Rev. Taka: Meditation is Not a Magic Bullet

Rev. Taka: Meditation is Not a Magic Bullet

In a two-minute excerpt from an hour-long radio interview, Zen Buddhist priest Rev. Taka Kawakami talks a good approach to meditation. Instead of using meditation to achieve something or solve an issue, it is better to simply observe from a non-subjective point of view. 

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Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #17 - "What the Bleep is Zen?"

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #17 - "What the Bleep is Zen?"

Zen is not a brand. It is a Buddhist religion and the word literally means “seated meditation.”

Listen in to this interesting and lighthearted interview with Rev. Takafumi Kawakami of Shunkoin Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan. 

Paul and Taka talk about the common misconceptions about Zen and Buddhism in the West, as well as about meditation, mindfulness, living life better and Captain Kirk. 

And -- no -- there is really is no such thing as Zen massage, Zen yoga or Zen hamburgers. That is just marketing silliness.

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #16 - "Food, Fasting and Dharma"

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #16 - "Food, Fasting and Dharma"

Nurturing our bodies nurtures our spirit.

With more than 20 years of experience teaching fasting, cleansing, and the Buddhist teachings of dharma, Hillary Adrian Han shares with Paul her deep knowledge and wisdom about living a healthy life being connected to your innermost essence. 

This very special edition of the Paul Crouse Show was recorded during Paul’s 13th day of a fast at the Dharma Healing International Center on Koh Samui island in Thailand, which Hillary runs.

In this wide ranging conversation, Hillary and Paul talk about the Buddhist concept of dharma, the process and benefits of fasting and cleansing, eating healthily and how to make simple changes to create new, healthy habits.

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #15 - "One Small Shift to Transform Your Life"

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #15 - "One Small Shift to Transform Your Life"

Aligning with our inner nature can transform our lives.

With many years of experience blending psychology and spirituality, Kevin Akash Olver shares with Paul the simple and practical ways for living better.

Kevin is a teacher of personal growth and meditation in England. He has a gift for clear seeing and is known for his warm, peaceful nature and inspiring approach.

"Kevin has been a powerful influence on my life," says Paul

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #14 - "The Creative Flow"

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #14 - "The Creative Flow"

Finding the right creative outlet is liberating. 

This month Paul talks with Kyoto spoken word artist and musician Phil Norton (aka: Preacherman Says) about life, poetry slams, the creative process and the Horse-headed Goddess of Mercy. 

It was a great show with a lot of laughs, some music and even a few bleeps. 

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #13 - "Mystic 101: The Basics of a Magical Life"

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #13 - "Mystic 101: The Basics of a Magical Life"

Life isn’t rational. It is magical. The question is: What kind of magic are you using?

This month, Paul talks with Star Nations co-founder Denise Iwaniw about her clairvoyant gifts, the gifts everyone has, and how to live a more magical life. 

"Everyone can connect with spirit and use their own gifts, " says Denise. "To start out, simply take some time to be quiet and be open to what is around you and inside of you."

Denise is the Real McCoy who knows her stuff. She is acknowledged by the Catholic Church as a seer, as well as being a Pipe Carrier (holy person) in the Lakota Nation. She talks having her gifts since childhood, and her spiritual journey.

Paul and Denise have known each other more the 25 years, and Paul considers Denise to be one of his teachers. 

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Actively Challenge Your Comfort Zones

Actively Challenge Your Comfort Zones

Challenge yourself to do things that you would not normally do to break your pattern of living on autopilot — and lessen the probability that you will become a grumpy old person.

Once a week, you should do something that gets you out of your comfort zone. Something that makes you feel uncomfortable, like sleeping on the other side of the bed or not drinking coffee for 24 hours.

Once a month, you should do something even more uncomfortable, like eating raw octopus or not using your mobile phone for an entire day.

And once a year, you should do something very, very uncomfortable — like listening to entire Justin Bieber CD or skydiving -- if you are afraid of heights.

This is a great way to break our habitual, conditioned thinking patterns, as well as open us up to greater variety of life experiences.

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #011 -- "Buddha and Burpees"

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #011 -- "Buddha and Burpees"

Move your butt with exercise. Sit on your butt to mediate.

Taking care of your body is just as important as taking care of your soul.

Join British fitness and movement coach Russell Trott and Paul Crouse as they talk about the importance of moving your body, as well as how Russell’s Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice has changed his life. 

You can contact Russell at the CrossFit Kyoto website.

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #010 -- "Know Yourself"

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #010 -- "Know Yourself"

If you don’t know yourself, your values and what you really want, it is difficult to live life to the fullest. Many people don't know what they really want and are miserable.

International businessperson and cool mom Lisa Wellington tells us about her experiences and then walks us through a values exercise to help us be clear about ourselves and our lives.

 

Lisa's recipe for success

  • Know Yourself
  • Know What You Want
  • Ask for It and Work for It
  • Take Time to Celebrate
  • Repeat
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Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #009 - "Walking the Path"

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #009 - "Walking the Path"

With guests Johnna and Relia Slaby of Nara, Japan

When you are walking on your path, life can be full of synchronicity and flow. But what do you do when you are down in the dumps? 
Join in with Paul Crouse and funk soul twins Johnna and Reylia Slaby as they have a laugh filled conversation about growing up in Japan as (kind of) Americans, and doing what you know is right even though others tell you otherwise.And a bunch of other fun stuff. No boring old people here. LOL!

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Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #008 - "A Spiritual Walk"

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #008 - "A Spiritual Walk"

With guest Lauri Watanabe of Kobe, Japan

What if you -- as a thoroughly secular person -- asked God if he existed and you got an answer? It might shake your world. It did for Lauri.

Join in with Paul Crouse and funk soul sister Lauri Watanabe as she tells her amazing, life changing story and shares her wisdom, humor and good vibes. 

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Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #007 - "My Ego is Better Than Your Ego"

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #007 - "My Ego is Better Than Your Ego"

The “I’m right. You suck!” attitude is at the core of much of the world’s problems. It is kind of like a little monster running the show in your head. 

Join funk soul brothers Paul Crouse and Tony, The Unknown Psychic as they talk about the ego — what it is, the problems it causes and how to overcome it. 

The Funk Soul Brothers always have something interesting to say. Listen in, or else my daddy is going to come over and beat up your daddy.

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Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #006 - Funk Soul Brothers with Tony, the Unknown Psychic

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #006 - Funk Soul Brothers with Tony, the Unknown Psychic

Paul comes out of the psychic closet and for the first time speaks openly in public about his psychic / spiritual / shamanic gifts along with his funk soul brother Tony, the Unknown Psychic.

They talk about an amazing experience they shared 15 years ago which awakened the both of them spiritually and psychically. They also talked at length about having these gifts, how everyone is psychic, and about how to live with the funk in your soul and the boogie in your step.

It was a truly great, humorous conversation that ended too soon. Check it out now. 

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