Distilling the Elixir of Life
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by Todd Fink, Michael Todd Fink
3d ago
You can support this work at https://patreon.com/kindmind Alchemy, once a mystical endeavor to transmute base metals into gold, finds renewed meaning as an allegory for personal and societal transformation. The mythical quest for the philosopher's stone or the elixir of life transcends mere physical desires. Instead, it mirrors the journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. Kindness emerges as a metaphorical elixir, an alchemical agent that has the power to transform not only ourselves but also the world around us forever. Like a tree's capacity to sequester pollution and return oxygen ..read more
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Chasing the Dragon's Tail and the Eternal Ouroboros
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by Todd Fink, Michael Todd Fink
1M ago
Join us on Patreon, as a free member for those unable to pledge or supporter of the show, at https://patreon.com/kindmind In the year of the dragon and northern lights, is the aurora borealis a cosmic ouroboros? The ancient symbol of the Ouroboros, a serpent devouring its own tail, offers a profound metaphor for the cyclical nature of existence, encapsulating themes of renewal, infinity, and the perennial struggle between creation and destruction. This emblem, rooted in ancient Egyptian iconography and embraced by diverse cultures and philosophical traditions, serves as a powerful lens thro ..read more
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Tributaries to the River of Grief
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by Todd Fink, Michael Todd Fink
1M ago
Please listen to the intro on campus life and share to promote dialogue. If this work is meaningful to you, please consider supporting and joining us on Patreon - https://patreon.com/kindmind Grief can be highly personal and unique but this quote comes close to a universal definition: “Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.” ― Jamie Anderson It's important to recognize that gr ..read more
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Hearts in Bloom and the Light Reflex
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by Todd Fink, MIchael Todd Fink
2M ago
If you would like to support this work, you can do so at https://patreon.com/kindmind and if you are unable to contribute financially, you can still sign up and join as a free member. All are welcome to the Kind Mind community. Human blossoming is akin to the delicate yet profound process seen in the natural world, where flowers unfurl their petals to reveal their inner beauty. The metaphor of blooming relates to maturity and is explored in various contexts, from spiritual growth to personal transformation. Just as flowers need the right conditions to bloom, folks too require nurturing envir ..read more
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Individualizing Infinity
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by Todd Fink, Michael Todd Fink
2M ago
Recorded on Oct 15, 2023, the day after a solar eclipse and “ring of fire.” If you value this show, please consider pitching in to support this independent work at https://patreon.com/kindmind Thanks! Kindness takes on both light-hearted and profound expressions in our intricate world. In its playful form, it encompasses spontaneous acts that bring joy and laughter, offering a refreshing break from gravity. In its most thoughtful expression, it addresses pressing societal issues with compassion and wisdom. Striking a balance between these dimensions is pivotal and crucial; playfulness fost ..read more
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The Still Point and the Point of Stillness
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by Todd Fink, Michael Todd Fink
2M ago
If you benefit from this show and would like to give back, you can support us and join the patreon community at https://patreon.com/kindmind Thank you! Stillness is often associated with meditation, contemplation, and spiritual practices aimed at transcending the superficial layers of social life and the conventional sense of self. There is a three-part harmony to stillness including physical stillness of movement, auditory stillness of unnecessary sounds, and mental tranquility of thoughts. This episode parallels these three dimensions with the still pond which can accurately reflect the ..read more
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Ministry of Music and Meditation
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by Todd Fink, Michael Todd Fink
2M ago
You can pitch in to support this work and access bonus content at https://patreon.com/kindmind This episode explores the transformative powers of music and meditation, practices that serve as vessels for introspection, revelation, and communal connection. We delve into the philosophical and spiritual intricacies of how silence complements music—the way meditation underlines our active lives—inviting listeners on a contemplative journey toward self-discovery and collective understanding. In an era marked by global secularization, remote interactions, geopolitical tensions, and economic uncer ..read more
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Egalitarian Inquiry and the Edge of Knowledge
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by Todd Fink, Michael Todd Fink
3M ago
Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/kindmind Understanding the nature of knowledge has been a timeless pursuit for thinkers and seekers throughout history. This branch of study in philosophy is often referred to as epistemology. There is an interplay between sensory perception, intellectual understanding and the notion of objective truth. The limitations, complexities, and transformative power inherent in the quest for knowledge cannot be understated. What does it mean to KNOW something? HOW does one know something? We are never able to fully stand outside the world and its apparent pa ..read more
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The Wound is Where the Light Enters
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by Todd Fink, Michael Todd Fink
4M ago
Become a Patreon member of this show at https://patreon.com/kindmind The archetype of the wounded healer, a concept deeply rooted in psychology and mythology, offers profound insights into the human condition, empathy, and the transformative power of healing through sacrifice. This talk touches on the intricate dimensions of this archetype, paralleling its essence with the natural process of an oyster creating a pearl — a metaphor that elegantly encapsulates the journey from wound to wisdom. Original artwork for this episode can be found on the podcast website along with event details ..read more
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Between Words and Worlds
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by Todd Fink, Michael Todd Fink
5M ago
You can support this show, connect with the Kind Mind community, and access bonus content at https://patreon.com/kindmind This is episode 101. The origin of speech remains rather mysterious.  The development of complex vocalization and symbology is unique and may involve evolutionary necessity.  Human survival has historically been dependent on social cooperation. Language allows us to share information, coordinate activities, and form complex bonds for success among species.  At the same time, there are profound ways that language shapes our understanding of reality, it ..read more
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