Happy Life - A Wellness Podcast
Happy Life - A Wellness Podcast
Zebediah Rice
It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters like Lao Tzu, Buddha and Jesus, you can see that they figured out how to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled and told us how to do it. The practices they espoused like meditation and prayer are only now being demonstrated by neurologists and neuropsychologists to transform mood and outlook. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't enough. You need a framework in which to practice these ancient techniques. Unfortunately, if you don't want the layers of institutional confusion and control that come with religion, there is almost nowhere to go. In the tradition of "Dharma talks," this podcast addresses that gap. It breaks these mysterious teachings down into contemporary language so that we can all benefit from the profound insights into the human condition provided to us by the likes of Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu and so many others. And rather than dwelling too much on esoteric texts, we anchor many of the teachings on great quotes from Star Wars, The Last Airbender, Kung Fu Panda, Harry Potter and other classics from our modern mythical toolbox. You can also find the Happy Mind Guided Meditations and the Happy Body Podcast as separate shows. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Star Lord ☀️God of the Zodiac
Just as the planets in our solar system orbit around the Sun, the mind seems to rotate perpetually around the ego. Observing a mysterious energy that shifts as Earth moves through space, the ancient astrologers developed a map not just of the heavens and their predictable movements, but also of the human personality. Like the repeated pattern of the Zodiac according to the time of year, the ancients observed that the human personality too was shaped by the season of its birth in predictable ways. This age-old map of the human personality can be ignored or distorted into sooth saying. Or you can use it to help opening your eyes to true reality, to help slide back the veil separating you from your higher self. This is the awakened state that Buddha and Jesus and Lao Tzu and the other ancient masters spoke of. The Sun Signs (today we speak in particular Virgo, Pisces, and Libra) are personalized map to how we can pull back that veil and awaken to the bliss and perfection spoken of by so many wisdom masters throughout the ages. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 30, 2020
44 min
Venus - ♀️ Prince of Lightness
The planet Venus represents wisdom and peace and harmony. She also symbolizes beauty, love and relationships. But what do these words mean, really? How do they apply to your life? And is there any significance to these sensibilities and ideas being associated with the second planet from the sun? Astrology is like ancient codex holding the secrets to self-actualization, peace and even enlightenment. But the half that has come down to us today is so corrupted by popular notions of fortune telling and soothsaying that the half that actually has real import and effect is almost invisible. Fortunately the secrets of astrology are hidden in plain sight, there for the careful observer to ascertain. Zebediah Rice reveals these "secrets" in this talk on the true meaning and astrological significance of the planet Venus.(Zoë life: life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to a spiritual unveiling, blessed) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 23, 2020
55 min
The Lessons of Nabu ☿️ - Mercurial God of Babylon
In ancient Mesopotamia, the Babylonians were among the first peoples in history to decode the secrets of the heavens. Their great god Nabu was believed to be in the form of the planet we now call Mercury. He was the god of literacy, reason, speech and knowledge. Harkening back to these ancient stories, with some help from Jesus, Buddha and Lao Tzu, we unpack the significance and meaning of the planet Mercury in our everyday life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 8, 2020
56 min
The Astrological Significance of 🌙 Moon Energy
The Astrological significance of the moon has long been known to be connected with emotions and the subconscious. In this talk we use the Islamic symbolism associated with the Moon to unlock a deeper and more powerful meaning. The moon becomes a pivot point, an invitation to discover your higher self. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 2, 2020
45 min
The Art of Ancient Astrology 🪐
Astrology explained for the skeptics. This is the first in a multi-part series discussing the origins and practical value of the ancient art of Astrology. Forget fortune telling and soothsaying. Astrology instead represents a roadmap to our best possible self and the happiest potential life. Listen to find out why and how. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 26, 2020
50 min
Skillful Means 📿, Explained
The Buddha taught that the cure for suffering was following the Middle Way or practicing Skillful Means. But when you look these up you will often come up with ambiguous or unsatisfying explanations. In this talk, Zebediah Rice explains how to live these principles in everyday life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 12, 2020
57 min
Breaking the Habits of the Self
We can say that there are two ways to look at the experience of life. On the one hand, the ancient masters tell us that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Jesus), that Nirvana (Buddhism) or Moksha (Hinduism) will release us from suffering, that the nature of the Tao will free us, or that submission to Allah will shift our consciousness to Illumination (Islam) and love. On the other hand, most people suffer, and suffer terribly. Whether it be physical pain or emotional and psychological distress, this struggle and suffering is the day to day experience for most people. So how do we explain that rift? What accounts for the difference in these two descriptions? Zebediah Rice explains the answers to these and related questions in this talk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 2, 2020
35 min
The Greatest Master 🕌 & His Secret to the Happy Life
In the Middle Ages there lived a man whose insights provide invaluable lessons for how to live a happy, healthy and peaceful life today. His name was Muhammad Ibn ‘Arabi. Ibn ‘Arabi was reportedly one of history’s spiritual geniuses. Widely known by the title Shaykh al-Akbar (“The Greatest Master”), even in his own time, this 12th century Islamic mystic is reputed to have authored as many as 800 books and was known across the Muslim world as a visionary spiritual teacher and jurist. Anticipating the debates today around consciousness by almost a thousand years, Ibn ‘Arabi spends much time discussing the question of free will. The framework he proposes is intriguing. He writes that there are two forces at work in the world. One he calls Divine Will and the other he names Divine Wish. Listen to the episode to learn what these forces are and how they relate to the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 26, 2020
50 min
The 4 Noble Truths 🌺& The Book of Job 📖
Why do bad things happen to good people? How can anyone have faith in a higher power or greater force of love in the world when innocent people suffer so greatly, so often, and in such large numbers? This is not a new question. In fact, one of the more mysterious stories coming to us through the Jewish tradition, the story of Job, grapples with this very question in a vivid and instructive way. But the story ends in a frustratingly ambiguous manner with only a glimpse into the real answer that we long for to these questions. To help elucidate the answer, Buddha's Four Noble Truths, the Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita, as well as a bit of Arthur Schopenhauer are brought to bear. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 18, 2020
40 min
The Wavefront 🌊of Wonder
There is a traditional European understanding of Easter. And then there is the story of Jesus' life, ministry, crucifiction and resurrection that is emerging from the tireless work of scholars from around the world. It is this latter story that is shared in this episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 11, 2020
39 min
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