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Katrina states…

“I tell Hank he is helping relate faith for today’s world. It is an opportunity to release fear, for the ‘spiritual-minded but not religious’ as well as the religious. A release from the need to villainize one another which perpetuates that “us and them” syndrome – fueling our separation. Hank brings new & updated light to scriptures by presenting us with an almost God 2.0 approach without loosing the ancient nectar. For many of us in this world, there is an almost desperation for balance within family, friends, career, and for those caught in survival mode. So, providing dialogue without bullshit or pretense, without eluding that anyone should shoot for perfection in life, feels very paramount for our personal cultivation towards curiosity to learn from each other – regardless of individual roles and models or right or wrong. What interpretations do we miss just from a lack of curiosity? How did we get so literal?” Join Katrina with guest Hank Fortener in Episode 25 of Zooming in the Lens Podcast on Itunes!

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Referenced and recommended -ZITL Podcast Ep.25 extra links

Because Love shouldn’t have red tape….with guest, Hank Fortener:

  • Hanks recommendation: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear”
  • Katrina’s recommendation: Podcast Episode on – Interview with Thomas Moore – Thomas Moore has been a monk, a university professor, and a psychotherapist. “I like to quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said that each religion has a membership of one. I think he meant that even if you’re part of a community, you have your own interpretations and accents in practice, and that is as it should be. You need a mixture of tradition and individual inspiration. You have to use your own intelligence.”
    As Thomas Moore said, I will say to you listening to these Podcasts… “I hope these reflections encourage you to dig deeper into the spiritual traditions and trust your own inspirations.”

Article: “Tasks that seem mundane, or even difficult, can bring a sense of meaning over time.” Most of us tend to chase happiness instead. Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl once wrote, “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” …”Feeling happy was strongly correlated with seeing life as easy, pleasant, and free from difficult or troubling events. Happiness was also correlated with being in good health and generally feeling well most of the time. However, none of these things were correlated with a greater sense of meaning. Feeling good most of the time might help us feel happier, but it doesn’t necessarily bring a sense of purpose to our lives…”

Spiritual but not religious – Blog By Linda Mercadante, Ph.D.
-Linda Mercadante is the B. Robert Straker Professor of Historical Theology at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is the author of Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious. for the full article-



Ep 22 links of references used on Podcast

  • 10 Unique Parenting Styles From Around The World ( the first one is a 500-year-old practice/ritual in India that parents do for their children where they drop them from a height, safely landing below onto a blanket held up by others!
  • George Carlin clip used for the end of this episode starts at 8:16 on “specialness”
  • Links to articles referenced can all be found on:
    “If millennials are ill-equipped to manage post-secondary and adult lives, then the fault must lie with an overabundance of parenting, experts say. An article published recently in Psychology Today cited helicopter parenting as part of a set of issues that contribute to an overly sensitive young adult population.”
    “Young adult oversensitivity is a marked shift in college culture. The author of “Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges” relayed mounting concerns among college counselors, administrators, and professors over the emotional fragility of current college students. Students cannot handle failure, or even mediocre marks, they say. They rely on parent guidance and counseling more than any previous generation.”
    “A recent Washington Post article speaks more of the same. In the article, former Stanford Dean Julie Lythcott-Haims excoriates the negative impact of perpetually present parents who shelter their children from hardship and failure. She links depression and other mental health issues to this trending type of over-parenting.”
  • Pre-1960s Parenting Vs. Parenting Today by John K. Rosemond on May 1, 2015 – “We knew who was running the household, and it wasn’t us!”, *About the Author: Rosemond has written nine best-selling parenting books and is one of America’s busiest and most popular speakers, known for his sound advice, humor and easy, relaxed, engaging style. In the past few years, John has appeared on numerous national television programs including 20/20, Good Morning America, The View, Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect, Public Eye, The Today Show, CNN, and CBS Later Today.

Quotes from ZITL Podcast Ep. 21

A few have asked that we post up the quotes from our Thanksgiving special podcast Ep. 21 “Thanksgiving with no agenda” special episode for the holidays. Here ya go!

  • “Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead, let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” – Rumi
  • “If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.” – Socrates (469-399 BCE 5th Century)
  • On Balance – “In Fact emotional states are not something that happen to us, rather we create them based on how we view the world” Karen Hastings, Phd.
  • Cultivating the witness – or the observer….Truly see there is a difference from OBSERVER (witness) from that which is being OBSERVED (ego-mind, incarnation)
  • “Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good an evil.” – Nietzche (Right or Wrong)
  • Click here to listen to this episode on Itunes!
  • Satsang Meme

Never grow up, grow out….

This life, practice and soul is floating along this same tributary. When it’s not remembering this, my spacesuit is really serious and all we do is up for drama and personal attacks; hurt feelings and let downs from expectations. Sure, pain, loss, suffering, as well as happiness, feels like a curse or reason in life. Daily I am in that same river floating, too. Yet in truth all of those above will still be there, do we need the commentator in our minds to latch on and inflate, too? I find being present nearly impossible if I’m busy with embodying the above list, so I practice watching the ever changing, allowing the truth to bleed out the impersonal ‘shit happens’, too. In that space I notice PLAY. What have you played lately? Inspiration, birth right, a human thing- not a spiritual or yogi thing…. Really See…. I share this on the blood moon..Never leave the playground-youtube

Katrina Chester

Hearing from Rena Joy….

Readings by Rena

The moon is filling up and moving into the sign of Aries.. Think about the moon controlling the mighty tides…..we are about 80 percent water the full moon will always have an affect on us and it will differ each month according to the constellation it’s in. Aries is the God of war so our passions will be heightened our place in the scheme of things. So go easy down the road, keep your cool and unleash something wonderful and unique within yourself!!!! blessed be Rena joy