Dale Davidson, founder of the Ancient Wisdom Project, reflects on lessons he's learned from experimenting with ancient philosophies and religions and how they apply to parenting.
In this conversation we cover:
The gap before you introduce your newborn baby to the world
Car seat judo
The ancient wisdom project
Sets of 30 day challenges adopting one practice from a philosophy or religion with the hope of cultivating growth
Some types of knowledge are only gainable by doing it
Praying 5 times a day
Daniel Kahneman’s System 1 and System 2
Religions that seem inaccessible
Western cultures more about elevating the ego whereas
Richard C Schwartz
Ego is the Enemy
The individualism of Stoicism
Judaism Shabbat (Sabbath)
Separating the profane from the sacred
The discernment process for making big decisions in your life
Paying deep attention to your gut feelings
Religions existing to remind you that you’re not a god
Becoming a parent reminds you that you don’t live for yourself
Becoming a parent is an act of ‘unselfishing’
Holding space for the child
Things you can control and things you can’t control
Observing your own mind reacting to different situations
The Taoist concept of not forcing anything
We are given these roles to play in this life
Our job is to play this role the best we can and not stay connected to the previous role.
You have to change the way you act if you are handed new script
Even in the most difficult of times your job is to just be there
What is the role I’m called on to play right now?
Playing the shot in front of you
The pinnacle of living
Sacred moments punctuated by profane moments
You’re not going to know what it’s really like until you do it.
I hope you enjoy listening.
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