long as you want
  • Untangle and be free
  • How to break down our inner space
  • How to track your sense of self
  • Breaking the self down into these three things: Mental images, mental talk and body emotions
  • That when you have a strong emotion you almost always will have a change in body sensation
  • How to parcel body sensation into emotional and non-emotional
  • The experiment you can do when you move into a situation that is emotionally intense but that is not currently intense
  • How to suffer less in life and be 10x happier
  • The difference between pain and suffering
  • The habit of equanimity
  • That one of the goals of meditations is to achieve happiness regardless of conditions
  • The periodic table of meditation techniques
  • The unified mindfulness system
  • A "name and claim" meditation



Direct download: Shin_Zen_Young_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm EST