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COVID is Us

Listen to Philip reading this piece: Embodied Present · Covid Is Us by Philip Shepherd As the economic engines that propel civilization have reluctantly, suddenly, astonishingly been brought almost to a standstill, we find ourselves at a strange crossroads. This will all end, but when it does how will we …

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On Being

I write and speak about ‘being’ with considerable frequency. Sometimes I refer to “my being”, or to “your being” or just to “being” itself. In all my writing, though, I’ve never directly answered the question, “What is Being?” Martin Heidegger wrote a book that is 610 pages long to address …

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Rediscovering Radical Wholeness

I had a really lively conversation with author and lifestyle coach Howard Jacobson, who deeply understands my work and writes eloquently about it. I thoroughly enjoyed the give and take of our talk, and think you might too. You can give it a listen on the link below. https://plantyourself.com/rediscovering-radical-wholeness-with-philip-shepherd-pyp-326/ Back …

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Quieting the Mind

People talk a lot about needing to “quiet the mind”, and I get it, but I’ve just got a really different take on it. When people talk about “the mind” like that, they are referring to the chattering in the head. To me, ‘mind’ is something else: as I experience …

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The Seed of Populism

As a surge of populism is altering the face of politics around the world, a puzzling irony hangs in the air: populism wins approval and votes from a generally hard-working socio-economic sector that often struggles to make ends meet – yet its leaders, once elected, commonly implement policies that slash …

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Our longing for embodiment

We inherited a view of the body as something without intelligence: as something ‘beneath us’; as a tool for getting things done; as machinery operated by the brain; as a piece of equipment that needs proper maintenance if it’s not to break down. That view still predominates, to be sure, …

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