The topic of this podcast is spiritual bypass and the use of spiritual practice as a substitute for doing psychological work. The history of the split between spirituality and psychology is discussed as well as the disconnection between intellect and emotions. This is followed by examples in our lives. The three books discussed are: Psychotherapy East And West by Allan… read more →
This is a one hour long interview with Kayte Ringer, a bodyworker with over 35 years of experience. Trained in dance, Rolfing and Ideokinesis she imparts her knowledge in a profound poetic language. Break out an anatomy book and learn about yourself. The topics discussed include the ways and places we hold emotional and physical stress, the ways we can… read more →
Question: I am overwhelmed by the amount of suffering on this planet: a vast majority of the population is starving, children are trafficked for sex, war seems to be everywhere, and the abuse of animals is rampant. My heart feels broken, my spirit so weary, and my health in decline. In the past, I could manage this pain by volunteering,… read more →
Question: I read a lot about enlightenment (Buddha, Osho, Eckhart Tolle, Jed McKenna), which can be very challenging. At the moment, I’m struggling to reconcile my understanding of Buddha and Osho’s teachings, that a byproduct of enlightenment is losing all attachments to and bonds with romantic partners, with my desire to have romantic relationships. On the one hand, I imagine… read more →
Question: I know Mercury is in retrograde but I’ve honestly never had such a painful one before in my life. I’m being rag-dolled by the Universe. I can usually cope. This time I’m on edge. On the work front, I need to be working, badly, and things are not working. I am always on top of things and pride myself… read more →
Question: I have been having a difficult time with dating recently and have had many heartbreaks. I feel like that lone soldier back on the desert dune. This time in a sandstorm. Fed up with the pattern of being alone. Tired of living small. An unwanted side effect of all this, is a sometimes crippling, intermittent profound sense of anxiety.… read more →
This podcast recorded on 1.9.15 is a conversation between Jon Rubinstein of “How Not To Hate Your F**king Life” and Abdi about the intersection of psychology and spirituality. Abdi discusses being present through being in the body; connecting with the imminence of death and dealing with the pitfalls of spiritual practice. The running time is 1 hour and 22 minutes.… read more →
This 46 minute podcast offers an intimate view of one woman’s healing journey over a decade and half. It examines the work and process involved in identifying and moving from an unconscious and dissociated space into a conscious and embodied life.
QUESTION: The energy is so intense right now for me, and I need a shoulder to lean on. My anxiety has been so high lately and what I have come up with is that it boils down to feeling unsafe. I feel unsafe mainly because the big changes taking place: I recently moved cities, I have a young child and have a new baby… read more →
This podcast episode addresses the masks that we wear and the psychic toll they exact from us. The confusion of these masks (and the stories they entail) with our true self steals much life force. The servicing of these stories lead to more pain that is visible at first glance.
Here is a brief discussion and demonstration of kinesthetic awareness and its benefits. The Better Show | March 2014
This podcast episode is a follow-up to the last post. It discusses the method of being present with our selves and uncomfortable emotional states as a way of processing them. In email or via RSS, you may use the following link to access/download the podcast directly to your computer (warning: approximately 10 MB): http://abdiassadi.com/podcasts/abdi_assadi_podcast_sit_with_it_03-01-2014.mp3 Or, you may access this podcast… read more →
Here is a poem by Saint Lucian maestro Derek Walcott to honor the Feast of Saint Valentine. Love After Love The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who… read more →
This podcast is a recorded talk held at The Shala Yoga House in NYC on January 12, 2014. In email or via RSS, you may use the following link to access/download the podcast directly to your computer (warning: approximately 23.6 MB): http://abdiassadi.com/podcasts/abdi_assadi_podcast_shala_talk_01-12-2014.mp3 Or, you may access this podcast episode via your iTunes application: Launch iTunes and Subscribe to the Podcast… read more →
This podcast is about dealing with loss. “Invest in loss” was a term the late Cheng Man-Ch’ing used to describe the benefits of surrender as a learning tool when practicing the art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Ego softening can come out of loss if it is approached from this perspective which is outside of our normal reactive self. In email… read more →