Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #27 - "Japanese Tea Ceremony"

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #27 - "Japanese Tea Ceremony"

Japanese Tea Ceremony is a spiritual experience

This month, Paul talks with Atsuko Mori, the owner of Camellia Tea Ceremony in Kyoto, Japan. They discuss Japanese tea ceremony, it’s history and connection to Zen Buddhism, as well as how the study of tea ceremony improved Atsuko’s life. Don’t miss this interesting conversation.

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Don't Be Consumed By Fear

Don't Be Consumed By Fear

The current morning ritual in my house goes something like this:

Me: (Reading the newspaper) “Oh my God…oh no....OH MY GOD!”

My Wife: “Trump?”

Me: “Trump.”

She doesn’t seem all too concerned.

“Freaking out doesn’t solve the problem,” she said.

As I read the paper, all of my political fears come bubbling up. Will one of his tweets crash the financial markets? Will he start a war with Russia? Will he start rounding up Mexicans and Muslims to put in concentration camps?

My mind does love to play out all of these scenarios just like an apocalyptic movie. And then I catch myself. The sun will still rise tomorrow. The birds will still be singing in the trees. There are still no zombies walking up the street.

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Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #26 - "Don't Get Consumed by The Fear"

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #26 - "Don't Get Consumed by The Fear"

This month, Paul spoke with Star Nations co-founder Neshi Lokotz about recent events, including the U.S. presidential elections, and about how to stay well informed and strong internally in the face uncertainty in our rapidly changing world.

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Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #25 - "Self Care and Your Inner Essence"

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #25 - "Self Care and Your Inner Essence"

With Complimentary Health Practitioner Sara Williams of London, U.K.

Being healthy is more than just taking care of your body.

This month Paul talks with holistic complimentary health practitioner Sara Williams from London, UK. They discuss Esoteric Healing and how your connection with your innermost self has an impact on your physical, mental and emotional well being. Don’t miss this fascinating conversation.

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #24 - "Getting Unstuck"

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #24 - "Getting Unstuck"

With Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Frances Robbins

Sometimes, we all end up like a car stuck in the ditch.

This month, Paul talks with psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Frances Robbins about taking steps to get unstuck and moving forward in our lives, as well as having the courage to seek out help when we need it. Don’t miss this interesting conversation.

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #23 - "Funk Soul Tomodachi (Friends)

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #23 - "Funk Soul Tomodachi (Friends)

Sometimes the Universe guides you to meeting the right people.

This month, Paul talks with his good friend, Venezuelan comic artist and funk soul sister Angela Moreno. They’ll talk about how they met each other in Kyoto and how their common interest in the spiritual arts led to a deep friendship. 

Conversation topics included:  manga & anime, Gong Show-like job interviews, getting rid of ghosts, personal psychic abilities and how astrology readings can actually be useful.

Don’t miss this interesting conversation.

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #22 - "First Steps on the Spiritual Path"

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #22 - "First Steps on the Spiritual Path"

Why do we fall down? To learn how to stand back up.

This month, Paul talks with Star Nations co-founder Neshi Lokotz. In their first meeting, Paul asks Neshi about being raised in a traditional Native American culture, and they both talk about their spiritual awakenings. Listen in for a great conversation

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Ask Paul #2: How Do I Stay Sane During Life Upheaval? [Vlog]

Ask Paul #2: How Do I Stay Sane During Life Upheaval? [Vlog]

Here is the second video in my new “Ask Paul” series. Brian of Hendersonville, NC wrote:

“How to keep my sanity while watching my mom lose her battle with Parkinson's, raising a 16 year old, taking care of three dogs and one very nervous cat, and essentially starting over professionally and personally after a failed marriage. Other than all that life is good.” (with a freaked out lookng smilie face).  Later he said that through all of this that he was still smiling”

Have a listen to my answer. It is 9.5 minutes long. 

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Ask Paul: Mid-Life Crisis. Help! [Vlog]

Ask Paul: Mid-Life Crisis. Help! [Vlog]

This is the first video in my new "Ask Paul" series. Ask a question and I will do my best to answer it.

Ann from L.A. wrote: "I'm kinda going through a mid-life crisis. Help. Not just for me, but for other mid-lifers too.... something than buying a mid-life yellow corvette, or something equally stupid."

So, here is my answer to Ann. Yes, it is about 10 minutes long, but some things need to be explained in more than a minute and a half.

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What Do You Want Me to Talk About?

What Do You Want Me to Talk About?

I am going to me make some videos soon. What would you like me to talk about? Please make your suggestions in the comments area below, or click "Contact" and send me a message. Or you could write on my Facebook page.

I can talk about a wide variety of subjects: Spirituality, meditation, mindfulness, intuition or just about anything else - except transmission repair. I am no good at transmission repair.

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Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #20 - "Grieving and Life Change"

Listen to the Paul Crouse Radio Show #20 - "Grieving and Life Change"

The passing of a loved is a traumatic .

This month, Paul talks with Katsuko Saito, the program director at Otenin Buddhist Temple in Osaka, Japan. She talks about her experience overcoming the grief of the sudden death of her partner and life changes she made moving forward with her family.

They also discussed about the cultural differences in the work place between Japanese people and Westerners.

It was a lively discussion between two good friends whom both have dealt with loss and have come out the other end transformed.

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Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #19 - "Recovery, Healing and Taking Care of the Soul"

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #19 - "Recovery, Healing and Taking Care of the Soul"

The stars are brighter once you roll over in the gutter.

This month, Paul is interviewed by Katherine Arati Maas of Zurich, Switzerland about his life as a drunk and a druggie, sobering out 25 years ago, and how this lead him to discover his spiritual gifts. He also talks about his work helping people live their lives better. 

If you want to know the nitty gritty about Paul, what he's been through and how he helps people, then have a listen.

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Crying in Stockholm

Crying in Stockholm

When she told me about her failed suicide attempt only days earlier, the recent events of my life started to make sense.

In her torment, she had gone to the top of a tall building to take a leap, but the door to the roof was mysteriously locked that day. The Universe was conspiring to keep her alive and that is why we met.

She was a Japanese woman living in Stockholm and I was an American who had been living in Japan for two decades. I was in Sweden on holiday. We were brought together in a way I could have never imagined.

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Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #18 - "Secular Mindfulness Training"

Listen to Paul Crouse Radio Show #18 - "Secular Mindfulness Training"

Mindfulness is the capacity to pay attention on purpose in the present moment non-judgmentally, and with kindness.

This month, Paul interviews Zen teacher Dr. Linda Lehrhaupt, who is the founder and executive Director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches in Bedburg, Germany. During this interview, Linda and Paul discuss how mindfulness training can benefit people in all walks of life deal with the challenges of the modern world, including stress and chronic pain.

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Rev. Taka: Tomorrow I'm Superhuman?

Rev. Taka: Tomorrow I'm Superhuman?

During this 2.5 minute audio excerpt from an hour-long radio interview, Zen Buddhist priest Rev. Taka Kawakami explains how life is in the present moment.

He says that people often get excited thinking about the future. We think that we will be superhuman tomorrow, but that we are only regular today. So we put things off. With that attitude, we let life slip past us.

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Rev. Taka: How to Meditate Simply

Rev. Taka: How to Meditate Simply

During this two-minute audio excerpt from an hour-long radio interview, Zen Buddhist priest Rev. Taka Kawakami explains how meditation can be mind training, and how to simply meditate.

He says that you should just sit up straight and feel your breathing. It might help to have longer inhales and exhales. He suggests breathing in for a count of five and exhaling for a count of ten. 

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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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Two Weeks Fasting in Thailand

Two Weeks Fasting in Thailand

I took the handle of the metal tablespoon and punched a hole in the bottom of the coconut and slid a straw in. I then sat down at the table on the front porch of my bungalow. The stray cat sprawled out on the table sleepily looked up at me and refused to move out of the way.

I then slowly savored the sweet taste of the fresh coconut water, which was my breakfast. It was my last day in Thailand. I was on Day 16 of my fast. In twenty four hours, I would back in my home in cold Kyoto where I would break this fast by eating 5 small organic cherry tomatoes. The first solid food in 17 days.

As I sipped on my breakfast, I reviewed all that had changed in a short amount time. My belly was gone and I had lost about 30 pounds. The stress I had been carrying around had also lifted. I felt clear-minded and energetic, although my physical power had been tuned down a couple of notches. I had a clearer of image of what I wanted in life and how to get there. And I didn’t feel hungry at all.

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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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