In the three weeks since the election, we've struggled to figure out exactly what to say. Now that Biden has won the election, we want to put our energy ... where, exactly? This episode is a brief series of thoughts about how we might approach the challenging months ahead.
Been a while, hasn't it? In this short episode, Benjamin explains what caused the long silence, talks about what's coming in LSH land in the near future, and talks about dealing with anxiety around the election.
The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg left Benjamin reeling. In this short episode, he talks about the soul-searching he's done in the days since her death, and concludes that the only healthy way forward for himself is to focus on the spiritual issues around the present situation, not the political ones.
The stress just keeps getting more intense, doesn't it? We're facing relentlessly overwhelming circumstances in our world. In this episode, we discuss what we can do to navigate that overwhelm when there's no reprieve and none on the horizon.
Sorry this didn't show up last week, LSH family. Database issues had the website down. But we're back!
Last week, we revisted the centered breath, but we acknowledged that centered breathing during this time of travail might bring up challenging emotions. This week, we discuss how to leverage the centered breath to create a practice that sustains us during this difficult time.
In our last episode, we made the bold contention that, at this time of turmoil and impulse toward change, the most revolutionary thing you can do is to come to the present moment again and again via the centered breath. In this episode, we revisit the centered breath and talk about skillfully navigating the feelings that might arise while practicing centered breathing during this challenging time.
What made George Floyd's murder at the hands of the police different from the deaths of so many others, such that it caused massive protests around the country and around the world as well? What do these protests tell us about the present moment and the challenges we face? And how do we respond skillfully in the face of the challenges--and opportunities--of this historic moment?
Here are the Bush '88 campaign ads that I mentioned in the episode:
Willie Horton ad:
Revolving Doors ad:
This segment from "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story" shows both ads, and offers some interesting discussion about the obvious racism of the ads:
Many times over the years, and increasingly so since I've been doing this podcast, people have told me that my voice is soothing. A surprising number of people over the years have said to me, "I'd love to hear your voice while I go to sleep. You should record bedtime stories." Well, in this bonus episode, that's what I've done. Today: "Red Fish, Blue Fish" by Dr. Seuss. (This version skips the intro and dives straight into the story.)
Many times over the years, and increasingly so since I've been doing this podcast, people have told me that my voice is soothing. A surprising number of people over the years have said to me, "I'd love to hear your voice while I go to sleep. You should record bedtime stories." Well, in this bonus episode, that's what I've done. Today: "Red Fish, Blue Fish" by Dr. Seuss.
A bout of struggle and resistance took me into the woods on a hike, and out there I discovered a falseness in my current approach to this work. This short episode is my first attempt to speak from a place of deeper truth.