Episode #1099 Benjamin Shalva: Spiritual Cross-Training

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Moe and Benjamin Shalva talk about how by cross-training in three simple exercises—silence, stretch, and song—you can strengthen your spiritual muscles and deepen your personal search for meaning.


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Benjamin Shalva

Author, Rabbi, Yoga Instructor View Full Profile

Religion and Spirituality — Can They Co-Exist?

More so than ever today, the line between Religion and Spiritually is blurred, with far too many in this generation opting to echo the sentiments of being “Spiritual but not Religious.”  There are certainly no right or wrong ways to approach this topic, because it’s very personal; still, I ask why the two couldn’t coexist?  

Deepak Chopra is fond of saying that “all Religion was based on a Spiritual experience,” and if that is indeed part of our evolution, it would explain the rise of individuals like Benjamin Shalva.  Ben is Jewish; he’s also a Rabbi; a Yogi; and a singer/songwriter.  It’s what he calls “Spiritual Cross-Training” and as you’ll notice during my conversation with him, it’s a transcendent experience that’s available to each one of us, only when we pause long enough to look for it.  

Here’s what we discuss:

  • What is Spirituality?
  • Defining your Spiritual journey 
  • How to “Be still, and know that I am God”
  • The one way to quiet your mind-chatter 
  • The benefits of pain and how to harness it
  • Balancing compassion and empathy 
  • What to do when you’re struggling to find God?
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