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This week we talk to Tara Brach

Tara Brach is an American psychologist and proponent of Buddhist meditation. She is a guiding teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C  Brach also teaches Buddhist meditation at centers for meditation and yoga in the United States and Europe including Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, the Kripalu Center,and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies.

Brach is an engaged Buddhist specializing in the application of Buddhist teachings to emotional healing. Her 2003 book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, focuses on the use of practices such as mindfulness for healing trauma. Her 2013 book, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, offers practices for tapping into inner peace and wisdom in the midst of difficulty.

 In This Interview, Tara Brach and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • Being kind to the parts of ourselves that are more primitive
  • The difference between feelings and thoughts
  • Dropping the storyline
  • The question of "What am I unwilling to feel?"
  • How we have to go through the difficult emotions to get to peace
  • The importance of remembering the good
  • Not being addicted to suffering
  • The habit of looking for what's wrong
  • What's the moment like if there is no problem
  • How we tend to always anticipating a problem 
  • How we are almost always lost in thought
  • Practicing coming into our senses
  • Self-compassion as the most important quality on the spiritual path
  • Only being taught one type of meditation
  • Trying different types of meditation until we find the one that works best for us.

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matthew-quick- The One You Feed

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This week we talk to Matthew Quick about mental health

Our guest this week is Matthew Quick. He is here for his second visit to The One You Feed.

He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film; as well as many other novels. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books for NPR.

His latest book is called Every Exquisite Thing

 

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the one you feed- matthew quick

 

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

  • The One You Feed parable
  • Short term pleasure versus long term gain
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Thinking that money and fame will create happiness
  • Removing the stigma of mental health
  • Intrinsic vs extrinsic goals
  • What drives us
  • The voice of depression
  • Finding the middle ground between rebellion and conformity
  • The power of literature to allow us to see different worlds and possibilities
  • How sometimes quitting is the right approach
  • Parental understanding 
  • How his father thought he was crazy to leave a job to become a writer
  • The pressure to be someone that everyone else wants you to be
  • Letting our children be who they are
  • How lonely people need to find each other
  • How we need music and art to rally around
  • Social anxiety and depression
  • The role of mental health in creating art
  • The artist as the canary in the coal mine
  • How being adjusted to a sick society is not healthy
  • How do we know if we are artistic, mentally ill or just different
  • Affecting an air of superiority over "normal" people

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

howard martin The One You Feed

 

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This week we talk to Howard Martin (HeartMath) about the intelligence of the heart

Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped found HeartMath. HeartMath was founded to help individuals, organizations and the global community incorporate the heart’s intelligence into their day-to-day experience of life. They do this by connecting heart and science in ways that empower people to greatly reduce stress, build resilience, and unlock their natural intuitive guidance for making better choices.

During his career with HeartMath, Howard has delivered programs for Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the U.S. military, and many school system.

He coauthored The HeartMath Solution and Heart Intelligence:Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart.

 In This Interview, Howard Martin (HeartMath) and I Discuss...

  • The One You Feed parable
  • How polarized our world is
  • How important our day to day choices are
  • What "heart intelligence is"
  • The benefit of looking "within"
  • The science of heart intelligence
  • What heart rate variability is
  • How the heart is considered part of our hormonal system
  • The two-way communication between the heart and the brain
  • Measuring heart rate variability 
  • What heart coherence is 
  • The Heart Coherence method
  • How it takes time for these practices to create results
  • The difference between our heart talking and our mind
  • Following our heart
  • HeartMath promotion

 

 

 

Direct download: Howard_Martin_Final_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

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
Direct download: Tami_Simon_Final.mp3
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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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Direct download: Life_on_Purpose_Final.mp3
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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