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Be here now

In this episode: I talk about the importance of being present and soaking in whatever good is in the present moment, with mindfulness that these things may not be here tomorrow.

Healthy Auto Pilot

In this episode: I talk about the commitment and practice of doing healthy new behaviors until they become second nature (part of your routine - while still being able to be in the flow of the moment). After discussing this, I take a short break and then ask you for your thoughts on my doing a live show (perhaps on Firesidechat).

Control and Expectation

In this episode: I talk about how our expectations of a certain outcome can set up suffering, and about how accepting fate or the outcome, and even mentally preparing ourselves for a bad outcome, contrary to popular belief, may be beneficial.

Healthy Delusions

In this episode: I talk about - what I call "Healthy Delusions", which are ways of seeing the world that help us function. These are contrasted with "Unhealthy Delusions", which are ways that our brain tricks us into destructive thought and action.

How to deal with hardship

In this episode, I discuss a brief outline for dealing with hardship in life using three Taoist principles.

A single step

In this episode: I talk about how one small decision can change your life - sometimes not for the better. Many of us can trace some life circumstances back to a single poor decision.

Compassion

I talk about compassion (love, mercy, empathy, compassion, kindness, etc.).

The answers

In this episode, I talk more about free-will, comparisons, determinism and purpose.

Daily Mindfulness

I discuss tips for doing the important practice of daily mindfulness to achieve a level of freedom from buying in to destructive thoughts.

Addiction

In this episode: I discuss the difficult topic of addition.

Luck and Misfortune

In this episode: I discuss luck and misfortune. I describe a story of a man who is an example of both - Frane Selak.

Not a Taoist

In this episode: I interview a friend that I had met during a Taoist Meetup Group about two years ago, "Spek". Spek and I will discuss why he is "not a Taoist" and dive into other things including free-will.

Clinging to Absurdity

In this episode: I discuss philosopher Alburt Camus' concept of Absurdity and then relate this to Taoism.

Chaos Order Violence Injustice Disorder

In this episode: I discuss a little bit of some of the crazy times around us which currently include our recent COVID pandemic and the protests surrounding police brutality and racial injustice.

Imperfections

In this episode: I discuss imperfections - and I am leaving this episode unedited for mistakes - to keep the episode very imperfect.

Is this who I want to be

For this show, we are going to ask an important question to guide future behaviors - especially when we choosing undesirable behviors.

Wrap up of Season III

In this episode: I discuss Chapter 5 of the Tao Te Ching and then wrap up Season III with some good information.

Violence and war

In this episode: I discuss some chapters 30 and 31 of the Tao Te Ching.

The Tao is elusive

In this episode: I discuss how the Tao seems to elude us just when we think we have hope and maybe some answers to our ultimate questions - and when we lose hope and fall into nihilism, the Tao seems to give us glimpses of hope and faith. I will be reading from the Crispin Sartwell 2016 version of the Tao Te Ching Chapter 38.

Punishment and Crime

In this episode: I discuss Ch 74 of the Tao Te Ching pertaining to capital punishment.

Give up control

In this episode: I discuss chapter 29 of the Tao Te Ching and talk some about our often unsuccessful need to try to control things - much of which is outside of our control.

Be humble

In this episode: I discuss some chapters of the Tao Te Ching regarding humility.

The Tao is not what is spoken but what is lived

In this episode: I discuss some chapters - Chapters 5 and 6, of the Tao Te Ching.

The Endless Cup

In this episode: I discuss Chapter 4 of the Tao Te Ching.

Questioning what you think that you know

In this episode: I discuss Chapter 3 of the Tao Te Ching.

Yin and Yang

In this episode: I discuss Chapter 2 of the Tao Te Ching and the contrasting concepts of opposing or complementary forces - the ying and yang.

The Tao that can be told

In this episode: I read Chapter 1 of the Tao Te Ching and then provide commentary.

Review of Season 2

n this final episode of season 2, I do a quick review of seasons 1 and 2 - providing some key points.

Synchronicity

In this episode: I discuss the Jungian concept of synchronicity and touch upon reincarnation. In the question of today, I answer about how to explain what Taoism offers and what Taoism as a lifestyle can uniquely give to followers.

Organized religious institutions

In this episode: I discuss some possible reasons why people are turning away from churches and some organized religions in general, in favor of their own personal spiritual connection. In the question of today, I answer about whether or not I believe in miracles.

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