"Whats This Tao All About?" is a beginner's guide to Taoism and the Tao Te Ching hosted by Dr. Carl Totton a Tao master, member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and Doctor of Psychology. The co-host is Tod Perry, the host of the popular comedy podcasts Low Budget FM, Far Out! and The Original Kings of Podcasting.
Show 83 — Chapters 66, 68, and 49
Dr. Totton and Tod breeze through three more chapters of the “Tao Te Ching.”
Show 82 — Healing Pandemic Trauma, Listener Mail, and Chapter 70
Tod shares an update of the stabbing that happened outside of the Taoist Institute. Later, Dr. Totton shares his thoughts on how we can overcome trauma associated with COVID-19 and we break down Chapter 70 of the “Tao Te Ching.”
Show 81 — Living in the Now and Communication
Dr. Totton shares his thoughts on how we can live in the now instead of being focused on the past or future. Later, we discuss how sages communicate on a deeper, non-verbal level.
Show 80 — Lieh Tzu on What’s Normal, Chakras, Chapter 37
Lieh Tzu wrote a thought-provoking parable on how we should view what’s normal versus abnormal. Later, a listener has questions about chakras and chapter 37 of the “Tao Te Ching.”
Show 79 — Behaving Naturally and Chapter 34
The show opens with a discussion on naturalness inspired by a chapter in “Lieh Tzu.” Later, a listener asks how one can act outside of the Tao which dovetails nicely into a discussion on Chapter 34, which is about the nature of Tao.
Show 78 — Disabilities, Guns, and Chapter 32
The New York Times had a great article on why Chuang Tzu was one of the first philosophers to embrace disability, Dr. Totton and Tod discuss. Later, a listener has a questions about guns, and we take a deep dive into Chapter 32 of the “Tao Te Ching.”
On my second listen
I’m glad somebody put this together because I found Tao Te Ching inspiring, but confusing to put into practice. Dr Totton gives practical tools to apply (putting thoughts in a bubble, meditations) and they have good discussion about the chapters.
This show made me realize I can no longer carrot and stick myself into achieving goals. Some good and bad to that, just means I need to live in the present and not delay happiness until I reach point A, B, or whatever. Thank you for helping me be more mindful.
I don’t write reviews but...
Ever since my friend introduced me to the podcast, I’ve experienced a perspective shift that continues to manifest blessings in my life. I’m so grateful~