I was listening to an episode of the Metta Hour with Sharon Salzberg podcast yesterdday, and Sharon said something like (I’m paraphrasing),

    …and there is the conflict in the world today, in fact what about the conflict that is within individuals…

    Hearing that made me understand the often quoted,

    World peace starts with inner peace,

    in a whole new way. Yes there is conflict in this world right night, seemingly (from where I am sitting) everywhere I look, but what about the conflicts that I battle with within myself? And then the inner conflicts that everyone around me might have?

    It can sound trite in a world of war and threatened authoritarianism, but by how much would the world be different if we each tried to fix our inner conflicts? If we held an awareness of how one’s conflicts can affect behaviour, and so not take the words of others so personally?

    I came across this poem last year on the On Being podcast. Written by the Pakistani climate activist Ayisha Siddiqa1, it is set against the backdrop of our current environmental crises. I find the poem holds a powerful message of the power of approaching the current crises motivated by love. There is much that has to change and policies that need to be turned around, and with that many reasons to sit in rage, but what is the future that we want and how are we approaching it, how are we building it?


    What if the future is soft and revolution is so kind that there is no end to us in sight.

    Whole cities breathe and bad luck is bested by a promise to the leaves.

    To withstand your own end is difficult.

    The future frolics about, promised to no one, as is her right.

    Rage against injustice makes the voice grow harsher yet.

    If the future leaves without us, the silence that will follow will be an unspeakable nothing.

    What if we convince her to stay?

    How rare and beautiful it is that we exist.

    What if we stun existence one more time?

    When I wake up, get out of bed, my seven year old cousin

    with her ruptured belly tags along.

    Then follows my grandmother, aunts, my other cousins
    and the violent shape of their drinking water.

    The earth remembers everything,
    our bodies are the color of the earth and we
    are nobodies.

    Been born from so many apocalypses, what’s one more?

    Love is still the only revenge. It grows each time the earth is set on fire.

    But for what it’s worth, I’d do this again.
    Gamble on humanity one hundred times over

    Commit to life unto life, as the trees fall and take us with them.

    I’d follow love into extinction.

    1. Ayisha Siddiqa is a Pakistani Climate justice advocate living in Coney Island, NY, a coastal area highly prone to hurricanes and floods. She is a co-founder of Polluters Out and the Executive Director of Student Affairs at FFU. On Sept 20th, 2019 she helped mobilize and lead over 300,000 students onto the streets of Manhattan demanding their governments take climate action. ↩︎

    I realized this morning that yesterday I sent a handful of blog posts to my podcast website, which is currently on hiatus, instead of here to my main blog. I’ll correct that later by bringing those posts over. Meanwhile the error that caused that should also be fixed (until it slips my attention again).

    I’ve, well, dithered around this for a while but have finally decided to subscribe to John Gruber’s & Ben Thompson’s Dithering podcast. Two podcasts a week, each no more than 15 minutes. I’ll try it for a month to see if I want to stay with it.

    I was recently interviewed my Naomi Harrington for her That’s Deep Podcast. The subject of the interview was meditation. A very short clip from the podcast is below.

    Naomi is coach with the mission to, ”empower humans from the inside out, through inner and outer exploration. She can be found at Naomi Courtney Co.

    The full podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean.

    I was hoping that there would be a way to bring one off interviews that I have as mp3 files into Apple Podcasts app. That way I could keep them together and know where to go when I want to listen to them…but it does not look as though it is possible. 😞

    Are any Micro.blog podcasters not seeing their podcasts update on Apple Podcasts or not appear in searches on the platform? I have published a new episode of my Behind the Thoughts podcast, but the it is not showing up in Apple Podcasts, or third party apps. 🎙

    I was recently interviewed by Andy Mort for Episode 331 of his Gentle Rebel Podcast on the subject of Meditation. You can listen to our chat at the link above, or watch us on YouTube. Thank you to Andy for the invitation to the podcast. 🎙

    I posted Episode 49 (Widening our circle, taking tonglen further) of the Behind The Thoughts podcast today, but I think that it got lost during a Micro.blog hiccup, so re-announcing it here.

    Since relaunching my podcast, Behind The Thoughts , I am pleased with myself for keeping up with posting weekly episodes. I have found a workflow that works. Occasionally time is a struggle, but I have managed so far. Today I posted my fifth episode, episode 45. 🎙

    Sometimes recording a podcast comes easily. Other times it’s a struggle as I over think the process. My decision is to publish anyway. If I don’t, I fear that I will get lost in perfectionism and then nothing will get published! Learn from mistakes and experience. 🎙

    I have just announced the relaunch of my meditation podcast, Behind The Thoughts. I’m happy to be podcasting on Micro.blog. 🎙

    I’ll get there!

    When @jean interviewed me for Micro Monday back in May 2019, Jean asked me if I would host a Podcast. Today I was on the home stretch of resurrecting a Podcast that I last ran in 2017, but a Micro.blog hosting issue has delayed that. Fingers crossed soon 🤞🏻

    I’m looking for a site that hosts audio files in the same way that YouTube and Vimeo host videos, but preferably without advertisements, and not specifically a podcast hoster.

    I paid for a full subscription to Castro today. It has helped me get into more regular podcast listening, more than any other podcast app that I have tried. The workflow just works for me.

    I’ve just added the archive of a podcast I ran on building a meditation practice, called “Behind The Thoughts”, to my website. It ran for 40 episodes. 🎙️

    Layers of colours as spring touches the Japanese Gardens in Portland. While there today, I recorded Episode #6 of the Behind The Thoughts podcast. Link in the bio.

    I have a new podcast is up. Called “Behind The Thoughts,” it is for those who would like to start meditating, have sat once or twice but find it hard to keep going, are wondering what meditation is all about, and are lacking a supportive community. Broadcasting two or three times a week, each episode will include a short meditation time, or hit the pause button and meditate for longer.

    You can find the podcast on my website. If you have any requests for subjects to cover, just let me know.

    Thank you and I hope that you enjoy the podcast.