A lecture on why we need meaning in life and how it relates to our psychological needs. As always: When I am looking for answers - Alan Watts is there to offer his wisdom :-)
What is freedom? In this lecture Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswathi explains the difference between freedom and choices. He elaborates on Yama and Niyama, Ahimsa and other aspects of Yoga.
I love this - #pretty things make me happy!
In his last interview Maurice Sendak, famous illustrator and children's book author ("Where the wild things are") reflects on life and the love for his work. Note to myself: I need to get a dog when I grow up.
Ram Dass interviews Thich Nhat Hanh at State of the Wold forum. Thich Nhat Hanh talks about using mindfulness to take tender loving care of our anger. Being aware and mindful of our breathing helps us to take good care of our emotions. Our anger is like a flower that needs the sunshine of our mindfulness. May you get well soon Thich Nhat Hanh!
One of the most entertaining and at the same time uplifting stories I've heard in a long time. The new documentary "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon" tells the story of a remarkable person. GO SEE IT! You will be amazed from beginning to end. I love love love this movie so much. You will be entertained and learn something at the same time. Shep Gordon conducted his entire life by doing compassionate business. I am a real pessimist at times, or as I like to refer to it, a realist. But this documentary made me feel that good things do happen to good people. Check out the trailer :-)
This is an Excerpt from the Lecture "Power and Space" by Alan Watts. What is the Self in relation to the Space we are happening in? What does the nature of Space teach us about ourselves. After all space is the basis for all creation. If you are curious, like I am listen to this short clip.
Agape Love By Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Greek language uses three words for love. It talks about eros. Eros is a sort of aesthetic love. It has come to us to be a sort of romantic love and it stands with all of its beauty. But when we speak of loving those who oppose us we’re not talking about eros. The Greek language talks about philia and this is a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends. This is a vital, valuable love. But when we talk of loving those who oppose you and those who seek to defeat you we are not talking about eros or philia. The Greek language comes out with another word and it is agape. Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive good will for all men. Biblical theologians would say it is the love of God working in the minds of men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. And when you come to love on this level you begin to love men not because they are likeable, not because they do things that attract us, but because God loves them and here we love the person who does the evil deed while hating the deed that the person does. It is the type of love that stands at the center of the movement that we are trying to carry on in the Southland—agape. (source: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/the-power-of-non-violence/)
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!
"An artist never works under ideal conditions, if they existed his work wouldn´t exist, for the artist doesn´t live in a vacuum. Some sort of pressure must exist; the artist exist because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect as man wouldn´t look for harmony but would simply live in it"
Insights like the one in the quote above and especially about how we are troubled to deal with solitude. I have just watched his movie "Stalker" recently - not an easy one to watch, but there are many great scenes in it. This video is an excerpt from "Andrei Tarkovsky: A Poet in the Cinema" a great documentary. You can find the full doc on youtube.
In this video Swami Dayananda talks about Self-Inquiry in a very deductive way - a very cerebral attempt, but if you can follow his argumentation or breaking down of self-perception it is actually mind-blowing. It is quite hard to understand the Indian English and especially ... on such a complex subject matter - still give it a try will you. His approach in this particular lecture also strongly reminds me of Douglas Harding from headless.org - who also tries to bring you to self-realization by actually pointing to the reality of our sense-perception. Swami Dayananda comes from the same tradition as Swami Tattvavidananda, whose lectures I have posted on previous articles.
This is a guided meditation by Don Miguel Ruiz. I love this one so much . I can recommend all of his books "The four agreements" being my favorite...
In this video he also talks about the Toltec wisdom he based his philosophy on. The Toltec wisdom perceives every human to be an artisan. Listen and follow to the place beyond the words.
Excerpt from the DVD "Is This Love That I Am Feeling" recorded 29 Jan 2010 in Tiruvannamalai, India. Mooji talks about how lucky single people are :-)
I wrote an article on How to live a Zen life without becoming a monk as one of the first entries on this blog. To this day, it is the most popular entry. How can we encourage ourselves to practice without striving for a goal? Is the hardship necessary? What is pure practice? If you find difficulty in your practice it is proof that there is some sort of mistake in it, which is why we usually need a teacher to encourage us in our discouraging practice :-)
Check out this little video by Shunryu Suzuki.
Here is another lecture of Swami Tattvavidananda - I have already linked to one of his lecture series in a previous post called "Teachings by Swami Tattvavidananda". This particular lecture speaks about what freedonm really is. We mistake choices for freedom. He also talks about the impulse of people to compare themselves with others and how we can use our mind to either climb up - or down and deeper into whatever keeps our mind busy.
In this little video excerpt I found on youtube - you can hear a collage of Alan Watts lectures on the subject of Nothing, and death. Camus once said: "The only real philosophical question is wether or not to commit suicide." Why go on in life? Is the game worth the candle? I believe it is - or why am I posting on this blog? For nothing ? :-) ?
In this excerpt Alan Watts talks about the role of the court fool and how modern society is too insecure to laugh about their own mistakes and ridiculous state of being ... enjoy!
Nobel Peace Price Laureat Desmond Tutu talks in this rare and funny interview about Forgiveness, Apartheid and about good and evil. Please watch also the other two parts to this interview.
PART 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp3ajo7kxrE
PART 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj3bwJrIVeU
This talk is from 1992. If you do not know Swami Chinmayananda don't be scared :-) He means well - his rethoric is just so passionate, real and honest.
This is the first part of a talk by Tony Parsons about what is. He speaks about the hidden but essential essence of Advaita and unadulterated non-dualism, out of which can arise a radically different perception of reality. If you are interested in more Tony Parsons check out his website www.theopensecret.com