Transition and revolution both start inside. During transitions, like going from summer to fall, we change our food and lifestyle to accommodate the change. Ayurveda teaches us how to weather the transition smoothly so we can keep being the most efficient version of ourselves we can be.
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.
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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.
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When the animal part of the brain takes over, can you ever escape the heat? We look at information from science people and the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to understand what happens inside our bodies when we’re angry. And then we attempt to cool our jets for a bit.
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.
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What do Omarosa, America and the Lost City of Atlantis have in common? The three gunas, or qualities of nature. We talk through how Rajas, Tamas, and Sattva inform our values, our actions and our overall outlook on life.
The Play of the Three Gunas, by Esther Ekhart
Today we’re going to talk about neurons - and how friendships, social media and television can change who you are. We also discuss monkeys and how ayurveda can help us improve our support network.
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The friendship influence quiz.
Hug a tree or talk to your houseplants. This week we talk about how nature can help us escape the addictive dopamine zombie loop of the Internet Age and get a little closer to our plant-based brethren.
Need some plants in your life? Go to The Sill.
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.
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.
Is happiness selfish?
There are horrifying things happening in our world. Are we allowed to be happy? We talk about the difference between happiness, comfort and denial and start to define what is and isn’t responsible on the road to happiness.
I mentioned this article with a quote from Poppy Jamie.
I recommend this publication, Black Girl In Om.
Fred Rogers was a total square and a revolutionary. Seeing the documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” leads me to ask: Is it worth deconstructing the brick by brick layers of constructed resentment to find something Good within us? What would we do with that Goodness once we find it?
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.
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.
Also, we're going on a break. Here are some links to all the Yamas and Niyamas Episodes to fill your time.
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.
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.
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.
And a snippet from Chogyam Trungpa about Basic Goodness.
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.
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.
Who says you can’t go OM again? We talk to House of OM founder and yoga teacher Olivia Montiel about moving cities, changing habits and how Ayurveda works in every day life. She also shares her a trick for spice infused tea and her newfound harmonium skills.
Let’s talk about how to practice purity in an impure world. Because the world is full of negativity and we can’t avoid it because it’s the world. And we live here. Luckily the niyama saucha (purity or cleanliness) gives us some direction. Also, stay tuned for a cleansing breath practice at the end of the episode.