How much attention are you paying to the number of "likes" you get on social media? Do you seek constant feedback from others to feel valued? What do you think of when you hear the word "Ego"? Is it a negative connotation? What about "Warrior"? Can a warrior be meek and still be strong? Host, Mike Domitrz, along with CAST members Alan Anderson, Rick Clemons, Barry Moniak, and Pat Corrigan Culotti investigate the quandary, “If our primary goal is to serve others, how can our ego serve us?”
The quote that inspired this conversation is “The warrior of meek has abandoned gain, victory, and fame, leaving them far behind. You are not dependent on feedback from others because you have no doubt about yourself. You do not rely on encouragement or discouragement; therefore, you also have no need to display your valor to others.” from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, by Chögyam Trungpa
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[1:58] Mike reads a quote from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior and asks the CAST how they detach from their need for approval.
[8:22] Establishing fame to benefit other people.
[14:09] Acknowledging the ego and allowing it to mature.
[17:21] What it means to be a spiritual warrior.
[19:45] How Pat balances being measured in her work with being in the service of others.
[31:37] Deliver from a place of complete presence.
Mentioned in This Episode:
Alan Anderson is a long-time mindfulness practitioner, and teaches to a wide range of students from children to adult; from Harley-Davidson cohort to a tent full of 200 Buddhists. He is the founder Windhorse Retreat Center, Arts & Mindfulness for Academic Progress, and teaches through Arts@Large, Growing Minds, and Shambhala International. Prior to this, he was a professional jazz musician for 20 years and toured and recorded with Paul Cebar, playing your basic New Orleans musical gumbo.
Rick Clemons is the Author of Frankly My Dear I’m Gay, Host of The Coming Out Lounge podcast, certified life coach, TEDx Speaker, world record holder, and a guy who’s helped 1,000’s of people in over 50 countries across the globe come out of the closets of their lives to escape their bullshit, explore their fears, and elevate their f*cking self-expression.
Pat Corrigan Culotti, CTI, MTF began her studies of traditional Yang-style Tai Chi and Qigong exercises in 1977, under the tutelage of world-renown instructors. Inspired by their wisdom and the healthful benefits of Tai Chi, Pat started to teach Tai Chi herself in 1981. Pat holds certification as a Master Instructor of Tai Chi Fundamentals®, from
Tricia Yu, MA, CTI, allowing her to train and certify others to teach this medically recommended movement system of tai chi.
Barry Moniak brings insightful experience and profound discovery to his entertaining interactive presentations. He inspires audiences to embrace a “befriend fear” mindset to build focused, energized, synergistic winning teams. Known affectionately as the “CEO Whisperer,” Barry gets leaders to not see people as they think they are, but rather as they truly are. He identifies operational strengths and weaknesses and creates a “befriend fear” modus operandi. This is the foundation for an extraordinary, winning, synergistic culture.
The Sponsor of This Week’s Episode:
“Where does your ego aid you and the world?” @mindfulnessshow
“I am a vessel of humanity here to serve.” @RickClemons
“Imagine a warrior who is fearless and completely free from aggression.” @WisdomSplinter
“I take every opportunity to learn from my students. I will stop teaching if I stop learning.” — Pat Culotti. @mindfulnessshow
“If I have people around me to give me clear, valid reflection then I can temper my ego.” @barrymoniak