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Welcome to The Compassion Initiative Podcast Series. This Podcast series features Dr Stan Steindl and Dr James Kirby, both Clinical Psychologists. Stan and James are the co-founders of The Compassion Initiative. The podcast series is a relaxed informal ongoing conversation between Stan and James about issues related to compassion. You can access and subscribe to the Podcast on our website: www.thecompassioninitiative.com.au
 
Interested in the future of Internet technology? Join us each week as we talk about the latest news and trends in AI, blockchain, IoT, and cloud with founders and innovators building the next wave. We cover the rise of the fourth platform that will serve billions of connected people, apps, and devices in the age of IoT. Along the way, we interview leaders and executives at some of today’s top technology firms, who share their real-world experiences from the practitioner’s point of view. Abou ...
 
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Episode 2 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion. In episode 2 we discuss compassion focused therapy's Three Circle Model of Emotion Regulation: threat, drive and soothing-affiliative systems. They all evolved to help our species survive. And they all come with trade-offs. But this is a foundational model in CFT, and one that we will o…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteA very interesting conversation this week--and one that affects all of you. Cell Phone Repair specialist, Jeremy Skrenes, steps aboard the bus to discuss what is possible and not possible as he performs his job. He talks about common issues, gives advice to people, and o…
 
Episode 1 of Compassion 180: Three Minute Gifts of Compassion. In this episode we discuss the topic of our "tricky brains"; brains that were designed for us by evolution, not designed by us; old brain motives, emotions and behavioural urges; new brain higher order functions; and the difficult old brain-new brain loops of the mind that can cause a l…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteAnother poopy episode! Ag Consultant and Small Farm Poop Distribution Expert, Nick Biondi, steps aboard the bus to talk about some of the regulations governing the production of your food. He is in charge of making sure the soil and water remain clean and sustainable. An…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteAn unbelievable "get" this week--former Vice President at the K-Mart Corporation, Walter Holbrook, steps aboard the bus to talk about his role as a corporate VP. We also enter a fascinating conversation about the amazing rise and fall of one of the biggest companies in U…
 
On the 17 November 2019, I published my first Compassion in a T-Shirt video titled “Understanding fears, blocks and resistances to compassion, and how to work through them”. You can see that first, slightly dodgier video here.All this time later, I am excited to return to the topic of working with fears, blocks and resistances to compassion because…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteClimbing aboard the tour bus this Music Monday is the incredible Pete Evick! Pete is the lead guitar player in the Bret Michaels Band, and also runs his own band, called Evick. He is on the show to promote his latest two singles, but he and I get into SO MUCH MORE! Great…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteStepping aboard the bus today is professional Writing Coach, Darren Kirby! Darren first helped me publish my professional book in 2012, and ten years later is helping authors at all levels achieve their dream of becoming published. He talks about his method and thoughts …
 
No matter what might be going on around you, or in the world at large, even when the suffering of others seems so much greater, it is always important to occasionally turn to yourself, check in, see how you are going, notice suffering of your own and begin to direct compassion towards yourself.In this video, we will practice a guided imagery exerci…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteTwo rock stars indicated they wanted to be garbagemen when they were young--so this week, we've got a bona fide garbageman on the show! Scott Welch, curbside collector in Canada, steps aboard the bus (garbage truck?) to talk about his day-to-day job. It entails a bit mor…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteThis week, we welcome a guy who does something I have been searching for... a Professional Sculptor steps aboard the artsy bus! James Kelsey talks about his job, making a decent living as a sculptor, and what goes on in the mind of a professional artist. A cool guy who d…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommutePromoting an ALL FEMALE Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp (coming up May6-8, 2022), Britt Lightning joins the show! She is, of course, a rock star in her own right (from the band, Vixen), and talks about new music and a new album forthcoming. Hear her story, all about Vixen's l…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Fatema Hamdani, Co-founder and CEO of Kraus Hamdani Aerospace. Fatema is the first guest to return to the TNW podcast, first appearing on the show in February 2020 after meeting TNW co-host Dean Nelson on Necker Island. KH Aerospace has made ground-breaking progress since then. Fatema leads an incredible team unlock…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteLong Haul Trucker, Ollie Possum joins the show for the third time since 2019! This time, he addresses a crisis in our country: Not enough truckers. There are reasons behind this problem, and Possum is nice enough to pull the curtain back and explain what is happening on …
 
Compassion as an evolved human motivation is not the same as compassion being our default motivation. Compassion, a sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to alleviate or prevent it, is actually rather uncommon and gets outmaneuvered quite often by other equally evolved, equally human motivations. So we gotta practice …
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteThis week, we take a deep dive into the secret (not so secret?) world of The Freemasons. Mason member, Doug, steps aboard the secret bus to talk about his experience as a Mason, talk about some of the history of the Freemasons, and dispel some myths about the organizatio…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteAn old college buddy has made a good career out of working in the financial sector--and now works as a financial strategist for Goodwill Industries. We have a frank talk about my college days...as well as chatting about his work with Goodwill and some of the amazing thin…
 
It feels like suffering is everywhere at the moment. The COVID pandemic continues to engulf the world, Russia has invaded Ukraine, causing untold suffering, and last week, here in Australia, up and down the east coast, we have had terrible storms and floods, wreaking havoc on homes and business, and the tragic loss of life. And so compassion is mor…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteFrom the 80s band Keel, founder, guitarist, and lead singer, Ron Keel steps aboard the tour bus for another installment of Music Monday! We discuss his many (MANY) business ventures including a NEW ALBUM by The Ron keel Band, his radio station and show, his autobiography…
 
"We have very little time. This is a life and death issue for all of us. Can we stop the drift toward destruction? We all have a responsibility in answering this question. It is to carry out my personal share of this responsibility that I have spoken out so strongly. I intend to continue. I hope you will join me - and millions of others - in workin…
 
People everywhere are lovely, so why do we have wars? And why does it feel like we might be on the brink of one right now? Goodness knows I don’t know the answer to that. But let’s have a think about it from an evolutionary point of view, and see if there is anything we can do to create a more compassionate world.TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion i…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteI have successfully negotiated for a Labour Union President to appear on the show! Steve Holland, President of CUPE Local 101, steps aboard the bus (for whom he negotiated better working conditions for the driver) and joins the show! Learn about unions, collective bargai…
 
In this episode, we're joined by Oxford PhD, Dr. Merritt Moore, a quantum physicist, professional ballerina, future astronaut-in-training, who is currently doing groundbreaking research in AI and robotics. Dr. Merritt graduated Magna Cum Laude in Physics from Harvard and holds a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics from the University of Oxford. She als…
 
We have moral obligations. But what are they? And is compassion one of them?In this video I am going to extend myself a little into the realm of ethics and morality! No easy task. But the more I have been thinking about compassion, the more I have begun to wonder, is compassion in fact a moral obligation? In other words, is compassion, and especial…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteFiring up SEASON THREE!!! First up, we've got another rock star for you. From the band The Fifth, Roy Cathey brings his wit to the microphone. One of my favorite voices in all of music, Roy is among the elites when it comes to vocals. He talks. music as a career choice, …
 
Last week I spoke about 5 evidence-based benefits to mental health of compassion focused therapy. But compassion focused therapy and compassionate mind training have benefits at a general community level as well, promoting psychological well-being in all sorts of people in all sorts of ways. So check this out: Five more evidence-based benefits of c…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteThe very first interview I did for Season 2 will also be featured in the very last episode of season 2. David Thornton, Broadway Actor, will be episode #338 today! Beginning next week, we kick off SEASON THREE! A great send-off and a great friend of the show, David will …
 
This week we have a slightly delayed news update covering various topics: SpaceX helps Tonga restore internet after a massive volcano eruption; various Meta Updates including the official end of its Libra/Diem crypto project, threats to shutter EU ops; Trouble in Cryptoland as $3.6B of Bitcoin was seized by the DoJ related to the Bitfinex hack, a $…
 
Learning how to cultivate compassion through an approach like compassion focused therapy (CFT) can have profoundly positive effects on mental health. So, in today’s video I’m going to give you 5 evidence-based benefits of compassion focused therapy! There are others!! But let’s start with five.TARGETED PLAYLIST:Compassion in a T-ShirtRESEARCH LINKS…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteGiven all the bird-related issues I've been having on the ranch (some good, some not so good), I thought I'd dig up the interview I conducted with a bird expert. From the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Curator of Birds, Tim Snyder joins us. He talks about his job at the zoo,…
 
Compassion focused therapy is an evolutionary model of psychotherapy. We have these evolved brains and bodies, and both can be very tricky and cause us a lot of suffering: emotionally, physically, socially and so on. But CFT proposes that compassion also evolved as an innate aspect to human nature. Compassion is there, within us, and we can learn a…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteFather Mark Mannion joins the show to talk about the life of a Catholic priest. This was a really interesting chat for me back in 2017. I grew up Catholic--but really didn't know much about what it was like to be a priest. Fr. Mark is forthright and generous with his ins…
 
Social rank theory relates to the human evolved motives around social competitiveness, hierarchies, influence and power. In this video we will explore the "dual-strategies theory of social rank" that incorporates two distinct yet equally viable pathways to gaining status in human social hierarchies: dominance and prestige. Importantly, we will cons…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteA call back to simpler times! From the Animal Planet hit show, Finding Bigfoot, co-host, Cliff Barackman joins the program to talk about sasquatch and life as a reality TV star. A great interview that almost didn't happen--listen to how the appearance came to be. Steve a…
 
The notion of pride often comes along with negative connotations. Pride is one of the seven deadly sins! But recent research has differentiated two types of pride: hubristic and authentic pride. This video will explore pride, the details of these two types, where pride comes from and why authentic pride in particular might be very helpful. The vide…
 
This week we're talking about the #1 Internet Technology of 2021: WebAssembly (According to The New Stack) and the organization building its future: Bytecode Alliance. We are joined by the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Bytecode Alliance: Till Schneidereit (Principal Software Engineer, WebAssembly @ Fastly and Former Sr. Engineering Manager at Mozilla…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteAnother great interview from the archives--Curator of the International Cryptozoology Museum (located in Portland, Maine), Laurent Coleman joins the show! The interview is from 2018, but he is as cool and informative as ever. Learn about the field, and hear about some of…
 
What is compassion? Well, one way to answer that is to highlight what compassion is not. Compassion is not a feeling. It is not the same as love. And it's not the same as kindness. Compassion draws on the skill of empathy, but is not empathy. It is definitely not pity. And it is not simply being nice. There is nothing indulgent about compassion. It…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteAnother recommendation from a listener--called back from April, 2019, we have the amazing story/interview of Dan Grote. Listen in as he talks about his life and the choices he made, leading to not one but TWO arrests for bank robbery. Rare insight to a nice guy making po…
 
Humiliation is a painful emotion, and it can be hard to get over! It's similar to shame, but there are important differences. In this video, we discuss those differences, as well as some compassion focused strategies for managing feelings of humiliation. See the links below to some of the books and videos mentioned.TARGETED PLAYLIST LINK:Compassion…
 
This week we're talking about big deals and big tech and big stuff as Farmville's Zynga was acquired for 11 billion and NFT marketplace OpenSea raises $300 million at a scorching $13 billion valuation. Big tech staff movements are on the rise, people are moving all over the place, including Meta's head of PR resigning and Signal's CEO is stepping d…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteBack for a second showing, my 2017 interview with Astrophysicist,. Dr. Ilan Levine! Listen to his pursuit of dark matter--and check your ego at the door. You probably think you-re smart...but you won't feel that way after this episode!!! And if you'd like help self-publi…
 
This week we’re covering the news and 2022 predictions (a few weeks behind due to COVID in the production studio). Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos was convicted of fraud, we discuss both her first HBO special as well as the film in production starring Jennifer Lawrence; 2022 Predictions, America’s Team Telecom is back Big Tech Cables for Google and M*…
 
Yes they are! Embarrassment and shame are both self-conscious emotions, but like guilt and shame, embarrassment and shame have important differences. See what you think about the differences discussed in this video, and add your comments below!In the video I mention the recent conference organised by Compassionate Mind Italia. Here is the link to t…
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteFrom 2017, a guest who does something you may have thought went out of style in the Old West. Cattle Rancher, Cheyenne Smith talks about cattle, life on the range, cattle drives, and everything else involved with the care and feeding of a major source of food in the Unit…
 
Forgiveness can be very difficult. We can't help but feel angry and resentful when someone hurts us! But the pain of resentment often just makes matters worse. In fact, forgiveness is an act of self-compassion. When we forgive another who has hurt us, then we let go of anger and resentment and we suffer less. But how do you go about it? Well, here …
 
Become a Patron!Help to support the show at: https://www.patreon.com/TheCommuteAnother fantastic guest to pull back the curtain on a job you probably know very little about. A former Level 4 Maximum Security Prison Guard, Marty Smith, climbs aboard the bus to talk about what he did for a living. Not for the feint-hearted! Also--real time recording …
 
Resentment is a rather complex and painful human emotion. It can cause us a lot of suffering! But self-compassion can help. In this video we take a look at resentment, what it is, how it shows up in our feelings, thoughts and behaviours, and then offer 8 compassion focused steps you can take to let it go.If you would like a copy of The Gifts of Com…
 
With the rash of recent storms throughout the United States over the past month (or so), I thought I'd bring back an EXCELLENT interview with a professional storm chaser. Just like in the movie "Twister," Scott Landolt follows major thunderstorms in an effort to study tornados. A really cool, informative guest (and great sound quality!0.…
 
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