TC350: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 8: Generosity

TC350: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 8: Generosity

In this week’s podcast host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost discuss the last of the 8 Pillars of Joy from the “Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pillar 8 is “Generosity”. Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait. Generosity is often a natural outgrowth of compassion, thought the line between the two can be hard to distinguish. We don’t need to wait until the feelings of compassion arise before we choose to be generous. Generosity is often something that we learn to enjoy by doing. It is...

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TC348: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy-Pillar 6: Gratitude

TC348: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy-Pillar 6: Gratitude

In this week’s podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost continue their discussion on The Book of Joy. This week we focus on Pillar 6: Gratitude – I am Fortunate to be Alive The quotes below are excerpted from this chapter. Greet each day with gratitude “Every day, think as you wake up, ‘I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it.'” Gratitude is the recognition of all that holds us in the web of life and all that has made it possible to have the live that we have and the moment that we are experiencing. Thanksgiving is a natural response to life and may be the only way to savor it. It allows us to shift our perspective toward all we have been given and all that we have. It moves us...

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TC347: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 5: Forgiveness

TC347: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 5: Forgiveness

In this week’s podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost continue their discussion on The Book of Joy. This week we focus on Pillar 5: Forgiveness. “Forgiveness does not mean we forget. You should remember the negative thing, but because there is a possibility to develop hatred, we mustn’t allow ourselves to be led in that direction–we choose forgiveness.” Forgiveness do not mean you forget what someone has done, contrary to the saying “Forgive and Forget.” Not reacting with negativity, or giving in to the negative emotions, does not mean you do not respond to the acts or that you allow yourself to be harmed again. Forgiveness does not mean that you do not seek justice or that the perpetrator is not punished....

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TC345: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 3: Humor

TC345: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 3: Humor

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost continue their discussion of the Eight Pillars of Joy. This week focuses on the third pillar: Humor. To reinforce the benefits of humor, here’s a great article called “Laughter is the Best Medicine“. It discusses the benefits of laughter and “Why laughter is the sweetest medicine for mind and body”, including the physical, mental, and social benefits of laughter. They also offer tips for how you can develop your sense of humor. Below is an excerpt: How to Develop Your Sense of Humor Laugh at yourself. Share your embarrassing moments. The best way to take yourself less seriously is to talk about times when you took yourself too seriously. Attempt to laugh at situations rather...

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TC344: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 2: Humility

TC344: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 2: Humility

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost continue their discussion of the Eight Pillars of Joy. This week focuses on the second pillar: Humility. We are all just human beings Dalai Lama said, referring back to the Archbishop’s story about preaching at Chris Hani’s funeral. “You mentioned when you spoke at the funeral that you did not consider yourself superior, you were just one of them. That’s very, very important. I always feels the same way when I give a talk. I consider myself as simply another person, just like those in the audience, same human being. So, I am just one human being talking to other human beings. ” “Similarly, they should consider me as the same human being, with the same potential for...

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TC343: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 1: Perspective

TC343: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 1: Perspective

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost discuss the Pillar of Perspective, the first of the Eight Pillars of Joy. Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama discuss having a mental immunity that helps us about filling our minds and hearts with positive thoughts and feelings. There are so many times we get caught up in our fear, things that are going on when we experience challenging circumstances. “A healthy perspective really is the foundation of joy and happiness, because the way we see the world is the way we experience the world. Changing the way we see the world in turn changes the way we feel and the way we act, which changes the world itself.” The Dalai Lama used the terms wider perspective and larger perspective. They involve...

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