Here is a fun conversation with Ellie Aaron who has a podcast here
She is awesome, and a really enriching person to converse with!
#45 – Being authentically you, Living in truth, Beyond Religion, Social Meditation, The Shambhala tradition, Seeing the future, Coincidences, Money and Spirituality with Shastri Nick Kranz
On this episode:
Nick’s spiritual path (and the visions of the future he had)
Why we don’t need more “religious people” and “buddhists” we simply need more open hearted people who wanna take care of the world
What social Meditation is- and why it’s the answer to healthy mindful relationships and world peace (almost) 🙂
Why dropping concepts is the only way to actually allow spirituality in – and embodying the teachings
Creating a culture of Trust (and how to do that)
Felt sensations being a doorway into intimacy and congruency in relationships
Why being you- is such a gift to the world and how to do that
When conflict arises it’s very easy to shut down.
When we feel threatened, we can be like a sea anemone in the ocean, reactively contracted when something crosses a certain threshold or proximity.
Part of our journey as people living wakeful lives, is that we can share our point of view and learn from it through communicating respectfully with others.
Often when we contract habitually from a situation, we cannot feel our body our presence in this space, feeling this definitely softens us. It allows us to have a proper respectful relationship with another person.
Do we trust communication? When we don’t trust communication, are we in touch with our body?
Being in touch with our sensations and body, is
how we become sensitive and know what to say, and what not to say.
Sometimes people consider themselves spiritual and sometimes not. But if we define spirituality as relating skillfully with reality, then I think everyone probably wants the spiritual approach. It seems like the word spiritual has been co-opted as a opposition of worldly – but this is not at all the case in the Shambhala tradition and approach.
If we get into defining what skillful means, it means we are compassionate and not causing so much suffering for ourself and others. That’s what we all really want, and if we don’t want that, and are only interested in our own benefit and don’t care about how we impact others, we are simply immature and confused and could really use a “spiritual” approach and vision.