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#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness - Excerpt

March 10, 2016 | Posted by: Alex Markov
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From Chapter 1: Clouds & Dirt   There are too many people who are average at what they do and are confused by their average results. This is because the vast majority of people tend to play the middle—they focus on the vague minutiae that doesn’t matter. They’re focusing on the wrong stuff. Two things can happen if you’re too focused on the middle:You’re only successful to a certain level... Read more

 

Fantasy, Alchemy and Romance - A James Hillman Story

March 04, 2016 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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First time I met "James Hillman was when I recorded him at the New York open center in the mid 1980's.  For years I had the good fortune of recording James, Robert Bly, Michael Meade, Malidoma some, and a bunch of other individual leaders of the men's movement. They called it a men's movement but it was really an exploration of the soul, it was an exploration and the reintroduction,... Read more

 

Love and Football

February 26, 2016 | Posted by: Steve Stein
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When was the last time you associated mindfulness and the bone-crushing gridiron sport of football? When was the last time you associated love and 22 men invoking the "eye of the tiger" with the concerted purpose to advance an inflated piece of pig skin across white lines 100 yards apart? It happened earlier in the week in a conversation at Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco. Wonderfully facilitated by Jon Kabat-Zinn,... Read more

 

The Fearless Heart with Pema Chodron

February 09, 2016 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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At this time of year, we are pleased to bring you this transcribed excerpt from Pema Chodron's talk on "The Fearless Heart: The Practice of Living with Courage and Compassion".  Pema shares with 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... Read more

 

Into the Magic Shop with James R. Doty, MD

February 02, 2016 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you an excerpt from chapter one of "Into the Magic Shop" with James R. Doty, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine; Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.  Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, "Into the Magic Shop" shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts."Do you... Read more

 

"Drinking a Cup of Tea, I Stop the War"

January 22, 2016 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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For those of you that may not know, my name is Steve Stein and I am the founder of BetterListen!. I’ve been DJ ing recordings since I was 10 years old. I used to work in my dad’s record shop - we had the biggest 45 collection in Brooklyn. Hippies would come in, they would say what’s hot? Then I would tell them. All these years later, I find myself... Read more

 

Basic Buddhism with Robert Thurman

January 20, 2016 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you another excerpt from Basic Buddhism with Robert Thurman.  From this five lecture title he does focus on each part of Buddhism.  Today the topic is Sangha.A Buddha has no desire to do anything in the world, in a way, no wish to do anything on his own. Of course to a Buddha, apparently, by definition the world seems a perfected place. The world seems... Read more

 

Ten Signs of Progress on the Spiritual Path with Elizabeth Lesser

January 05, 2016 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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One of our favorite authors -- Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies -- helps us know how to discern if we've made progress on our personal spiritual path, adapted from her terrific book The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure.  TEN SIGNS OF PROGRESS ON THE SPIRITUAL PATH 1. Obuntubotho. When Bishop Desmond Tutu introduced Nelson Mandela at his inauguration as the new president... Read more

 

Modern Thoughts on Buddhism with Robert Thurman

December 08, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this excerpt from this Classic Course from Robert Thurman which was recorded in the mid 1980's as we neared the end of the second- Christian Millenium, many prophetic voices were being raised to speak of revelation and other apocolyptic visions. Some western mystics even mentioned the future Buddha.  So Buddha is when they incarnated in the world, according to the legend. They had come... Read more

 

The Future of Heroism with Sam Keen Part 2

November 30, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are happy to bring you the second part of the transcription from Sam Keen's "The Future of Heroism" as he explores past visions of heroes, finding your own heroic image, and what forms of heroism the future may call for.I think now, as we view our future, it's sort of like in 19th century, the search for the sources of the Nile. Here's darkest Africa and they knew certain landmarks,... Read more

 

The Future of Heroism with Sam Keen

November 16, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are happy to bring you a transcription from Sam Keen's "The Future of Heroism".  as he explores past visions of heroes, finding your own heroic image, and what forms of heroism the future may call for.I've led groups into Bhutan which is high up in the Himalayas between India and China. It's the only really lively Thai Buddhist culture that's still agriculture, 96% of people still own lands and... Read more

 

The Mind Wheel with Joe Loizzo - Part II

November 11, 2015 | Posted by: Alex Markov
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Today we are happy to you bring you part two of a transcription from Joe Loizzo's The Mind Wheel.  These guided meditations recorded by Dr. Joe Loizzo are meant to support all four horizons of contemplative learning and meditative practice that make up the gradual path to freedom and happiness taught in the Nalanda tradition. Reflect on a vessel of healing energy and light and sort of let it out.... Read more

 

The Man Woman Thing: Love and the Gender War - Part II

November 09, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are happy to bring part two of the transcription preview, The Man Woman Thing: Love and the Gender War from Sam Keen. Learn more about his thoughts on today's way of life based on power, control, and the constant battle perpetuated between women and men. The story that we tell about ourselves in Western culture, the gender story that we tell about ourselves goes all the way from our... Read more

 

Scholars, Witches and Other Freedom Fighters with Gloria Steinem

October 29, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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          This talk by Gloria Steinem — timely, timeless, and recommended for all genders — is a never before released recording that took place in 1993 in Salem, Massachusetts, in concurrence with the 300th anniversary of The Salem Witch Trials. In this incredibly enlightening and motivational audio program, Steinem puts into social and historical context the role of society in the treatment and mistreatment of women... Read more

 

The Man Woman Thing with Sam Keen

October 26, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are happy to bring you a transcription preview from one of our newest releases from Sam Keen, The Man Woman Thing: Love and the Gender War.  Learn about his thoughts on today's way of life based on power, control, and the constant battle perpetuated between women and men. I've learned to duck whenever I hear the word patriarchy. I know I'm gonna get it. Every invention of the western... Read more

 

Live From NYC with Shakti Gawain (preview 3)

October 20, 2015 | Posted by: Alex Markov
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Today we bring you our third preview for "Live From NYC" with Shakti Gawain.  Shakti is a pioneer in the field of personal development. For over twenty-five years, she has been a best-selling author and internationally renowned teacher of consciousness. Shakti has facilitated thousands of individuals in developing greater awareness, balance and wholeness in their lives. You know, we think that what we need and what we want is out there... Read more

 

Live From NYC with Shakti Gawain (preview 2)

October 13, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you our second transcription preview from "Live From NYC" with Shakti Gawain.  Shakti has facilitated thousands of individuals in developing greater awareness, balance and wholeness in their lives. She has written numerous books considered classics in her field. Her distinguished publishing history includes best sellers Creative Visualization, Living in the Light, The Path of Transformation, Four Levels of Healing, Creating True Prosperity, and Developing Intuition.... Read more

 

Live From NYC with Shakti Gawain

October 06, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this transcription preview from "Live From NYC" with Shakti Gawain.  Shakti has facilitated thousands of individuals in developing greater awareness, balance and wholeness in their lives. She has written numerous books considered classics in her field. Her distinguished publishing history includes best sellers Creative Visualization, Living in the Light, The Path of Transformation, Four Levels of Healing, Creating True Prosperity, and Developing Intuition.I was... Read more

 

Living the Questions with Sam Keen Part II

October 02, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this trascription preview of "Living the Questions" from best selling author Sam Keen.  You can also listen to a free audio of this transcription below.Are you always searching for the answers to live a more complete, satisfying life?  Sam challenges us to ask the correct questions to create a more meaningful life.  I remember for instance the time when after this, after divorce, and... Read more

 

Living the Questions with Sam Keen

September 30, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this trascription preview of "Living the Questions" from best selling author Sam Keen.  You can also listen to a free audio of this transcription below.Nowadays the whole topic of mythology is finally come in to its own. I started doing personal mythology seminars down here 21 years ago, and nobody had heard of mythology on the West Coast. I wrote a book and called... Read more

 

The Body Wheel with Joe Loizzo ( Part II )

September 28, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring you part two of our transcribed preview from Joe Loizzo, The Body Wheel.   These guided meditations recorded by Dr. Joe Loizzo are meant to support all four horizons of contemplative learning and meditative practice that make up the gradual path to freedom and happiness taught in the Nalanda tradition.As we get into a kinder, gentler rhythm of breath and sort of often are usually... Read more

 

The Body Wheel with Joe Loizzo

September 21, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring you another transcribed preview from Joe Loizzo, The Body Wheel (part I).  These guided meditations recorded by Dr. Joe Loizzo are meant to support all four horizons of contemplative learning and meditative practice that make up the gradual path to freedom and happiness taught in the Nalanda tradition.Lie down. Just lie there. Just feel the ground, feel the mattress, feel the sofa supporting you. And... Read more

 

The 10 Gates, Lessons from the Book "Nothing to It" with Brother Phap Hai

September 14, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring you part two of the transcription from The Ten Gates - Lessons from the book, Nothing to It with Brother Phap Hai.  This is a twelve week course to help lead you on the road to spiritual and mental health.Each of the teachings that we are exploring through this twelve week course is a tool for us to apply in our daily life. It's... Read more

 

Basic Stress-Reduction and Self Healing with Joe Loizzo

September 12, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you part one of the transcriptions for Basic Stress-Reduction and Self-Healing through Meditation, Insight, and Imagery with Joe Liozzo.  This beginning course teaches the theory and practice of stress-reduction and self healing based on the Indo-Tibetan tradition of mind/body medicine and positive psychology.So the intention of the program is that you pick one meditation skill that you're gonna to try to get under your belt while... Read more

 

Telling Your Story Part Two with Sam Keen

September 10, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you part two of this transcription from best selling author Sam Keen.  You can also listen to a free audio of this transcription below.Think about what happens when the average person dies by the end of their 30's or maybe their 40's. Life expectancy in Chad today is still between 38 and 42. So if you do that, then what you do is you're always... Read more

 

The Ten Gates - Lessons from the Book, "Nothing to It" with Brother Phap Hai

September 08, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Today we are pleased to bring you part one of the transcription from The Ten Gates - Lessons from the book, Nothing to It with Brother Phap Hai.  This is a twelve week course to help lead you on the road to spiritual and mental health.Whether we're walking, whether we're sitting, whether we're standing, whether we're together with others. To really choose to be there, in that moment with that... Read more

 

Telling Your Story with Sam Keen

September 03, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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We are pleased to bring you this trascription from best selling author Sam Keen.  You can also listen to a free audio of this transcription below.It used to be that we said the thing that separated. Remember "2001" and the monkey comes in, you know, and you realize that you're witnessing the birth of humanity. And the birth of humanity comes the monkey grabs the, whatever it is, bone, you... Read more

 

Live Event with Bruce Lipton

August 03, 2015 | Posted by: Michelle Wesley
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Our friends over at Agape are hosting a phenomenal in person and online event with the extraordinary Bruce Lipton. Here are the details.Internationally recognized leader in the “new” biology, Dr. Bruce Lipton, will speak at The Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles on Saturday evening, August 15, 2015. Bruce will share his frontier work in epigenetics, a science so ground-breaking it stands to create a radical revolution in the... Read more

 

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