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The 'Rona

commusings Oct 11, 2020

In mid-February 2020, my friend Russell and I attended a conference called The Conscious Life Expo. The twisted irony of the name will whistle out the kettle in a moment.

 The event was hosted at the LAX Hilton, a nondescript concrete behemoth beside the Los Angeles airport. Behind the banal façade, like a technicolor pearl in an oyster, an animated psychedelia awaited.

As we...

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Yoga is Politics with Seane Corn

podcast Oct 09, 2020

Seane Corn is a yoga teacher and passionate political activist who believes social issues cannot be separated from yoga and spirituality. Today we discuss how she is using her platform in an explicitly non-neutral and political manner as well as the emergence of QAnon within the wellness community and her outspoken efforts to dispel it.


Jeff: I guess I'd like to begin our conversation with...

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The Middle Way

commusings Oct 03, 2020

Close your eyes. Sit tall, with your back straight. Plant your feet solidly on the ground below you. Take a deep breath in through your nose.
 
And hold it until November 3. Probably longer.
 
Shut-eye doesn’t come easy right now, thoughts are swinging from branch to branch like a monkey. That debate debacle bore some semblance to the chatterbox in my head, where two imaginary...

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Can the Courts Preserve Democracy?

podcast Sep 30, 2020

Judge Vaughn R. Walker served as a U.S. District Judge from 1989 to 2011, and while he was nominated by two Republican presidents, he also presided over many progressive decisions, including the case that paved the way for the legalization of gay marriage. Today's show is part civics lesson and part reassurance in the resilience of our democratic institutions. We discuss the court as a...

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Small Is Beautiful

commusings Sep 27, 2020

I fell asleep last Thursday night, a copy of E. F. Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful on my chest, only to be jostled out of reverie by what I perceived to be an earthquake. In retrospect, the jolt could have been the seismic gyrations of my sister-in-law, who was in throes of labor just a mile away. In the wee hours of Friday morning, Lewis Kofi Krasno entered the world, trading seats with...

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The 4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Speak to Someone

teacher wisdom Sep 25, 2020
 
Teacher wisdom from Scott Schwenk: 

Our words are powerful. 

They can lift yourself and others up, or they can fortify our inner critic and judgments. A good practice before you speak to someone is to filter your words through what spiritual teacher Scott Schwenk called "the four gatekeepers of right speech." By doing so, you ensure that what you say and share is kind, true,...

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The Light and Dark of Western Spirituality with Jules Evans

podcast Sep 23, 2020

Jules Evans is a prolific philosopher who writes on a wide variety of topics from stoicism and cognitive behavioral therapy to Artisotle and ayahuasca. Today’s conversation touches on the weaponization of social media, the need for real in-person community, the counterculture sparked by Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, and Krishnamurti, and the surprising affinity many Nazis had for the...

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The Invisible Thief of Happiness

commusings Sep 20, 2020

“Come on, honey, not at the dinner table.”

Anyone with a teenager knows what this futile request refers to. And, candidly, I raise my hand, guilty as charged, for sneaking an under-the-table peak at my Instagram between helpings.

What did we used to do in the backseat on those long family drives? Sing songs? Play the alphabet game? Just be bored?

Now, we furnish our beloved progeny...

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You Split. I Choose.

commusings Sep 18, 2020

You are hosting a big party. Not right now obviously. But in the future. You must be extremely popular because heaps more people than expected are showing up. And now you’re out of 7-layer bean dip, only remnant crumbs of tortilla chips litter the bottoms of bowls, and someone is licking the thin paste of remaining ranch dip off the veggie platter. You can sense a fomenting...

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How Yoga Helps You Harness Your Power and Express Your Voice

teacher wisdom Sep 17, 2020
 
Teacher wisdom from Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts: 

Many of us have been and are silenced.

We have silenced ourselves, or we have allowed others to silence us. But by being silenced, we are then unable to express our gifts and contribute to the communities we care about. In this short video, Commune teacher Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts shares how yoga is more than a workout. In fact,...

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