An Antidote for The Age of Anxiety and a free audio exercise Humans are arguably the most adaptable of animals. We live in arid deserts, frozen tundra, overpopulated cities and outer space. Adaptability has been the cornerstone of our survival; but it also has a dark side. Sometimes we habituate in ways that are corrosive to our well-being. As songwriter Bruce Cockburn put it, “The trouble with normal is it always gets worse.” For example, we have come to accept the constant presence … [Read more...] about An Antidote for The Age of Anxiety
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As a surge of populism is altering the face of politics around the world, a puzzling irony hangs in the air: populism wins approval and votes from a generally hard-working socio-economic sector that often struggles to make ends meet – yet its leaders, once elected, commonly implement policies that slash at programs supporting the education, housing, health and welfare of those same voters, while they hand out juicy perks to the very rich. Despite this, the base supporters tend to remain doggedly … [Read more...] about The Seed of Populism
We inherited a view of the body as something without intelligence: as something ‘beneath us’; as a tool for getting things done; as machinery operated by the brain; as a piece of equipment that needs proper maintenance if it’s not to break down. That view still predominates, to be sure, but it’s no longer the unchallenged orthodoxy. Since my first book, New Self, New World, appeared in 2010, I’ve noticed a growing appreciation for the body’s intelligence. Science, for instance, has brought us … [Read more...] about Our longing for embodiment
People who haven’t taken my workshop are often curious about it, and I am always eager to describe it. But in trying to do so I frequently feel as though someone deprived of their sense of smell had asked me to describe the scent of lavender. Since my teens I have been devoted to liberating myself from the specific prohibitions against thinking and feeling that are germane to my culture. I have never sought to do this by adopting another culture, for every culture comes with its own unique set … [Read more...] about So What’s Your Workshop Like?
This talk was filmed by Allyson Woodrooffe in November 2017 at Friends House in Toronto shortly after the release of Radical Wholeness, Philip's new book. … [Read more...] about A Journey to Wholeness