Redefining Happiness: Leave Nothing Out
Seekers Session: Sunday, January 7 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Our definition of happiness needs to expand. By including all of our experience into what it means to live a full, rich, and wise life – both the positive and the painful – we free ourselves of unreal expectations and learn to enter the present moment with less resistance and more curiosity.
Somebody/Nobody: Freedom from the Tyrannical Self
Seekers Session: Sunday, February 4 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
We spend our lives striving to be somebody, forgetting that we cannot be named nor contained, except arbitrarily. We label ourselves, design ‘life containers’, play roles, to give our lives meaning. But meaning, we learn, is just a story and it’s always changing. By stepping out of the ‘be somebody’ matrix, we free ourselves to live as awakened people.
The Heart Has Its Reasons: Learning the Language of Emotions
Seekers Session: Sunday, March 18 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Much of our suffering arises from not understanding that emotion speaks its own language. “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing,” wrote Pascal, yet we forget this often in everyday life, as we struggle to think our feelings, control emotion, using the logic’s vernacular. But this rarely works. By understanding that we are polyglot beings whose parts communicate in different tongues, we can learn to translate experience more equably and harmoniously.
When Love Becomes Impossible: The Practice of Faithful Abiding
Seekers Session: Sunday, April 8 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
“Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone,” wrote Thomas Merton. It’s easy to love when the path is smooth, but what about the rest of the time? How do we love when we can’t feel a thing? Is love a feeling or is it a deed? Or both – and when do we know the difference?
The Infinitude of the Private Man: Discovering Your Inner Cosmos
Seekers Session: Sunday, May 6 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Each of us is a living cosmos, a universe in a single skin. All transcendent experience arrives at this conclusion. “In all my lectures, I have taught one doctrine, the infinitude of the private man,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. How can we tap into this inner cosmos? How can we know our metaphysical nature while being firmly embodied? How does this change moment to moment experience?
Spiritual Energy: What Wakes Up When You Awaken?
Seekers Session: Pre-recorded – Available on June 3
The body is an electromagnetic system that operates in concert with a ‘divine’ battery: the source of all creative power, the intelligence that some call God and others view less theologically. In the East, where subtle energies have long been studied, it’s well known that sukkha – spiritual energy – is a quantifiable phenomenon that passes from one person to the next.
The Myth of Narcissus: Self-Love Is Not Idolatry
Seekers Session: Sunday, July 8 @ 1 pm ET/10 am PT
Perhaps no other myth captures our modern fascination with images, surfaces, and self-absorption, more than the myth of Narcissus. Books have been written about narcissistic culture, narcissistic personalities, and narcissistic spiritual teachers; the wholesale influence of this mirror myth on the modern psyche. No one can escape its effects.
The Art of Self-Inquiry: Asking the Essential Questions
Seekers Session: Sunday, August 19 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
We have largely foregone the art of self-questioning in our therapeutic culture. Though we’re interested in personal growth, we rarely ask ourselves transformative questions whose exploration could change our lives. Many therapists steer away from confrontation as well, avoiding the difficult questions. But self-inquiry as a time-honored tool for awakening has the power to shift our consciousness in profound and helpful ways.
The Treasures of Solitude: Learning from Silence
Seekers Session: Sunday, September 9 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Many people mistake solitude for loneliness, imagining that their own company isn’t enough. We become addicted to interpersonal distraction, and the comfort of being able to avoid ourselves. But the silence we meet in solitude is a wellspring of non-verbal wisdom. Immersing ourselves in silence, we’re able to hear the small still voice within that gets drowned out in the noise of everyday life. In this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum, we will be exploring silence as a spiritual treasury of inspiration and the damage done when we are deprived of silence.
Sex and the Sacred: Biology is Divinity
Seekers Session: Sunday, October 7 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Is sexuality the province of the sacred or the den of the profane? Is the effort to infuse carnality with the numinous doomed, even unnecessary? Why do religions draw the line so starkly between the sexual and the sacred? When we come to see that lie at the center of many spiritual paths – that of the fallen, sinful body – we can step free of piety and enter into the spirit of play that lies at our heart as Homo Ludens.
How To Pray: Finding Your Voice in the Wilderness
Seekers Session: Sunday, November 4 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
Learning that prayer can be any kind of expression – from a quiet entreaty to a furious yowl – is part of becoming a spiritual grown up. We need not lower our voices for God nor pretend to be kinder or smarter than we are. Prayer is our opportunity to tell the truth and come clear before ourselves, in order to move forward with more love and less baggage.
A Bird On Your Shoulder: Freedom From the Fear of Dying
Seekers Session: Sunday, December 2 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT
The great saint Anandamayi Ma, recommenced that we live our lives like birds sitting on a dry twig, ready for it to snap at any moment, and cause us to take flight. When we live with impermanence in our awareness, we honor the time we have even more fully, savor our experiences, open our hearts, and live – at last – as our full free selves.