YFTR 91 - Empathy and A World Without Love

Are we losing our ability to empathize with fellow humans? Is it the fault of technology or the GOP? Today we discuss connecting and disconnecting, the difference between sympathy and empathy - and the ability to re-learn connection. 

Here are articles and items referenced in this episode:

“I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People” by Kayla Chadwick

“Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods” by Adam Popescu

“Empathy: College students don’t have as much as they used to”

“In A World Without Empathy” by John Driggs

“Empathy vs Sympathy” narrated by Brene Brown

Episode 90 - Forgiveness, Fear and Laziness

Today we’re talking about forgiveness, fear and laziness. We'll touch on why life requires more nuance than the good guys staying good and the bad guys disappearing - and how compassionate accountability is the only way forward. I’m also going to share a brief meditation on forgiveness towards the end of the show.

Here are a few items references on the show:

Louis C.K.’s controversial comeback attempt, explained

Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself

Jonathan Foust, talks and meditations

Episode 88 - Intention, Action and The Gunas

Two people each take the same action. One does so out of protest, one out of compassion. Does intention matter? Yoga says yes. Today we discuss the gunas of intention when it comes to meditation, voting and everything else we do.

A few references from the show:

Mastering The Gunas: The Bhagavad Gita's Guide to Self-Transformation

Buddhist Leaders Condemn Child Separation at US-Mexico Border

Private yoga coaching in NYC area: Just Regular Yoga

Episode 84 - Pursuit of Happiness, Part II

In Part II of this discussion on happiness, we ask if humans built to be happy? Can we shift our focus from our external circumstances to our internal monologue? There's some talk of nihilism, I realize that all-positive-all-the-time is not my thing, and, I mispronounce the names of at least two people who are smarter than me.

Before we get into the science, here are a few ways you can speak out against the destruction of Title X, the nation's only family planning program.

PRH.org

ConcernedWomen.org

PlannedParenthoodAction.org

DepartmentofReproductiveControl.com

Next! Lots of reference material for this episode. Here's a rundown.

”Nature didn't want us to get fat and happy too quickly. And likewise, if animals were designed to get depressed and stay depressed, that might not be very sensible either." Thanks, Andrew Oswald, PhD. 

"Anything shiny and new in life — like a job, or a sweater, or a spouse — is exhilarating, until it becomes the thing we get sick of seeing every damn day." Good times about the Happiness Set Point.  

"Many of our priorities around happiness are completely erroneous." Sweet. Let's learn some more about How to Be Happy

"Happiness comes more easily to those who have adopted a certain way of looking at things." You're my kind of guy, Raj Raghunathan Ph.D.

Episode 81 - Despair, Action and a Cheese Grater

I compare living under this administration to being rubbed raw by a giant cheese grater. We double down on our tagline - self care in the age of resistance - and try not to get lost in a sea of despair. We talk about moving toward action when besieged on all sides by fascism. And I remind you to follow John Lewis on Twitter.

Episode 80 - Ishvara Pranidhana And the Micro, Macro (or The Universe Is My Copilot)

We go from micro to macro, talk about ego as a helpful parasite, and get into the murky waters of what exactly it is that choose to worship.

Here's some additional reading on Ishvara Pranidhana from Ekhart Yoga and Yoga Journal.

Also, we're going on a break. Here are some links to all the Yamas and Niyamas Episodes to fill your time.

Yamas: Ahimsa and Satya, Asteya, Bramacharya, Aparigraha

Niyamas: SauchaSantoshaTapasSvadhyaya

 

 

Episode 79 - Divine Secrets of the Svadhyaya Sisterhood

We dive into self-study, svadhyaya, and the difference between navel-gazing non-judgmental self-observation. We call for compassion study of our country and, for a moment, discuss turn of the century dystopian ex-patriot fiction and why we all have a chubby, little guy inside our brains and hearts who stops in the middle of the road to look at pebbles.

Ask your Senators to use Congress' oversight authority to stop separating families at the U.S. border. The ACLU helps you do just that

The Mighty Ya Ya Priestesses: There's really a lot to unpack here, but perhaps another time. 

And oh, what the heck, here's this too. 

Episode 78 - Tapas, Obsession And the Discipline of Tiny Plates

Tapas is at the heart of the Niyamas. It's described as self-discipline or a fiery passion that burns off ego and impurities. So how do we keep from self-immolating?

A few notes from the top of the show - if you choose to participate in some self-discipline for the greater good please consider a kind of engaged tapas to keep pressure on our government to do something about gun access and gun violence. And please vote. 

Also, Dr. Jeff Migdow on tapas at yogaglo.com.

And the entire Lois Nesbit article that I love so much is here

 

Episode 77 - Santosha and Satisfaction

We explore the niyama Santosha, contentment, and take lessons from Chogyam Trungpa, Teddy Roosevelt and Beyoncé as we try to avoid striving, hiding and spiritual bypassing.

Once again I get down on social media. I talk about anger-phobia and the search for purity. And in the end I follow a patch of light around the room like a cat. 

Here is some further reading on the subject of spiritual bypassing. 

And a snippet from Chogyam Trungpa about Basic Goodness. 

Episode 76 - Part 2: Wild Country with Carol Horton

Part two of a thought provoking conversation with writer, educator and activist Carol Horton, PhD wherein we discuss the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, The Rolling Stones and whether or not context is really enough. Carol expresses her concern for the future of our country and somehow still manages to remain positive.

Once again, you can find the documentary Netlfix.

Visit Carol Horton's website and learn more about the mission and actions of the Yoga Service Council who are working to make yoga and mindfulness truly accessible to all. 

Episode 75 - Wild Country with Carol Horton

Part one of a wide ranging conversation with writer, educator and activist Carol Horton, PhD. We kick off talking about the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country and travel down a winding road of thought provoking inquiry and commentary about perception, context and consciousness. 

You can see the documentary on Netlfix.

Please also visit Carol Horton's website and learn more about the mission and actions of the Yoga Service Council who are working to make yoga and mindfulness truly accessible to all. 

Episode 72 - "Authenticity Isn't Real" with Kaila Tova

I talk with Kaila Tova, a fellow podcaster, former health coach, and student of life, about marketing and feminism and what happens when people become the product, instead of being people. There’s also a brief but important note that fit bits are evil.

Kaila and I met as she researched her latest project, Your Body, Your Brand, which you can read all about here

And just in case you're not a link-clicker, here's something from Your Body, Your Brand:

The Your Body, Your Brand podcast brings experts in sales, marketing, branding, feminism, and coaching into conversation with coaches, entrepreneurs, and diet consumers to ask: 
Why do women keep dropping out of the workforce to sell diet/fitness/body image coaching?
Why do people keep getting invested in following "solopreneurs" with fitness/diet/body image brands? 
Is becoming a brand based on your body ever a good thing?

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