Many of you recognize Kirk Harbinger from the interviews we have done for the past couple years. Today, I get to interview him!
Kirk was fortunate to start learning how to meditate in high school when he immediately saw how his burgeoning meditation skills enhanced his athletic performance. In this interview, Kirk and I talk about how meditation helps us create an engaged detachment with the world around us that enhances our performance. This state is what athletes refer to as “the zone” or what Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi refers to as “flow.”
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties with Kirk’s meditation, so I tried my best to help facilitate some of what Kirk was talking about in this meditation. In the meditation I had us practice “stretching” or minds to become “aware of being aware” of both ourselves and others.
The flow state has been recognized in the east for centuries as Wu-Wei. I have enclosed some concepts here to help people grasp the concept (which can easily elude people.)
- Stanford trained University Professor of Asian studies, Ted Slingerland says that wu-wei is best understood as a unifying theme underlying many Chinese philosophical schools that describes an ideal of “acting effortlessly and spontaneously in harmony with a normative standard and thereby acquiring an almost magical efficaciousness in moving through the world and attracting people to oneself”
- Wu Wei/flow is often referred to as “heaven’s viewpoint” which is a distinctive free perspective. We learn not to rigidly, exclusively maintain our own orientation to the world, but allow ourselves to feel part of a greater ebb and flow.
- Wisdom from the Tao Te Ching; Do not strive to do the great. When a person sees all things as if they were the same in value, he is able to live from a different perspective – move beyond desire…..into the Tao/Infinite Intelligence
When we maintain an awareness that we are part of a greater whole, we are able to read ourselves and others with greater accuracy and move through this world with much greater effectiveness and less wear and tear. We have all marveled at someone in flow, because we sense the magic of it. By practicing the state flow through meditation, we get to live there more and more during our daily activities.
It was a great pleasure sitting down with Sam House, executive coach and mentor. Sam has spent his entire professional life studying healing and wellness tools, which makes him a pro at sharing broad topics in a very concise manner.
As Sam travels around the globe, he is noticing that people are wanting to slow down. People in organizations and businesses are hungry to have some space in their day to think their own thoughts and remember who they are as individuals. Sam talks about how important it is that we do this, so we all can skillfully step up to leadership opportunities in a manner that offers our unique gifts.
To learn more about Sam, and his approach to integrating mindfulness into corporate life, visit his website at; executivewisdominstitute.com
NUMINOUS LECTURE SERIES FOR JANUARY
Programs are held weekly, on Wednesday evenings, at Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Ave, Albany, NY.
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Challenging Our Agreements, and How They Shape Us
Bryce Pullano, IT Specialist
Wednesday January 27 at 7:00 PM
One of the four agreements in the wildly successful book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miquel Ruiz, is “Don’t make assumptions.”
If we all took a moment to pause and consider how many assumptions we make in life, and how much these assumptions shape our destiny, we may become awestruck by their significance. These realizations have the potential to be so profound, they may inspire us to make lasting change in our behavior, changes that can effect the entire trajectory of our lives.
In this talk, Bryce Pullano will ask us to challenge our most basic social contracts, and examine how much we assume things that simply are not be true at all. He will help us expose these flimsy mirages for what they are, which can help us find the truth that we need to experience real-world growth. These non-truths are best eliminated, so that we can proceed confidently in life with clear unwavering vision that sustains us in times of darkness. Come to this talk ready to challenge all areas of your life, and to mine new insights for positive change.
Spiritual Conversations For Men
Facilitated by Glenn Hogue & Tim Moon, MA – CASAC
Wednesday February 3 at 7:00 PM
Most spiritual programs are predominantly attended by women, which often causes women’s issues to be the focus of such programming. However, at NUMINOUS, we wanted to provide new programs that would specifically support Men’s spiritual discoveries as they do the significant work of pioneering how to blend ancient spiritual teachings with contemporary culture’s expectations of masculinity.
This is critically important work, as we seem to be in a time in history when all sorts of established paradigms are falling. The rugged individualism of the late 20th century is being challenged on all levels, especially in relationships. The traditional roles between male and female are also being blurred as well.
How do we maintain the integrity of our yang (masculine) energy while assimilating the gentler aspects of spirituality and still be effective in this world? How do we learn how to connect, while maintaining our individual authenticity and truth? Many of us have learned that we don’t need to do life alone, but we are unsure of how to skillfully include input from Spirit, women, and other men, without loosing connection with ourselves.
Learning how to skillfully partner, listen, and still assert our truth seems to be a huge piece of the mission of our generation of men. These Spiritual Conversations For Men will give us an opportunity to gain answers to the some of the most distracting questions of our lives. In a quiet environment, we can safely discuss what matters to us most, and obtain invaluable insights from other men who have grappled with the same questions. Through this exchange, we learn that we don’t have to do “life alone.” Also, we learn how good it feels to be supported and to provide the same meaningful support for others. These discussions offer us clarity and direction as we learn to connect, and yet still hold individual balance.
We are extremely fortunate to have Tim Moon, Counselor, and Fo Castle Owner/Operator Glenn Hogue facilitate these discussions. These two have over 55 years of combined spiritual understandings to chart this prosperous territory.
Prosperity – Living a Life You Love Living
Dr. Karin Reinhold
Wednesday February 10 at 7:00 PM
Can you imagine a life full of purpose and passion that you naturally enrich the lives of others around you and yourself?
Do you wake up each morning feeling energized and ready to start your day?
Do you enjoy higher levels of vibrant health, deep love, financial abundance, time freedom?
Do you experience the confidence that you can accomplish anything that you want?
There are predictable, repeatable, spiritual and scientific method for turning dreams into reality. I first learned of these steps from Mary Morrissey – a world renowned author and coach – and her program “Dream Building”
We’ll review the 10 keys of the manifestation process, and how these are rooted in spiritual principles.
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