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Awe in the Raw
61 minutes | Oct 14, 2017
AITR05 - The Museum of Awe Dwells within Us All Feat. David Delgado and Dan Goods
51 minutes | Sep 29, 2017
4: In the Beginning a Big Bang Created the Heavens and the Earth feat Jakada Imani
Today’s guest is Jakada Imani, a partner at The Management Center in Oakland, California, where he coaches nonprofit organizations all over the country to coach their leaders on best practices and management. Prior to that, he served as the Director of capacity building initiatives at the Center for Popular Democracy, was the director of Ignite Institute at the Pacific School of Religion and Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where he launched an effort to reduce the US incarceration rate by 50 percent. He also serves on the Board of Compton Foundation and the OneLife Institute and is a member of Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples. On today’s episode we talk to Jakada about the dynamics between the black church and its community during the civil rights movement, which shifted the zeitgeist away from organized religion and even spirituality, that this affected modern-day issues of violence and disconnection, and how practicing awe and free will can deepen our relationship to our bodies and the divine, essentially bringing us back to a grand, truly unifying spirituality. Key Points From This Episode: The shift away from the spiritual component of activism. Why tradition has less place in younger, more mobile generations. Specific outcomes of institutionalized Christianity. Black history and the criminalization of young people for their inheritance. Is awe a spiritual experience, regardless of religion or not? Recognizing the importance of the transcendent nature; defining “holy ground”. How humans go about filling places with profound meaning. Approaching experiences mindfully, and with a beginners mindset.
68 minutes | Sep 22, 2017
3: Saving the World Requires a Worldview feat. Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, PhD
Our guest today is Dr. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens. While his job title is not “Wizard”, he sure seems like one to me. You might remember last week when we heard about how awe can elevate us to a big-picture perspective that helps us make mind maps of complex relationships in the environment. The suggestion is that we could use this awe-induced state to transcend to a more sophisticated, globally-minded, prosocial approach to world problems. Now imagine someone who's taken on the job of helping world leaders do just that. As one of the world's leading experts on Integral Theory, he founded the field of Integral Ecology, and is CEO of the business consultancy MetaIntegral. Sean has published many articles on applying the integral model to a wide range of topics, including education, ecology, sustainable development, the science and religion debate, and consciousness studies. Tune in today as we dive deeper into the concepts of the integral theory, how it is applied to the study of ecology, and the importance of welcoming multiple viewpoints in studying culture. Consider yourself warned. You're about to enter the land of Oz. Key Points From This Episode: Understanding integral theory as an interdisciplinary framework. The four quadrant dimensions of integral theory. The AQAL Model; navigating through a lot of overwhelming complexity. Examples of integral ecology applied; finding common ground. Separating individuals into different levels of thinking. The drivers behind thinking levels; the science of developmental psychology. Finding the balance between support and learning to face new challenges. Benefits of a 360 interview in a business context; adoption a growth mindset. How to integrate interiority into ecological science. The impact of women primatologists in the study of interiority of animals. Importance of welcoming multi
53 minutes | Sep 15, 2017
2: Is Awe the Secret Sauce in Nature Connection feat. Dr. Michelle Shiota
Today we talk to Dr. Michelle Shiota, Lab Director and Principal Investigator in the SPLAT Lab at Arizona State University. SPLAT stands for Shiota Psychophysiology Laboratory for Effective Testing. It’s a social psychology lab that conducts research on the nature an implications of human emotion, using a multi-method approach that integrates physiological, behavioral, cognitive, narrative and questionnaire measures of emotional responding. I wanted to know if awe has any connection to the healing benefits of nature? So it would make sense that Dr. Shiota be the right person to ask! Dr. Shiota received her BA in Communications from Stanford University and her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley. Her research is published in high impact journals, such as: Cognition and Emotion. Today, we discuss the physiological measures of awe and discover whether we can determine someone’s emotion from their physiology. An insightful episode about our body’s reaction to perception, the science of emotion, empathy and ultimately, all that could – or could not be – awe. Take a listen! Key Points From This Episode: The physiological measures of awe. The Threat Challenge Distinction. The effect of perception on physiology. Sympathetic versus parasympathetic nervous system. Can you determine someone's emotion from their physiology? Awe’s function in forming mental maps of the world. Creating new schema through accommodation and vastness. Could awe be a personal trait? Cultivating a beginner’s mind. The relationship between awe and mindfulness. Physiological reactions to digital screens. Is nature inherently awe eliciting? The connection between awe and empathy.
57 minutes | Sep 8, 2017
1: Taking Congress Camping feat. Stacy Bare
In this week’s episode, we welcome Stacy Bare. Stacy is the Director of the Sierra Outdoor Club, a mountaineer, a climber and a skier and one of the most insightful, genuine people, I’ve had the privilege of talking with. Climbing helped Stacy recover from PTS and the readjustment issues he faced after a year in Baghdad in the army. Through the outdoors, he got the support he needed and founded Veterans Expeditions. Later he was promoted to Director of all of the Sierra Club’s outdoor programming.
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