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Beyond Informational Thinking To Connective Thinking - Glenn Aparicio Parry, Ph.D. - ND3555
Glenn Parry believes that the way to cure our planetary challenges begins with a return to original thought. The way we think and interact with nature and each other, he says, affects everything. He believes that the shift to linear thinking is not our natural way, and explains that our rational thought is different from the kind of thought that connects us to the universe. Glenn Aparicio Parry, Ph.D. is an educator, international speaker, entrepreneur, and visionary whose life-long passion is to re-form thinking and education into a coherent, cohesive whole. He’s the founder and past president of the SEED Institute, and is currently the president of the think tank: The Circle for Original Thinking. Parry organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit Conferences from 1999 – 2011 that brought together Indigenous Native Elders and Western scientists in dialogue. This series of conferences was moderated by Leroy Little Bear. Parry is an avid outdoorsman and makes his home in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife, dog, and cat. He is the author of Original Thinking: A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature (North Atlantic Books 2015).
Interview Date: 8/18/2015 Tags: Glenn Aparicio Parry, Original thought, conspiracy with nature, Native Americans, Language of Spirit Conference, brain, David Bohm, Leroy Little Bear, Dan Moonhawk Alfred, sacred ratio, golden mean, map story, rational thinking, rational thought, New Mexico, Navajo, Grandfather Leon, Orlando Secatero, campfire, spirit dialogues, Science, Self Help, psychology, Ecology/Nature/Environment
A Healthy, More Resilient Brain - Brant Cortright, Ph.D. - ND3554
Brant Cortright brings brain research into a new dimension by putting it into a holistic health context. Cortright’s lessons about brain health incorporate body, heart, mind, and spirit. He clarifies some common misconceptions, and shares how we can help our brains thrive and grow, including what we might be doing to unknowingly cause harm. Brant Cortright, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies. His consulting practice specializes in brain health and neuroscience-informed depth therapy. He is the author of Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (Suny Series, Philosophy of Psychology) (State University of New York Press 1997), Integral Psychology: Yoga, Growth, and Opening the Heart (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) (State University of New York Press 2007) and The Neurogenesis Diet & Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life (Psychic Media 2015).
Interview Date: 8/11/2015 Tags: Brant Cortright, neuroscience, neurogenesis, brain science, brain health, Alzheimer’s, antidepressants, Prozac, depression, serotonin, isolation, emotional regulation, emotional navigation, spiritual practice, meditation, devotional love practice, lifelong learning, cognitive reserve, relationships, aerobic activity, running, Science, Self Help, Heath & Healing, psychology
The Direct Route to Abiding Peace - Gail Brenner, Ph.D - ND3551
Brenner says we are not limited, damaged or inadequate. She critiques the self-help movement as perpetuating the idea that we are in need of fixing, and holds the provocative view that nothing needs to be changed or fixed to be happy. She posits that we have the capacity to spontaneously find inner peace by shedding the stories and negative emotions that cause us pain. Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and blogger. She is the author of The End of Self-Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life (Ananda Press 2015)
Interview Date: 6/25/2015 Tags: Gail Brenner, self-help, happiness, searching, curious, curiosity, changing our thoughts, meditation, thought, story, recurrent thoughts, habitual thoughts, conditioned thinking, beliefs, “hello dread”, anxiety, label the emotion, underneath the emotion, couch process, fear, allowing, conditioning, seeking, control, worry about the future, end of resisting, unfolding, Self Help, Personal Transformation, Psychology
Awake-ism-The Heartmind of Buddhism - Ethan Nichtern - ND3550
“Awake-ism,” in Nichtern’s view, means to be aware, open, and compassionate. He looks at Buddhist thought as a useful psychological, philosophical, and ethical system that anyone can make use of. His advice for living in these times is to maintain our awareness as we move between very personal spaces and collective spaces. Ethan Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and the founder of the Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to secular Buddhist study as it applies to transformational activism, mindful arts and media projects, and Western psychology. Nichtern has taught meditation and Buddhist studies classes and retreats across the United States since 2002. He is based in New York City. His books include One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Publications 2007) and The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (North Point Press 2015)
Interview Date: 5/20/2015 Tags: Ethan Nichtern, awakeism, heartmind, interdependence, emotions, meditation, karma, mindfulness, Chogyam Trungpa, nature of mind, blind faith, psychology of habit, minding the gap, Pema Chodron, Sakyong MIpham, Ghostbusters, Ground Hog Day, pride, confidence, fear, emotions, sadness, transformational activist, shame, blame, spiritual materialism, co-emergence, Buddhism, Personal Transformation, Religion
How Poetry Can Transform Our Lives - Jane Hirshfield - ND3548
Poetry can play a transformative role in our lives. It gives us an opportunity to ask questions and open up to the unknown. Hirshfield shares her love of poetry, her take on beauty, and she treats us to some of her poems. She takes us into the mind of the poet and reminds us that a reader can benefit from a poem without knowing what the poet is thinking. Jane Hirshfield is the author of nine books of poetry and two collections of essays. She has edited and co-translated four books presenting the work of world poets from the past. Her books have received the Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and the Donald Hal-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Her poems appear in a wide range of prestigious outlets. A resident of Northern California, she is a chancellor emerita of the Academy of American Poets. She presents her work at literary and interdisciplinary events worldwide.
Interview Date: 5/9/2015 Tags: Jane Hirshfield, poetry, poems, The Beauties, beauty, darkness, suffering, amplitude, uncertainty, opening, questions, culture, permeability, listen, Ten Windows, windows, My Skeleton, skeleton, My Sandwich, cottage cheese sandwich, My Task, buildings
Stretching Time with Focused Perception - Lisa Broderick - ND3740
How often have you exclaimed, “There isn’t enough time.” Albert Einstein once wrote: “People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Lisa Broderick says “Once you understand the science of time, you understand that our experience of time is one part physical and one part perception.” She goes on to give us many insights as to how we can be liberated from the illusion that time is strictly linear and is our enemy. This deep dialogue explores how time is less limited than we think and it can be stretched and bent. Broderick describes the difference between selective attention and focused perception, “Selective attention is our ability to tune out that which is not important to us. Focused perception is our ability to focus on, to the exclusion of all other things, one thing. Complete opposites. And focused perception is what we use to change and control our experience of time.” Lisa Broderick earned her BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University. She’s a Transcendental Meditation™ Siddha and has attended the Monroe Institute for the exploration of expanded states of consciousness. For 15 years she studied imagery and dream reading at the American Institute for Mental Imagery. She currently runs a business consultancy based in New York City that helps socially conscious entrepreneurs manifest their creativity and energy. She is the author of All the Time In The World: Learn To Control Your Experience of Time to Live a Life Without Limitations. (Sounds True 2021).
Interview Date: 8/12/2021 Tags: MP3, Lisa Broderick, Time, memory, Sidereal time, Lord Kelvin, observer effect, focused perception, meditation, timelessness, Itzhak Bentov, supersight, seeing remotely, Personal Transformation, science, meditation, dreams, death and dying