Posts Tagged life

OQ12: Making art, making meaning (EN)

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In this episode Irina talks with Eric Maisel about the art of creating meaning in our life. Eric Maisel, PhD., is the author of over thirty-five published books, both fiction and nonfiction. Some of the titles are: Coaching the Artist Within, Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, The Creativity Book, Performance Anxiety, Ten Zen Seconds, A Writer’s San Francisco, and A Writer’s Paris. His latest book is called Brainstorm: Harnessing the power of productive obsessions. His new book Rethinking Depression is coming out in February 2012. Dr. Maisel gives workshops for creative professionals both in the US and Europe and also works as a creativity coach and creativity coach trainer.

Dr. Maisel holds that the time has come for us to switch from seeing meaning as something we need to search after to seeing it as only a psychological experience, something we can provoke ourselves by actively making meaning every day. Although we can make meaning in many ways, he believes that the meaning that makes us proud is value-based.

What makes you be in love with life? How do you translate your values into the everyday choices? What makes this life meaningful to you?

Featured music track:

We close the episode with Cepheus – the track by Uppsala bound musicians Larry and Fredrik.





Episode Resources:

Visit Eric Maisel’s homepage

Eric Maisel’s classes for creatives, including Your Best Life in The Arts and Noimetics: Bring Meaning to Life

Eric Maisel’s Podcast Your Purpose-Centered Life

Eric Maisel’s Podcast The Joy Of Living Creatively

Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life by Shelly Carson, PhD.

Interview with Shelly Carsson on Shrink Rap Radio Podcast 

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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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