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There may be no greater understatement than that of “life is hard,” and yet, it might be the one undeniable universal truth that we all share. Life is hard; it’s so goddamn hard. It demands everything of us, but what happens when we’re not ready, or able, to show up and offer life our entire everything? Speaking from my own personal experience, it breaks the heart. For some, this break may be a little, while for others, it may be a lot. For most of us, we’re not even aware the break is happening. And this is very understandable as we’re caught up in the business that is life, which makes perfect sense because it’s what we’ve known our entire lives. That is, until it doesn’t make sense anymore.
I believe there are times in every single one of our lives where we have “moments of clarity”. For some, it may be while staring down the barrel of a gun, while for others it might be while listening to a particular song, or teaching, hiking in nature, making love or any other number of things. Whatever the cause, life is full of moments of clarity, or “awakening”. And it’s thanks to those brief moments of clarity and awakening that guide us to cultivating greater compassion, loving-kindness, and connection with ourselves, with others, and with life as a whole. (more…)
Episode Outline: In this episode of The Healing Journey, Sounds True author Mary O’Malley and I discuss her difficult childhood, which were plagued by drug, alcohol and food addictions; “The myth of not being okay,” which is a type of mindset that hopes that if we can just get our life the way you want it to be, then we will feel okay (which is never the case); fear and how we can learn to face it with a spirit of curiosity, ultimately helping us to find our way through it; “The Five Great Teachers”, which are designed to bring up what’s been bound inside of us and is asking for our healing and attention; “The Four Lets,” which are: 1) Let Life 2) Let It Be 3) Let It Go and 4) Let Go and much more.
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- Jeff’s Early Years – Jeff talks about finding himself on the verge of opening a law practice when he heard a little voice inside telling you to stop, how that process unfolded, and learning to become more aware of his emotions and their accompanying wisdom.
- Karmageddon – Jeff speaks candidly about his documentary Karmageddon and his experience with spiritual teacher Bhagavan Das, which was rocky at best.
- Spiritual Graffiti – Jeff and I discuss his most recent book, “Spiritual Graffiti,” beginning with the introduction, “A Call to Authenticity,” and elaborating on this excerpt, “Although I use the word “spiritual” in the title, make no mistake as to my meaning. By spiritual, I do not mean anything that is exclusively transcendent, etheric, or blissful. I don’t mean anything steeped in artificial forgiveness, wishful thinking, radical detachment, ego-bashing.”
- New Cage Movement – In Spiritual Graffiti, Jeff coins a term, “New Cage Movement” which he describes as, “What I once honored as a new age for humanity, I now refer to as the “New Cage Movement”, as I witness seekers fleeing their humanness—and opportunities for deeper transformation—in droves. I use this term to describe the ungrounded, dangerous and simplistic elements of the New Age movement…” and we explore in-depth.
- Spiritual Bypassing – Jeff and I explore another excerpt from Spiritual Graffiti which addresses spiritual bypassing. As Jeff writes, “The real dawning of a new age for humanity requires that we let go of the ungrounded notion that real spirituality exists independent of our human experience. This is the big lie, perpetuated by masters of self-avoidance masquerading as enlightened masters. Yes, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. But we are also human beings having a human experience. They are one and the same.”
In this episode of The Healing Journey Mona Haydar and I discuss her relationship to spirituality and religion as a child; experiencing God in nature and the depth, stillness and interconnectedness that flourished as a result; poetry as an expression of God; what the word Islam means, discussing the peace and surrender aspects of it and how the universe has no problem intervening in our lives in order to make us surrender; who “the one God” is according to the Muslim faith; the role of the prophet Muhammad in the Muslim faith; the “Ask a Muslim” stand she and her husband Sebastian set up in Cambridge, MA, which offers free donuts and coffee to people, as well as a conversation about being Muslim; the power of reaching out to ones neighbor, regardless of their religion or lack thereof; sharing more love in the world and much more!