The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast Episode 34
Welcome to Episode 34 of The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast.
My name is Peter Ledwidge and I am your host.
Each week I sit down to talk in-depth with guests that push the boundaries of conventional living, driven by the singular pursuit of being on an unrelenting quest to continually expand the horizons of their body, mind and spirit.
The aim is to learn more about them and from them; their story, the work they are doing, the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the heartaches and everything in between.
The hope is that these conversations might spark something within you that gives you cause for self-reflection, inspires you to embark on your own journey of self-discovery or gives you the courage to take a chance and go after your goals.
Today I have the pleasure of being joined from California, by Timber Hawkeye.
Timber Hawkeye is the bestselling author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless and host of The Buddhist Boot Camp Podcast
He prescribes gratitude as medicine for people to heal themselves from the inside out, inviting the best version of you to resurface. This inevitably leads to the true meaning of success (being happy), and significantly better health (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual). Timber’s intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich, and inspire a simple and uncomplicated life, by sharing mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to and implement in their daily lives.
A few years ago Timber traveled the United States and stayed with different host families. In that time he observed that as a culture we tend to cover our eyes and then cry that it is dark. After a few months the pain in his heart become too much to bear, he wanted to surround himself with people who were at least consciously aware of our habitual tendency to self destruct. So he moved into a zen monastery, completely off the grid with no mobile or phone connection.
After a year at 2 different temples he realised he was of no benefit to the world if he kept himself tucked away at a monastery. He recognised in all of us that there is hunger for inner peace, for tranquility, for that inner conflict to stop. He envisioned a very simple guide to being happy, be grateful because gratitude has a way of turning what we have into enough and that is luxury, that is being rich.
We’ve been misguided by the notion that happiness is something that we have to pursue and in that pursuit we have lost our way. So instead of chasing happiness, like a hamster on a wheel, timber recommends to sit and slow down. There’s nothing you need to buy, there’s nowhere you need to go. Just a few minutes each day taking inventory of everything in your life worth appreciating is the first step we can take to guiding the next generation away from this growing sense of entitlement toward a deeper appreciation toward life itself.
In the episode we talk about
- Life lessons
- His journey and experiences and what led him to those moments and events
- Unlearning some of the things we’ve picked up along the way
- Seeking a simple and uncomplicated life
- Taking time to discover why you believe what you do and also questioning some of it rather than just going our entire lives doing what we’ve always done and expecting different results.
- Pain is inevitable, suffering our is optional. How can we live in a way that we are not causing ourselves further suffering.Sifting through everything you’ve ever learned and been taught and questioning all of it and asking is this true today?
- Letting go of our suffering, our past and not being the victim and always looking for someone to blame.
- Using uncertainty as your starting but or letting knowing what you don’t want first without having to know what you do want, let that be enough and start from there.
- His books Buddhist Bootcamp and Faithfully Religionless.
The main theme of our conversation is about unlearning, letting go and relearning. Letting go of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, not playing the victim and being free. When we stop playing the victim, who are we then? That is the key and centres around much of our conversation.
I hope you enjoy it.
Connect with Timber
You can find him on Instagram
Via his website
End of the Episode
And that brings us to the end of today’s episode.
I really enjoyed this conversation with Timber I hope you did too. The main thing I loved was just the simplicity of the message. I think sometimes we can over-complicate it a little bit sometimes. From reading a book on the teachings of the Dalai Lama recently, and it ties in with today’s episode, if we can all try to see in each of us that we are all human beings, who want to be happy and free from suffering and not look at what divides and separates us, just look at the one uniting fact, we are all humans, and use that to try and extend a little bit more kindness, empathy and compassion to each other then I think that would go a long way to having a huge impact on the world.
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