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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TC346: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 4: Acceptance

TC346: Cafe Book Club presents The Book of Joy – Pillar 4: Acceptance

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 fourth pillar: Acceptance. Acceptance: The Only Place Where Change Can Begin In this short teaching is the profound essence of the Dalai Lama’s approach to life: “Why be unhappy about something if it can be remedied? And what is the use of being unhappy if it cannot be remedied? Once we can see life in its wider perspective, once we are able to see our role in its drama with some degree of humility, and once we are able to laugh at ourselves, we then come to the fourth and final quality of mind which is the ability to accept our life in all its pain, imperfection, and beauty. Acceptance, it must be pointed out, is...

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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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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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TC341: TRY – Trauma Recovery Yoga – Interview with the Founders

TC341: TRY – Trauma Recovery Yoga – Interview with the Founders

This week host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost welcome Joyce Sportsman and Darwin Bosen, co-founders of Trauma Recovery Yoga. Established in 2016, TRY is a team of trauma-informed yoga teachers who are dispatched to service individuals who have experienced trauma or are living in crisis. Trauma informed yoga incorporates a series of meditation, strengthening postures, and breathing which magnify the mind-body-spirit connection after the experience of trauma. The effects of trauma Trauma is emotional shock that follows a deeply distressing or disturbing incident such as: war, crime, accident, assault, or natural disaster. While shock and denial tend to immediately follow a traumatic event, its long-term effects can include: unpredictable emotions,...

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