The renowned actor as you’ve never heard him before. He has appeared in over 100 films, including Apocalypse Now. He’s best known on television as President Bartlet in The West Wing. But Martin Sheen, born and still legally named Ramón Estévez, has had another lesser-known life as a spiritual seeker and activist. He returned to a deep and joyful Catholic faith after a crisis at the height of his fame in mid-life. He’s been arrested over 60 times in vigils and protests. “Piety is something you do alone,” he says. “True freedom, spirituality, can only be achieved in community.”
I find myself like, in awe of the miracle of existing, the miracle of consciousness, it makes no sense to me; the fact that we’re here, that I’m separate from people, that I’m experiencing this, like, for me, it’s so much more beautiful, what I hope… My curiousness is the hope that this is all natural, that all this checks out. The idea that we’d have to skip steps, the idea that at the end of the day the numbers don’t add up, that you need magic or you need something… Is so much less magical than the fact that this is all just working naturally and it all checks out and this system does, at the end of the day, make sense naturally. That… That is the most awe inspiring, beautiful, possible solution and ending to me. The fact that, really what happens is you have hydrogen and it’s starched and explodes and then you have fucking people, like, if that really does… If all the math checks out at the end of the day, that would make me happy.
Bo Burnham – “Do you find yourself spiritually curious?”
In this episode Patrick and I dive into consciousness, religion, symbols, philosophy and psychedelics. We talked about some ideas from Terrence McKenna, Alan Watts, Aldous Huxley and some religious concepts that may have evolved from psychedelics.
Welcome to ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics religion and spiritual practice is informing our personal lives, our communities and our world. You can download All Together on iTunes, or Stitcher.
During this week’s segment you will hear from a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist about their lives as trans people, and the surprising and instructive ways religious figures acted with compassion as they transitioned to presenting as their authentic selves. Their journeys invite new understanding of spirituality by urgently presenting the deeply religious question: “Who Am I?”
Recently Bruce Jenner spoke on national television about life as a trans person, ushering in a new era of visibility of trans people. My hope is that the stories of Joy, Taj and Ellie will be cause for further celebration, and that their spiritual stories will offer all of us lessons for discovery about self, others and even God.
Prof. Joy Laden made history when she became the first trans woman to teach at an Orthodox Jewish university. In addition to her position at Yeshiva University, she is a contributor to the website TransTorah, and has recently published a book of poetry with the title: Impersonation.
Taj Smith is a second year student at Harvard Divinity School who is on ordination track in the United Church of Christ.
With Valentine day next week and spring next month, I thought hm, beyond the usual post of how to study, I wanted to embark on a cooler segment: how to make studying interesting.
On that note the first segment is podcast. While I love Hans Zimmer, Beyonce, and a florence and the machine melody to study to, I have recently found podcasts to keep me more alert and excited to study. Below are a list of my favorites:
The College info geek
Informative, fun, and youthful. Having recently graduated college debt free, he is probably one of more laid back productive bloggers I know. His blog is college focused and provides a much needed male perspective in the scope of study skills and college education.
Funny, honest and critical, if you need some intellectual conversation to fill in the silence during an office hour visit, Radiolab is at your service. Ranging from topics such a race, the american government to even DNA testing, there is no way your mind cannot be attentive listening to them.
Medical school HQ
Ok before my premeds go crazy, I must say as a science major medicine bound sophomore, this has been a lovely podcast that has impacted my scope of medicine. The host are funny, relatable and altruistic physicians who take their time every week to share the knowledge. After listening to some episodes you will be saying, RESPECT THE MCAT!
(This podcast has cursing) I enjoy the read. A humorous look at pop culture and music. And who does not heart kidfury!
Lastly I enjoy spiritual podcasts, Joel Osteen, Td Jakes and Rick Warren are awesome, conscious and will make you feel great. I hope you love this list as much as I had fun making it.
Let me know in a comment, what are your favorite podcasts?
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