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The Dispassionate Observer Podcast Series
60 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
What It Means to Opt Out, Pt. 2 by Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh continue the conversation about the opt out philosophy and how it can be applied in daily life. Zi elaborates on why self ownership is crucial for overall health and wellbeing. Does the "faceless committee" have your best interests in mind? Zi and Vindesh explore ways to navigate cancel culture and the importance of choosing relationships that already support you.
66 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
What It Means to Opt Out, pt. 1 By Master Zi and Vindesh
We are back in action and hope everyone had a Happy New Year! This week Zi and Vindesh explore the current events and trends from 2021. One question they ask is, “What is individual liberty and what does that mean in a shared society?” Zi shares more insight on his “opt out” philosophy and why it may be better for overall health and longevity.
41 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Harmony, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh contemplate what it takes to maintain harmony in relationships even when your views don’t align with your partner, friend, family member and so on. Zi shares his knowledge of working with different people and in different countries and how that has shaped his understanding of how to have a harmonious lifestyle. Ultimately, we should live a life that is joyous, and this week they try to understand how to cultivate harmony when there is disharmony.
56 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Joy, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh explore what it takes to lead a joyful life. According the Buddha, joy is the purpose of life and suffering is inevitable. Zi explores what happens when life events prevent us from seeing the joy all around us. If we are lucky, we have 100 years here and this week we focus on what habits beget longevity.
58 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Omens, By Master Zi and Vindesh
Why don’t we pay attention to the signs and wait until it’s too late? Zi and Vin explore this question this week especially regarding omens for your personal health. As Zi puts it, omens are preview of things to come and are not always negative. They serve as mile markers on a journey. However, humanity has this ability to override this information and like Zi says, “Go golfing during a lightning storm.”
58 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Poisoned Fruit, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh talk about what happens when a movement or symbol starts begins with a good intention, but ultimately, like fruit left out too long, becomes rotten. Movements or symbols become co-opted by other individuals with different agendas. We’ve seen this play out in “woke” culture. Now, we don’t even know what that really means. They discuss this topic and how it plays out in different arenas of life.
54 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Involution, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh continue the conversation from last week’s topic. They discuss the change that occurs before evolution can even take place. Like running a marathon, just the commitment to finish can be enough to take you farther than you thought you could run. Zi and Vindesh talk about why pressure to change something initiates from the inside. It’s often the hardest part of getting started, but the most rewarding.
58 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Are We Evolving? By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh discuss evolution and technology’s role in the development of the current human condition. Ultimately, Zi says technology should work for us and not us for it. He describes the big advancements being made in the medical field but because it is not valued in the news stream, we do not know the substantial information coming through regarding cancers, Alzeiheimers and other positive news. They explore whether we are actually evolving or declining. Zi shares a personal experience that helped him understand the signs that a civilization is evolving.
59 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Live and Let Live, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh pull stories from the week and focus their attention to the current cancel culture. Zi just asks one question, why can't we just live and let live? Every movement spawns a new movement, but we've stopped listening to each other. In this madness, we are becoming less resilient. Vindesh points out that evolution does require some conflict but we've made it so hard to have discourse. They have a fun time exploring these themes and as always find a way to connect it back to the opt-out philosophy.
57 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Where is Honor? By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh review the influencer culture and how it’s shaped the socioeconomic landscape. In this reflection, they notice that honor does not seem to be valuable in this society. Zi highlights stories from this week and discusses the reviews of Dave Chappell’s new comedy special “The Closer.” They examine the current human condition and why these political battles are impacting our overall health.
65 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Feelings, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh explore their feelings on...feelings! They are inspired by the recent whistleblower Frances Haugen who ousted Facebook's data recovery program which revealed that negative information or news spreads faster than positive. It keeps Facebook members more actively engaged on their platform. Zi shares his insight on how feelings can be deadly and how they do impact our health.
56 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Situational Awareness, by Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh explore what it takes to read people and increase situational awareness. Vin brought this topic up because of the recent report that violent crime is up, there are public service announcements everywhere promoting mental health and the general physical health of people is declining. Zi shares his experience and the techniques he applies when he reads people and ideas as to how to navigate these events.
52 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
Heaven On Earth, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh ponder the question, “Why is the rich man’s chance of going to heaven so bad?” It’s a phrase Zi opens with as he and Vin discuss why “materially poor” people seem so much happier. Whether it’s because the former seem to pursue the endless pursuit or the latter are much more in check with what they actually need, we can’t seem to ask ourselves at the end of this podcast, “what does our heaven on earth” look like? Zi ends the note with a meditation that may help us with this question.
54 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Holistic Fatalism, By Master Zi and Vindesh
What is holistic fatalism? Zi and Vindesh cover this topic and explain how a fatalist mindset can be beneficial to your health. Zi describes it as way to save energy and reduce stress by accepting things we can’t change. It’s letting go the idea that we need to control everything or even can in the first place. The Vedas describe fate as the wayward mistress, and Zi provides more insight into that story.
68 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Your Playlist, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh discuss a fun topic and exercise to get to know the self more. As Vindesh explores his spoken word project, Jonta, one of Zi's nephews, recommends building a playlist of what you like to listen to. This helps build a yantra of the self. So, what is on your playlist?
56 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Authenticity, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh cover a story from the Vedas that many of us can relate to today. He shares the story about Yudhisthira and Kunti Ma. They both lived with a set of principles but each of them made different choices with their hardships. One was authentic, while the other struggled to mask their true self. We talk a lot about influencer culture on this podcast, but in this sense, we can begin to understand why living authentically, though very hard to do, is worth it in the end.
53 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
Disappointment, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh explore the topic of disappointment and why it affects our mental health. Disappointment often arises from having expectations. Once it is revealed that what you were expecting won't be delivered, we tend to focus on negative resentment for whomever is responsible. However, Zi shares tools of how to avoid most disappointment in the first place.
50 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
Grief, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh discuss grief. We all have to come to our own understanding of how we deal with loss. Zi shares stories of the people he lost both young and old. Vindesh reflects on his grandmother’s death and how that helped him have a better understanding of life. Zi stresses the importance of grieving and why avoiding it has a negative effect on your health.
54 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
Scrap Iron, By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh discuss the phrase, "they are built like scrap iron." What does that mean exactly? We envision a person who overcame extreme adversity and managed to weather the storm. Zi shares experiences his own life experiences facing hardship and how Vedic philosophies and stories kept him going despite his suffering. Vin asks him how someone who hasn't had as many hardships can embrace this lesson.
30 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Are You Living? By Master Zi and Vindesh
This week Zi and Vindesh talk about the extraordinary phenomena that is life. Zi makes a good point about living life to the fullest and what it means to really feel "alive." They discuss what they think the meaning to life is and why we go through the hardships we do. Like Zi says in this episode, you can't laugh unless you've cried.
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