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Kindling the Examined Life.
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055: Shaped by the Dance Between Landscape & Consciousness with Gail Straub (Author of The Ashokan Way)
“Quoting the ancient I Ching, [Gail] writes about “coming to rest in motion.” She should know: a world traveler and social activist, Gail brings the steady calm she finds in the mountains to her work at peacemaking in a troubled world. ” – Elizabeth Lesser cofounder Omega Institute I feel like an absurd lover torn between two beloveds. But rather than being drawn to different people, I’m torn between landscapes. My primary loves are the lakes and trees of Minnesota, but I have also deeply fallen for the desert mountains and mesas of New Mexico. And still if I drift …
Rated 5 out of
Been waiting for a podcast like this!
It's early of course, but I am excited about a podcast that takes on the contemplative traditions.
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 5 out of
Thoughtful without taking itself too seriously
The Contemplify podcast is my latest obsession; it offers thought-provoking, engaging conversations with people engaged in the lifelong project of leading an "examined life," defined broadly and in many different ways.
Host Paul Swanson strikes a beautiful balance in his tone: he is genuinely and sincerely interested in pursuing the Big Questions, while being unpretentious enough to still have a good sense of humor, and recognize that humility is a virtue that is an important part of a quest like this one. I also love that (unlike many interviewers, who just like to hear themselves talk) he actually gives all the interesting people with whom he talks, adequate time to answer his questions. He listens. It makes such a difference, and distinguishes him from SO many other interviewers in the media landscape.
Thank you for this wonderful podcast! It makes my day when I see that a new episode is available.
Date published: 2017-09-01