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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TC342: Cafe Book Club – The Book of Joy: Part 1

TC342: Cafe Book Club – The Book of Joy: Part 1

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost begin their review of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. The book explores how to live a more joyous life and is broken down into the “Eight Pillars”: Perspectives, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, and Generosity. This is one of a hundred or so (!) books  that the Dalai Lama has authored or lent his name to, and the first one with Archbishop Tutu. The Four Independent Brain Circuits In this week’s show, Robin mentions the “four independent brain circuits that influence our well-being. According to Davidson: “There are four independent brain circuits...

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TC340: The Book of Joy – Our Next Cafe Book Club Selection

TC340: The Book of Joy – Our Next Cafe Book Club Selection

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost discuss the next selection in our Cafe Book Club: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abbrams. The book explores how to live a more joyous life and is broken down into the “Eight Pillars”: Perspectives, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, and Generosity. This is one of a hundred or so (!) books  that the Dalai Lama has authored or lent his name to, and the first one with Archbishop Tutu. “Happy, not only just on the physical level, but mentally.  Peace. Compassion. That’s the real joy.” – Dalai Lama   The video below appeared on CBS Sunday Morning...

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TC 277: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Permission

TC 277: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Permission

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week we’re talking about Permission. In Big Magic, Gilbert writes: “Defending yourself as a creative person begins by defining yourself. It begins when you declare your intent. Stand up tall and say it aloud, whatever it is.” Key concept from this section: You don’t need permission to be creative; it is an instinctual part of being human. If anything, people should embrace their creative entitlement. And if you’re not an “artist” you still don’t need permission to live a creative life, no matter what type of work you do. You can be a creative engineer, a creative nurse, farmer, or any other occupation. It’s not...

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TC 276: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Enchantment

TC 276: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Enchantment

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week we’re talking about Enchantment and the concept that ideas are “an energetic life form”.   Key concept from this section: Creativity can be seen as magical in not just the figurative sense of the concept, but the literal interpretation of inspiration and creation as “the supernatural, the mystical, the inexplicable, the surreal, the divine, the transcendent, the otherwordly . . . a force of enchantment — not entirely human in its origins.” The power and nature of inspiration and the way it works are magical as well. How Ideas Work As Elizabeth says in the section on How Ideas Work “I believe that our...

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