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Last update: 2013-07-01

God Calling

2013-07-01 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian, stereotypes, God, and more.…

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God loses to Bias

2013-07-01 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian explains how two characteristics of the human psyche can keep us from hearing God.…

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Fall into potty

2013-07-01 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian lauds perspective and how it can keep one from getting upset when you fall into the toilet.…

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Nightmares

2013-07-01 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian tells the 3 components to nightmares and how our lives are a lot like them sometimes.…

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Losing One Glove

2013-07-01 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about how all loss is psychological.…

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Annoyed at a tree

2013-07-01 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian implores you not to get annoyed with inanimate (or animate) objects that annoy you.…

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Don't listen to THEM

2013-07-01 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about how THEIR opinions can get US into big trouble. (This is very similar to a previously recorded notion published as issue 20 in 2013.)…

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Kosher on its head

2013-06-24 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian explains an alternative method for when to declare something kosher.…

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phoneaddicted

2013-06-24 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about how addicted he is to the iphone. Not very profound.…

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NormalForce

2013-06-22 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian applies a physics lesson to life. …

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All of us get angry

2013-06-22 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks challenges you if you consider yourself to be one of the "peaceful" people on the planet that it's probably not all true.…

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Habit and Familiarity

2012-12-26 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks on the Shantideva quote, "There is nothing that is not made lighter though habit and familiarity." It's everywhere.…

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No one does wrong willingly

2012-12-26 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about how "no one does wrong willingly" and how we are more likely to forgive ourselves for our anger and errors than we do others.…

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Unprovolked Anger

2012-12-26 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about Stephen Pinkster's quote, "Our anger is justified and theirs is unprovoked."…

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Lessons Taught

2012-12-26 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks his attempt to "teach" his children a lesson and how his son "learned" something else.…

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Living Out of The Present

2012-12-26 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about when his daughter urinated on his lap and how wonderful and horrible it felt at the same time.…

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Door to door

2012-07-16 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Door-to-door religious salesfolk. (A fresh interpretation.)…

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No Time Off

2012-07-16 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Why we don't have time to relax, explained.…

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Be Alive and Stay Alive

2012-07-16 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

My son was on my lap while I was recording podcasts. In between takes, he would lean into the microphone and do his version of "Rabbi Brian." So, I recorded him. "Be Alive and Stay Alive" might just be brilliant advice if you think about it.…

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UnRemarkable

2012-04-16 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian tries to not make any interesting comments to prove a point about conversation.…

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Happen for a reason

2012-04-16 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian compels you to believe that things happen for a reason.a…

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Why Leaders Are Assholes

2012-04-16 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian weighs in on his response to the question, "Why are leaders assholes?" The answer has to do with Martin Luther King, Jr. (How's that for an interesting description?)…

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Do Not Make Lemonade

2012-01-02 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian takes on two spurious spiritual-religious notions, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" and "I'm as happy as I make my mind up to be."…

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No one does wrong willingly

2012-01-02 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about how "no one does wrong willingly" and how we are more likely to forgive ourselves for our anger and errors than we do others.…

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Why were you not you?

2011-11-06 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian tells the oft-told tell of Reb Zuysa, but adds a twist... about theologic empowerment.…

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What are the chances?

2011-11-06 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian tells one of his favorite jokes... it's about God. (Kinda)…

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Don't be yourself!

2011-11-06 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian give you permission to not be you... the thinking is that we spend so much time and thought trying to be "good" that we forget that we don't need to try so hard.…

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Valued ? By whom?

2011-11-06 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about a vase, some candlesticks, and you... how we need to find our own INTERNAL value.…

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What news is good for you?

2011-11-06 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian asks you to ponder if the news is good for you...…

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Accidently Kind to Al

2011-10-03 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about how he was accidently kind to a student, and how that made him wonder about being that kind all the time.…

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The Wrong Way to Brush

2011-09-05 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian give three different spiritual-religious exercises in this one podcast in which he tells you to brush the wrong way. (Special shout-out and 'woot!' to MK.)…

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Vermiculite

2011-09-01 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian discusses the very light rock, vermiculiute. You'll understand...…

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Fire Has Heat, The Sky Has Clouds

2011-09-01 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian goes deep on the phrase, "Fire has heat; the sky has clouds." It's a good one.…

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Awareness is curative!

2011-08-15 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about why knowing the goal – even when it doesn't seem achievable – is important.…

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Mumbling to Awareness

2011-08-15 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian gives you an exercise to notice how much people mumble... and then asks you to think about this with regard to how we perceive others.…

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This Toe Stubbing Will Pass

2011-08-14 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian stubbed his toes three times in a week and it made him think about King Solomon's (apocryphal) adage, "This too shall pass." (Wouldn't you have done the same?)…

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Temptation (re-addressed)

2011-08-14 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian re-addresses the quote "The lesser the temptation, the greater the sin" which was part of 2011's 77% Weekly 25/40. Winds up, Aristotle had something to say about this. …

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Lead by Example

2011-07-28 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian quotes St. Augustine and the sociological phenomenon of not facing the back of elevators in urging you to not give advice.…

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Work

2011-07-28 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian discussed the Biblical notion of taking off time from work and admonishes you to figure out how to do this in your life.…

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Becoming Masterful

2011-07-20 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian asks you to consider at what you want to be masterful.…

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But that's not the problem!

2011-07-20 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian relates how his 2 and 4-year-olds were upset about beads, how he thought they were upset about other things, but hey, they ought to know, no?…

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Sorry

2011-07-19 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian apologizes if you got duplicates of podcasts. I goofed with the format and had to re-post them!…

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Habit & Familiarity

2011-07-19 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about the quote, "There is nothing that is not made lighter through habit and familiarity." He explores the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual-religious realms.…

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Three Names

2011-07-19 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian discusses the three names by which we are known...…

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Underlying concerns

2011-07-19 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian asks you to consider underlying concerns that you might have in your life.…

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5 Natural Emotions

2011-07-19 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian discusses (quickly) the five natural emotions: grief, anger, jealousy, fear, and love. He also briefly touches on the distortions of each.…

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Convenience and Stress

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian discusses STRESS and how we have it still in this world filled with CONVENIENCES!…

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Budgetting for annoyances

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about shifting perspective, time management, and how we need to expect to be annoyed as a way to not be annoyed.…

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A prose about modernity

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian waxes about how we constantly seem to want to improve our world... and that this might not be such a good idea.…

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Attachment, Greed, and Henry Higgins

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about an experience he had in which, in the span of ten minutes, he had a gamut of human emotions dealing with attachment.…

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At The Right Time

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks a little about Channukah, but really about the pre-modern sense of time.…

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Go and fail!

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian encourages you to FAIL! (Really -- it's the best way to learn.)…

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Surrender

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian revisits the spiritual-religious topic of surrender.…

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Not Listening to the opinions of others

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about two incidents in which he held the opinions of people outside of himself in higher regard than his better judgment.…

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Placebo- pleasing them

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about placebo -- the latin word that means "I WILL PLEASE" and how pleasing others can be a problem.…

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To do list as your friend

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian tells you that your TO-DO LIST is your FRIEND. Really?!? That's crazy... or is it? (I'll tell you, it isn't.)…

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The Four Notions of God

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about the four, basic notions that people have about God. (He does not advocate any one of them.)…

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Ignorant, Stupid, or Evil

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian discusses Kathryn Schultz's work on mistakes. How we tend to see people who disagree with us as ignorant, stupid, or evil.…

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Courage to be mediocre

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian encourages you to BE MEDIOCRE; but only if you are courageous enough to try! …

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The Gap In Gap-Analysis or Going Deep In

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks deeply about how the next big goal is learning about yourself...…

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Pleasure versus Happiness

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian discusses the difference between pleasure and happiness. How the former is temporary, based on circumstances and the later is an inside job.…

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Us versus Them 2012!

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about problem of thinking that the problem is them.…

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Simple Spiritual-Religious Life

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about how a spiritual-religious life isn't that complicated. …

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Gifts of a 4-year-old

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about three different types of gifts that a 4-year-old gives him. (He's not talking about a 4-year-old, though.)…

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Choices

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about the PARADOX OF CHOICE and how when we have too many choices we wind up blaming ourselves.…

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Pitting Cherries

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian tells about watching his daughter learn to take the pits out of cherries and how we all push ourselves to improve.…

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The Things You Do Well

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about how we need to forgive others for not being as good as we are in the things we are excellent in.…

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True Religion (sans God)

2011-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about how real religion has NOTHING to do with God, how we need to get that in our heads, and how to live a true religious life.…

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Radish-ical Amazment

2010-09-28 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian shares home-grown observations after growing radishes.…

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E.S.W.B.

2010-08-06 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about "Exaggerated Sense of Well Being" and urges you (and himself) to get off of this drug.…

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BGUTI

2010-08-06 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about our sociality's issue of "B'GUTI" -- better get used to it. …

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What's Wrong with this picture?

2010-08-06 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian reflects back on the terrible lesson he took from the "what's wrong with this picture" activity in Highlights Magazine.…

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Plato Was Wrong

2010-07-19 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian takes on Plato! He was wrong. Really! (Alright, it's just about one small thing, but still.)…

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Hand Wash to Less Doubt!

2010-07-19 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian tells you the hygienic and NOW SPIRITUAL idea of washing your hands. Sounds crazy, but it's scientific.…

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Serenity

2010-07-19 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian takes you through a serenity prayer...…

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Gossip

2010-07-08 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about "Gossip" -- the history of the word and then the basic premise: to shame. Don't do it.…

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Small Problems

2010-07-08 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian tells you to EMBRACE (?!) your problems as a way for you to grow your spiritual-religious life.…

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Real Religious Moments

2010-05-15 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian asks you to think about what the word "religious" means to you and to contemplate when you have had "real religious" experiences.…

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DIY Podcast

2010-05-15 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian guides you through the process of creating your own spiritual-religious podcast.…

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An Extra Hour

2010-05-15 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian challenges you to think about what you might do if you had an extra hour a day...…

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It would have been enough

2010-04-04 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the phrase in the Passover service, "It would have been enough." He muses on it and then asks you to muse upon it as well. It would have been enough. Amen.…

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Major Annoyance

2010-03-20 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian gives the spiritual-religious exercise of keeping track of your major annoyances so that you have a better sense of how many annoyances per day you encounter. (The hope is that the better you KNOW how many times a week/day/hour you are annoyed, the better you will be at handling your response to it.)…

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Jealousy

2010-02-07 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discussed the philosophical notion of JEALOUSY and some spiritual-religious notions tied to it. Good topic. Worth the listen.…

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Be A Mentor

2010-01-23 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian challenges you to become a mentor. You'll listen and understand.…

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Temptation

2010-01-14 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discussed the curious notion that "The greater the temptation, the lesser the sin."…

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Let God or Be Dragged.

2009-12-31 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discusses the spiritual-religious notion of surrender... and how if you don't let go, you just might get dragged. Shout outs this week to N.A. and D.S.M.…

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Family and Relatives

2009-11-29 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the difference between family and relatives... it's a bit of etymology -- simple, but poignant if I have to say so myself...…

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Tea With God, an imaginative exercise

2009-11-29 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian asks you to image that you are having Tea with God and then, at the end of a lovely time, God does something unforgivable. He asks you to ... ah, shucks, just listen to the podcast and you'll find out. Hey, does anyone read these description…

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timeoff

2009-11-28 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian tells himself that he needs to take some time off. This podcast is really a podcast for him to listen to. If you listen to it, that's ok. But, it's really for him.…

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Non-Desire?

2009-11-28 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian posits that you might be better off if you could figure out how to not desire so much... but how?…

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Love your suffering

2009-10-29 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian brings up the possibly crazy notion that we make friends with our suffering! Crazy, right? Perhaps. But, maybe, just maybe, it's not crazy. Maybe it's a way to ease some of our discontent...…

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The Task Is Great

2009-10-25 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discussed the notion that we all have so much to do and how it seems that we'll never get it done, and how he takes some comfort in that. Special shout out to my dad who is undergoing a lot. A lot, a lot. He could use your prayers.…

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Magic Pills (redo)

2009-10-12 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian asks, "If you had magic pills, what would they do?"…

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Mourning to follow

2009-09-26 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about some sage advice he received about he got word of his father's grave illness.…

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Suffering!

2009-09-07 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the spiritual-religious truth of suffering and how our attempting to avoid it might not be the best way of dealing with it. (Shout out this week to my dad who is having optic-surgery.)…

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Rounding the square

2009-08-27 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about his son trying to put a straight piece of train track where a round piece fit. And, how that applies to our lives. (Special shout out to my dad whose pituitary gland seems to be the cause of a lot of problems and will need surgery.)…

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Spiritual Barometer

2009-08-27 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discusses the notion of a spiritual barometer — what it is and how knowing about yours can help you and your loved ones. (Yes, again.)…

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Great Gift of Greed

2009-08-20 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian tells a story about a "special, special gift" that he heard from Fr. Tony De Mello. You'll like the story. It's a good one. (Shout out to VK and everyone suffering from uncertainty.)…

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Childhood baggage

2009-08-16 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the "baggage" we have from our childhoods. And, muses about how we might lessen our burden. (Special shout-outs this week to PS, L, and VK who are all in need of some extra prayers.)…

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Do the right thing

2009-07-14 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about what it takes (little) to get us to just do the right thing. (This weeks shout-out to everyone who the chasing things to fill them that never fill.)…

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Rollercoaster

2009-05-01 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about life being a rollercoaster. Let's face it, every rabbi has a good analogy that "life is like..." This is my take on that. (A shout out this week to CP whose beloved wife died tragically.)…

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More Fast Easy Fun

2009-03-18 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about these four little, all pervasive words -- more, fast, easy, and fun -- that run counter to our spiritual-religious health. (A shout out this week to my daughter, Johanna who was just born and to PR who just lost her better half.)…

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Take It Easy

2009-02-16 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about how his son doesn't draw well and its implications for your spiritual-religious life. (It has them, really.)…

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PlusAnAssKicking

2009-01-29 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the idea of adding an ass kicking on top of our problems. Not a good idea. Special love to LK who, unfortunately, inspired this.…

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Roast Duck

2009-01-14 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the Chinese aphorism, "You have to stand on a hillside with your mouth open for a long time before a roast duck will fly in." That's about it. It's that good?…

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Mind at Ease

2008-12-26 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about a quote from the Tao Te Ching... unawareness of right and wrong are the sign of a mind at ease. Lots of love today for lots of people. We all need it.…

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No one path

2008-11-29 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about how there is NO ONE path to God and he tells a little about "THOSE" people who think there is. With love to all this week. All of them. Even the *ssh*oles deserve love.…

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Side of the road.

2008-11-19 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about an universal experience he had called "a side of the road" experience — where it's only after we feel safe that we feel ok falling apart.…

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Children & Religion

2008-11-08 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about "how to talk with your children about religion." He acknowledges that he is not the authority on the subject but that you (or their parent) is. Nonetheless, he shares some ideas. Shout out this week to Ernie whose mother died.…

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Rabbi Brian On Tapestry

2008-11-03 :: CBC Radio: Tapestry

THIS ISN'T A PODCAST. This is an interview of Rabbi Brian on Mary Hynes's program(me) Tapestry broadcast on 11/2/08. http://cbc.ca/podcasting…

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Spiritual Barometer

2008-10-29 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the notion of a "spiritual barometer," what it is, how it can help, and more... hey, does anyone read these notes anyway? Shout out this week to all of those who try so hard and don't feel like their efforts are met with success.…

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Conditioning

2008-10-19 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian explains conditioning... why we do those things that we do... somewhat...…

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Vygotsky

2008-10-02 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks a bit about the educator and psychologist Vygotsky and his notion of the Zone of Proximal Development. (Alright, in simple words, it will explain why when you are stressed out you tend to talk to yourself more.)…

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Certainty.

2008-09-19 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the idea that "certainty means that you are certain, not that you are right or wrong." (gulp!) (And, I'm talking to you... not to anyone else. On this topic we often think this is something someone else needs to learn, but not us.)…

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Mowing but why?

2008-09-01 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian retells a conversation he had with a high school student and ponders if we all don't have a bit of "wanting to mow" but not really knowing why. (A shout out this week to my Grandma who died last week, Lois, Don, and Jesse.)…

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Podcast from 36,000ft

2008-08-20 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian recorded this podcast from seat 22J on an American Airline flight from JFK to LAX... oh, yeah, I was sitting next to man who promotes GOGO -- a wifi in the sky. NO THEME no BACKGROUND MUSIC THIS WEEK Oh, I was also doing this podcast as a way to avoid my feelings... listen and you'll hear. (This week's shout out to Grandma.) www.rotb.org …

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As good as last performace

2008-08-16 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about this notion that we are only as good as our last performance... YIKES! This idea came about as he didn't know what to talk about today... (Shout out today to SM.)…

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Bat-Man! Bad-Idea!

2008-08-06 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the "HYPE" around the latest bat man movie — The Dark Night — and why Americans are going gaga over this troubling movie. (A shout out this week to H&P and D&C for making history.) …

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Compassion

2008-07-29 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian asks you to pick between "Compassion, Wisdom, Cleverness, Kindness, and Being Smart." Which one do you think typifies you? Which do you wish did? And, how can you foster more of it in the world? (A shout out this week to JB whose growing a lot.)…

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Ironically, I am

2008-07-24 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian tells about an insight (an ironic one to be telling you about) he had while meditating. (Shout out this week to FTJC, who might need a bigger plate.)…

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The Golden Rule

2008-07-15 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

THIS IS NOT A PODCAST. In late 2007, Rabbi Brian was the guest of the reverend Richie Assad's radio show, THE GOLDEN RULE. It's long, but interesting...…

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Met God.

2008-07-14 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

THIS IS NOT A PODCAST. This is the audio of the first sermon Rabbi Brian gave in a church in 2000. The man introducing him is Larry Keene the minister of Church of the Valley. The sermon was entitled, "Met God." It's one the of the best.…

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Struggle with God.

2008-07-14 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

THIS IS NOT A PODCAST. This is the audio of a sermon that Rabbi Brian gave to a church in 2000. (I don't know what church.) The audio quality isn't the best. But, the topic, "STRUGGLING WITH GOD" is a timeless one.…

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Religion Outside The Box

2008-07-09 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about what religion-outside-the-box is, what it means... it's a heartfelt, not perfect 3 minutes. (Shout out this week to BB and TS.)…

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Non-Existence

2008-07-02 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian muses a little about a Paul Tillich quote: "There is nothing more frightening to a human being than the notion of their own non-existence." Wow. (Shout out to Tony S. & Jon W. — but for very different reasons.)…

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Rabbi Brian Interview on Inside Personal Growth

2008-06-30 :: Greg Voisen

THIS ISN'T A PODCAST. (26 minutes) This is an interview of Rabbi Brian on Inside Personal Growth by Greg Voisen on Feb 1, 2008. (It just got published to the web late June 2008.)…

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Theodicy

2008-06-25 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks some about "defense of God's goodness in the face of evil." The big word for this is THEODICY. (I don't have an answer as to why bad things happen to good people, but I have some things to say about it.) Shout out this week to NM who has plenty of reason to be pissed at God.…

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Plato's Caves

2008-06-18 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discusses Plato's allegory of the caves. It's one of the best allegories, EVER. Really. (A shout-out this week to ME for seeing the sun as the sun and not insisting that the shadows on the walls of the caves are or were ever real.)…

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Mistakes

2008-06-11 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about mistakes... we all make them... but how willing are we to acknowledge them? (This week's shout out to NM... My heart and Jane's are broken.)…

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Spiritual-Religious Self-Violence

2008-06-04 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about how we commit spiritual-religious self-violence when we try to not be where we are... like when we are angry or sad and try to not be angry or sad... Shout out this week to NB and Richard A …

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Rabbi Brian on KPFK's Aware Show with Lisa Garr

2008-05-27 :: Rabbi Brian

THIS ISN'T A PODCAST. This is an interview of Rabbi Brian on KPFK (Pacifica Radio) by Lisa Garr on May 22, 2008. It's about 30 minutes long. (That about 10 three minute podcasts!) At the 15 minute mark there's a series of simple, spiritual-religious exercises. I'm glad you are choosing to listen! -RB …

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Spiritual Barometer

2008-05-21 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about "Spiritual Barometers" and how to use them to figure out how you are doing... (Special shout out this week to MK whose still slogging through hell.)…

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Judgement

2008-05-15 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about how our ideas of how things ought to be are "helpful suggestions" and other people's "helpful suggestions" are "judgments." (This week's shout-out to ECR&DR.)…

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Teasing

2008-05-07 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discusses "teasing" and how "the meaning of communication is in the response illicited, regardless of intention." (This week's shout out to R.A.'s mom who is struggling with her disease.) …

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Artistic Process

2008-04-24 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the artistic process... how the Muses are going to just show up to do your work for you, but how the process needs to unfold on it's own timetable... (A shout-out this week to my Magic Camp buddies.)…

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Re-humanize Yourself.

2008-04-09 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian gives a simple spiritual exercise that will help you to get towards Godliness -- BEING HUMAN! (A special shout out to me this week. Why? Because I felt like being kind to me.)…

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Believe in Believing.

2008-03-26 :: Rabbi Brian

Have you ever noticed that we as human being want so badly to believe that things are a certain way that we don't both to analyze whether or not they are? Listen in... (A shout out this week to Russ and Emma who have losses to mourn.) --IF YOU WANT A SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT HERE, please e-mail and let me know —…

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The Story of Passover (a narrative)

2008-03-18 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian presents the story of Passover from his point of view... his chronicle of he journey from being a slave in Egypt to following Moses to freedom... (A shout out to Terry whose quiet curiosity inspires me.)…

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Easter-Passover

2008-03-13 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian tries in just over three minutes to explain that Passover and Easter are really the same holiday, just celebrated differently and that it is the POINT of them that is important, not the details. (A shout out to John Shelby Spong whose books have taught me so much.)…

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A Pained Heart

2008-03-05 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks candidly about how he often self-medicated with thought, hope, faith, and love to keep from feeling the pain in his heart. A shout out this week to the 2 families, the couple, and the man who are all having a real hard time.…

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Back To Basics

2008-02-27 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian returns to the notion of what RELIGION OUTSIDE THE BOX is. (This week's shout outs goes to Mike L, who I hope forgives me for forgetting to e-mail him in a timely manner.)…

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Milestones & Touchstones

2008-02-20 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian on this, the 101st podcast, talks about milestones and touchstones... and explains a little about what they are. A shout out this week to the S & J families.…

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Eternal Youth

2008-02-12 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks from his heart about how he likes to be with his head in the clouds, thinking esoteric thoughts, flying... not being grounded in reality...…

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Not Striving

2008-02-07 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about Wu-wei — the notion of NOT-STRIVING. How often we get in the way — striving — when we would be better served not doing so. (This week's shout out goes to me. I've been having a hard time.)…

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Pass-Fail

2008-01-31 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the fact that life is pass-fail, not graded and that perhaps we all need to take is a little easier on ourselves... A shout out to my dear neighbors who are having a rough time...…

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Floorwax & Bookcases

2008-01-23 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about how sometimes we make things more complicated than they need to be to make our lives more challenging... obviously, this is a bad idea. A shout out this week to Evan who is having yet more health issues.…

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The Rule Of Three

2008-01-17 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discussed "the rule of three" — how after telling someone to do something three times, we need to stop telling them. A shout out to the wise women I quoted in this episode. May God continue to bless you with clarity, wisdom, and peace.…

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Not Cleverness

2008-01-09 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about a Rumi quote, "Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment." And, hey, I'm one of the most clever people I know. A shout out this week to me, I turned 38! :)…

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Psalm 23

2008-01-04 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian re-creates a prayer about the 23rd Psalm. (The Lord is my shepherd.) A special shout out this week to Ellen whose beloved died last week, another to Dave whose son is facing some trouble in Africa, and one to Rebecca and family who have faced medical trauma...…

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Merry Christmas!

2007-12-19 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about what Christmas might really be about -- allowing more of God into the world! With shout outs to Rabbi AR for his inspiring story and Pastor Dan for his Street Prophets article.…

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Channukah

2007-12-05 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about Channukah, the festival of lights... and what he doesn't like about it. (And, a shout out to SJTL, who knows why.)…

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Stress, chicken, & egg

2007-11-21 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the fact that he's a little stressed and ponders the fact that it might not be the circumstances in his life that are stressing him out.…

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Gifting

2007-11-13 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about gift-giving... what are the factors that go into a well received gift.…

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Un-gratitude

2007-11-07 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about an almost MAGIC way of looking at things that we aren't grateful for that can really take the bite out of them. (With thanks to John Stellar.)…

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Gratitude

2007-10-31 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the spiritual-religious notion of gratitude... (And, a shout out to Yisshai: "Shanti, shanti, Shalom.")…

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Shadow Dinner

2007-10-24 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about what he learned pretending to not be him at the "shadow dinner" he attended.…

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Shadow

2007-10-10 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about "the shadow" side we all have in our lives... the parts of our selves that we just don't like... and suggests that we get comfortable with those things.…

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Knit vs. Crochet.

2007-10-03 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about this crazy thing that he and all of us do... we think that the things we can't or didn't do are impressive while the things that we can or did do aren't. (A special shout-out this week to my nieces who are adorable.)…

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Comfortable Discomfort

2007-09-26 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discusses comfort, what it is, what it isn't and why we all need to learn to get a little more comfortable with discomfort. (A little shout-out to Ali and Shannon who are each having a bit of a hard time these days.)…

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Holy Days

2007-09-19 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about what the Days of Awe Holy Days are all about... How the word "AWE" isn't as in AWESOME, but in AWE-STRUCK and AWEFUL. …

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Surrenderish...

2007-09-12 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian's having a hard week... and, well, he honestly talks about it. How he can't seem to get done that which he knows he needs to get done. Chances are, you've had this type of experience in your life as well from time to time.…

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Prosperity, shmosperity.

2007-09-05 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about Joel Osteen and others who seem to tell folk that you can tell how blessed people are by how well they are doing. [A shout out this week goes to my friend Gregg who invited me to hear Joel Osteen.]…

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Doing Therapy with God (2/2)

2007-08-29 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian takes you on a journey... into a couple's therapy session with you, Rabbi Brian, and God. (Again, it doesn't matter what you believe, this exercise will help you to figure out what you do and don't believe.) This week's shout-out is to Jason Crigler whose background music you hear on these podcasts. Part 2/2…

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Doing Therapy with God (1/2)

2007-08-22 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian takes you on a journey... into a couple's therapy session with you, Rabbi Brian, and God. (Again, it doesn't matter what you believe, this exercise will help you to figure out what you do and don't believe.) Part 1/2…

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Why it doesn't matter what or if you believe.

2007-08-15 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about what it really, truly just doesn't matter what you believe with regard to God. (It's pretty liberating to find this out.) This week's shout out goes to my son who is 9 MONTHS OLD. Yeah, Emmett. I love you.…

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Belief in God.

2007-08-07 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks for just over 3 minutes about what it might mean to believe in God. (He's not trying to convince you of anything... just trying to help you to define the terms "belief" and "God.") This week's shout-out is to Dave "Id" Cohen — the man with the most cars of anyone I know... you rule and you win!…

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Floor Wax & Bookcases

2007-08-01 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discusses how really simple things are less fulfilling than those things that challenge us... and he challenges you to think that perhaps the complications in your life are self-imposed to make things more exciting... This week I want to make a special shout out to Joey & Sydney who just found out they are expecting a baby girl!…

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Unlearning (3/3)

2007-07-25 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about the problems we all face when we know too much and needing to unlearn. This is part 2 of a 3 part series. Also... I want to make a special shout out this week to Richard Adams for the AWESOME introduction music that he sent me. If anyone out there in cyberland wants a theme song, I would be glad to get you in touch with him.…

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Unlearning (2/3)

2007-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer

Rabbi Brian talks about the problems we all face when we know too much and needing to unlearn. This is part 2 of a 3 part series. (It might have been posted early as I will be at Magic Camp the week of the 18th — and, hello to Deanna.)…

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Unlearning (1/3).

2007-07-11 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the problems we all face when we know too much and needing to unlearn. This is part 1 of a 3 part series. (Also, I wanted to say congratulations to Wyatt & Jo as well as Eli & Tina who just got married.)…

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No force as powerful as an idea whose time has come.

2007-07-04 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian questions is there no force as powerful as an idea whose time has come.…

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Spiritual lessons from the soul of money.

2007-06-27 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian tells lessons he learned from Lynn Twist's book THE SOUL OF MONEY.…

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Sun Glasses and Stuff.

2007-06-20 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian tells about the problem of having 3 pair of sunglasses.…

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Complaining about the cruise

2007-06-13 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian tells you about how he had a hard time telling people about the possitive aspects of his vacation.…

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Non Existence

2007-05-30 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discusses a Paul Tillich quote about non existence.…

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Faith (again)

2007-05-23 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks AGAIN about faith... (It's a big topic.)…

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No Self ?

2007-05-16 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the SELF and what makes it up.…

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I'm having a crappy day.

2007-05-02 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the crappy day he is having... (It's a big topic.)…

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Discernment

2007-05-02 :: Rabbi Brian

Discernment vs. Judgment.…

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Belief in God: what does that mean? (2/2)

2007-04-26 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian concludes his discussion of the Bible.…

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Belief in God: what does that mean? (1/2)

2007-04-19 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian concludes his discussion of the Bible.…

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3 Types of Prayers

2007-04-12 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the three types of prayer: petition, praise, and presence.…

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Jonah

2007-04-05 :: Rabbi Brian

Jonah was swallowed by a whale... what a wonderful metaphor.…

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Bible: Conclusion.

2007-03-28 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian concludes his discussion of the Bible.…

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Bible: This is true!.

2007-03-21 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian tells what part of the Bible he knows to be true, definitely true.…

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Bible: Believers.

2007-03-14 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian explores what it means to believe the Bible is the word of God.…

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The Bible: Non Believers (REDO).

2007-03-14 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian (re)explores what it means to not believe the Bible is the word of God. (The first time the podcast was posted had two tracks of me at the same time.)…

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The Bible: Non Believers.

2007-03-14 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian explores what it means to not believe the Bible is the word of God.…

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Believers and Non-Believers.

2007-02-28 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian explains that there are two camps when it comes to the Bible: believers and non-believers.…

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God, Bible, and Laws.

2007-02-21 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian explains the relationship between God, the Bible, and the laws in the Bible.…

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The Bible and Masturbation.

2007-02-14 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian explores the Biblical notion of spilling seed... and tells you that according to the Bible it's ok to masturbate.…

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Introduction to the Bible.

2007-02-01 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian begins talking about the Bible. What the heck is it, anyway?…

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Stress.

2007-01-18 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about stress. (He's against it, in case you were wondering.)…

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Three Minutes.

2007-01-09 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks spontaneously about the exercise of doing three minute podcasts. …

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Devil.

2006-12-24 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the origins of the devil . . . .…

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Evil.

2006-12-17 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about evil, where it comes from and it's relationship to God and goodness. …

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Paradoxicality.

2006-12-12 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian give a brief primer on the topic of paradoxicality.…

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Short Spiritual Exercises.

2006-12-05 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian give a number of short little spirtual exercises that you can do. …

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Upstream Downstream: a parable.

2006-11-28 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the mythical towns of Upstream and Downstream.…

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Faith (yes, again).

2006-11-21 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about faith (yes, again, but this time it's different).…

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Placebos.

2006-11-14 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about placebos. …

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What? I got lost!

2006-10-31 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian realizes that he has no idea what he's talking about in this one. …

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How to Deal with Impossible People

2006-10-31 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian explains how to deal with impossible people. …

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Religion Charge.

2006-10-24 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian encourages you to take your religious life into your own hands. …

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Sabbath Cabinet.

2006-10-17 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian encourages you to take your religious life into your own hands. …

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Job Description.

2006-10-10 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian gives some thought to the notion of "What is my job here on earth?"…

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Meant to be

2006-10-03 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian weighs in that some things are just "fated" or "b'shert".…

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Spiritual not religious.

2006-09-25 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian tells a truth -- the two words spiritual and religious are SYNONYMS!.…

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Some Notions of God. (5 mins 24 sec)

2006-09-20 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian give a lengthy number of answers to the question: "how would you describe God?"…

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What God Wants. (3/3)

2006-09-13 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian gives some longer answers as to what it might be that God wants from him.…

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What God Wants. (Part 2/3)

2006-09-06 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian gives some quick answers as to what it might be that God wants from him.…

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What God Wants. (1/3)

2006-08-30 :: Rabbi Brian

God wants something from us? How do you know?…

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Things to do.

2006-08-22 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about what how all the things you have to do might be a good thing.…

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I'm not God.

2006-08-22 :: Rabbi Brian

A little more on surrender.…

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Creativity in four steps.

2006-08-16 :: Rabbi Brian

Four easy steps towards creativity.…

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Faith.

2006-08-01 :: Rabbi Brian

Faith is having confidence in . . . well, whatever we choose.…

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Relax and Enjoy.

2006-07-25 :: Rabbi Brian

A story about a little girl interuprting my prayer leads to a confession about God.…

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God wants.

2006-07-18 :: Rabbi Brian

Theologically, it's not the most stable of notions, but "what does God want from you?"…

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Acceptance.

2006-07-12 :: Rabbi Brian

God grant me the courage to accept the things I cannot change. . . accepting reality is hard.…

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Spiritual Escapism.

2006-07-05 :: Rabbi Brian

Some folks try to avoid life through "spiritual escapism." I think that's a pretty crappy plan for living.…

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Limits.

2006-06-27 :: Rabbi Brian

"The absense of limitations is the enemy of art." -- Orson Wells said that . . . let's discuss.…

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Non-Existence.

2006-06-21 :: Rabbi Brian

"The most frightening thought we have is the thought of our own non-existence." -- Paul Tillich said that . . . let's discuss.…

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Safety.

2006-06-06 :: Rabbi Brian

Safety is the lack of apparent fears. Not that there aren't things to be scared of, but that you don't care. Yikes!…

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Cruise Control.

2006-05-30 :: Rabbi Brian

Sometimes we are the walking dead. . . not awake to our own lives as they happen.…

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Timing . . .

2006-05-25 :: Rabbi Brian

Some things just happen when they are supposed to. Right?…

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Love the Questions?!

2006-05-16

The answer received depends on the question asked. . . Isn't that true?…

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Character Defects?

2006-05-09 :: Rabbi Brian

I'm not what I think, what I do, or what I have, yet I define myself by all of those. What if I was more spirit than that?…

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Breathe!

2006-05-01 :: Rabbi Brian

I can't beleive I have a podcast reminding people of something as apparently obvious as BREATHING!…

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Vacation!

2006-04-21 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discusses vacation -- freeing ourselves from ourselves.…

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God this!

2006-04-04 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian discusses the notion of predicate theology -- that God is a verb, something we must do.…

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I'm not driving

2006-03-28 :: Rabbi Brian

What if, while you thought you were driving, you really weren't? It's not a comfortable idea to get behind.…

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Sabbath

2006-03-22 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian talks about the importance of taking some time off. Resting. Recharging. Not-doing.…

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Breathing

2006-03-17 :: Rabbi Brian

It's something we all do all of the time . . . Sure, it might seem silly to listen to someone talk about breathing for 3 minutes, but hey, you're probably going to agree with it all anyway.…

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Unwilling to let go

2006-03-09 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian admits that he totally chickened out in his ATTACHMENT podcast and talks from his heart about what it is that he is unwilling to let go of.…

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Attachment

2006-03-08 :: Rabbi Brian

We are defined by those things we are unwilling to let go of. That's true. And deep. Let's dive in and explore this. . . …

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Being Seen

2006-02-27

There is a very human desire, and surprisingly repulsion, to being seen. Being seen fully. Allowing ourselves to fully see others. And how about God?…

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Forgiveness

2006-02-25 :: Rabbi Brian

This is one of Rabbi Brian's favorite podcasts.…

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What if . . . ?

2006-02-20 :: Rabbi Brian

Rabbi Brian asks quite a number of questions which will leave you wondering and possibly a bit calmer.…

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Surrender

2006-02-16 :: Rabbi Brian

If you are only going to listen to two of these podcasts, this is the second one you should listen to.…

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God Is Love: Leonard

2006-02-15

Rabbi Brian Talks about Leonard M. Knight of Salvation Mountain, CA who flew in a hot air balloon from New England to the middle of the desert spreading the one truth that he knew in his heart: God is love.…

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God Loves You

2006-02-14 :: Rabbi Brian

Could it be true? What would it change? Does God really love you? Possibly. . . …

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Religion

2006-01-30 :: Rabbi Brian

(This is Rabbi Brian's first podcast, and still one of the best.)…

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Religion-Outside-The-Box and Rabbi Brian

These are the "wisdom-biscuits" of Rabbi Brian, founder of Reigion-Outside-The-Box, an Internet-based, spiritual-religious congregation whose mission it is to help you to find and be with (the) God (of your understanding).

Religion-Outside-The-Box and Rabbi Brian


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