The Something Monologues

TSM146 : The Relativity of Our Humanity

In this monologue I introduce the idea that there is a relativity to our humanity.

Many humans like to believe that we are more than human and that's all, while others argue that we are merely a living organism and nothing more. I argue that we are both transcendent and ordinary ! Some people try so hard to be more than human and forget their humanness - at great cost ! While others revel and suffer in their humanness, ignorant of other aspects of their being.

We humans also believe that we are separate and forget that we are defined by our relationship to each other and the natural world. We are in relationship with all of existence ! We become consumed and preoccupied by our roles and forget that they are created by relationships.

There are many people who didn't receive what they needed to feel like whole human beings. I ask if it's possible to reskill people in love and intimacy to create new bonds and attachments in groups of people who are bound by suffering.

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TSM143 : The Shocking Reality of How Things Are & The Seasons of Life

Sometimes we try and turn away from the shocking reality of how things are. But how things are is how they are. Isness is a powerful ally !

In this walk and talk I explore how nature's seasons and the cycles of nature, parallel the seasons of our life and how we all face the same seasons of life, as part of the seasons of the human clock - from the cradle to the grave.

I offer a tour of the seasons here on this land and suggest how facing the shocking reality of all that nature brings, helps us to face the shocking reality of how things are in our own life. I suggest that the seasons of nature and of human life are necessary to create awareness and to help us grow. Life is both predictable and unpredictable and if we have courage, we can stay open to anything that life might throw at us.

Relevant links (also relevant to TSM144) :

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TSM121 : The Agony of the Human Condition - Part 3B : Recognizing and Honouring the Needs of the Daimon

I dedicate this monoluge to Frédéric for his ongoing support and to Mauren for her recent donation and for being a long time reader/listener ! Thank you both very much for reaching out to me and for making a difference and for showing your appreciation for what I have to share ! 

In today's monologue I pick up from where I left in TSM114, exploring the Daimon and how we can recognize and honour the needs of the Daimon for a healthy and fulfilled life. After listening to this recording, I realised that I didn't say enough about how to recognise the needs of the Daimon - so I might take that issue up in a future monologue. I might add as well, that I wonder if the Daimon has different needs at different times in the human life cycle.

For those of you who question whether or not a Daimon really exists as a distinct entity or aspect within us, I think that's a reasonable thing to have some doubt about. My thoughts are that as an alternative to the traditional view of the Daimon, we consider that the Daimon is as a driving force, a set of urges that arises from the way different processes that arise from the interaction of mind and body. Think of it as a unique force of it's own, that emerges from the interaction of mind and body. It may have a transcendant timless nature that exists beyond each individual life or be bound to each individual life. Perhps there are many possibilities. No one can prove or disprove the existance of the Daimon ! But each of us will know whether the idea resonates as true or false.

We might also consider that it's nothing more than an idea ! An idea with great power !

 

Enjoy !

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TSM109 : 6 am Wofflathon - Cause and Effect

In this early morning TSM I explore how one thing leads to another, meandering my way through two scenarios - the 2016 US presidential outcome and a turbulent relationship between a man and a woman. 

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TSM37 : Tom’s Death

In this TSM I reflect on the death of my friend Tom

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I could have talked about the Buddhist perspective of seeing visions close to death but instead I talked a little about visions as archetypal projections. It would be nice to hear from anyone who has had similar experiences of witnessing or being part of these with a dying person. 

Enjoy, Bright.
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TSM27 : Toas seizures, a dying friend, mating kangaroos, Developmental Assetts and relationship styles

In this meandering monologue I reflect on Toa's recent seizures, talk about my experience of being with my dying friend, stroll past lots of kangaroos and talk a little about relationship styles and the concept of developmental assets. 

Links relevant to this monologue include :
  • http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/doug-turner/20070515248
  • http://www.mind360.com.au/images/mind360_active_constructive_responding.pdf
  • http://www.growthcoaching.com.au/articles-new/what-do-you-miss-when-things-go-right
  • https://www.psych.ucsb.edu/people/faculty/gable
  • http://www.search-institute.org/what-we-study/developmental-assets
  • http://www.search-institute.org/content/40-developmental-assets-adolescents-ages-12-18
  • http://www.search-institute.org/surveys/DAP
  • http://www.search-institute.org/research/assets/assetpower
  • http://www.search-institute.org/research/developmental-assets
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