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It's All About the Tights with Chris Brogan

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 this case, all I promise you is a cape.

I'll teach you about Confidence, Acceptance, Permission, and Execution, and how Practice in all those areas will guide you to find those missing success points in your life.

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The Way of the Spiritual Warrior with David Gershon

Image-WayoftheSpiritualWarrior 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 we serve. It requires courage to love. It requires courage to accept that we ourselves can push the universe into higher states of order.”

That’s a quote from Jim Channon, Evolutionary Tactics. Another quote: “For the warrior, the experience of the tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness. Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness; it comes from letting the world into your heart. You are willing to open up without resistance and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others. Without the tenderness, the bravery is brittle like a china cup.” From Rick O’ Shea, How to Be a Warrior. And one last quote, before we get into actually talking about courage and bravery: “The warrior’s way is not invulnerability but vulnerability -- to the world, to life, and therefore to the presence”. That’s from a book called, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.

So what are the qualities of courage and bravery? First quality that I see of courage and bravery is the willingness to say the difficult things. The willingness to say the difficult things, to be vulnerable. I found in my life, that to achieve is not that hard. But what really became scary for me was to share what made me vulnerable, which was in fact that I might be thought of as less than in the eyes of the world. That is my self-esteem; when that was put into play when that was what was really at stake, that’s where I found my vulnerability or where indeed had fear. The way I came to know about that was through my wife, who is one of my mentors for better or worse.

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The Toxic Mind with Armand DiMele


ArmandDiMele-PhotoIn "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 for you to consider. Consider this: the continual suppression of emotions during fight or flight reactions results in atrophy, an endogenous toxicosis in noradrenic neurons. How do you like them apples? That’s what our program is going to be about today. Today we’re going to be talking about this and that sounds pretty technical, doesn’t it? Well, Roberta and I have uncovered The Biology of Mental Illness and Violence, and it’s really remarkable, by E. Van Winkle. And by the way, this work is available in 23 languages. It’s called “The Toxic Mind”. E. Van Winkle just woke up to write this article. 

Let’s start with the theory, the idea here, the following hypothesis, right? The continued suppression of emotions means you feel something and you don’t let yourself manifest it. It comes up, you feel it, and it gets shut off for one reason or another. During fight or flight reactions, now that means when you’re excited, nervous, or tense, when your body is saying we have to do something and we’re going to get all ready for action. So that’s the fight or flight reactions, that if you don’t do something when your body says we’re ready to do something about the situation, it results in a toxic accumulation. Now that’s what we’re going to look at today. 

This is a really interesting thing. How could that be? How does it work? Well, we know how it works because we see it all the time. Your leader at work is in a miserable mood and they bark at you, and you get upset but you can’t say anything about it. So it boils. Part of the suppression of emotions is actually what is the backbone of civilization.   We as civilized humans, we suppress emotions in part because it’s necessary in order to function in a human society.

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Looking Deeply with Thich Nhat Hanh

Cover-TNH-looking_deeply-BL 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 like smiling, breathing, sitting, walking, looking, eating, and so this is not difficult, but I think we can learn from each other a lot. We talk about realization. Realization is a difficult word but it is not really so difficult. For instance when we smile, that’s realization. We realize a smile. You are smiling and you realize something very important. So realizing is what we are going to realize. Breathing, sitting, smiling, eating, looking, all of things are realizations, and we do not need a lot of time on order to do so.  

This is not the kind of realization that we talk about every day, like realizing a project. Because realizing a project -- we need time. But this kind of realization we are going to realize -- these don’t need time. Like you don’t need much time to smile; you just smile and then you have realized some very important thing. When we see a flower, when we look at a flower and if we really see the flower, that means we have realized something very important because many times we look at the flower but we do not see the flower so we miss it. We don’t realize to see, so we are going to learn to practice realization in order to see things -- to see things in ourselves and to see things around us.

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