Here you’ll find what we are currently interested in. Be that books, podcasts, quotes, everyday peculiarities etc.
As we are interested in life itself, you will find a pretty diverse collection here as there are multiple facets to life, right?
“How Trauma lodges in the Body” – Bessel van der Kolk interviewed by Krista Tippett on her Show “On Being”
“On Being” with Krista Tippett is another tremendously well done podcast, I can only recommend to everyone, who is interested in the deep, existential questions. Her guests are the top leaders and thinkers in their field, but they know how to talk for laymen. I even got interested in physics, everyone who knows me, knows, how much I hate numbers and math and physics!
About her interview with Bessel van der Kolk, Krista writes:
“Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he’s learning about how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of goodness and safety. What he’s learning speaks to a resilience we can all cultivate in the face of the overwhelming events — which, after all, make up the drama of culture, of news, and of life.”
Head to her page and check it out. Worth every minute.
Kiran Trace aka Mystic Girl in the City
It was in an interview at Buddha at the Gaspump when I first heard Kiran. I was driving on the Big Island in Hawai’i, up the hill towards Mauna Kea, where Julie lives. What Kiran said, especially how she said it, was mind blowing. I had to listen to it twice at least. I heard and felt, this woman knows what she talks about, when she talks about suffering. She doesn’t have the usual “spiritual lingo”, she doesn’t hide behind terms, assuming the audience will know what they mean (and oftentimes not even those who use the terms truly know…). Kiran keeps saying, all she teaches is experience based. She is so real and no bullshit, there is no sugarcoating. I love it.
Of course I reached out to her, as I reached out to so many enlightened or so called enlightened people. (To me it felt like “So you have the whole picture? Mhm, you’d better tell me, it’s my fucking right to see what you see” – yep, pretty brisk.)
I started working with Kiran. And slowly came back into my body. Slowly started to breathe again. Slowly start to create some space within myself. Nah, I’m not fine and happy and all glittery unicorns. I would lie to you if I told you, it was that easy. It’s hardcore and unpleasant. But it doesn’t really matter anymore, does it?
Also, I’m not interested in this cheap happiness that is sold to us as the real thing. Bullshit. We don’t need another pair of yogapants or the newest phone or a car or a better job or whatever. The whole “if xyz, then I am going to be happy” is a lie. It doesn’t work that way. The real thing I mean. All the external factors can give you some amount of pleasure, but they will never ever satisfy your hunger.
So I might not be fine and happy, but I am playing for the real prize to win: Real and ultimate freedom. Working with Kiran isn’t dark and heavy, not at all. It’s light and quite cheerful despite what we talk about.
Check out her website, she has a lot of free tools: www.kirantrace.com.
“His Dark Materials” – book by Philip Pullman
I haven’t read the entire book yet since it has quite some pages to it, but I love it. Not just because I can leave my reality and seek comfort in another story. But also because it’s content (it’s dark matter, actually) seems so relevant to me somehow. We grow up thinking there’s just the one reality presented to us in school, in this crazy world we live in. Where we are born, go to school, work and die. Where we blindly follow our screwed up wiring, and rarely pause and truly tune in with what is actually going on. His Dark Materials is considered to be a kids book, but really it’s a fucking splendid read; it opens up the whole dialogue of multiverse and the intelligence of the universe as such. And of course for me I read between the lines that death is not as final as we think.
“Bliss and Grit” – podcast by Brooke Thomas and Vanessa Scotto
When SHIT Hits the Fan was born because of those two women. Throughout my three months travelling in the States, I listened to a ton of podcasts, “Bliss and Grit” was one of them. Hearing these women talk about what it really means to lead a somewhat spiritual life and how we “ultimately embrace more aliveness- all the beauty and crazy, the joys and messes, the bliss and the grit that is a human life”, was opening up a whole new world. They are not afraid to share their own wounds and sadness, to be frank and refuse to hide behind some concept of normality that our society imposes upon us. It gave me the courage to say: I want that. If I have to continue living; that’s the way… the only way.
Brooke and Vanessa did one episode about grief and despair – head over to their page and tune in.
“Remember to be here now” – book by Ram Dass
I picked up this book a couple of years ago, in Goa, India, after I finished my 300 hours teacher training with Julie Martin and Emil Wendel. I picked it up because I found the front cover so beautiful. I hadn’t heard of Ram Dass at that time. So I schlepped it back home and put it on the bookshelf, never looked at it again, and forgot it even existed. But now in this fucked up dark ass time, I started to read it. Why exactly, I don’t know. Whilst I was in Maui, Hawai’i, I even saw Ram Dass at an event – I wanted to talk to him but there were a lot of people who had the same idea, and frankly he didn’t seem to be on top form, turning 86 in a couple of days. But this book is somehow describing what I am going through – the death of my old self and hopefully being born again, the agony of the process itself and the promise of the outcome once you get to the other end. We’ll see… I have never had any interest or desire to be enlightened. But now I think it would be rather appropriate.
(Disclaimer: I do not necessarily agree with everything in this book per se. When it comes to the “Cook Book for a Sacred Life“, I am not so much into this spiritual diet thing. Yeah gluttony won’t help your practice, but there’s nothing wrong with enjoying good food and a glass of wine. Let’s not be so rigid, and live a little, right?)