In what way does our ‘armor’ protect us and in what way does our armor keep us from growing? Do we wear certain armor because society expects it of us? Have we built up our armor so well that it has become a strength? Host, Mike Domitrz welcomes CAST members Alan Anderson and Darren Tipton to explore the various ways our armour show up. The answers might surprise you.
This conversation was inspired by the phrase “People make the armor from their smartness, or their anger, or their quiet, or their fear, or their being busy, or their being nice. Some people make it from a big show, always talking. Some make it by being very important.” — From Breakfast with Buddha, by Roland Merullo.
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[1:50] Mike reads a quote from Breakfast with Buddha and asks Alan about the armor we wear.
[6:24] How do we mindfully address all the different armor we wear?
[14:24] Who helps us protect and reinforce our armor?
[22:54] Resources for discovering our armors.
Mentioned in This Episode:
The Masks We Wear and How to Live Without Them, by Marla Sloane
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, by Daniel Goleman
Alan Anderson is a long-time mindfulness practitioner and teaches to a wide range of students from children
to adult; from a Harley-Davidson cohort to a tent full of 200 Buddhists. He is the founder Windhorse Retreat Center, Arts & Mindfulness for Academic Progress, and teaches through Arts@Large, Growing Minds, and Shambhala International. Prior to this, he was a professional jazz musician for 20 years and toured and recorded with Paul Cebar, playing your basic New Orleans musical gumbo.
Volunteerism and service transform communities and bring purpose to life! For twenty years, Darren Tipton has been challenging people to volunteer. He is the inspiration of the volunteer mobilization resource: “Kathatika” — a call to volunteer action bringing awareness of the infinite impact of volunteer service, and the co-author of the community-based engagement curriculum of Story to Service. He’s the founder of Project Humanity, a nonprofit focused on empowering women in Africa.
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