The Everyday Sublime podcast explores a full spectrum spirituality. Each week begins with a dharma talk, and each month Josh has an in-depth conversation with a thought leader in the field. As Stephen Batchelor says, "the mystical does not transcend the world, but saturates it." www.joshsummers.net
On the Varieties of the Sleepy Experience: Dharma Talk (Episode 120)
One form of drowsiness and low energy that can arise in meditative practice is the sort that stems from discouragement and disappointment. Very often, unacknowledged expectations can fuel a subtle frustration within one's practice, and that discouragement, in turn, can zap one's enthusiasm for practice. The key is to remember the simple orientation of practice: The only experience to have in mindfulness practice IS the experience that one is having, plain and simple. The encouragement is to hold and receive each and every experience with tender care.
Howard Axelrod: The Point of Vanishing (Episode 119)
During his junior year of college, a tragic accident during a game of pick-up basketball disrupted Howard Axelrod's course in life. As a way to make sense of himself and of life, Howard did what I've only fantasized of doing: He went to live in the woods, in utter solitude, for a very long time.
A Tale of Two Selves: Dharma Talk (Episode 118)
"The 'transcendent' big 'S' Self is one hundred percent present on and within each and every experience. In fact, the Self is what is conscious of every experience." - Josh Summers
Fundamental Wrongness to Unconditional Rightness: Dharma Talk (Episode 117)
"The path tends to move along a continuum from personal dukkha - or fundamental wrongness - to a transformational awakening - or unconditional rightness." - Josh Summers
Jenny Odell: How To Do Nothing (Episode 116)
"To me, the only habit worth 'designing for' is the habit of questioning one's habitual ways of seeing, and that is what artists, writers, and musicians help us to do." - Jenny Odell
On Meditative Process and Experience: Dharma Talk (Episode 115)
"The perch is the seed of stillness. Receptivity is the seed of awareness. And choice is the seed of surrender. In the beginning, these principles feel distinct, but with time, they become three facets of the same unified field of experience." - Josh Summers