Michael Gungor (Vishnu Dass) explores how clinging to our most important stories imprisons us in suffering. Freedom is simply THIS.
What is truth? Can one be certain of anything?
Singing together is not only a potentially powerful spiritual technology and form of spiritual community, but it’s good for you! Studies have shown singing to be linked to lower stress, better moods, more of a sense of connection, and many more benefits.
In this podcast, Michael Gungor announces that he will be leading some simple chants and musical experiences that are designed to draw one into deep presence and embodiment. No religious belief is necessary to enjoy and reap the benefits of this powerful spiritual practice.
How to Change the World
How do we make a difference in a world that feels so big and out of our control? How do we not feel hopeless in the face of huge problems like climate change, racism, and inequality? Michael offers a radical suggestion.
Look What I Can Do
This is probably the most vulnerable podcast I've ever recorded. 2020 and 2021 have been some of the most challenging and beautiful years of my life. In this podcast, I share some of what's been happening with me as well as a song that I just released out of some of the shadow work I've been doing called "Look What I Can Do."
Good and Evil
In the wake of a disturbing week (and year) (and four years) (and however long humans have been around), we are confronted with what feels to be such vivid displays of evil in the world. What is evil exactly? Is it real? Is it objective? What do we even mean when we talk about good and evil and how does it relate to who we are and how we live?
What is grace? Is it a magical power-up potion? A thought in the mind of God? A metaphor for fortunate moments in life? In this episode, Michael takes a deep dive into the idea of grace and offers his thoughts on why so many religious traditions have some sort of concept of it.
I love this podcast so much. It’s so interesting and peaceful.
Having seen the small outbreak of rhetoric in a certain group, astutely discerned by VD/MG, I sincerely wonder and hope that all parties of the kerfuffle are healing and addressing the narcissism that has been brought to the fore. Which, I should also say that it isn’t that pathological sort of narcissism that I speak of, but what can well up from any/everyone and may come as a result of a cancelling/silencing space in addition to emotional turmoil. It is rather sad to see the variety of accountability/a call to accountability as being one to include an orientation toward negging or remarking on one’s own victim-hood. That is hardly an acknowledgment or acceptance/admission of wrongdoing, and to perceive oneself as blameless misses the point of accountability.
Why do we need to give, or inflict, pain when we are hurt or feel undone (which seems more associated with pathos)? To make a point that “they” also need to be accountable? That splitting does little to resolve and smacks of an individualistic frame that sees “oneself” and “them” as being apart from each other when the collective heart has been fractured.
I don’t know the depth and breadth of what happened, nor do I admittedly have the desire to plumb into it (though, clearly something is coming up here with my unsolicited opining), but apart from the process of displaying these things publicly (for whatever reason), I hope for a stance of “all manner of things shall be well” to be a driving force for grace toward themselves and each other through this grief even if a reconciliation isn’t possible.
“All is vanity,” including “this” anyway.
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Love listening to your work, MG!