Today Gia and Karen start off with Something Positive: the story of a dog who “adopted” an ultra-marathoner by running alongside him during an event in China.
Then they talk about the experience of having unexpected obstacles show up when following clear guidance. They offer their own best tips for coping with these sudden “stop signs” on the path of progress:
reframe the situation – see it as a need for better timing or an opportunity to learn more
let go of attachments to the outcome of your guidance
learn to trust the wisdom of the Universe
be curious about life’s mysteries
have patience and let life unfold with its own timing
journal about obstacles and the feelings that are arising
choose a totem as a daily reminder of your Divine guidance
don’t take the obstacles personally
Karen shares this quote by Rumi:
A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe. What nine months of attention does for an embryo forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness.
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Today Gia and Karen start the podcast with a new weekly feature: Something Positive. Today’s positive story is about a woman in Philadelphia who learned that her Uber driver had a son competing in the Olympics but couldn’t afford to travel to Rio to watch his performance. So she gathered her friends together and raised the money to pay his expenses and that Dad is on his way to Rio to cheer for his son! We need more people like that woman who take the time to listen to other people’s stories and act with compassion and generosity.
The subject for today is Impermanence and the discussion includes all of the normal changes we experience as we grow through life. These “little deaths” help shape who we are and occur to gradually break down our attachments and prepare for our ultimate death. But Westerners are resistant to change in general and thoughts of death. We talk about:
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche and how Buddhists prepare for death throughout their adult lives
The need to let suffering change us as we journey through life
The challenges of change for the ego which clings to self-identity
The importance of seeing the Galaxy view to help us through the ego’s struggles in the Garden
The best mindset for coping with change and impermanence
Karen’s new book: The Tao of Death – an adaptation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching from the perspective of Death; the book can be used as a daily guide for contemplating death and impermanence – a Companion Journal is available with prompts for daily journaling.
In today’s episode Gia and Karen welcome their first guest, Dr. Larry George, who is Gia’s Dad and Karen’s husband. Dr. George is a family physician who recently retired from practice and is a student of Integral Theory, particularly the work of Ken Wilber. The trio discusses masculine and feminine energies, what happens when they are out of balance, and some ideas for getting into balance. The conversation includes:
The difference between male/female designations and masculine/feminine and why it’s important to understand
How patriarchy began for practical, survival reasons
That testosterone is the driver of primitive male behaviors for procreation and protection (“f*** it or kill it”)
How societal violence leads to fear and more violence
Why there is currently a clash of civilizations on the planet due to the existence of many different levels of socio-cultural evolution at the same time
Tips for helping male consciousness evolve and controlling testosterone-driven behaviors:
Why higher consciousness is needed to help quell violence on the planet
Why compassion and forgiveness are important as we all seek to evolve (rather than blame and judgement)
The importance of finding our own inner balance of masculine and feminine energies
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