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Science and the Inner Experience with Dr. Edgar Mitchell

July 31, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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In honor of Neil Armstrong's life, we are delighted to share with you this transcribed excerpt from fellow astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s talk on “Science and the Inner Experience”    Move out now further into space.  See the shape of the earth as a sphere.  Let’s move on out until we see the earth about as we would see it -- the size of a ball, a baseball held at... Read more

 

The Yoga of Ordinary Living with Robert Thurman

July 29, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to offer another great excerpt from Robert Thurman as he takes us on a spiritual journey of discipline.  He explores responsibility, relationships and how it all ties in to Buddhism thoughts and beliefs. Spiritual disciplines often seen remote from the realities of our daily lives. Yet there is a Mahayana Scripture which presents a model of enlightened practice in the midst of urban living, the Vimalakirti Sutra. This teaches... Read more

 

Your Universe and You with Dr. Edgar Mitchell

July 20, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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In this profound recording, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon and the founder of The Institute of Noetic Sciences, challenges us to re-think our place in the universe and our role in its unfolding. "The evidence is clear that we are in evolving, creating, self organizing, learning universe and ..... that instead of being passive participants in this play we are the major actors and... Read more

 

A Talk Based on Life with Douglas Rushkoff

July 18, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Check out this fascinating excerpt from a talk by Douglas Rushkoff based on his book Life Inc.: How Corporatism Conquered the World and How We Can Take it Back -- a book that challenges us to think completely differently about how we see the economics, the world of business, and money itself.  As I see it, nothing is free. Nothing is free. Everything costs. It’s just that many things are... Read more

 

The Fearless Heart with Pema Chodron

July 14, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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In this transcribed excerpt from Pema Chodron's talk on "The Fearless Heart: The Practice of Living with Courage and Compassion", Pema tells us how we may begin to work with fear by not shutting down or running away, as is our first inclination, but by going into the fear. This morning I wanted to begin with a short teaching on working with emotions that comes from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and... Read more

 

Letting Everything Become Your Teacher with Jon Kabat-Zinn

July 06, 2015 | Posted by: Alex Markov
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A meditation practice can be difficult, especially when first starting out. In today's lesson from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Letting Everything Become Your Teacher, the importance of maintaining a positive and hopeful attitude is stressed, otherwise we will too easily give up.Lesson 12: Mind-SetIf you come to the meditation practice thinking to yourself, “This won’t work but I’ll do it anyway,” the chances are it will not be very helpful.The first time... Read more

 

Reflections on Suffering with Ram Dass (part two)

July 03, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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This brief excerpt from "Reflections on Suffering" with Ram Dass, recorded live in 1987, gives us insight into how Ram Dass uses guided meditation to access our deepest thoughts and feelings.Now let your awareness let arise into your awareness, thoughts that concern some way in which you personally have experienced suffering. Just let the thought arise in your mind. Keep your witness strong. How do I suffer? What suffering has... Read more

 

Reflections on Suffering with Ram Dass

July 01, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Suffering -- the nature of it, how to be with it (ours or someone eles's), what attention we give it in our lives -- can be a major dilemma for most of us.  We often don't know how to be with it, whether to embrace it or shun it, give it space or re-direct it.  In this brief yet profound excerpt from "Reflections on Suffering", a talk given by Ram... Read more

 

Planting Seeds with Thich Nhat Hanh

June 29, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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As we near the end of Audio Book month, we bring to you a great title for the kids this summer:  Planting Seeds featuring songs from Thich Nhat Hanh.  A beautiful collection for any adult wishing to plant seeds of peace, relaxation, and awareness in children.  It is full of wisdom on how to simply be with children and nourish their compassion for themselves and others. You will be enchanted... Read more

 

Art of Peace with Morihei Ueshiba (Part II)

June 26, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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This transcribed excerpt from  Morihei Ueshiba's The Art of Peace stresses the utter importance of practicing peace every day, in every moment, and in that practice, we find can begin to live in true -- and peaceful -- warriorship.  Daily training in the art of peace allows your divinity to shine brighter and brighter. Do not concern yourself with the right and wrong of others. Do not be calculating or... Read more

 

The Art of Peace with Morihei Ueshiba

June 24, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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In The Art of Peace, Morihei Ueshiba -- the founder of the popular Japanese martial art aikido -- shares a collection of teachings that illustrate the real way of the warrior based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. Spirituality and Practice has called Morihei Ueshiba's The Art of Peace “poetic and profound".  We're delighted to share an excerpt with you here.  The art of peace begins with you.... Read more

 

A Brief History of Everything with Ken Wilber

June 22, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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  While still in the middle of Audio Book month, we are delighted to offer this excerpt from the recording of A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber. Wilber is one of the most compelling philosophical thinkers of our times and credited with developing a unified field of consciousness synthesizing the world's great spiritual, psychological, and philosophical traditions. A Brief History of Everything is part of BetterListen's Shambhala Collection.... Read more

 

Start Where You Are with Pema Chodron

June 18, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Once again we are pleased to offer a transcribed excerpt from a Pema Chodron audio title.  This is a chapter titled "No Escape, No Problem" from the terrific recording of Start Where You Are.   We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves – the heavy-duty feeling that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that... Read more

 

It's Not About the Tights with Chris Brogan

June 15, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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   Today we are pleased to bring you an excerpt from a new release - It's Not About The Tights with Chris Brogan. In this title, Chris helps us to learn how we are the superhero we've been waiting for, to find the success points in our life. Read on for a brief excerpt and click below to hear a free audio sample.  There are many things that we believe... Read more

 

The Original Be Here Now Talks with Ram Dass

June 11, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are thrilled to offer these rare lectures recorded live in NYC in 1969. Available for the first time in digital download, these talks given by Ram Dass went on to become the basis of his international best-selling book Be Here Now. Following is a transcribed excerpt from one of these seminal teaching."I think life is just a game, then I am taking from it the meaning of its acts.... Read more

 

The Tibetan Book of the Dead Read by Actor Richard Gere

June 09, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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"The Tibetan Book of the Dead" is a classic text of liberation and the practice of preparing for death as a path to recognize the true nature of the mind. This translation by Chögyam Trungpa and Francesca Fremantle is read by actor Richard Gere. Following is a powerful excerpt from this recording.   Homage to the Gurus, the three Kayas: Amitabha, Infinite Light, the Dharmakaya, Peaceful and Wrathfull Lotus Deities, the... Read more

 

Program or Be Programmed with Douglas Rushkoff (Excerpt 2)

June 05, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are delighted to offer another transcribed excerpt from Douglas Rushkoff's mind-expanding book Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. In this book -- and this excerpt -- Rushkoff challenges us to take control of we interact with the ever evolving world of digital technology.The way people approach me about this problem is they will say, “Well look, I know how to drive a car but I’m... Read more

 

Program or Be Programmed with Douglas Rushkoff

June 03, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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With it being Audio Book month, we are delighted to offer the Audio Book version of Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff on BetterListen!  Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, says that we should “Read this book [Program or Be Programmed] before and after you Tweet, Facebook, email, or YouTube.”  We agree.  Following is a transcribed excerpt from this... Read more

 

#AskGaryVee on Entrepreneurship

May 29, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring you more on #AskGaryVee.  Gary Vaynerchuk is a successful entrepreneur who builds businesses. He helped grow his family business from $3 million to $45 million in just five years. He is the voice behind The #AskGaryVee show and we want to share a part of his Entrepreneurship transcription.  Take a look:Ask Gary Vee Version 1.41 Entrepreneur’s JourneyQuestion: Both here and on your Facebook posts, you... Read more

 

The Heart of Understanding with Thich Nhat Hanh

May 25, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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In "The Heart of Understanding", world-renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh takes listeners through the Prajñāpāramitā -- or Heart -- Sutra.  The following transcribed excerpt from this program shows how readily accessible these teachings are when presented by Thich Nhat Hanh. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to ask you to participate in this meditation. Here is a piece of paper. Usually we don’t pay very much attention to... Read more

 

#AskGaryVee on Social Media

May 21, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring you another #AskGaryVee excerpt.  Gary Vaynerchuk is a successful entrepreneur who builds businesses. He helped grow his family business from $3 million to $45 million in just five years. He is the voice behind The #AskGaryVee show and we want to share an excerpt with you from his Social Media show.  Take a look:Question: The company I'm working for has a great story. We're putting up... Read more

 

The Educated Heart with Robert Bly

May 06, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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During this talk, Robert Bly gives a delicate and lively view of the fantastic flowering of feeling in the 12th century Provence. The feeling thought, developed of Arabic, Gnostic, and Albigensian sources, blossoms as love poetry famous at that time.  Bly distinguishes in this talk between the literal mode, the psychological mode and the mythological mode, and he locates the “Amor” or ecstatic love in the latter. That mythological mode... Read more

 

Garyvee on Life from the #AskGaryVee Show

May 04, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Gary Vaynerchuk is a successful entrepreneur who builds businesses. He helped grow his family business from $3 million to $45 million in just five years. He is the voice behind The #AskGaryVee show and we want to share some excerpts with you where he answers your burning questions on life, Entrepreneurship and social media. Here is just a sample:Question: Nom asks, "How did you deal with working in a family business?"Gary:... Read more

 

Stop Selling and Start Solving with Brandon Steiner

April 20, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Stop Selling and Start Solving is a live speech in which Brandon Steiner details his multiple entrepreneurial adventures, where he has both learned and taught others his fair share of "rules." Along the way, he developed some of the most innovative approaches to business--methods that many of today's companies would be wise to observe and employ themselves. In "Stop Selling and Start Solving", Brandon reveals his principles of leadership, selling tools,... Read more

 

Live From NYC with Shakti Gawain

April 17, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Shakti Gawain Live from New York City with the author of the best-selling "Creative Visualization" In this live session — one of Shakti Gawain's finest presentations in her stellar career — she gives an entire, powerful seminar in Creative Visualization, showing how to use mental imagery and affirmations to produce positive changes in our lives.She guides us through meditations and exercises that are aimed at helping us channel our natural... Read more

 

It's All About the Tights with Chris Brogan

April 13, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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For whatever reason, we tend to think that "someone" is going to make us better, that we're broken, that we're missing the key ingredients to succeed. We feel envy and we're certain that we're the only failures this world has ever seen. It's a tough row to hoe.Plenty of people have written books that talk about being positive. Others have written up plans that tell you what you're missing. In... Read more

 

Jesus, The Master Artist with Michael Bernard Beckwith

March 02, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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This electrifying excerpt from a service at Agape International Spritual Center recorded Easter 2008 brings us right into the room as Michael Bernard Beckwith invites attendees to participate in a celebration of spirit. Take a look around for a second and look at the shape of spiritual beauty that is revealing and manifesting and reflecting the image and likeness of God in myriad ways this morning. As you look around,... Read more

 

Healing at the End of the Century with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

February 27, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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The late Elizabeth Kubler-Ross was a pioneer in the field of death and dying and she established the five stages of grief, now widely acknowledged, accepted, and utilized in day-to-day practice.  Kubler-Ross's curiosity about death and dying led her witness and hear about extraordinary events.  This transcribed excerpt from "Healing at the End of the Century" is astounding, enjoy.It is true, 100% true that you always get what you need,... Read more

 

Your Universe and You with Dr. Edgar Mitchell

February 25, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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In this profound recording, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon and the founder of The Institute of Noetic Sciences, challenges us to re-think our place in the universe and our role in its unfolding. "The evidence is clear that we are in evolving, creating, self organizing, learning universe and ..... that instead of being passive participants in this play we are the major actors and... Read more

 

The Way of the Spiritual Warrior with David Gershon

February 23, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Join David Gershon as he explores the first quality of the spiritual warrior – courage and bravery – in this excerpt from his recording “Way of the Spiritual Warrior”.   The seven qualities of the spiritual warrior. First quality is the quality of courage, or bravery. Let me read a quote. “It requires courage to come out, reach out, and effect positive change in ourselves and in the larger institutions... Read more

 

The Toxic Mind with Armand DiMele

February 20, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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   In "The Toxic Mind", host of “The Positive Mind” radio show and founder of the DiMele Center for Psychotherapy, Armand DiMele,  along with special guest Roberta Maria Atti, talks about the side effects of suppressing feelings like anger and frustration, and discuss ways to prevent the side effects from suppressing emotions and how to heal them.  Following is an excerpt from this important program.  Hey listen -- here’s something... Read more

 

This Moment is the Perfect Teacher with Pema Chodron

February 18, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to offer you this excerpt from Pema Chodron's recording "This Moment is the Perfect Teacher."   I’m going to be presenting Lojong teachings, which consists of Tonglen practice and working with some of the 49 Lojong slogans. What’s unique about the Lojong teachings is they are teachings for using difficult circumstances as the path to awakening. So, they’re not teachings about getting rid of difficult circumstances; they’re... Read more

 

Pure Water - Poetry of Rumi with Coleman Barks and Eugene Friesen

February 16, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are happy to bring you this offering featuring two world class performers sharing a performance and learning experience for the mind, body, spirit and soul! An inspired live performance of the poetry of Jellaludin Rumi (1207-1273) with Sufi stories & jokes, accompanied with music by Bach, O'Carolan, Friesen and others. One of the premier translators of Rumi (1207-1273), Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and bestselling author of... Read more

 

Choice, Change, Choice with Michael Bernard Beckwith

February 13, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Another great excerpt from a service at Agape International Spritual Center recorded in 2007 brings us right into the room as Michael Bernard Beckwith invites attendees to participate in a celebration of spirit.From within your desire to be more expands the gap between what is said and in what follows reveals of golden hue. Like a beacon drawing you inward, this golden gap of opportunity carries you to the luminous... Read more

 

Four Essentials of a Dream Relationship with Harville Hendrix Part II

February 11, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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In this second transcribed excpert from Harville Hendrix's workshop on the "Four Essentials of a Dream Relationship", Hendrix once again emphasizes that if we heal our relationships, we can heal the planet. And while the concept of healing relationships is really quite simple, living it, as most of us know, is quite difficult.  We're grateful to have teachers like Hendrix to help guide the way. Read on... I want to... Read more

 

Four Essentials of a Dream Relationship with Harville Hendrix Part I

February 09, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Harville Hendrix -- one of the foremost relationship experts of our time -- guides listeners through the four most important elements to the kind of relationship we all want in "Four Essentials of a Dream Relationship".  In this transcribed first excerpt from his workshop, Hendrix talks about how having a healthy relationship is not only beneficial to ourselves, but to the world. Having a healthy relationship is the best health... Read more

 

Finding and Keeping the Love You Want with Harville Hendrix

February 02, 2015 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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Harville Hendrix has become perhaps the leading expert on relationship -- finding and keeping the love in your life.  In this transcribed excerpt from his workshop on "Finding and Keeping the Love You Want", Hendrix talks about how he came upon what has become his life's work. I think that my interest in the subject we’re going to have tonight arises out of that correlation between relationship and frustration. It... Read more

 

The Fearless Heart with Pema Chodron

January 30, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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In this transcribed excerpt from Pema Chodron's talk on "The Fearless Heart: The Practice of Living with Courage and Compassion", Pema tells us how we may begin to work with fear by not shutting down or running away, as is our first inclination, but by going into the fear. This morning I wanted to begin with a short teaching on working with emotions that comes from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and... Read more

 

Chogyam Trungpa's & Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (part three)

January 28, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Here is the part two excerpt from Chogyam Trungpa's classic and masterful text Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.  From the chapter on "Authentic Presence", Trungpa defines for us exactly what authentic presence is -- how it comes to be and how it affects ourselves and the world around us. Achieving the realization of the universal monarch, which we discussed in the last chapter, is the fruition of developing what... Read more

 

Looking Deeply with Thich Nhat Hanh

January 26, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Beloved Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh offers teachings on mindfulness in a series of lectures titled "Looking Deeply."  The following transcribed lecture from this program gives us a taste of how Thay -- Thich Nhat Hanh's nickname -- approaches the sometimes overwhelming subject of realization with simplicity, making it accessible to all of us. Ladies and gentlemen, during this retreat we will learn to do together some of the things... Read more

 

Men & Women Talking Together

January 23, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Men's movement pioneer Robert Bly and relationship communication expert Deborah Tannen help us understand how men and women communicate differently and how they can learn to appreciate the other's point of view, as evidenced in this transcribed excerpt from Tannen and Bly's terrific program "Men & Women: Talking Together".  Recorded Live at The New York Open Center.   In a way, a conversation is a ritual. And to come home... Read more

 

Chogyam Trungpa's & Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (part two)

January 21, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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This powerful part two excerpt from Chogyam Trungpa's profound work Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior addresses fear -- and our desire to escape from it -- head on.  Trungpa also addresses the true notion of fearlessness, and the importance of seeking a true state of fearlessness in our day to day lives.   In order to experience fearlessness, it is necessary to experience fear. The essence of cowardice is... Read more

 

Chogyam Trungpa's & Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

January 14, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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The following excerpt is from Chogyam Trungpa's classic and masterful text Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.  From the chapter on "Authentic Presence", Trungpa defines for us exactly what authentic presence is -- how it comes to be and how it affects ourselves and the world around us. Achieving the realization of the universal monarch, which we discussed in the last chapter, is the fruition of developing what is... Read more

 

Thusness with Alan Watts

January 12, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we bring you an excerpt from "Thusness" by  Alan Watts.  Here he helps us to explore who we really are.  Before you came to be, who were you?    SRAMANA, sramana. This is closely allied to the word shaman, and a shaman is the holy man in a culture that is still hunting, it isn’t settled, it isn’t agrarian. There is a very strong and important difference between a... Read more

 

A Blue Fire Part II with James Hillman

January 05, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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James Hillman -- one of the most creative thinkers in the field of psychology -- talks about the necessity of grieving, and the repercussions when it is sidestepped in this part II transcribed excerpt from his fascinating weekend seminar based on his book A Blue Fire. Now, if that passive aggressive is not… if the aggressive part is not given something valuable -- which is what I think goes on in... Read more

 

A Blue Fire Part II with James Hillman

December 29, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are happy to continue with this excerpt from the late James Hillman -- one of the foremost scholars in Jungian theory and thinking.  Here he discusses the true nature of longing in this part II transcribed excerpt from his weekend seminar based on his book, A Blue Fire.Realizing you are a creature of longing, the romantic said, “Tell me what you long for and I will tell you who... Read more

 

Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life & Exercises and Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

December 26, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Want to get a meditation practice going? See how simple it can be to start with this part two transcribed excerpt from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.So why don’t we take a few minutes and just sit. For those of you who are entirely new to this, it is no different from the raisin, only now there is no raisin; it is just your body sitting here. So... Read more

 

A Blue Fire Part I with James Hillman

December 22, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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The late James Hillman -- considered the father of Archtypal Psychology based on the work of Carl Jung -- gives us a glimpse into his thinking when talking about the relationship between egocentricity, excess and eccentricity in this transcribed part 2 excerpt from a fascinating weekend seminar Hillman offered at the Rowe Camp & Conference Center.That’s metaphysics and philosophy and has to do with a worldview. I prefer to stay... Read more

 

Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life & Exercises and Meditations with Jon Kabat-Zinn

December 19, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the foremost instructors of mindfulness meditation in this country.  In this transcribed excerpt from Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Kabat-Zinn breaks down the utter simplicity and importance of participating in a meditation practice, whether as a beginner or long-time practitioner.I had it in my mind and it may actually execute if we could figure out some way to do it, to do that little raisin... Read more

 

Teachings of Joy and Oneness with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

December 17, 2014 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring you this special program from Rabbi Shlomo Carleback.  The late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach offers profound wisdom in how to love wholly in this beautiful transcribed excerpt from "Carlebach Teachings of Joy and Oneness & Other Stories."  His words are touching and deep, with instruction for us all. We are living in a world which needs healing.  The whole world needs healing.  The whole world... Read more