September 23, 2022
This month's episode focuses on the psychology of emotions and the need to respect them. On the one hand we do not want to be controlled by negative emotions, but on the other, we cannot simply will them away. Further, we need positive emotions in order to live rich and loving lives; we cannot simply force our way forward forever.
Not respecting our emotions leads them to hijack us in many ways. A notable example is compulsive behavior or obsessions. The extreme versions of these we call addictions.
Matthew and Chantal developed their emotional fitness practice in order to reach people across a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds in South Africa, children in particular. Learn more about Matthew and Chantal's work at 5th Place.
Note: Paul received a one month access pass to the 5th Place class on emotional fitness prior to recording this episode. Nothing else of monetary value was exchanged.
August 30, 2022
For August Paul interviewed Scott Gazzoli of the Causing the Effect podcast. He's a wealth manager in Brooklyn who has been through a long and harsh spiritual journey. We touch on fitness and the psychology of achievement and spend the most time talking about the deceptiveness of material goals--money, sex, physical pleasure--how spiritually and psychologically they turn out to be deceptive and destructive.
Be sure to check out:
Scott: Causing the Effect Podcast, on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram
Scott's recommended read, Mindfulness in Plain English
August 18, 2022
Paul was just interviewed by Scott Gazzoli on Causing the Effect. We talked about the Western spiritual tradition and culture and what has been lost as the West has been at war with itself since the Reformation.
You can check out the interview here:
Paul Giesting on Causing the Effect with Scott Gazzoli
June 6, 2022
Quick hit running down the SCS Conference for 2022 at Mundelein Seminary outside Chicago. The conference theme was the environment.