Podcasts while walking, podcasts while bathing, podcasts while commuting – there’s always time to squeeze in a little extra intellect and inspiration. What’s more, this week we’ve done the hardest part for you, sourcing out three talks we think will be equal parts encouraging and enthusing. And for those of you who are extra keen students of life, we’ve even extracted the most favourable points from each one for you to study in written form below.
(In new knowledge, that is…..and in the bath if you please.)
Brene Brown on the ON BEING podcast with Krista Tippett:
The big idea:
Brene and Krista explore what it means to show civility, and what considerations are involved personally in order to close big gaps and heal society. The call is for us as the human collective to see the attainability of nations that are no longer severed by hurt, difference, marginalisation, and to be freed from the deep rooted fear of being seen as we really are.
Brene’s mantra in this regard?
Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart.
“We need a strong back – we need the courage. But we also need the soft front of vulnerability. Our deepest human need is to be seen and known by other people. If we walk around so armoured up, we cant be seen. When you go back to speaking truth and being civil it requires both of these. “One of the greatest acts of courage is to be vulnerable with someone with whom we disagree.”
In the words of Tomas Spath and Cassandra Dahnke, “Civility is claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process.”
The wild heart relates to the idea of (metaphorically) being in the wilderness – to not be afraid of that space where you share an opinion and then look around to find nobody standing next to you or behind you. There’s just your opinion, your belief, and you. Brene says this is absolutely required when we are looking for the courage to speak truth to injustices.
We are all learning, and it definitely seems we are all somewhat afraid…but the joy in the joint effort of breaking past those barriers is immense, and oh so significant. As Brene says, “Most of us are brave and afraid at exactly the same time, all day long. That is the essence of it all – tough and tender, and brave and afraid. All at the same time.”
Her closing words:
“Stay curious. Be kind. Listen with the exact same amount of passion that you want to be heard.”
Tim Silverwood on The Slow Home podcast:
The big idea:
Technological advances have been hugely imperative for our civilisation. But when these developments go into hyper-drive like they have in the past few decades, it creates urgent need to repel or push back against the issues our species are have created, and are now having to come up with solutions for.
Brooke and Tim talk about redefining our approach to waste, excess consumption and capitalism in a post growth economy, and moving beyond the current model of ‘constant growth.’
They introduce the concept of a ‘circular economy’ future – one which favours action over avoidance, where we will hopefully see more people sharing and trading, supporting the story behind the purchases they make, reusability of items, and reconnecting with the origins of why we buy and how.
They also cover the importance of engaging children and teens in the discussion, and the implementation of school education around the subject. Giving the younger generation a chance to prove that although they are the first ones to be born into a full blown tech-dependant world, most of them are aware of it’s downfalls, care more than we realise, and are willing to actively embrace the changes needed for the generations after them.
“If you make a young person aware of a problem and then show them the evidence, they will not cloud it over with confusion and bureaucracy, they will simply see the basic premise and get on to it: there’s a problem, let’s fix it…With them is where the opportunity lies. This world of disruptive technology and innovation is where their careers are going to be, they can be the next disruptors out there.”
“That plastic straw that you just used for three minutes is going to outlive you, its going to outlive your children, and their children. We guess that some of these plastic items might persist for 500-1000 years, but we’re only guessing. We’ve only had plastic for 100, so we simply just don’t know…All we do know right now is the damage of 800 million tons of it are ending up in our ocean every year.”
Dr. Stephen Cabral on ‘The Truth Behind Your 3 Main Meals Per Day’:
The big idea:
Dr Cabral’s approach to digestion and general health is one that has always been relevant, but just gets so over looked – or rather, over-intellectualised.
His philosophy rests in going back to ancient traditional practises of eating, in order to find a beat of peace in the modern, fast paced routine of life. Listening to our bodies and looking to nature for cues (eating seasonally) as we ourselves go into a season change this week could perhaps be what is needed to revive our vitality and finally clear up long standing health complaints.
What he speaks of in this regard is following the cyclical nature of our bodies, because they really do know what’s best! Going into autumn, this could start with changing up the lifestyle models and systems that served us well in summer, to then look at balancing all parts of us in the new season by adhering to the simple shifts Stephen outlines. Not becoming rigid, or labelling that we are on a specific ‘diet’ or have become that ‘type’ of person, but just keenly observing what works best for us and our own body and wellbeing needs.