Marc Maron WTF Podcast Phil Stutz Interview

Marc Maron WTF Podcast Phil Stutz Interview
 

Here is a link to the interview that comedian Marc Maron had with psychiatrist and author Phil Stutz. This is a really unusual interview for Maron - they talk a lot about Phil Stutz's book "The Tools" - a great read and I recommend it to anyone who just can't stop reading self-help books. This is a really really good one in that category. Stutz has been treating many creative people, like writers and actors - so for anyone suffering writer's block this is a great interview :-) Also: The podcast is called "What The Fuck" - and for anyone who can't handle a "fuck" here and there - this is probably not the interview for you. The rest, enjoy :-) And have A HAPPY NEW YEAR - which will hopefully not suck as much as this one :-) just kidding - not!

Zen Joke of the Day

I've been getting a bit too serious with my practice. So instead of Zen Koans I have been studying some Zen jokes lately. Here it goes:

A young man decided to become a Zen Monk. As part of his training he is told he must live in one room, with one meal a day in complete silence. Every ten years he is allowed out of the room and can say three words. After the first ten years the man is let out of the room and is taken to the Zen Master. The Master asks: "Do you have anything to say?" The man replies: "Bed too hard." "OK", says the Master, "we will see what we can do."

Ten years later the man is let out of the room again and

taken to see the Zen Master. "Do you have anything to say?" asks the Master. The man replies "Room too cold." "OK" says the Master, "we will see what we can do." After another ten years the man is let out of the room again and the Zen Master asks him if he has anything to say. "Not enough food" replies the man. "OK" says the Master, "we will see what we can do."

After another ten years the man comes out of his room and confronts the Zen Master "Had enough - leaving!" "Fine" says the Master, "All you do is bitch anyway!"

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I don't mind if you forget me

Yoshitomo Nara
 

I have read this sentence many times. It is not something we can say without a pause - most of the times we do mind. We do mind that our partner forgot about us. We do mind that our boss didn't promote us but the other person. Or that we didn't leave this impression on someone we wanted to impress. What about family or friends? Do we not mind if they forget us? In this sentence lies one way to peace and back to where we come from. The real self that we cannot see out of ignorance - never minds. It is there - wether we forget it or not.