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by Rabbi Brian | Religion-Outside-The-Box

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Finding (religious) Freedom

Rabbi Brian talks about the tension of opposites and the goal of religion – to free you. Free yourself from yourself so you can be...

Believe in God?

Rabbi Brian tackles the question, "Do you believe in God?"

Welcome

Rabbi Brian welcomes you to his podcast channel and explains a little about ROTB and why this is marked as explicit....

Tooth Fairy

Rabbi Brian talks about the tooth fairy. And, paradigm shifts.

Made a mistake

Rabbi Brian talks about making mistakes and how horrible it is when it we didn't think it was a problem.

The Rabbi (Outside The Box)

Rabbi Brian was interviewed on KBOO Progressive Spirit by John Shuck. It's a delightful 30 minutes.

The value

Rabbi Brian talks about the VALUE of a service he ran and asks you to think about the value of what you do.

babbling

Rabbi Brian talks directly to you. It is conversational. Not much said.

Annie Upset

Rabbi Brian talks about how we sometimes get upset about the wrong things.

Not teach a lesson

BIG ARCHIVE going back to 2006.

Finding (religious) Freedom

Rabbi Brian talks about the tension of opposites and the goal of religion – to free you. Free yourself from yourself so you can be...

Believe in God?

Rabbi Brian tackles the question, "Do you believe in God?"

Welcome

Rabbi Brian welcomes you to his podcast channel and explains a little about ROTB and why this is marked as explicit....

Tooth Fairy

Rabbi Brian talks about the tooth fairy. And, paradigm shifts.

Made a mistake

Rabbi Brian talks about making mistakes and how horrible it is when it we didn't think it was a problem.

The Rabbi (Outside The Box)

Rabbi Brian was interviewed on KBOO Progressive Spirit by John Shuck. It's a delightful 30 minutes.

The value

Rabbi Brian talks about the VALUE of a service he ran and asks you to think about the value of what you do.

babbling

Rabbi Brian talks directly to you. It is conversational. Not much said.

Annie Upset

Rabbi Brian talks about how we sometimes get upset about the wrong things.

Managing Expectations

Rabbi Brian talks about how we ought to be cautious not to overly manage our expectations.

Wag the God

Rabbi Brian talks about how sometimes people ACT holy, but are missing something.

Control the Message

Rabbi Brian talks about the importance of controlling the message

Self Society God

In 2017, I vow to fix the audio problems with these podcasts. This is the last batch to have audio problems.

Make Time and Space part 2

In 2017, I vow to fix the audio problems with these podcasts. This is the last batch to have audio problems.

Love the problems

In 2017, I vow to fix the audio problems with these podcasts. This is the last batch to have audio problems.

Looking at the lampost for God

In 2017, I vow to fix the audio problems with these podcasts. This is the last batch to have audio problems.

Scarcity and Abundance

In 2017, I vow to fix the audio problems with these podcasts. This is the last batch to have audio problems.

Make Time and Space

In 2017, I vow to fix the audio problems with these podcasts. This is the last batch to have audio problems.

Suffering

In 2017, I vow to fix the audio problems with these podcasts. This is the last batch to have audio problems.

Limited Wll Power

In 2017, I vow to fix the audio problems with these podcasts. This is the last batch to have audio problems.

Non-Permanent Self

Rabbi Brian ponders about the sense of self and how it is not quite permanent.

What were you thinking?

Rabbi Brian talks about mistakes. We all make them. And, THEY make them too!

Discernment and Judgement

Rabbi Brian talks about the difference between NOTICING SOMETHING and making an OPINION ABOUT IT.

Gratitude

Rabbi Brian talks about having gratitude.

Being asked nicely

Rabbi Brian talks about how it is EASIER on authority figures when we do what we are asked to do when they ask NICELY. And, to make no mistake about it, they can MAKE us.

from should to want

Rabbi Brian gives a hack on how to get what you want. Really.

Fill Time with Ants

Rabbi Brian talks about ants. And how busy they are. (Strike a chord?)

BuIIsh.t

Rabbi Brian talks about the amount of buIIsh.t we have to (get to) deal with in our lives and how to deal with it better.

Suffering

Rabbi Brian talks about the roots of suffering.

Weather is not my agent

Rabbi Brian talks about how EXTERNAL things ought not overly influence INTERNAL things.

Justified Anxiety

Rabbi Brian muses that anxiety might be brought upon the self! Wow. ()

What I like about you

Rabbi Brian asks you to tell three people a week what you like about them.

Mystical Experience

Rabbi Brian discusses the 7 qualities that make up a mystical experience.

Heaven on Earth

Rabbi Brian talks about standards and how we have lost sight of heaven on earth.

Authorized

Rabbi Brian talks about what it means to be AUTHORIZED. Did someone ask you to help? If they didn't, stop helping.

God Talk 11/16 @ WHUUF (2/2)

Rabbi Brian did two presentation on finding and being with (the) God (of your understanding) at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Portland, Oregon. This is the second of the two presentations.

God Talk 11/16 @ WHUUF (1/2)

Rabbi Brian did two presentation on finding and being with (the) God (of your understanding) at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Portland, Oregon. This is the first of the two presentations.

Measuring Wrong

Rabbi Brian delves into how we might just measure badly, a lot.

Anxious for good reason

Rabbi Brian muses that sensational news might be good to help us feel anxious.

Compartmentalized

Rabbi Brian talks about how his students are often more alive than he is.

Time off, Rabbi

Rabbi Brian admits that he is mainly preaching to himself.

Accentuate the negative

Rabbi Brian wonders why it is that we hold onto the bad better than the good.

Annie on my lap

Rabbi Brian's daughter snuck onto his lap and shared some thoughts about God and love. Rabbi Brian promises that he never taught Annie the theology that she picked up -- like God being a "he," "omniscient, " or "love." Amazing.

Things we do well

Rabbi Brian asks you to ponder and be proud of the things you do well.

Confirmation Bias

Rabbi Brian explains how "If you dislike someone the way they hold their spoon with offend you, if you like them they could drop a plate of food on your lap and you won't mind" has to do with God.

Embracing the corrections

Rabbi Brian asks you to get comfortable with the corrections that the universe gives you.

From Annoyed to Amused

Rabbi Brian asks "How long does it take for you to go from annoyed to amused?"

As is

Rabbi Brian challenges us to love things "as is" instead of needing them to be perfect.

Change, change, change

Rabbi Brian talks about how CHANGE is important in spiritual-religious growth.

Live Fully, Love Wastefully

Rabbi Brian encourages you to, in the words of John Shelby Spong, "live fully, love wastefully."

Latitudinarianism

Rabbi Brian encourages you to have a mind so open your brain falls out.

Fighting Against Love

Rabbi Brian explain that sometimes to restore equilibrium after a wonderful event, we go to anxiety... perhaps this is why we have a hard time settling into the notion that (the) God (of our understanding) loves us?

Saving TIme

Rabbi Brian talks about the IRONY of trying to SAVE time... yikes!

Forgive Them

Rabbi Brian using Jewish and Muslim law about suicide as a way of looking compassionately at those who wrong us.

FanningTheFlames

Rabbi Brian exhorts us to NOT tell ourselves stories to justify our emotional state.

Done Enough

Rabbi Brian asks you to contemplate if you have done enough...

Surrender Enjoy The Ride

Rabbi Brian speaks again about the spiritual-religious notion of SURRENDER and how we might be better off enjoying the ride than trying to control it.

SA'TANS

Rabbi Brian encourages you to embrace the difficult things in your life as they might be there to teach you a lesson.

ShoutInAnger

Rabbi Brian retells a story that explains why it is that people SHOUT when they are angry, but so physically close to each other.

The Rabbi who Swore at God

Rabbi Brian was interviewed on Tapestry with Mary Hynes on Canadian Public Radio. He might have cursed at God. OK, he did. It's pretty awesome.

To What End

Rabbi Brian recounts a story of Rabbi Robert Levine's about a boat trip.

MoreLove

Rabbi Brian talks about LOVE and how we need to meet people where they are and love them.

Anger Barometer

Rabbi Brian explains how we can tell that we need to open our hearts more.

Respond with love

The proper response to the inevitable is love. Period.

Don't measure in time.

Rabbi Brian laments that school (and our lives) are measured on time, not proficiency.

DoBeDoBeDo

Rabbi Brian explains the spiritual advice from the song singing in the rain... well, from the part before the song.

How To Love

Rabbi Brian talks 20 seconds longer than usual to explain the proper elements of love. Listen and do this!

Hope with Feathers

Rabbi Brian talks asks about hope. From where do any of us get a sense that tomorrow will be better than today?

AnnieOnMyLap

Rabbi Brian four year old, Annie shares her four year old wisdom, some shouting, and a joke.

Drama of The Gifted

Rabbi Brian discusses the book "Drama of the Gifted Child" and how it might apply to religion.

Repeating

Rabbi Brian explains that many ROTB articles sound like.

MyGod

Rabbi Brian talks about having a personal relationship with God.

SelfPoopCircle

Rabbi Brian talks about our sense of self and the poop that gets in our lives.

Virtuous

Rabbi Brian details what a virtuous life might hold.

BreatheSlower

Rabbi Brian asks you to take a breath of air, a deep breath, before you need it.

5lovelanguages

Rabbi Brian discusses the 5 languages that people mean when they use the word love.

Fun and loss

Rabbi Brian tackles the notion that joy and sadness are opposite sides of the same coin.

B'shert the bad

Rabbi Brian asks why is it that we only comfortable saying things are "meant to be" when they are positive ones?

Running out of excuses

Rabbi Brian muses on a friend's notion that he is "running out of (external) excuses" for not being happy.

God Calling

Rabbi Brian, stereotypes, God, and more.

God loses to Bias

Rabbi Brian explains how two characteristics of the human psyche can keep us from hearing God.

Fall into potty

Rabbi Brian lauds perspective and how it can keep one from getting upset when you fall into the toilet.

Nightmares

Rabbi Brian tells the 3 components to nightmares and how our lives are a lot like them sometimes.

Losing One Glove

Rabbi Brian talks about how all loss is psychological.

Annoyed at a tree

Rabbi Brian implores you not to get annoyed with inanimate (or animate) objects that annoy you.

Don't listen to THEM

Rabbi Brian talks about how THEIR opinions can get US into big trouble. (This is very similar to a previously recorded notion published as issue 20 in 2013.)

Kosher on its head

Rabbi Brian explains an alternative method for when to declare something kosher.

phoneaddicted

Rabbi Brian talks about how addicted he is to the iphone. Not very profound.

All of us get angry

Rabbi Brian talks challenges you if you consider yourself to be one of the "peaceful" people on the planet that it's probably not all true.

No one does wrong willingly

Rabbi Brian talks about how "no one does wrong willingly" and how we are more likely to forgive ourselves for our anger and errors than we do others.

Unprovolked Anger

Rabbi Brian talks about Stephen Pinkster's quote, "Our anger is justified and theirs is unprovoked."

Lessons Taught

Rabbi Brian talks his attempt to "teach" his children a lesson and how his son "learned" something else.

Living Out of The Present

Rabbi Brian talks about when his daughter urinated on his lap and how wonderful and horrible it felt at the same time.

Door to door

Door-to-door religious salesfolk. (A fresh interpretation.)

No Time Off

Why we don't have time to relax, explained.

Be Alive and Stay Alive

My son was on my lap while I was recording podcasts. In between takes, he would lean into the microphone and do his version of "Rabbi Brian." So, I recorded him. "Be Alive and Stay Alive" might just be brilliant advice if you think about it.

Happen for a reason

Rabbi Brian compels you to believe that things happen for a reason.a

UnRemarkable

Rabbi Brian tries to not make any interesting comments to prove a point about conversation.

Why Leaders Are Assholes

Rabbi Brian weighs in on his response to the question, "Why are leaders assholes?" The answer has to do with Martin Luther King, Jr. (How's that for an interesting description?)

Do Not Make Lemonade

Rabbi Brian takes on two spurious spiritual-religious notions, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" and "I'm as happy as I make my mind up to be."

What are the chances?

Rabbi Brian tells one of his favorite jokes... it's about God. (Kinda)

Don't be yourself!

Rabbi Brian give you permission to not be you... the thinking is that we spend so much time and thought trying to be "good" that we forget that we don't need to try so hard.

Accidently Kind to Al

Rabbi Brian talks about how he was accidently kind to a student, and how that made him wonder about being that kind all the time.

The Wrong Way to Brush

Rabbi Brian give three different spiritual-religious exercises in this one podcast in which he tells you to brush the wrong way. (Special shout-out and 'woot!' to MK.)

Vermiculite

Rabbi Brian discusses the very light rock, vermiculiute. You'll understand...

Awareness is curative!

Rabbi Brian talks about why knowing the goal – even when it doesn't seem achievable – is important.

Temptation (re-addressed)

Rabbi Brian re-addresses the quote "The lesser the temptation, the greater the sin" which was part of 2011's 77% Weekly 25/40. Winds up, Aristotle had something to say about this.

Lead by Example

Rabbi Brian quotes St. Augustine and the sociological phenomenon of not facing the back of elevators in urging you to not give advice.

But that's not the problem!

Rabbi Brian relates how his 2 and 4-year-olds were upset about beads, how he thought they were upset about other things, but hey, they ought to know, no?

5 Natural Emotions

Rabbi Brian discusses (quickly) the five natural emotions: grief, anger, jealousy, fear, and love. He also briefly touches on the distortions of each.

Habit & Familiarity

Rabbi Brian talks about the quote, "There is nothing that is not made lighter through habit and familiarity." He explores the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual-religious realms.

Underlying concerns

Rabbi Brian asks you to consider underlying concerns that you might have in your life.

Sorry

Rabbi Brian apologizes if you got duplicates of podcasts. I goofed with the format and had to re-post them!

At The Right Time

Rabbi Brian talks a little about Channukah, but really about the pre-modern sense of time.

Convenience and Stress

Rabbi Brian discusses STRESS and how we have it still in this world filled with CONVENIENCES!

Budgetting for annoyances

Rabbi Brian talks about shifting perspective, time management, and how we need to expect to be annoyed as a way to not be annoyed.

A prose about modernity

Rabbi Brian waxes about how we constantly seem to want to improve our world... and that this might not be such a good idea.

Attachment, Greed, and Henry Higgins

Rabbi Brian talks about an experience he had in which, in the span of ten minutes, he had a gamut of human emotions dealing with attachment.

Surrender

Rabbi Brian revisits the spiritual-religious topic of surrender.

Placebo- pleasing them

Rabbi Brian talks about placebo -- the latin word that means "I WILL PLEASE" and how pleasing others can be a problem.

To do list as your friend

Rabbi Brian tells you that your TO-DO LIST is your FRIEND. Really?!? That's crazy... or is it? (I'll tell you, it isn't.)

Pitting Cherries

Rabbi Brian tells about watching his daughter learn to take the pits out of cherries and how we all push ourselves to improve.

The Things You Do Well

Rabbi Brian talks about how we need to forgive others for not being as good as we are in the things we are excellent in.

True Religion (sans God)

Rabbi Brian talks about how real religion has NOTHING to do with God, how we need to get that in our heads, and how to live a true religious life.

Ignorant, Stupid, or Evil

Rabbi Brian discusses Kathryn Schultz's work on mistakes. How we tend to see people who disagree with us as ignorant, stupid, or evil.

Courage to be mediocre

Rabbi Brian encourages you to BE MEDIOCRE; but only if you are courageous enough to try!

Pleasure versus Happiness

Rabbi Brian discusses the difference between pleasure and happiness. How the former is temporary, based on circumstances and the later is an inside job.

Us versus Them 2012!

Rabbi Brian talks about problem of thinking that the problem is them.

Choices

Rabbi Brian talks about the PARADOX OF CHOICE and how when we have too many choices we wind up blaming ourselves.

Radish-ical Amazment

Rabbi Brian shares home-grown observations after growing radishes.

BGUTI

Rabbi Brian talks about our sociality's issue of "B'GUTI" -- better get used to it.

What's Wrong with this picture?

Rabbi Brian reflects back on the terrible lesson he took from the "what's wrong with this picture" activity in Highlights Magazine.

Plato Was Wrong

Rabbi Brian takes on Plato! He was wrong. Really! (Alright, it's just about one small thing, but still.)

Hand Wash to Less Doubt!

Rabbi Brian tells you the hygienic and NOW SPIRITUAL idea of washing your hands. Sounds crazy, but it's scientific.

Serenity

Rabbi Brian takes you through a serenity prayer...

Gossip

Rabbi Brian talks about "Gossip" -- the history of the word and then the basic premise: to shame. Don't do it.

Small Problems

Rabbi Brian tells you to EMBRACE (?!) your problems as a way for you to grow your spiritual-religious life.

DIY Podcast

Rabbi Brian guides you through the process of creating your own spiritual-religious podcast.

Real Religious Moments

Rabbi Brian asks you to think about what the word "religious" means to you and to contemplate when you have had "real religious" experiences.

It would have been enough

Rabbi Brian talks about the phrase in the Passover service, "It would have been enough." He muses on it and then asks you to muse upon it as well. It would have been enough. Amen.

Major Annoyance

Rabbi Brian gives the spiritual-religious exercise of keeping track of your major annoyances so that you have a better sense of how many annoyances per day you encounter. (The hope is that the better you KNOW how many times a week/day/hour you are annoyed, the better...

Jealousy

Rabbi Brian discussed the philosophical notion of JEALOUSY and some spiritual-religious notions tied to it. Good topic. Worth the listen.

Be A Mentor

Rabbi Brian challenges you to become a mentor. You'll listen and understand.

Temptation

Rabbi Brian discussed the curious notion that "The greater the temptation, the lesser the sin."

Let God or Be Dragged.

Rabbi Brian discusses the spiritual-religious notion of surrender... and how if you don't let go, you just might get dragged. Shout outs this week to N.A. and D.S.M.

Family and Relatives

Rabbi Brian talks about the difference between family and relatives... it's a bit of etymology -- simple, but poignant if I have to say so myself...

Tea With God, an imaginative exercise

Rabbi Brian asks you to image that you are having Tea with God and then, at the end of a lovely time, God does something unforgivable. He asks you to ... ah, shucks, just listen to the podcast and you'll find out. Hey, does anyone read these description

timeoff

Rabbi Brian tells himself that he needs to take some time off. This podcast is really a podcast for him to listen to. If you listen to it, that's ok. But, it's really for him.

Non-Desire?

Rabbi Brian posits that you might be better off if you could figure out how to not desire so much... but how?

Love your suffering

Rabbi Brian brings up the possibly crazy notion that we make friends with our suffering! Crazy, right? Perhaps. But, maybe, just maybe, it's not crazy. Maybe it's a way to ease some of our discontent...

The Task Is Great

Rabbi Brian discussed the notion that we all have so much to do and how it seems that we'll never get it done, and how he takes some comfort in that. Special shout out to my dad who is undergoing a lot. A lot, a lot. He could use your prayers.

Magic Pills (redo)

Rabbi Brian asks, "If you had magic pills, what would they do?"

Mourning to follow

Rabbi Brian talks about some sage advice he received about he got word of his father's grave illness.

Suffering!

Rabbi Brian talks about the spiritual-religious truth of suffering and how our attempting to avoid it might not be the best way of dealing with it. (Shout out this week to my dad who is having optic-surgery.)

Rounding the square

Rabbi Brian talks about his son trying to put a straight piece of train track where a round piece fit. And, how that applies to our lives. (Special shout out to my dad whose pituitary gland seems to be the cause of a lot of problems and will need surgery.)

Spiritual Barometer

Rabbi Brian discusses the notion of a spiritual barometer — what it is and how knowing about yours can help you and your loved ones. (Yes, again.)

Great Gift of Greed

Rabbi Brian tells a story about a "special, special gift" that he heard from Fr. Tony De Mello. You'll like the story. It's a good one. (Shout out to VK and everyone suffering from uncertainty.)

Childhood baggage

Rabbi Brian talks about the "baggage" we have from our childhoods. And, muses about how we might lessen our burden. (Special shout-outs this week to PS, L, and VK who are all in need of some extra prayers.)

Do the right thing

Rabbi Brian talks about what it takes (little) to get us to just do the right thing. (This weeks shout-out to everyone who the chasing things to fill them that never fill.)

Rollercoaster

Rabbi Brian talks about life being a rollercoaster. Let's face it, every rabbi has a good analogy that "life is like..." This is my take on that. (A shout out this week to CP whose beloved wife died tragically.)

More Fast Easy Fun

Rabbi Brian talks about these four little, all pervasive words -- more, fast, easy, and fun -- that run counter to our spiritual-religious health. (A shout out this week to my daughter, Johanna who was just born and to PR who just lost her better half.)

Take It Easy

Rabbi Brian talks about how his son doesn't draw well and its implications for your spiritual-religious life. (It has them, really.)

PlusAnAssKicking

Rabbi Brian talks about the idea of adding an ass kicking on top of our problems. Not a good idea. Special love to LK who, unfortunately, inspired this.

Roast Duck

Rabbi Brian talks about the Chinese aphorism, "You have to stand on a hillside with your mouth open for a long time before a roast duck will fly in." That's about it. It's that good?

Mind at Ease

Rabbi Brian talks about a quote from the Tao Te Ching... unawareness of right and wrong are the sign of a mind at ease. Lots of love today for lots of people. We all need it.

No one path

Rabbi Brian talks about how there is NO ONE path to God and he tells a little about "THOSE" people who think there is. With love to all this week. All of them. Even the *ssh*oles deserve love.

Side of the road.

Rabbi Brian talks about an universal experience he had called "a side of the road" experience — where it's only after we feel safe that we feel ok falling apart.

Children & Religion

Rabbi Brian talks about "how to talk with your children about religion." He acknowledges that he is not the authority on the subject but that you (or their parent) is. Nonetheless, he shares some ideas. Shout out this week to Ernie whose mother died.

Rabbi Brian On Tapestry

THIS ISN'T A PODCAST. This is an interview of Rabbi Brian on Mary Hynes's program(me) Tapestry broadcast on 11/2/08. http://cbc.ca/podcasting

Spiritual Barometer

Rabbi Brian talks about the notion of a "spiritual barometer," what it is, how it can help, and more... hey, does anyone read these notes anyway? Shout out this week to all of those who try so hard and don't feel like their efforts are met with success.

Conditioning

Rabbi Brian explains conditioning... why we do those things that we do... somewhat...

Vygotsky

Rabbi Brian talks a bit about the educator and psychologist Vygotsky and his notion of the Zone of Proximal Development. (Alright, in simple words, it will explain why when you are stressed out you tend to talk to yourself more.)

Certainty.

Rabbi Brian talks about the idea that "certainty means that you are certain, not that you are right or wrong." (gulp!) (And, I'm talking to you... not to anyone else. On this topic we often think this is something someone else needs to learn, but not us.)

Mowing but why?

Rabbi Brian retells a conversation he had with a high school student and ponders if we all don't have a bit of "wanting to mow" but not really knowing why. (A shout out this week to my Grandma who died last week, Lois, Don, and Jesse.)

Podcast from 36,000ft

Rabbi Brian recorded this podcast from seat 22J on an American Airline flight from JFK to LAX... oh, yeah, I was sitting next to man who promotes GOGO -- a wifi in the sky. NO THEME no BACKGROUND MUSIC THIS WEEK Oh, I was also doing this podcast as a way to avoid my...

As good as last performace

Rabbi Brian talks about this notion that we are only as good as our last performance... YIKES! This idea came about as he didn't know what to talk about today... (Shout out today to SM.)

Bat-Man! Bad-Idea!

Rabbi Brian talks about the "HYPE" around the latest bat man movie — The Dark Night — and why Americans are going gaga over this troubling movie. (A shout out this week to H&P and D&C for making history.)

Compassion

Rabbi Brian asks you to pick between "Compassion, Wisdom, Cleverness, Kindness, and Being Smart." Which one do you think typifies you? Which do you wish did? And, how can you foster more of it in the world? (A shout out this week to JB whose growing a lot.)

Ironically, I am

Rabbi Brian tells about an insight (an ironic one to be telling you about) he had while meditating. (Shout out this week to FTJC, who might need a bigger plate.)

The Golden Rule

THIS IS NOT A PODCAST. In late 2007, Rabbi Brian was the guest of the reverend Richie Assad's radio show, THE GOLDEN RULE. It's long, but interesting...

Struggle with God.

THIS IS NOT A PODCAST. This is the audio of a sermon that Rabbi Brian gave to a church in 2000. (I don't know what church.) The audio quality isn't the best. But, the topic, "STRUGGLING WITH GOD" is a timeless one.

Met God.

THIS IS NOT A PODCAST. This is the audio of the first sermon Rabbi Brian gave in a church in 2000. The man introducing him is Larry Keene the minister of Church of the Valley. The sermon was entitled, "Met God." It's one the of the best.

Religion Outside The Box

Rabbi Brian talks about what religion-outside-the-box is, what it means... it's a heartfelt, not perfect 3 minutes. (Shout out this week to BB and TS.)

Non-Existence

Rabbi Brian muses a little about a Paul Tillich quote: "There is nothing more frightening to a human being than the notion of their own non-existence." Wow. (Shout out to Tony S. & Jon W. — but for very different reasons.)

Rabbi Brian Interview on Inside Personal Growth

THIS ISN'T A PODCAST. (26 minutes) This is an interview of Rabbi Brian on Inside Personal Growth by Greg Voisen on Feb 1, 2008. (It just got published to the web late June 2008.)

Theodicy

Rabbi Brian talks some about "defense of God's goodness in the face of evil." The big word for this is THEODICY. (I don't have an answer as to why bad things happen to good people, but I have some things to say about it.) Shout out this week to NM who has plenty of...

Plato's Caves

Rabbi Brian discusses Plato's allegory of the caves. It's one of the best allegories, EVER. Really. (A shout-out this week to ME for seeing the sun as the sun and not insisting that the shadows on the walls of the caves are or were ever real.)

Mistakes

Rabbi Brian talks about mistakes... we all make them... but how willing are we to acknowledge them? (This week's shout out to NM... My heart and Jane's are broken.)

Spiritual-Religious Self-Violence

Rabbi Brian talks about how we commit spiritual-religious self-violence when we try to not be where we are... like when we are angry or sad and try to not be angry or sad... Shout out this week to NB and Richard A

Rabbi Brian on KPFK's Aware Show with Lisa Garr

THIS ISN'T A PODCAST. This is an interview of Rabbi Brian on KPFK (Pacifica Radio) by Lisa Garr on May 22, 2008. It's about 30 minutes long. (That about 10 three minute podcasts!) At the 15 minute mark there's a series of simple, spiritual-religious exercises. I'm...

Spiritual Barometer

Rabbi Brian talks about "Spiritual Barometers" and how to use them to figure out how you are doing... (Special shout out this week to MK whose still slogging through hell.)

Judgement

Rabbi Brian talks about how our ideas of how things ought to be are "helpful suggestions" and other people's "helpful suggestions" are "judgments." (This week's shout-out to ECR&DR.)

Teasing

Rabbi Brian discusses "teasing" and how "the meaning of communication is in the response illicited, regardless of intention." (This week's shout out to R.A.'s mom who is struggling with her disease.)

Artistic Process

Rabbi Brian talks about the artistic process... how the Muses are going to just show up to do your work for you, but how the process needs to unfold on it's own timetable... (A shout-out this week to my Magic Camp buddies.)

Re-humanize Yourself.

Rabbi Brian gives a simple spiritual exercise that will help you to get towards Godliness -- BEING HUMAN! (A special shout out to me this week. Why? Because I felt like being kind to me.)

Believe in Believing.

Have you ever noticed that we as human being want so badly to believe that things are a certain way that we don't both to analyze whether or not they are? Listen in... (A shout out this week to Russ and Emma who have losses to mourn.) --IF YOU WANT A SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT...

The Story of Passover (a narrative)

Rabbi Brian presents the story of Passover from his point of view... his chronicle of he journey from being a slave in Egypt to following Moses to freedom... (A shout out to Terry whose quiet curiosity inspires me.)

Easter-Passover

Rabbi Brian tries in just over three minutes to explain that Passover and Easter are really the same holiday, just celebrated differently and that it is the POINT of them that is important, not the details. (A shout out to John Shelby Spong whose books have taught me...

A Pained Heart

Rabbi Brian talks candidly about how he often self-medicated with thought, hope, faith, and love to keep from feeling the pain in his heart. A shout out this week to the 2 families, the couple, and the man who are all having a real hard time.

Back To Basics

Rabbi Brian returns to the notion of what RELIGION OUTSIDE THE BOX is. (This week's shout outs goes to Mike L, who I hope forgives me for forgetting to e-mail him in a timely manner.)

Milestones & Touchstones

Rabbi Brian on this, the 101st podcast, talks about milestones and touchstones... and explains a little about what they are. A shout out this week to the S & J families.

Eternal Youth

Rabbi Brian talks from his heart about how he likes to be with his head in the clouds, thinking esoteric thoughts, flying... not being grounded in reality...

Not Striving

Rabbi Brian talks about Wu-wei — the notion of NOT-STRIVING. How often we get in the way — striving — when we would be better served not doing so. (This week's shout out goes to me. I've been having a hard time.)

Pass-Fail

Rabbi Brian talks about the fact that life is pass-fail, not graded and that perhaps we all need to take is a little easier on ourselves... A shout out to my dear neighbors who are having a rough time...

Floorwax & Bookcases

Rabbi Brian talks about how sometimes we make things more complicated than they need to be to make our lives more challenging... obviously, this is a bad idea. A shout out this week to Evan who is having yet more health issues.

The Rule Of Three

Rabbi Brian discussed "the rule of three" — how after telling someone to do something three times, we need to stop telling them. A shout out to the wise women I quoted in this episode. May God continue to bless you with clarity, wisdom, and peace.

Not Cleverness

Rabbi Brian talks about a Rumi quote, "Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment." And, hey, I'm one of the most clever people I know. A shout out this week to me, I turned 38! 🙂

Psalm 23

Rabbi Brian re-creates a prayer about the 23rd Psalm. (The Lord is my shepherd.) A special shout out this week to Ellen whose beloved died last week, another to Dave whose son is facing some trouble in Africa, and one to Rebecca and family who have faced medical...

Merry Christmas!

Rabbi Brian talks about what Christmas might really be about -- allowing more of God into the world! With shout outs to Rabbi AR for his inspiring story and Pastor Dan for his Street Prophets article.

Channukah

Rabbi Brian talks about Channukah, the festival of lights... and what he doesn't like about it. (And, a shout out to SJTL, who knows why.)

Stress, chicken, & egg

Rabbi Brian talks about the fact that he's a little stressed and ponders the fact that it might not be the circumstances in his life that are stressing him out.

Gifting

Rabbi Brian talks about gift-giving... what are the factors that go into a well received gift.

Un-gratitude

Rabbi Brian talks about an almost MAGIC way of looking at things that we aren't grateful for that can really take the bite out of them. (With thanks to John Stellar.)

Shadow Dinner

Rabbi Brian talks about what he learned pretending to not be him at the "shadow dinner" he attended.

Shadow

Rabbi Brian talks about "the shadow" side we all have in our lives... the parts of our selves that we just don't like... and suggests that we get comfortable with those things.

Knit vs. Crochet.

Rabbi Brian talks about this crazy thing that he and all of us do... we think that the things we can't or didn't do are impressive while the things that we can or did do aren't. (A special shout-out this week to my nieces who are adorable.)

Comfortable Discomfort

Rabbi Brian discusses comfort, what it is, what it isn't and why we all need to learn to get a little more comfortable with discomfort. (A little shout-out to Ali and Shannon who are each having a bit of a hard time these days.)

Holy Days

Rabbi Brian talks about what the Days of Awe Holy Days are all about... How the word "AWE" isn't as in AWESOME, but in AWE-STRUCK and AWEFUL.

Prosperity, shmosperity.

Rabbi Brian talks about Joel Osteen and others who seem to tell folk that you can tell how blessed people are by how well they are doing. [A shout out this week goes to my friend Gregg who invited me to hear Joel Osteen.]

Doing Therapy with God (2/2)

Rabbi Brian takes you on a journey... into a couple's therapy session with you, Rabbi Brian, and God. (Again, it doesn't matter what you believe, this exercise will help you to figure out what you do and don't believe.) This week's shout-out is to Jason Crigler whose...

Doing Therapy with God (1/2)

Rabbi Brian takes you on a journey... into a couple's therapy session with you, Rabbi Brian, and God. (Again, it doesn't matter what you believe, this exercise will help you to figure out what you do and don't believe.) Part 1/2

Why it doesn't matter what or if you believe.

Rabbi Brian talks about what it really, truly just doesn't matter what you believe with regard to God. (It's pretty liberating to find this out.) This week's shout out goes to my son who is 9 MONTHS OLD. Yeah, Emmett. I love you.

Belief in God.

Rabbi Brian talks for just over 3 minutes about what it might mean to believe in God. (He's not trying to convince you of anything... just trying to help you to define the terms "belief" and "God.") This week's shout-out is to Dave "Id" Cohen — the man with the most...

Floor Wax & Bookcases

Rabbi Brian discusses how really simple things are less fulfilling than those things that challenge us... and he challenges you to think that perhaps the complications in your life are self-imposed to make things more exciting... This week I want to make a special...

Unlearning (3/3)

Rabbi Brian talks about the problems we all face when we know too much and needing to unlearn. This is part 2 of a 3 part series. Also... I want to make a special shout out this week to Richard Adams for the AWESOME introduction music that he sent me. If anyone out...

Unlearning (2/3)

Rabbi Brian talks about the problems we all face when we know too much and needing to unlearn. This is part 2 of a 3 part series. (It might have been posted early as I will be at Magic Camp the week of the 18th — and, hello to Deanna.)

Unlearning (1/3).

Rabbi Brian talks about the problems we all face when we know too much and needing to unlearn. This is part 1 of a 3 part series. (Also, I wanted to say congratulations to Wyatt & Jo as well as Eli & Tina who just got married.)

Non Existence

Rabbi Brian discusses a Paul Tillich quote about non existence.

Faith (again)

Rabbi Brian talks AGAIN about faith... (It's a big topic.)

No Self ?

Rabbi Brian talks about the SELF and what makes it up.

3 Types of Prayers

Rabbi Brian talks about the three types of prayer: petition, praise, and presence.

Jonah

Jonah was swallowed by a whale... what a wonderful metaphor.

Bible: This is true!.

Rabbi Brian tells what part of the Bible he knows to be true, definitely true.

The Bible: Non Believers (REDO).

Rabbi Brian (re)explores what it means to not believe the Bible is the word of God. (The first time the podcast was posted had two tracks of me at the same time.)

Bible: Believers.

Rabbi Brian explores what it means to believe the Bible is the word of God.

Believers and Non-Believers.

Rabbi Brian explains that there are two camps when it comes to the Bible: believers and non-believers.

God, Bible, and Laws.

Rabbi Brian explains the relationship between God, the Bible, and the laws in the Bible.

The Bible and Masturbation.

Rabbi Brian explores the Biblical notion of spilling seed... and tells you that according to the Bible it's ok to masturbate.

Three Minutes.

Rabbi Brian talks spontaneously about the exercise of doing three minute podcasts.

Devil.

Rabbi Brian talks about the origins of the devil . . . .

Paradoxicality.

Rabbi Brian give a brief primer on the topic of paradoxicality.

Faith (yes, again).

Rabbi Brian talks about faith (yes, again, but this time it's different).

Placebos.

Rabbi Brian talks about placebos.

What? I got lost!

Rabbi Brian realizes that he has no idea what he's talking about in this one.

Religion Charge.

Rabbi Brian encourages you to take your religious life into your own hands.

Job Description.

Rabbi Brian gives some thought to the notion of "What is my job here on earth?"

Meant to be

Rabbi Brian weighs in that some things are just "fated" or "b'shert".

Spiritual not religious.

Rabbi Brian tells a truth -- the two words spiritual and religious are SYNONYMS!.

What God Wants. (3/3)

Rabbi Brian gives some longer answers as to what it might be that God wants from him.

Things to do.

Rabbi Brian talks about what how all the things you have to do might be a good thing.

Faith.

Faith is having confidence in . . . well, whatever we choose.

Relax and Enjoy.

A story about a little girl interuprting my prayer leads to a confession about God.

Spiritual Escapism.

Some folks try to avoid life through "spiritual escapism." I think that's a pretty crappy plan for living.

Limits.

"The absense of limitations is the enemy of art." -- Orson Wells said that . . . let's discuss.

Non-Existence.

"The most frightening thought we have is the thought of our own non-existence." -- Paul Tillich said that . . . let's discuss.

Safety.

Safety is the lack of apparent fears. Not that there aren't things to be scared of, but that you don't care. Yikes!

Timing . . .

Some things just happen when they are supposed to. Right?

Love the Questions?!

The answer received depends on the question asked. . . Isn't that true?

Character Defects?

I'm not what I think, what I do, or what I have, yet I define myself by all of those. What if I was more spirit than that?

Breathe!

I can't beleive I have a podcast reminding people of something as apparently obvious as BREATHING!

Vacation!

Rabbi Brian discusses vacation -- freeing ourselves from ourselves.

God this!

Rabbi Brian discusses the notion of predicate theology -- that God is a verb, something we must do.

I'm not driving

What if, while you thought you were driving, you really weren't? It's not a comfortable idea to get behind.

Sabbath

Rabbi Brian talks about the importance of taking some time off. Resting. Recharging. Not-doing.

Breathing

It's something we all do all of the time . . . Sure, it might seem silly to listen to someone talk about breathing for 3 minutes, but hey, you're probably going to agree with it all anyway.

Attachment

We are defined by those things we are unwilling to let go of. That's true. And deep. Let's dive in and explore this. . .

Being Seen

There is a very human desire, and surprisingly repulsion, to being seen. Being seen fully. Allowing ourselves to fully see others. And how about God?

Forgiveness

This is one of Rabbi Brian's favorite podcasts.

What if . . . ?

Rabbi Brian asks quite a number of questions which will leave you wondering and possibly a bit calmer.

Surrender

If you are only going to listen to two of these podcasts, this is the second one you should listen to.

God Is Love: Leonard

Rabbi Brian Talks about Leonard M. Knight of Salvation Mountain, CA who flew in a hot air balloon from New England to the middle of the desert spreading the one truth that he knew in his heart: God is love.

God Loves You

Could it be true? What would it change? Does God really love you? Possibly. . .

Religion

(This is Rabbi Brian's first podcast, and still one of the best.)