LISTENING IS NOT A PASSIVE ACT

This is a moment in our history when we really need thoughtful questions and a listening that doesn’t leap to conclusions or that are old and tired. We need people who lean in close and listen, who refuse to demonize and who want to learn from as many different voices as possible. My experience of sitting down and having a conversation here at New Dimensions is being welcomed into a space where the conversation is allowed to be complicated and nuanced and doesn’t reduce complicated issues to stereotypes and caricatures but, instead, explores together these big questions that we need
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Editor’s Desk: Creating Synchronicities

Even though I’m sheltering in place, there is no lack of opportunity to continue to be involved in many activities of interest. I belong to several anti-racism groups that meet regularly on zoom, I listen to podcasts and specials on TV (as well as some favorite programming series), I meet with my women’s group (on zoom). I continue to prepare for new interviews, head up a small team of colleagues, and continue to look for ways to effectively contribute to the good. The honest truth is that the bustle of motion can keep me in a kind of frenzy of
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Stop Waiting To Live The Life You Love with Kristen Moeller

Imagine having all of your possessions go up in smoke. Kristen Moeller describes herself as a former “self help junkie” but when her home and all of her belongings burned in a raging wildfire she realized that she had only dipped her toes into the waters of living the life she longed to be living. After the fire, she was inspired to quit waiting for things to be “perfect” before acting on her passions. In this dialogue we explore the many reasons we wait for our life to begin, such as waiting for enough money, waiting for the right time, waiting to be
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A Favorite Quote from a New Dimensions Guest : Jordan Gruber, J.D.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: There is a crack in everything God has made. The great Leonard Cohen picked up on that, turning it into the chorus of his song “Anthem”: Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack (a crack) in everything That’s how the light gets in I greatly admire Leonard Cohen for his poetry, his music, and his willingness to look so long and deeply into his own heart that he was able to provide inspiring reflections—through poetry, songs, and music—to lift the lives of untold millions of people. These lines from
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Coming in December

The “Airing” dates below indicate when radio stations air our programs. FREE LISTENING for each program is available for two weeks following the initial air date.  Just go to our Home Page and scroll down to Free Listening.  All of these featured MP3 programs are one hour long, and are available for purchase and download. Airing December 2 – 8, 2020 Listening Is A Personal Pilgrimage with Mark Nepo Program 3490 Poet, spiritual thinker and author of Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Nepo explores the many ways that deep listening is a matter of being changed by leaning into all we
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Spotlight: A Shared Sense of Community

Margaret Wheatley, Ph.D. is one of the most perceptive observers of the patterns of civilizations. She observes, “We cannot live in this world without a commonly shared sense of what is important, what is of value, what is ‘real’.” She also shares the profound understanding that what distinguishes living systems from machines is their ability to learn. A healthy living system is a good learner and can thrive even though its environment is moving toward increasing disorder. The importance of a shared sense of what is of value and life-long learning in disorderly times are two of the many topics
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The Wolf Inside

I’m reminded of a story about a battle that goes on inside. A Cherokee grandfather told his grandson : “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”  The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” This is a
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Our Multiplicity of Selves with James Fadiman, Ph.D. and Jordan Gruber, J.D.

  What is the dynamic nature of personality? Do each of us consist of distinct, autonomous, and inherently valuable selves? Are we an unruly republic of independent entities, a multiplicity of selves? In this dialogue we explore how we discover, honor, and work with each of these selves. Fadiman and Gruber describe the benefits of being in the right mind at the right time. “We like to say that you want to learn how to shift consciously and proactively into a better self rather than being triggered. An example is: If you’re about to have the same argument you always have
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November Broadcast Schedule

The “Airing” dates below indicate when radio stations air our programs. FREE LISTENING for each program is available for two weeks following the initial air date.  Just go to our Home Page and scroll down to Free Listening.  All of these featured MP3 programs are one hour long, and are available for purchase and download.   Airing November 4-10, 2020 Becoming A Trustworthy Listener with Andrew Forsthoefel Program 3610 Andrew Forsthoefel created for himself a coming of age ritual. After graduating from college, he took a year to walk 4,000 miles across America. Along the way, he experienced the hospitality and
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A Favorite Quote from a New Dimensions Guest : James Fadiman, Ph.D.

  Awareness cures.                                  Tim Gallwey author of The Inner Game of Tennis “At a dinner party all the guests were asked to describe their life work in 25 words or less. Tim won, hands down, with ‘awareness cures.’ I asked him: ‘Why do you give lectures on people’s tennis strokes when your interest is so much deeper and more profound?’ He said ‘I used to give lectures on the profound things that I felt people really needed to know and nobody came. But when
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