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Relevant spirituality in the midst of 21st century living.

    ISmile364 - Getting There From Here

    ISmile364 - Getting There From Here

    Michael discusses how it is that we can carry a practice that allows for us to "get there" in terms of waking up. Among the most necessary approaches to this process is to deconstruct the reality we live in from a personal perspective, at least. This is most easily done by exploring the 5 senses (sight, taste, touch, hearing, and feeling) followed by the 6th sense (Asian teaching points to thought on this sense). The 7th sense involves our sense of time (past and future), the 8th sense involves what we might call the Seer, or the Witness. Even this sense is followed, and held openly by another, 9th sense, although even calling this a "sense," misses the mark. Still, the Path is revealed as this approach unfolds.



    Michael covers much of this and goes into greater detail on this topic in his book, Awake In This Life.

    • 40 min
    ISmile363 - Thanksgiving, Giving Thanks & Suffering Lite

    ISmile363 - Thanksgiving, Giving Thanks & Suffering Lite

    This evening's talk spans poetry, rock 'n roll, awareness, friendship, and how we can meet our experiences during the Holiday season with care and purpose. In fact, Michael argues, "awareness itself, is gratitude."

    ISmile362 - Friendship, Fearlessness, and Focus

    ISmile362 - Friendship, Fearlessness, and Focus

    Among the most important aspects of spiritual work is our sense of community. It can inspire us and keep us focused on the needs of the moment. It can also remind us of how necessary it is to make friends with our fear, thus allowing for our actions to be sourced from an undivided sense of purpose.

    • 49 min
    ISmile361 - It's About About Recognition Not Creation

    ISmile361 - It's About About Recognition Not Creation

    So often we find ourselves working to build things that we see as beneficial: a life, a relationship, a home, or even a philosophy that might work to offer us shelter from the chaos of contemporary living. In this talk, Michael offers us a chance to examine this process and consider an alternative. Recognizing what is always, already, in play can shed light on recognition as opposed to creation.

    • 50 min
    ISmile360 - Tangled Silk

    ISmile360 - Tangled Silk

    As the poet, Atticus points out, we are often very complicated beings. This shows up especially in relationships. While any relationship can be a challenge, our intimate relationships are especially good at helping us uncover our attachments. This is at once a challenge and a gift, in terms of spiritual practice. In this talk, Michael discusses relationships and how they offer us opportunities to integrate spiritual teaching.

    • 50 min
    ISmile359 – Loss

    ISmile359 – Loss

    What is loss and where does the fear associated with it come from? What about anger? What is grief? How do we best cope with these general attributes of loss and the negativity that it inspires? This evening's podcast goes to the heart of this very human experience.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

Nicholas720 ,

My favorite spiritual podcast

My favorite spiritual podcast, I don't follow a spiritual path - though I should. I did, however, stumble on Michael's podcast quite a few years ago and it got me out of a bad place - and his manner is quite soothing and humorous.

Don5642 ,

Don S

Easily accessible discussion of Buddhist spirituality. Well worth the listen. Namaste.

dchittle ,

The Buddha Bomb

Michael brings the dharma rain to the suburbs like one else. No nonsense meditation and discipline with a sense of humor.

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