Clay Lowe

Episode 113 Pre-Show Conversation

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So today was the first time we’ve ever done a LIVE audio pre-show! And using Periscope no less, which is another first for us. Our intention is to do more live audio streams so we can get you guys involved in the conversation. watch

After an intense dream, I came to this conclusion

If these were your final hours, could you look back on your life and say it was a life well lived?

Appreciative Inquiry – a quick look

Not only have we brought the Havana Cafe Sessions podcast out of hiatus, but we also have a bonus podcast for you called the Havana Cafe Expresso Sessions, which is a series of mini-podcasts that you, the listener, can get directly involved in and be a part of the show via voice messaging. read more!

#112: We were on a break!

This week’s conversation at the Havana Cafe centers around intentionality and our continuing pursuit of happiness.

Hi, it’s Clay and Sarah  — We’re back in action this week at the Havana Cafe drinking coffee and discussing where life has taken us on our quest to find wisdom in the messy realities of life.

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Smart Coffee Mug

I think I’ve been more nice than naughty this year and can, therefore, without hesitation, add this bad boy to my Chrismas list for Santa. We have smart everything else, why not a smart coffee mug that can keep your coffee at your preferred temperature for the duration of your drinking time. keep reading!

Episode 111: How attached are you to your things?

In this episode, we explore the attachment we have to things and how those things sometimes demand too much of us.

Episode 110: Wayfinding our way through life

In this week’s episode, we explore the ancient art of wayfinding with a modern twist.

Episode 109: Individual connections, culture & your life

This week we enjoyed a winding conversation about how individual connections spread cultural norms, and how different cultural groups shape our lives.

Episode 108: What hero’s journey are you on?

This week we take a close look at the hero’s journey and how we can apply it in a practical way to our own life journeys.

Episode 107: The Poetics of Space

This week we wax a bit lyrical about the poetics of space, the possibilities of feng shui, and what it means to ‘hold space’ for oneself and others.
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Episode 106: Consciousness — what is it and does it have to come in human form?

This week we’re continuing our discussion of the films Ex Machina and Her, and adding on insights from the TV series Westworld and Humans, looking more closely at the question of Consciousness & Free Will.

Episode 105: What makes us human?

What makes us human? Is it consciousness? Is it our emotional complexity? Is it merely our physical body? Sometimes the only way to see through our biases in perception is to consider an alternative…an opposite.  This week we are discussing our big question in the context of two great films — Ex Machina & Her.

Episode 104: Rediscovering the Wild

This week Clay and Sarah reach for their cups of coffee and contemplate how and why we might rediscover the wild.

 

Episode 103: Language…instinct, technology or virus?

This week we use Burroughs’s famous quote “language is a virus from outer space” to contemplate language as instinct, technology or virus.

Episode 102: Hedonism – Mastering the Lost Art of Pleasure and Leisure

In this episode, we revisit the original idea of hedonism as ancient Greek philosophy that argued that pleasure and happiness are the primary or most important intrinsic goods and the aim of human life.

 

Episode 101: “Levelling up” in your Life

When the very things that once excited us now feel boring and repetitive…  When we’ve achieved our big goal but now feel as if we are stagnating and wanting more… When we’ve mastered a set of skills and feel a new call to adventure and change… Read More

Episode 100: What’s the Question That Drives You?

Hooray. We’ve made it to episode 100.  For this episode, we reached out to you, our listeners, to find out what their ultimate questions are.

Episode 99: What stands in the way becomes the way

Obstacles, difficulties, things “not going according to plan” are an inevitable part of life. But how we respond to these so-called obstacles is what defines us.

This week Clay and Sarah explore the idea of obstacles as the pathway to growth and new opportunities.

Episode 98: How has cyberspace transformed creativity?

Within the “consensual hallucination of cyberspace” which we call the internet, a creative explosion is taking place.  We have access to an immense range of audio-visual arts, stories, poetry, music…and new combinations of these.  And the internet has also made it possible for us to create art in new ways and then share it with, literally, the WORLD. Read More

Are You Alone? (In The Universe)


Are you alone? To answer this question we have to take a look what “you” are first. What are you made of and where you stand in this universe. Are you your body? Your atoms? And how are your parts connected to the big picture?

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Vinay Gupta On Plausible Utopias

Funny, dark, mindblowing and filled with big, credible ideas, Vinay introduced the idea of Plausible Utopias – possible futures that are both optimistic and radically different. A must watch.

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Do you want to live forever?

“I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it. – Albert Einstein”

I’m not sure I would want to live forever, certainly not if I had to endure the human condition as it is now with our relative morality that rewards those with the most power. keep reading!

So much of our time

I’m of an age to remember when time was not consumed by tiny screens.  But the world has turned and the tiny screen is everything – phone, bank, TV, radio, camera, alarm clock, shop, book, game, calendar, friend, brain. keep reading!

Episode 10: New Recording Studios

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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Episode 9: Modern Interior Design

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

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