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October 13, 2020 @ 3:48 pm

Nature Am I, Episode 10: Yoga, Nature & the Body, with Joseph Le Page

Integrative Yoga Therapy founder and yoga scholar Joseph Le Page discusses the role of nature in yoga and the relationship between nature and humans. Our conversation touches upon the following topics:

3:12- Knowing the true self (purusha)

6:52- Lower mind (manas) vs. higher mind (buddhi)

10:08- The need for spiritual culture

11:34- Nature (prakriti) and spirit

14:25- Seeing Nature in a new way

16:10- Patanjali's view of Nature 

18:41- Duality (samkhya) and non-duality (vedanta)

20:04- The practice and qualities of samadhi

21:45- Nature and the deity of creation (Ishvara)

24:00- One enlightenment, many paths

25:58- The essence of Tantra

27:20- The purpose of living (dharma)

29:04- The concept of kaivalya

33:20- Kaivalya in the ecological movement

35:12- The end of evolution

36:50- Samadhi in the body (nirbijah samadhi)

41:47- Becoming one with Nature

43:52-Co-dependence in the ecological movement

 

Excellent video of Joseph Le Page speaking about nirbija samadhi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONh0U-VgEMg

For more information about Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT):

https://www.iytyogatherapy.com/

YouTube channel for IYT:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0LXPRN8sEAybb0YNjSPM4g

 

 

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September 21, 2020 @ 3:40 pm

Nature Am I, Episode 9: Naturality in the Age of Death

In this groundbreaking episode, Dr. Victor Shamas shows you how to eliminate your fear of death and elevate your quality of life. He expands upon the practice of Naturality described in previous episodes and shows you how that practice can help you thrive in the challenging times that we are now facing. Here are the topics covered:

1:09-  2020 Milestones 

3:05- The Age of Death

4:12- Two major impact of recent forest fires

5:27- Is this the end?

6:52- Quality of life

7:50- Humanity has become "unnatural"

9:59- Wholeness and the implicate order

11:46- You are an embodiment of nature

12:33- The illusion of separateness 

13:24- Why you never need to fear death

14:26- Law of Conservation of Consciousness

15:16- The power of OM

17:10- Thriving in the Age of Death

18:17- How social media can radicalize us

19:11- Realizing our true nature 

 

 

 

 

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August 28, 2020 @ 1:25 pm

Nature Am I, Episode 8: Unpaving Paradise: A Conversation with Richard Heinberg

On this episode, Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute discusses strategies for increasing sustainability and building community resilience. He touches on many of his seminal writings, including his books,  Our Renewable Future, The End of Growth, Power Down, and Memories and Visions of Paradise, as well as his award-winning Museletter. Our conversation covered the following topics:

Immanuel Velikovsky's World in Collision (4:30)

Visions of Paradise (6:53)

Paradise as connection to Nature (9:08)

Global disturbances caused by unsustainable practices (11:09)

The need for community resilience (14:09)

Balancing global and local perspectives (15:56)

Protecting information in a post-carbon age (18:39)

How our energy use is destroying the natural world (21:00)

Making society more sustainable (23:15)

Shifting away from unlimited growth (23:54)

Steady-state economies (27:14)

Time banking and income disparity (29:14)

Coalition-building (30:37)

Making non-profits more resilient (32:52)

Building community resilience (34:55)

Opportunities for idealists (36:35)

Practices and principles of sustainability (38:34)

Profit vs. Beauty as sources of motivation (41:39)

Learn more about Richard Heinberg and the Post Carbon Institute.

Listen to other episodes of the Nature Am I podcast or read our blog.

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July 31, 2020 @ 11:51 am

Nature Am I Episode 7: Remaking the World through Nature Inspiration

Discover what it means and takes to remake the world. Find out the creative power inherent in the experience of nature inspiration, why such power is essential at this time in human history, and how you can cultivate it by learning how to embody nature fully. Here are the topics we explore in this episode:

 

0:58- The need to remake the world

1:27- Inspiration and creative power

2:10- Embodying nature through nature inspiration

2:33- The world is not as it appears

3:18- Schrodinger on the myth of objectivity

4:22- Bohm and Einstein weigh in on consciousness and imagination

4:52- How the mind limits experience

5:37- Nature as dynamic wholeness

5:52- Bohm: Continuity is an illusion

6:16- Analogy between perceived reality and a movie

6:54- Re-creating reality at every moment (TD Suzuki quote)

7:41- The dynamics of creation in the natural world

9:06- Humans as the creative aspect of nature

9:42- Embodying nature by transcending limitations

10:56- Paradise and nature alignment

11:24- The six qualities that give rise to inspiration

12:04- Why experience nature inspiration?

13:11- Stability and energy in nature

14:14- How energy is building towards an enormous release

15:16- Two ways to attain stability through energy release

16:58- Showing the world the way to a more stable condition

17:23- Accessing nature's wisdom

17:54- Visionaries that offer a clear path to a stable, thriving way of life

 

 

 

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July 12, 2020 @ 12:34 pm

Nature Am I, Episode 6: Last Born in the Wilderness, Conversation with Patrick Farnsworth

For eight years, Patrick Farnsworth has been addressing environmental issues in his insightful podcast, "Last Born in the Wilderness" (https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com). Here, he discusses his podcast, the deeper implications of ecological collapse, the significance of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and whether or not there are grounds for hope in the face of a potential apocalypse. The conversation includes the following:

 

6:45  What "Last Born in the Wilderness" signifies

9:43  The evolution of the podcast and its themes

12:47 Deeper psychological and emotional aspects of ecological collapse

13:38 Why ecological collapse was never inevitable

15:50 Building resilience

16:35 Blindsided by a pandemic

18:04 Hope and apocalypse

20:02 Listening to indigenous people

20:49 Freedom beyond hope

21:22 Joe Brewer's work with regenerative hubs

23:10 Being aligned with nature feels good

25:02 Dahr Jamail and painful beauty

27:23 Is humanity an addict hitting bottom?

33:19 Paradigm shifts can be violent

34:34 COVID-19 as a wake-up call

36:03 A sliver of hope

39:00 No going back

41:21 Mutual aid in times of crisis

45:55 Self-care and maintaining balance in chaotic times

48:21 We Live in the Orbit of Beings Greater than Us

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June 23, 2020 @ 2:25 pm

Nature Am I, Episode 5: The Revolutionary Power of Naturality

Learn about the powerful life philosophy and practice of Naturality. This episode covers:

An introduction to Naturality (0:58)

Redefining nature (2:52)

Nature is infinite and eternal (5:09)

Is nature conscious? (7:24)

Nature as an organizing and sustaining principle (8:56)

Naturality and transcendence (9:57)

Nature connects us all (10:41)

The three truths of Naturality (11:18)

Why Naturality is revolutionary (12:04)

The Naturality experience (12:33)

"There are no others" (14:03)

How humanity can thrive (15:21)

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June 2, 2020 @ 2:33 pm

Nature Am I, Episode 4: Ecocity Visionary Richard Register

We speak with Richard Register about his 55-year career designing "ecocities" or ecologically healthy cities. The conversation covers these topics:

4:35- What is an ecocity?

5:44- 2D and 3D urban design

7:46- Why a city's shape matters

8:49- Ecocity design elements

11:14- Human-powered transportation

12:12- The city as a living organism

15:01- China's ecocities

17:32- Combining all the design elements

19:09- Co-housing

22:38- Retrofitting sprawled cities

24:25- Challenges to building ecocities

28:08- Deconstructing unsustainable cities

31:27- The sounds of a well-designed space

33:25- Nature-inspired urban design

36:06- Courage and maps

 

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May 19, 2020 @ 12:04 pm

Nature Am I, Episode 3: Nature, Ambisexuals, and Foot Love

The experience of nature inspiration has been called "the greatest feeling in the world." Here, we delve into that experience, looking at what it takes to embody nature fully and introducing you to a set of simple activities you can try at home. This episode covers the following (time markers included):

1:30  Nature and consciousness

5:24 Nature knows best

6:33 How humans became separated from nature

7:29 Humanity on the brink

7:56 The greatest feeling in the world

11:00 What does nature do?

12:13 How to thrive

12:53 Ambisexuality

13:42 Why minerals and fossil fuels must stay in the ground

15:32 Glimpses of a nature-inspired society

17:07 Maximizing good and minimizing harm

17:39 Let nature lead the way

18:24 Foot Love exercise

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May 5, 2020 @ 12:17 pm

Nature Am I, Episode 2: Human Evolution & COVID-19

Interview with evolutionary ecologist Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris includes the following:

Introduction to Dr. Sahtouris' work (0:58)

How science can learn from nature (4:47)

The evolution of species from competition to cooperation (5:53)

Human transformation (7:40)

The speed of the current evolutionary shift (9:09)

Global Reboot (12:23)

Building a better future (14:15)

How an evolutionary shift begins (16:23)

Strength in numbers (18:40)

Ways to promote recycling (19:17)

Feeding the world (20:35)

Alternative Currencies and economies (21:48)

Mobilizing Millions (26:40)

Local vs Global Action? (27:24)

Overcoming Fear of the Virus (28:30)

Holistic View of the Pandemic (29:15)

Vaccines (34:06)

Nature-Based Ways to Manage an Epidemic (35:15)

Sentient Plants (36:54)

Restoring Man-Made Deserts (37:19)

Eastern Approaches to Immune Strengthening (37:56)

Nature Inspiration (39:17)

Words from Rumi (41:22)

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April 11, 2020 @ 2:17 pm

Nature Am I, Episode 1: How Can Humanity Thrive?

Dr. Victor Shamas introduces the themes and objectives of the Nature Am I podcast, focusing on the following topics (time markers included):

A hopeful vision for humanity's future (1:01)

Pandemics and climate change (2:30)

How nature restores balance (5:58)

Humans vs. Nature? (8:08)

Nature inspiration (9:43)

Why "Nature Am I" (10:57)

Nature-inspired solutions (13:45)

Future topics and an invitation to listeners (15:29)

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