Bliss and Grit
About This Show
Long time friends Vanessa Scotto and Brooke Thomas are having conversations about being spiritual practitioners in the modern world. How do you find sacredness in today's materialistic society? Is there a place for psychology in the realm of spirituality? Can embodied meditation lead to greater evolution? How do we ultimately embrace more aliveness- all the beauty and crazy, the joys and messes, the bliss and the grit that is a human life? Join us as we feel our way through the path by integrating somatic practices, psychology, spirituality, and transformation through meditation.
Most Recent Episode
Ep 78: Overemphasizing Suffering
3 days ago
We’ve talked recently about bypass in the last several episodes as seeking to only feel bliss, to avoid the messiness of a human life and human emotions. Which can bring up the idea that maybe we really need to double down on the grittiness of life in order to be on a genuine path. What about when suffering becomes the bypass of choice- as always, unconsciously and in innocence- we can subconsciously emphasize the struggle. Or over-tolerate the struggle. In which case we lose access to joy, to ease, to the nourishing movements of life. We talk about the expectations and projections that our paths and lives should look a certain way and how that can play out at the two poles of the bypass pendulum. We also discuss how to discern what habits, expectations, and projections are operating in us, and how to relax into unfolding rather than manage ourselves into what we think it “should” look like.
Rated 5 out of
I have to confess I'm slightly in love with these two. It's like having two wise friends sitting along you as you bump down the rocky path to enlightenment. Brooke and Vanessa bring honesty and a willingness to share their own foibles to the conversation. Never does it feel like I'm being talked down to. Instead, I feel happily drawn in to cosy illusion that I've known these two for years, and I could probably talk to them about anything. I find their conversations endlessly reassuring and validating of the struggles and dead ends I frequently encounter on my own path. I generally finish one of their podcasts feeling like I've been given greater permission to be the messed up human being that I am. Oh, and their frequently referred to 'potty mouths' are just a bonus as far as I'm concerned. Highly recommended
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of
How these two women are able to articulate their paths and collected wisdom is an inspiration, to me. They are a combination of Brene Brown meets spiritual warrior. You will learn, laugh, and take at least one note every time you listen. Their clarity and openness, combined with their wit and grit, make them fee like accessible, accepting, wise friends.
Date published: 2017-03-19