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The Joy Revolution™ Podcast
18 minutes | May 20, 2019
Episode 004: Melanie, Marc & the Buddha: On Ego.
Share the Joy & stay in the know: Check out our website: thejoyrevolution.org (sign up for our newsletter!) Instagram: @thejoyrev Hashtag: #thejoyrevolution share your story and inspirations “Happy is he who has overcome his ego” - Buddha Dissect this using Marc’s psychological and Melanie's sociological lenses. Question, how are attachments related to ego? Melanie defines the sociological imagination and what represents the socialized self, or ego. She helps you see the development of self as a social process, noting we are not just entities onto ourselves but part of a culture. Question, why is the ego something that needs to be overcome to be happy? Melanie guides us along a discussion of finding the middle, where we can reduce egoic attachments causing suffering, and ultimately accessing a deeper state of happiness. Differentiate between avoiding something to be happy and doing what we have learned to bring value or happiness to us Would ultimate happiness be the person devoid of ego? Marc’s psychological viewpoint denotes ego as a sense of I, and explains how complex it is to conceptualize yourself. Discern egotistical vs. being the egoist. Draw back analyses of our own existence with an overview of early childhood ego development, the subject and object - social identity vs formation of self —- and how joy fits into the mix. “Much of our experience is externally defined - but when we talk about this work we are inviting people into their own authentic experience of joy-- as opposed to defining it as an accumulation” Marc culminates this episode stating, regardless of definition Social identity or ego, Buddha’s quote comes down to the essence of virtue, to be happy is virtuous. Marc states, when you live a virtuous life, “you live your life with a certain amount of excellence” Your own personal virtue is an offering and is not just about personal development. We each have something to share with the world. If you liked this episode, please “subscribe,” give us a stellar rating and share with friends!
21 minutes | May 13, 2019
Episode 000: The Angry Journey to Joy
Episode 000: The Angry Journey to Joy Share the Joy & stay in the know: Check out our website: thejoyrevolution.org (sign up for our newsletter!) Instagram: @thejoyrev Hashtag: #thejoyrevolution share your story and inspirations Let's debunk the idea that happiness is a privilege. See how joy can help fuel you to rewrite your future. The inaugural episode of the Joy Revolution introduces charismatic hosts Marc Cordon, MPH author and Positive Psychology Coach & Melanie Klein, M.A. Empowerment Coach and Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies. Their spunk, intellect and genuine conversation will allow you to harness, embrace and integrate the power within your own personal joy. Learn through lenses of positive psychology sociology, social justice work, spirituality, mindfulness and embodiment as it pertains to our ability to foster greater overall wellness through joy. Marc and Melanie both share their personal journeys of arriving at the podcast, their work up to creating the Joy Revolution, and their backgrounds in collaborative, grassroots social justice movements. Through his lens of positive psychology, Marc lends us an explanation of internal joy vs external happiness. “You can be both in joy, and want to change something in society.” Marc shares his pivot from the activist and administrator that denounced joy as a privilege to the guy leading happiness retreats. Melanie shares the power of her personal transformation of the great, powerful energy of anger that drove her for so many years within womens grassroots social justice movements. Learn how the paradigm shift from seeing the wrong and toiling within every situation migrated in Melanie’s life into creative, joyous energy that allows her to build up instead of burn down. “I really really believe that joy is our birthright, and we sometimes forget about it either based on marketing, based on the way that we are treated, and I cannot wait to see what happens with this podcast because that's going to be one of the foundations” The inspiration for this podcast was created from a teaching and coaching course of the Joy Revolution developed and co-taught by Marc and Melanie. In their initiative for inclusivity and the expansion of joy Melanie states, “I know this conversation should go well beyond the academic walls and well beyond those who have the ability to sit in your office or my class…we do not think joy is the outcome of something, we really believe joy is the path - you'll be able to see that threaded through all the episodes.” If you liked this episode, please “subscribe,” give us a stellar rating and share with friends.
16 minutes | May 1, 2019
Episode 003: Maximize personal growth, apply it to the world.
Share the Joy & Stay in the Know: Check out our website: thejoyrevolution.org (sign up for our newsletter!) Instagram: @thejoyrev Hashtag: #thejoyrevolution share your story and inspirations When personal growth is not enough. When we’ve worked towards inner joy, peace, tranquility Now it is time apply the idea of revolution. Walk along the path of Melanie’s spiritual Yoga/Meditation practice. Learn how expanding her joy capacity was a part of this practice. She notes her practices application to the social justice and feminist movements “I’ve always seen my spiritual practice as something I use in the world.” Explore Melanie’s spiritual practice as a form of social justice. Once you have this raised consciousness- how can you not then use it in the world around you? Learn the in’s and out’s of the external vs internal spiritual practices. Marc breaks into commentary on religiosity, personal growth, and the steps of reclusivity he took to embark on the outward moving shift. He notes, there was a certain amount of emptiness and to be of service and an impact to society he decided to start teaching a course on this notion of taking personal growth into the world and spaces around you. Marc calls this “personal growth in contribution.” Examine views on mindfulness and embodiment and for contribution, for the ripple effect, there has to be the application. Shift your notion of social justice and soak up ideas on redefining what an activist looks like — through a modern lens from Mel. Ponder, do you feel a person can be truly fulfilled without taking action to make social impact? Learn the two ultimate forms of being fulfilled: the benefits that come from personal growth the contributions you make to society as a result of that growth Discover deeper meaning behind Melanie & Marc’s mantra of ‘the individual transformation for collective liberation; personal growth for the greater good.’ If you liked this episode, please “subscribe,” give us a stellar rating and share with friends
24 minutes | Apr 22, 2019
Episode 002: Have you been accused of being too happy?
Share the Joy & stay in the know: Check out our website: thejoyrevolution.org (sign up for our newsletter!) Instagram: @thejoyrev Hashtag: #thejoyrevolution share your story and inspirations Have you ever had anyone accused you of being ‘too happy?’ In this deep, reflective episode, hosts Melanie & Marc dive into this intriguing question. They begin by drawing connections of how relentless joy and happiness in public spaces, such as the workplace, questioning why this can really rub certain people the wrong way. Mel recalls her workplace experience years ago, stating it “becomes fake or annoying… and it's actually pissed people off”... Delve into the question: What does it actually mean to be too happy? Explore here the boundaries and reason behind the notion of ‘misery loves company.’ Marc discusses the topic of unipolar disposition and recalls the research of a Harvard positive psychologist, summarizing his work, “it's in the eye of the beholder, that they are happy all the time.” Find out why we end up commiserating in the social cultural normative emotional behaviors like anger or negativity. Shared emotional experience is one of the top things that causes bonding and if those emotions are of low vibrations- like complaining. Given we know we can bond this way, what if we chose joy? Melanie & Marc probe organizational culture, rapport talk amongst women and the core culture at large in relation to the joy revolution. Moreover, Mel tells us her story of deciding to change the direction of her life. Hear from Marc & Melanie on how to begin to take the steps to expand emotional experience and insert joy. Shift the perception that joy is “light” and see how it can be part of the expansion. “We are not one dimensional creatures, we are not meant to survive with only one tool...we can use joy as this sort of new lens to bring it all together in a new way” If you liked this episode, please “subscribe,” give us a stellar rating and share with friends
16 minutes | Mar 23, 2019
Episode 001: How Micromoments of Joy Lead to Big Growth
Share the joy & stay in the know: Check out our website: thejoyrevolution.org (sign up for our newsletter!) Instagram: @thejoyrev Hashtag: #thejoyrevolution share your story and inspirations Do you subscribe to the ideal ‘no pain no gain?’ Can you have growth without having to suffer? This episode harnesses the ‘micromoments’ of joy to foster your growth. Explore the socio-cultural dynamic that Mel & Marc dive into concerning the multigenerational myths of attaining a sense of growth. Learn why we no longer need to focus our experience of trauma and suffering to facilitate growth. Instead, discover how we are able to translate joy into our everyday existence. Lets stop waiting for a trauma to surface, a hero or a knight in shining armour on his valiant steed to swoop in and write our story of finding joy in a post-trauma growth model. Instead let's evolve to embrace the joy of this moment right now. Mel & Marc hash out how we can use mindfulness as a “perception gauge.” Using this gauge we are able to experience the ecstatic in the mundane, to translate into an accumulation of ‘micromoments’ of joy. When we are able to do this for ourselves, we are also be able to radiate and better connect with others. Marc discusses his religiosity and the growth model of sacrifice was laid as a foundation for his childhood success. pleasure now for the gain later. He discusses his personal experience with the notion of a social-cultural learned norm of needing more pain to facilitate growth. Hear from Mel on the mindfulness movements of decolonizing our minds and resocialization through a story of her own childhood and female body image. Through our socio-cultural notions of individualism and work ethic “we are led to believe that joy is a ‘light’ topic and cannot compel people to grow as much a trauma… we think in order to grow we have to suffer or take things away.” Recognizing this idea that the weight of a ton of trauma is heavier than a ton of joy. Marc explains that the trauma might be denser-- but with joy, with ecstacy, the moments are often presented in flux and it takes a mindset that holds on to and appreciates placing the value on that those joyous, ecstatic moments. Mel connects Marc discussion here with her background in mindfulness stating, when we can become more present, we cannot so easily dismiss the moment because we begin to see opportunity in all of it and not just focus on all f the trauma as the thrusting force for our growth. If you liked this episode, please “subscribe,” give us a stellar rating and share with friends.
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