100 episodes

Where are our minds these days and where are they heading?

Where is our culture and where are we heading?

And what is the relationship between our minds and our culture?



Let's look at the many layers of culture - relationships, family, schools, workplace, neighborhood, etc.

Weather of the Mind Weather of the Mind

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Where are our minds these days and where are they heading?

Where is our culture and where are we heading?

And what is the relationship between our minds and our culture?



Let's look at the many layers of culture - relationships, family, schools, workplace, neighborhood, etc.

    Story, Character, and Fitness – An Interview w/ Jake Seegers

    Story, Character, and Fitness – An Interview w/ Jake Seegers

    Episode #107

    Original Air Date: 13 April 2022

    Produced by: Doug Krisch

    Length: 58 minutes

    Guest: Jake Seegers, founder of Fitquest, which combines role-playing and fitness pursuits. (contact him: fitquestgm@gmail.com)

    Music sample: "Flute Loop" - Beastie Boys. RIP MCA.



    The Weather of the Mind pod is back!  It has been a challenging winter up here in Ithaca.  More details on that in a future pod.



    This episode features Ithaca-based innovator and all-around nice guy, Jake Seegers.  His work caught my attention because I appreciate when people innovate and create a collision between two things that are not often put together.



    In this long interview (I decided not to break it up into two episodes), we talk a lot about narrative, games, fitness, and bringing these together in clever ways.



    So happy to be back with you.  I have missed working on pods.



    Happy Spring.



    Doug

    • 58 min
    Tribute to a Mighty Oak

    Tribute to a Mighty Oak

    Episode #106

    Original Airdate: 30 September 2021

    Produced by: Doug Krisch

    Length: 36 minutes



    Special Episode... Please share with your nature-loving peeps... a great episode to introduce new people to this podcast...



    In this episode I give a tribute to a mighty white oak tree, whose massive umbrella inspired and protected my family and me for many seasons.



    Topics that appear in this episode include: rituals, seasons, relationship to nature. A real treat!



    Tune in!



    -- --

    “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves.



    Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.



    Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.



    A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

    A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.



    When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.



    A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one's suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.



    So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are,

    Plants, Plantwork, and Emotional Health II

    Plants, Plantwork, and Emotional Health II

    Episode #105

    Original Airdate: 27 August 2021

    Produced by: Doug Krisch

    Length: 23 minutes



    Interview with Kaylea Forsythe.  Part II.



    We talk about how a blossoming relationship with plants - from houseplants to plantwork - can help engender a foundational shift in emotional health.



    Tune in!



    References:

    Root Bound.  Essay by Kaylea Forsythe. 2021.

    https://vocal.media/journal/root-bound

    • 22 min
    Plants, Plantwork, and Emotional Health – w Kaylea Forsythe

    Plants, Plantwork, and Emotional Health – w Kaylea Forsythe

    Episode #104

    Original Airdate: 5 August 2021

    Produced by: Doug Krisch

    Length: 21 minutes



    Interview with Kaylea Forsythe.  Part I of II.



    We talk about how a blossoming relationship with plants - from houseplants to plantwork - can help engender a foundational shift in emotional health.



    References:

    Root Bound.  Essay by Kaylea Forsythe. 2021.

    https://vocal.media/journal/root-bound

    • 20 min
    Our Relationship with the Sun

    Our Relationship with the Sun

    Episode #103

    Original Airdate: 13 July 2021

    Produced by: Doug Krisch

    Length: 36 minutes



    How is your relationship to the Sun?

    Do you know the basics... how far away the sun is?  How large the sun is?



    How is your relationship to your own skin?  After all, this is the part of our bodies - along with our eyes - that interacts with the rays of the sun.  Do you understand how to protect your skin?



    In this episode, I introduce 'The Shadow Rule' and encourage a deeper understanding of our relationship with the sun.



    And then after we touch upon the basics of science,  we take a look at culture - what happened to our old nature-based deities?  Our sun deities?  And how do these shifts in culture affect our understanding of our place in the world... in the galaxy ...



    An action packed, not-to-be-missed episode...



    Tune in!

    • 36 min
    The False Peak of Post-Corona

    The False Peak of Post-Corona

    Episode #102

    Original Airdate: 11 June 2021

    Produced by: Doug Krisch

    Length: 22 minutes



    The pandemic is winding down in the United States.



    But the repercussions are rumbling... through our own selves, our towns and neighborhoods, and around the world.



    Even if better times are ahead of us, it seems that we are still in the midst of a lot of chaos and change.



    So let us explore the metaphor of the False Peak and how it relates to setting expectations.



    Tune in!



     

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

John T Carroll ,

Magnificent

I feel as though Doug provides a weekly outlet for people to tune in to, allowing us to escape our monotonous routines and reflect on the deeper virtues of life, and practical ways to access them

etcworldwide ,

“Carpe Diem” to All Humans. May “Weather of the Mind” long live and prosper

I see this podcast as a great international tool, but more focused on immediate benefits of a close-knit community. Local. Those daily in our Immediate surroundings benefited by Truly discovering and learning more from each other.
How we can all be more compassionate and understanding on our paths. Yet, always remembering the nitty gritty and realness of some of our relationships with others best coined as, “ I love you, but I don’t have to like you. “

We can disagree with others without being disagreeable.

I praise Doug over his numerous years that I’ve only subtly known him through a few phone calls, emails and 1 time meeting in person... for his vigilance, persistence and pursuit of dedicating his life and existence toward improving lives.

“Weather of the Mind...”
Our minds are just as the weather is (constantly changing each breath of air we breathe)...and this is a great podcast in which Doug dissects various aspects our minds take us in this life. This podcast has no boundaries and is true Art.

I believe Doug is a true anthropologist. A true philanthropist.

Def:
phi·lan·thro·pist
/fəˈlanTHrəpəst/
noun
a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.
synonyms: benefactor, benefactress, patron, patroness, donor, contributor, sponsor, backer, helper, good Samaritan; do-gooder, Lady Bountiful; historicalalmsgiver
"the trust was funded by an anonymous philanthropist"

JulioS22 ,

A sobering podcast

Great podcast! Love the format, music, and the interactive nature that encourages people to take the podcast outside.

Julio S. Cristo Rey.