Katrina’s recommendation:Podcast Episode on Soundstrue.com – 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. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-happy-life-may-not-be-a-meaningful-life/“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- http://blog.oup.com/2014/03/spiritual-but-not-religious-sbnr-types-traps/
Links to articles referenced can all be found on:http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/23/helicopter-parenting-is-really-a-symptom-of-underparenting/ “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!” johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com. *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.
“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)
Katrina Chester is joined by fellow spiritualist and dear friend, Cara Albero, for this episode diving into a well-known quote for discovery. A practice of seeing, through investigation, how pliable and fluid a belief, opinion, and interpretation, really are when clinging is softened. When we experience thoughts that seem to be so solid; becoming fluid (like changing our mind), that creates safe space. Not to throwing out roles in life, unless that indeed happens – but to develop a new relationship to our roles, and how we may be holding others in theirs. Creating relationship (conscious awareness; taking requires a giving back) is one gift a spiritual practice (yoga, martial arts, doing the dishes!)gives back to us. Thank you for your patience with episode 15 too! Lots of shifts, lots of time for practice and change. We are right there with those of you listening that are knee deep in yours as well. with love to those we get to share with, thank you for the continued practice.
GREAT NEWS —Ram Dass and Katrina from FYO are busy creating group #3 of Zooming in the Lens online course which will start Oct 29th on Skype, for an online, guided practice with 5-10 hand-picked people from all over the world. An intense, yet down-to-earth; meeting of spirit and mind, supporting and grounding for you to take off from any level, at any degree. For more info log onto FunctionalYogaOnline.com. Registration opens Oct 5th, 2015 on RamDass.org/zooming. This will be a course in honor of Katrina’s teacher, Ram Dass and Maharaji (Neem Karoli Baba), with suggested donations. Serious seekers only please. Join the past ZITL students at Facebook.com/Functionalyoga. Registering is a process to make this personal for each attendee. We imagine these spots will go fast so mark in your calendars Oct 5th to register. Youtube videos will be released soon with behind the scene footage of ZITL! Sign up to receive alerts at FYO.com or FB. Thank you to Ian Hatton from Mixforpix.com for editing and music of this podcast; engineer, score writer, producer, guitar player, composer of a #1 hit – we are truly blessed for his time on our little practice endeavor. And most grateful for you. Namaste everybody!
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Sit in on the juicy talks into our unknown commitment when not questioning our monkey-mind. We may not even notice our thoughts or the results that may bring to us, personally. Listening to the mind without questioning with awareness and self inquiry, brings up dynamic conversation into personal responsibility, the benefits to cultivating back our imagination, play, and living presently v living from memories informing our present-mind. Join the girls for their personal tools used to investigate a loving and amicable…separation to the mind – or as, creating “space” within the mind. Apologies for Katrina sounding like “the voice of God” in this episode, which is due to a recording issue known as “not shutting off the reverb!” One of these days they will record a flawless sounding episode for Ian to edit but until then, thank you for your patience – “this isn’t easy stuff to navigate through ;)”