OQ08: Life eternal, Part 2 (EN)

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In the second part of the two-part conversation, Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak shares the ideas she had in mind when designing the  technology of promession.  She hopes that the method, that allows the dead body to become part of life again, will also contribute to how we in the West relate to death and dying.

Susanne then reflects on the importance of studying nature by being in nature, observing and listening to the ways it works. In the concluding part of the conversation Susanne talks about the growing support for promession outside Sweden’s borders, while the Swedish authorities have been stalling the decision that would allow Promessa to start providing the service. Individuals and groups of people from over 60 countries contacted Susanne and Peter and expressed their interest in promession.

Episode references:

Promessa Organic AB

Promessa in UK, Cambridge

Carl Linneus’ biography at the Swedish Museum of Natural History website

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OQ7: Life eternal, Part 1 (EN)

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This episode is the recording of Irina’s conversation with Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, biologist and founder of Promessa Organic, who was in Uppsala to participate in Uppsala Eco Fair.

Susanne started looking for ways to reduce the damage humans bring to the environment at the age of seventeen. In part 1 of this two-part conversation she shares about her path from composting the food remains and turning them into a well-smelling soil to the insight that humans, too, needed and could be included in nature’s cycle of life even after their death, which is impossible with the two currently predominant in the West burial methods. Susanne then talks about how this insight and her passion for gardening and composting combined with the engineering experience lead her to developing the technology of promession, an ecologically-conscious modern burial method, that more and more people in the West find appealing as it supports life even after our death.

Episode references:

Promessa Organic AB

Sky burial 

Zoroastrian burial (Tower of Silence)

Stiff : The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

(SWE)  Kroppens sällsamma liv efter döden : likets kulturhistoria av Mary Roach

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OQ6: Living well with a chronic illness, Part 2 (EN)

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In this second part of the two-part conversation, Andy McLellan and Erica Hamilton share some of the techniques they found useful in coping with the physical and emotional pain on their path towards healing.

Useful resources:

Vajra breathing technique

Guided audio meditations with the Buddhist teacher Tara Brach (including the loving-kindness/metta meditation)

The Practice of Tonglen

Written instructions for the practice of Tonglen (by Pema Chödron)

Video instructions on Tonglen  (by Pema Chödron)

A blog post on Tonglen by Andy McLellan

Turning Suffering Inside Out: A Zen Approach to Living with Physical and Emotional Pain by Darlene Cohen


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OQ5: Living well with a chronic illness, Part 1 (EN)

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This week Irina is joined with cherished friends Andy McLellan, PhD (via Skype from London, UK) and Erica Hamilton, PhD, currently living in Uppsala, Sweden. Andy and Erica also share how faced with a serious illness they had to learn to let go identifying with career and relationships and find a new way of being.

Andy’s career as a research biologist was cut short by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at the age of 25. His physical healing is far from complete but he is able to take an active role in raising his three children and often writes about Buddhism and healing.

Erica was 24 when she was diagnosed first with ulcerative colitis and later with Crohn’s colitis. There are no signs of inflammation in her body since 2006. She now works as a wellness consultant and teaches classes in meditation and qigong.

Both Erica and Andy has been long time Buddhist practitioners and meditate daily.

This first part of the conversation touches upon how our fast-paced life can lead to our disembodiment and pushing ourselves too far, the existing in the world of Western medicine dichotomy between the organic and the functional and how the absence of measurable cause of a medical condition influences the attitude of the medical establishment towards the patients. Andy and Erica also share how faced with a serious illness they they had to learn to let go identifying with career and relationships and find a new way of being.

Episode Resources:

Andy’s blog on recovering from chronic illness

Erica’s site

Erica’s healing blog Determined to Heal

Other related resources:

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Living Well with Pain and Illness by Vidyamala Burch
Beat Fatigue With Yoga by Fiona Agombar

Tara Brach – a renouned western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening.

Darlene Cohen’s site

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OQ4: Andas! Du lever. (SW)

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Denna vecka besöker Irina tvåbarnsmamman, dramapedagogen och andningspedagogen Christina (Kicki) Boström i hennes mottagning i Hågaby, Uppsala. Kicki hjälper sina klienter att lösa upp spänningar och frigöra andningen genom att använda sig av olika andningstekniker, individuellt och i grupp.

Varför är det så viktigt att andas djupt och avslappnat? Vad händer när vi andas för högt upp, med bröstkorgen? Hur påverkar andningen balans och styrkan? Hur kan vi få tillbaka vår naturliga andning, den vi hade som barn?

Kicki pratar om de vanligaste anledningar till att vi som barn lär oss att andas med bröstkorgen och förlorar kontakten med diafragman. Hon tar Irina genom en enkel övning som kan hjälpa henne att ta reda på hennes andningsmönster och berättar hur vi kan genom att lägga märke till det, börja frigöra andningen och förbättra livskvalitén och våra relationer.

Låter för enkelt? Det är för att det är! Pröva själv!

Om du har frågor om Kickis utbildningar och föreläsningar, maila henne på kicki@livselixiret.se.

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Övning i andningsmedvetande

Lägg en hand på magen, en hand på bröstet. Iakttag din andning. Vilken hand rör sig mest.

Ta ned “brösthanden”, fortsätt att iaktta din andning. Om du fortfarande andas med bröstkorgen, ska du aktivt försöka andas med diafragman. Det är ditt naturliga sätt att andas på.

Om du då och då gör dig medveten om att andas med diafragman, kommer din kropp att anamma den naturliga andningen.

Böcker nämnda i avsnittet:

Livets källa – om andningens kraft och förmåga att läka av Gunnel Minett.

The Breathing Book av Donna Farhi

Andra resurser:

Breathe! You are alive: Sutra on the full awareness of breathing av Thich Nhat Hahn

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OQ03: I love you! And you! And you! (EN)

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In this episode Irina is joined over Skype by Franklin Veaux. Franklin is a polyamory activist and maintains a large online site about polyamory with a lot of resources for people who are new to the idea of poly, who have questions about it and who want to develop the tools to make it work.

Polyamory (from Greek πολύ [poly, meaning many or several] and Latin amor [love]) is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.

Franklin explores the myths about polyamory and the underlying them believes, deeply rooted in our Western culture. Where does the idea that we can only love (romantically) one person at a time come from? Why do many of us believe that we can only commit to one partner/relationship at a time? How can being compared to others be a good thing for a relationship rather than seen as a threat to it?

Franklin also offers practical communication tools that can be used to make any relationship better.

Do you have a question for Franklin? E-mail it to us or leave it in the comment to the post.

Find out more about polyamory on Franklin’s site.

Visit Franklin’s blog.


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OQ2: Var inte rädd för mörkret! (SW)

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Lyssna på en av låtarna från Kirsten Holms skiva “Spelar min å”. Skivan kan beställas direkt från Kirsten.

I detta avsnitt besöker Irina den danskfödde konstnären och musikern Kirsten Holm i hennes ateljé i Håga by, utanför Uppsala. Kirsten väljer inte att provocera så mycket med sina bilder, mer med sitt sätt att leva. Hon berättar om det enkla livet i det gästfria grekiska samhället i början på 70-talet som inspirerade henne att söka andra sätt att leva livet på, om sin relation till mörkret, om månens betydelse för sin livsupplevelse och om det cykliska sättet att skapa både bilder och musik.

I sin musik inspireras Kirsten ofta av det fantastiska djurriket och ljuden som finns i naturen. Hon försöker hitta alternativ till electronica ute i det vilda och planerar att släppa ut en skiva med naturelectronica.


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Var inte rädd för mörkret, ty ljuset vilar där. Vi se ju inga stjärnor, där intet mörker är.

I ljusa irisringen, du bär en mörk pupill, ty mörkt är allt som ljuset med bävan längtar till.

Var inte rädd för mörkret, ty ljuset vilar där. Var inte rädd för mörkret, som ljusets hjärta bär.

– Erik Blomberg

Kirsten Holm, Midvinter

Kirsten Holm, Dagen lin 6. juli (torrpastell, 40×50 cm)

Kirsten Holm, Dagen lin 1. augusti (torrpastell, 40×50 cm)

Kirsten Holm, Vårvinter

Kirsten Holm, Natten november

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