Culture

04-23-17  Culture

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“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.” ~ Alan W. Watts

So many cultures, so many religions, so many faiths, so many personal preferences, so many versions of the story of life, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we are all related and that there is no “other”. Sure we all have our own individual truths, but do we allow the fact that we have unique perspectives to continue to separate us? If we want to move forward unified in this new Love Paradigm, it stands to reason that our acknowledgement, respect and acceptance of all people’s stories is a good place to start; that all versions of our collective reality are worthy and in need of our Love as we are of theirs. Can we embrace, as valid, rather than demonize, the other’s story? Because to them they are as much the truth as ours are to us. Where is that coexist bumper sticker?… …And as I like to say either you’re with us, or you still believe there’s a “them”. ~ Now Share Love/S.O.U.L. “Invitation to Action” short film

In this Now Share LOVE Radio chat, Kip and Evan explore what culture is, and that no matter how different our cultural choices may seem to be, in truth, most share far more in common than in difference. To help them better understand how we can use culture to connect with one another rather than divide, they invited Now Share LOVE friend and expert in all things culture Brian J. Kenny

Brian J. Kenny is currently Director of Collections & Archives and Technology Manager for Hearst Western Properties. He holds a BA in Classical Civilization from the University of California, Berkeley, and he pursued post-undergraduate studies at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and San Francisco State University.

He worked extensively with the Greek and Roman Collections at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum at the University of California, Berkeley and with the Sutro Egyptian Collection at San Francisco a State University.

Since the conclusion of his academic career, he has had distinguished careers as a technologist, an Agriculturist, and a writer. He ran the Hearst Ranch Beef Division for Hearst Corporation from 2006 to 2014. He is also a baseball coach and an accomplished songwriter, bandleader, and musician.

Kip and Evan hope this episode will illustrate that coming together on a global scale doesn’t have to mean the loss of one’s cultural identity, but rather through the embracing and sharing in one another’s unique – although similar – perspectives of being, will help guide us back to the understanding that we are innately connected to all, and that it is really only our egos that are standing in the way of us remembering…

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~ Hippocrates

03-26-17  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~ Hippocrates

We want to be healthy. We want to eat better. Don’t we?

“Food, sustenance, the staff of life. This is the stuff that keeps us alive. What kind of relationship do we have with it? Where is it coming from, and what did it take to bring it to us? Do we recognize food for the medicine that it can be and pay attention to what we’re putting in our bodies so that we can thrive, or do we ignore the ramifications of our industrialized food system and continue to pollute both our internal and external ecosystems?” ~ Now Share Love/S.O.U.L. “Invitation to Action” short film

Kip and Evan dig into the importance of food in our lives in this installment of S.O.U.L. On Air, asking us to stop for a moment and think about what we are eating, how we are eating it, and what it takes to produce and deliver our food. Without sustenance, we cannot survive. Unfortunately, oftentimes, with our current means of feeding ourselves, the sustenance itself can be the cause of our illness and even death. Many of us in the West have been raised into a world where we eat what is processed for and then marketed to us, not necessarily what is healthy and what nature provided for us. Only now are we beginning to wonder if that was done with our best interests or the best interests of the planet at heart…

However, Kip and Evan are also not trying to sound like they are health gurus, as they, like most of us, are just doing their best to bring awareness to their own eating practices. That is why they are going public with the proclamation that what they do to feed themselves is likely unsustainable, and certainly not the most nourishing and or in harmony with both their internal and external ecosystems. You could say they are, “Evolving out loud,” by sharing with others what they are learning, as well as their personal challenges, to improving their diet and by extension their health.
“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food.. stay away from these”  ~ Michael Pollan

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Sharing!

02-26-17   Sharing!

In this installment of S.O.U.L. On Air, Evan and Kip are all about sharing the importance of sharing. And sharing not just in the sense of sharing something with another – which of course is incredibly valuable – but also the sharing taking place in nature and the universe itself, where without sharing, literally nothing would be. Think about it. What would we happen if the tree did not share its fruit or the sun its light? We would be starving and cold; actually not here at all. Right? This is what Evan and Kip are wanting to share about sharing, in this episode devoted entirely to sharing.

To help further tell and emphasize the point of this universal need to share Evan and Kip shared their airtime with S.O.U.L. team members Raleigh Latham and Annie Prybelski. Who share their thoughts on what sharing means to them and why they are sharing their lives, hearts, and minds with S.O.U.L.

“Nothing is yours. It is to use. It is to share. If you will not share it, you cannot use it.” ~  Ursula K. Le Guin

“If it’s one thing I am reminded by friends who have kids, it’s that sharing is caring; and its beautiful to see this lesson taught to our youth. After all we wouldn’t even be in this world. Think about it, Mom and Dad had to share a special moment just for us to be here. What’s the good in having something if we can’t share it? It may sound counter intuitive in a culture of scarcity, but I am here to tell you, the more we give, the more we receive.” ~ From S.O.U.L.’s “Invitation to Action” short film

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The Meaning and Purpose of Ritual

01-29-17   The Meaning and Purpose of Ritual

“Ritual is all about slowing down, acknowledging the Love, and coming together for the shared experience. A sacred moment. An opportunity to focus on one thing that we value so much. We express our appreciation for everything with which we have been blessed. Whether it is our food, our fun, our romance, our sacred unions as couples, our births, or our saying farewell in death. Rituals provide reminders to be grateful for what our Mother Earth has shared with us.” This commentary on ritual comes from a segment of S.O.U.L.’s “Invitation to Action” short film entitled “Ritual”.

In this episode of S.O.U.L. On Air, Evan and Kip delve more deeply into the meaning and purpose of ritual, and how the loss of ritual may be one of the most damaging aspects of modern human civilization. The absence of ritual has led to a disconnect from our environment, our food, our physical passions, and perhaps, even from LOVE itself.

Come hear them share not just their own experiences and understandings as it relates to ritual, but also thoughts on the subject from world renown authors and philosophers Michael Pollan and Joseph Campbell. As you listen, Kip and Evan invite you to find the things in your personal life that you may want to consider making into a ritual, in order to deepen feelings of connectedness, tradition, appreciation and gratitude. Perhaps make a ritual of tuning into S.O.U.L. On Air, reading the website, and joining them on any of the social media platforms.

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