#504. How To Stop Living An Artificial Life | Karen Armstrong
Most of us come into the world with the suspicion that we are the center of the universe. This self-preoccupation is natural, but it can often lead to unhappiness in the form of rumination, wallowing, comparison, etc.
Our guest today, author Karen Armstrong, has a clear proposal for how we can stop living what she calls “artificial” lives and shave down our inborn self-centeredness. Not for nothing, she believes her proposal has the added benefit of perhaps helping to save the planet.
Armstrong is a former nun who has become one of the world’s leading thinkers on religion (particularly the monotheistic ones). She has written such bestsellers as: A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, The Battle for God, Islam: A Short History, and Buddha. Her latest book is called Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World.
In this episode we talk about:
- Practices you can try for using nature as a way to make yourself happier
- How Armstrong conceives of God at this point in her life
- The benefits of the Confucian practice of “quiet sitting”
- How her time as a nun paradoxically made her more self-preoccupied rather than less
- And her definition of holiness
Photo Credit: Michael Lionstar
- Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World.
- A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
- The Battle for God
- Islam: A Short History
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