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The Souloist Podcast

By Zohara Zofia Rotem

Zohara Zofia Rotem is a Pianist, Educator, Suzuki Talent Education Teacher Trainer, Speaker, Mentor and Soul Purpose Guide™.

The Souloist podcast brings you uplifting conversations about music, soul, education, life and many things in between. Inspired by years of studying music and soul, shamanism and archetypes, education, psychology and spirituality, Zohara shares her unfiltered truths with warmth, humour, authenticity and love.

“When someone shares their Soul with you, it assists you to see your own Soul in a new light”
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#44.Healing, Howling, 'Wholling'

The Souloist PodcastAug 27, 2021

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#69. Suzukicast -But First Comes the Listening

#69. Suzukicast -But First Comes the Listening

Listening is  one of  the most important components in Suzuki Talent Education program.

Even if it seems to be the easiest task, it’s too often neglected.

Why is  listening so important?

And why we neglect it so often?

Are you convinced that listening is important?

Have you created a habit of listening?

How much listening should we do?

How should we  listen?

When should we listen?

Which recording should you listen to?

What device should you use?

Do or don’t we listen enough?

How to make listening a habit?

All of these and more in this episode of “But first comes the listening”.

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* The introduction music is " Prelude and Berceuse", Shinichi Suzuki's favourite composition, performed  by Shinichi Suzuki, Nagoya, 1970.

Jul 03, 202328:21
#68.On Conscious Leadership - with Rupda Ji

#68.On Conscious Leadership - with Rupda Ji

Rupda is a councillor, therapist and corporate coach.

She works with people around the globe in areas of conscious leading, self-leading and self-development. 

Rupda has spent over 45 years dedicated to a conscious path, bringing her knowledge, tools and techniques through the work she offers.

She has captured the hearts of many influential people over the years, such as Tony Robbins, Bill Lipton, Russel Brand and numerous others through her one-of-a-kind  approach. Her sense of presence and sense of humour brings both a lightness and a depth to how she works with individuals, groups and organisations alike.

Rupda's passion is to inspire people to discover their own unique qualities and how to apply them in their personal and professional lives. 

We talked about:

  • Rupda’s  childhood in spiritual communes
  • our need to belong
  • how awareness creates choice
  • our presence that pulls us together
  • work with group dynamics
  • what is leadership
  • being conscious leads to conscious leadership

and more.

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May 28, 202301:08:35
#67. Whispers of Weather
May 16, 202315:43
#66. Pearls and Lemons

#66. Pearls and Lemons

Life gives us lemons, and sometimes life gives us pearls.  

Things in life go in pairs: love and grief, light and dark, gain and loss etc.

It's only  natural that  we prefer the “good” side.

When we go through difficult times, we tend to not show our sadness. We prefer instead to go to our cave.

In the past we used to be surrounded by a tribe that supported us in times like these.

Now we more often find ourselves lonely.

The  cave turns out to be a cage .

How can we help people who go through hardships ,without trying to fix it for them?

We can always offer our PRESENCE.  We can simply be there for them.

In our presence we don’t have to DO anything.

Being present heals us and them at the same time.

( And watch for where you put your telephone when you meet a friend...Hopefully in your bag and not on the table).

Be gentle with offering help ( especially when not asked,) and be generous with offering your presence.


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May 09, 202334:08
#65. Love is not enough...
Mar 24, 202319:60
#64. And then came the crow
Mar 18, 202321:01
#63. Too Many Activities
Jan 17, 202320:19
#62. Time Weaving Together -with Dr Marcus Bussey

#62. Time Weaving Together -with Dr Marcus Bussey

Today I am in conversation with Dr Marcus Bussey.

Marcus is a futurist and educator with a keen interest in intercultural encounters. He has taught widely throughout Australia and currently works as a Senior Lecturer in History and Futures at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. In his work Marcus explores spirituality as a catalyst for richer futures… this leads him into many unexpected places.

Highlights from our conversation:

· What is a futurist

· We cannot free ourselves from the pain of the past.

· The evolution of consciousness through struggle

· Future as optimal engagement on behalf the 7 future generations

· The critical - questioning mind

· How we project ourselves to the world in meaningful ways

· The spiritual trajectory behind all things

· Longing calls us into our lives

· To be authentic we have to know ourselves

· Vision – Dream – Longing

· Time weaving together

· Discipline and love

· Intergenerational process

And more…

 Marcus's website :https://www.futuresevocative.net/

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Jan 06, 202301:23:44
#61. Where Are the Elders
Dec 30, 202209:05
#60. Grief is Universal
Dec 22, 202229:21
#59. Expectations VS Trust
Dec 03, 202205:17
#58. Educating Heart and Soul

#58. Educating Heart and Soul

Changes in the world and life will continue to occur and accelerate.

Since it is difficult to keep up with the pace of change, it might be a good idea to re-evaluate and learn what is important to keep and what we could  let go of.

Meeting children and parents in different countries, re- informed and confirmed for me the important things in life.

How can we get “education changed from mere instruction to education in the real sense of the word.  “(Shinichi Suzuki)

Educating the heart and soul of a child, of all children in the world, through music.

In these changing times, we need to ask ourselves:

- What are the things that are beyond fad?

- What are the values that humanity could not survive without them?

- What is in the core of being human?

Children and adults alike, cannot live without love.

The need to love and be loved is existential.

Children love to learn; this too is an existential need.

In order to survive we need to learn.

All of us feel loved when we are seen and listened to.

How can we give more by doing less.

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Nov 08, 202228:58
#57. It's OK to be sad

#57. It's OK to be sad

All feeling are welcome.  There's a place for all of them.  Some realisations at the end of my trip.  And some things i'm grateful for.  ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If you like this podcast, please subscribe to it, share it with your friends, leave comments and rating in Apple podcast (or wherever you get your podcast) and help us reach to wherever it's needed. Thank you. If you wish to donate please click the PayPal link http://bit.ly/PayPal-Souloist . Thank you for your generosity. Find me on: Face Book , Instagram , YouTube , Linkedin Join my mailing list & visit my site: www.zohararotem.com
Sep 12, 202232:42
#56. TRAVEL and TIME
Jul 14, 202240:21
#55. Important Questions in Life
May 29, 202229:25
#54. Never Too Early to Become an Elder
May 04, 202226:22
#53. Tone Has a Living Soul - with Braxton Neate

#53. Tone Has a Living Soul - with Braxton Neate

Today I'm in conversation with Braxton Neate, a Suzuki Talent Education Cello teacher. 

We speak about:

· Tone and Soul

· Suzuki’s  Vision

· Changing ourselves, changing the world

· The seeds of potential

· How can we  make life force more sustainable

· The Suzuki movement in war time

· How to live with changes

· Environment as nurture and nature.

· What is Nine Star Key School

....and more....

 Links mentioned in this podcast:

* The book Nurtured by Love /Shinichi Suzuki

* Alice Sommer - Everything is a Present (Documentary of 2009) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymwVc162GGA

* 9 star ki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9_Star_K

* Braxton's website https://www.braxtonneate.com

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* The intro music is " Prelude and Berceuse", Shinichi Suzuki's favourite composition,  performed  by Shinichi Suzuki, Nagoya, 1970.

Apr 11, 202201:16:03
#52. Children Do Not Start a War
Feb 27, 202218:49
#51. A Seed is Planted in the Earth

#51. A Seed is Planted in the Earth

"Every child has an unlimited potential", Dr Shinichi Suzuki

So, how do we motivate children to do their work - practice their instrument, do their homework, help in the house etc.

Do we need to motivate them?

Anything we learn needs encouragement and acknowledgement, in order to make us want to repeat it. 

When we want our children to have the desire to do learn, play and practice, we have to reflect on  our role in it. 

Love and desire are necessary  to acquire ability. 

The thirst to learn is innate in every child. We don't need to create it, but we need to make sure we don't harm it. 

How can we allow it to grow and continue to develop?

Self motivation might be the key here. Self motivation comes with self discipline. 

When children become self motivated it transfer to other areas in their life. It becomes a part of their character.

" Man is a son of his environment", Shinichi Suzuki.

If art and  music are in the environment , children will naturally  absorb the love for it. 

When a parent asks, "how can I help my child love doing this", the answer will be, " love it yourself".  

The way you approach the practice will be the way your child approaches the practice. 

Like what you want your child to like. Invest the love, and trust that it will be in the heart of your child. 

One of my favourite quotes:

“A seed is planted in the earth. We don’t see when the germination begins.That is the doing of Mother Nature. We have to wait patiently.We cannot dig up the seed to see wheatear it is really growing; to do so would be to destroy everything. Suddenly a bud appears. What a joy and pleasure to watch it grow! At the same time the root, unseen in the ground, is getting stronger and has the power to produce a big, sturdy tree”. (Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love)

Love and nurture the seed with curiosity and wait to marvel in the flower or tree. 

Don't judge day by day. keep the big picture in your heart. Believe in your child. 

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* The intro music is  " Prelude and Berceuse", Shinichi Suzuki's favourite composition,  performed  by Shinichi Suzuki, Nagoya, 1970.

Feb 10, 202224:17
#50. We Don't Know the Whole Story Yet
Jan 29, 202239:05
#49. Let Soul Speak
Jan 13, 202246:27
#48. Wonder. Hope .Change
Dec 28, 202128:26
 #47. "How are you? "
Oct 31, 202129:39
#46.Living in a Circle -with Moana Pearl

#46.Living in a Circle -with Moana Pearl

Today I’m in conversation with Moana Pearl.

Moana is a culture activist, ritual maker, mother and dreamer of a new paradigm.  She supports women to reclaim and remember their inherent relationship to Earth, spirit and the Sacred Feminine. For decades she has been involved with women's circles, as a facilitator, educator, and participant.

This is how I first met her, many years ago in a women’s retreat.

As a family counsellor, menstrual educator, and community builder her deep connection with the natural world is reflected in a grounded and compassionate approach to life’s challenges.

Moana offers programs for mothers and their adolescent daughters, to welcome young girls into womanhood.

She offers workshops and mentoring  for women's personal development.

Inspired by the connections between psychology, physiology and cultural influences, and the spaces in between, Moana provides a space for nurturance, authenticity, inquiry and compassion.

We talked about listening, sitting in circles , making a different mark on the Earth, changing our neuropathways, the importance of keeping the questions, the call to be initiated, crone-hood, elderhood, community and connection, and so much more.

Moana's Website : https://sacredwisewoman.com.au


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Oct 26, 202101:18:27
#45.Knowing your own darkness
Sep 22, 202125:13
#44.Healing, Howling, 'Wholling'
Aug 27, 202138:05
#43. Are You Afraid? - with Dr Paul Cadzow

#43. Are You Afraid? - with Dr Paul Cadzow

Paul is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and an artist.

He holds a  medical degree and Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists with a Certificate of Advanced Training in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry.

In addition to his medical qualifications, Paul has  Masters of Arts in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), majoring in painting,

Paul  had short stories published and two  painting exhibitions, as well as being a finalist in a number of painting prizes.

Paul is a father of three sons who learnt with me , which is how I got to know him.

We talked about:

· Death ,grief and the journey of mourning.

· Paul ‘s exhibition named ‘Journey into Mourning ‘, based on grief that is passed down through generations.

· How  trying to make sense of things experienced  in childhood, led  him to become a psychiatrist,

· ‘Yugen’ – an aesthetic experience.

· Flow

· The gift of consciousness

· Existentialism

· Suzuki way and  reverence to the learning soul.

· Helping children reveal their gifts

· Choices that define our lives

· The building of character

· Parenting from a state of  fear

......and more...

Paul's webpage: paulcadzow.com

instagram: @paulcadzowart

Mentioned in the conversation:

 1.  Eli, Eli (link to the song)

2.“A Tractate On Japanese Aesthetics”  by Donald Richie (book)

3."In Praise of Shadows” by Junichiro Tanizaki (book)

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Aug 21, 202101:11:49
#42. An Era of Confusion

#42. An Era of Confusion

“Inspired” by  the current  lockdown here...

Reflecting on the frustration I hear  children expressing  about drifting in and out of schooling in lockdowns...

Youth contemplating about their future in today’s world...

My students and children in general are very close to my heart.

I keep thinking – what I could  do to help them move through these uncertain times...

Aware of  the presence of death and grief ...

Elders have an important role with young people...

When children cannot go to school could it be any  blessing in the situation?...

When everyone is confused, could we find the solution within?...

Creating a parallel education system that won’t be crashed when things change?...

This time invites us to be more creative instead of complaining. ...

How could the topic of death be an eye opener...?

Death is not skipping anyone after all....

How can  we look at life through other lenses...?

What is really important? ...

We want children to do what they are good at and what they were born to do and share with the world.

Is school going to teach them how to do  it?...

Music is very important in the life of every human being.

How can we bring more music to the lives of children...?

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” - Viktor frankl.


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Aug 07, 202125:28
#41. The Hidden Power of Words
Jul 30, 202114:43
#40. She - Grief
Jul 21, 202137:54
#39. From Chaos & Frustration to Boundaries & Validation

#39. From Chaos & Frustration to Boundaries & Validation

“I’ve been reflecting on your lecture which I appreciated so much. Thank you. Especially the part about how families /society have changed. It was a relief for me as a young teacher to hear that what happens now is not all about me being a “bad “ teacher. So, I wanted to share with  you this story of a family.

There's a mother  in my studio who's  doing such a fantastic job with her two children. She drives them to lessons, does her best to practice with them while she’s also working full time as a lawyer. I don’t know how she manages...

The truth is that they rarely practice, being either too tired or the kids don’t want to do it. The mother thinks that everything is up to what the child feels like doing, so they rarely listen to her and only to their immediate feelings.

It’s difficult for her to set boundaries and say ‘NO’. It’s always chaos when they enter and lots of frustration

Also, the father is not really  involved. Today I got a message saying that the young child doesn't want to come to group lessons ( he's nearly 5 and has only started recently). I wanted to ask you what you think. I think the youngest feels the mother’s stress and wants unconsciously to protect her through not wanting to play, seeing the stress it brings her. 

I also think he sees that his father is not involved.How can I say this to a mother who desperately wants to give her children the gift of playing an instrument? I don’t want to lose this family but I think the only way is to get the father on track. What do you think? I’d be deeply grateful for any idea or though. Thank you again for being a continuous inspiration.”

This has been the question asked by a teacher.

It could have been asked by any teacher of any subject, about any parent. This is a question often asked .

In my reply I touched a few highlights. Hope you find it beneficial.


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* Intro & outro  music is  " Prelude and Berceuse", Shinichi Suzuki's favourite composition,  performed  by Shinichi Suzuki, Nagoya, 1970.

May 15, 202131:06
#38. Motherhood
May 07, 202117:36
#37. I am enough, We are enough, There is enough - with Veta Goler & Barbara Rapaport

#37. I am enough, We are enough, There is enough - with Veta Goler & Barbara Rapaport

Today I'm in conversation with Veta and Barbara, two of my soul sisters. The three of us are passionate, curious and concerned about the topic of EDUCATION, which is very close to our hearts.  We are talking about: the meaning and purpose of education various ages and stages of education  the art and need of listening & presence  being comfortable  in the unknown the importance of pause radical self - acceptance contemplative practices  the art of asking question mirroring how to know and accept ourselves so we can do it with others We also touched the topic of “I am enough, we are enough, there is enough”                                                                                               And much more...  Veta Goler : www.awarelife.com || vetagoler@gmail.com Barbara Rapaport: www.realtimeperspectives.com || barbara@rtperspectives.com || Link to memoir, Reimagined For donation click the PayPal link http://bit.ly/PayPal-Souloist . Thank you. Find us on: Face Book , Instagram , YouTube , Linkedin Join my mailing list & visit my site: www.zohararotem.com
Apr 29, 202101:20:34
#36.Transformation - Planting seeds for the future

#36.Transformation - Planting seeds for the future

In these fast changing times we reflect on the role of educators and adults in the future of the world. 

The enormity of the  changes that are going in our world now,  are calling to see a big picture. 

Extreme measures call to extreme actions. We can't wait for the "big" people, the ones that "have power", to create the change for us. 

Each and one of us has a role in this transformation. We are all called to participate in the change. To work together. No task is too small here. We cannot wait. The time is now. 

“I want, if I can, to get education changed from mere instruction- to education in the real sense of the word; Education that inculcates, brings out, develops the human potential, based on the growing life of the child. That is why I am devoting my efforts to furthering Talent Education: what a child becomes depends entirely on how he is educated. My prayer is that all children on this globe may become fine human beings, happy people of superior ability, and I am devoting all my energies to making this come about, for I am convinced that all children are born with this potential”.

-Dr Shinichi Suzuki

Reflecting  on Suzuki's words,  I invite you to do a self- inquiry to find  what your gift is. 

This is a call for parents, educators, grandparents, guardians - the whole village: what could we  do for a child? How could we recognise the gift of every child ? How could we nurture the gift in every child? How can we bring them up to share the gift they were born with to share with the world.

This is how we plant seeds for the future of the world. The time is NOW. 

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Apr 21, 202116:23
#35. Good, Bad and Change
Apr 15, 202124:34
#34. Art, Soul, Life - with Ewa Henner

#34. Art, Soul, Life - with Ewa Henner

Today I’m in conversation with  my dearest friend  Ewa Henner. Ewa is an artist, medical doctor, psychotherapist, Qigong teacher, among many things she studied. She is a Wise Woman who embodies the traits of a shaman in her approach to life. We've been friends for nearly 30 years, weaving our lives from the depth of our souls. In this conversation we talked about : The drama of life and the artist capacity to be with all of it The role of the artist as a mystic Developing capacity to endure the difficult and celebrate the beauty, and embrace it all. The dance of Eros and Thanatos, the opposing forces of life and death The  role of women and mothers in society Parenting as the most important  role in society Body symptoms and the connection to psyche and emotions The role of elders in society Self -love as a healing medicine The signs that soul gives us throughout our lives and more. Ewa's website : https://ewahenner.com.au Click the PayPal link http://bit.ly/PayPal-Souloist for any offering your heart calls you to do.  Thank you Find us on: Face Book , Instagram , YouTube , Linkedin Join my mailing list & visit my site: www.zohararotem.com
Apr 06, 202101:17:30
#33. Joy & Motivation
Mar 31, 202124:08
#32. When things go 'wrong'

#32. When things go 'wrong'

Life is experienced in beats. Each beat has its Taste...Essence...Story.

And there’s a gap between the beats.

We plan. We expect. We dream. We wish. We prepare.

But things don’t always turn up the way we wanted.

How can we live in the gap between what we thought should happen and what it turned out to be.

What can we do when things go “wrong”?

· We could blame the other / others

· We could blame ourselves

· We could justify

And the cycle of blame <> self-blame <> justify goes on and on.

· We could break free of the situation

The way I learnt from wise people on my path is REFLECTION. So, let's reflect together. 

If we go the same way every day, we get to the same place...

We can choose to road less travelled. There’s not  much noise or traffic there.

We can walk there gently... one step at a time...one beat at a time...

Inner work is always available to us, if we are willing...if we are listening.

Tools like journal writing, going to nature, dance, play, go for a walk, are invitations to choose the ‘third way’.

And there we meet Grace...Serenity...Sweetness of Recognition and Acceptance.

When we accept the paradox in life ,things start to shift for us.

Living in the paradox allows opposites to exist in our lives.

The music of our soul always invites us to play its music... to dance its dance.

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Mar 22, 202134:31
#31. Gravity, Love , Life, Gratitude & Music - with Koen Rens

#31. Gravity, Love , Life, Gratitude & Music - with Koen Rens

Today we are doing something new. instead of a solo (or 'soulo')  conversation, where I have my conversations with you, we are having a conversation with a guest and with you. As the Souloist podcast is conversations about music, soul, education, life and many things in between, my guests will come from all these walks of life, and I hope that there will be something juicy and inspiring for everyone who listens to the podcast. My first guest today is Koen Rens. Koen was amongst the first Suzuki students in Belgium, Europe studying violin. In Koen’s words: “I usually introduce myself as a Suzuki child, who turned out a Suzuki teacher. I love music, I love learning and I love people. Being a Suzuki Teacher allows me to combine those” Koen studied In Brussels and Liege. He is on the faculty of the Antwerp Conservatoire, where he teaches a Postgraduate in Suzuki violin Pedagogy. Koen has been invited to teach and perform in most continents around the worlds. Dr Suzuki’s philosophy of life is a continuous inspiration for him and he's Grateful for the opportunities life brings him. In my eyes Koen embodies the love, wisdom, playfulness, modesty and nobility that great teachers possess. I've met Koen in one of the International (or National) conventions, where we've both been invited to teach. We started talking and immediately we became fully engaged in hearted - soulful discussion about music, education and the future of the world. Recently Koen has joined us in a CIRCLE of Elders that I did online. Here again, he inspired us with his views of life and the world. It gives me a great pleasure to invite Koen to “play” with me in this podcast.  And I invite you to join us in this conversation about the connection, gratitude, gravity, love, laugh, music and life. Click the PayPal link http://bit.ly/PayPal-Souloist for any offering your heart calls you to do.  Thank you Find us on: Face Book , Instagram , YouTube , Linkedin Join my mailing list & visit my site: www.zohararotem.com * The intro music  is " Prelude and Berceuse", Shinichi Suzuki's favourite composition,  performed  by Shinichi Suzuki, Nagoya, 1970.
Mar 15, 202101:12:27
#30. Experiments in Beauty
Mar 07, 202130:36
#29. SuzukiCast, Back to the Groove, week 4 - On TIME

#29. SuzukiCast, Back to the Groove, week 4 - On TIME

By now we've established : 1. pleasant practice (episode 23). 2. Turning up (episode 25) and 3. Practice content (episode 27). 

This week we  talk about  time - this rare commodity in today's world. 

We want to help our children develop the skill of playing the instrument. 

"The development of ability cannot be accomplished by mere thinking or theorising, but must be accompanied by action and practice ." (Shinichi Suzuki). 

Time is connected to routine. Practice routine is the skeleton of practice. As "Student’s ability grows at home" (Suzuki), you don’t want to wait for the lesson to improve your child’s ability.

This episode talks about WHEN to practice and HOW LONG to practice. 

And finally in Suzuki words: " If one child practices 15 minutes a day, and another child practices three hours a day, it takes the second child THREE MONTHS to accomplish what the first accomplishes is NINE YEARS! Most people would say:  The second child was more talented that the first. This of course is not true; he/she has simply practiced more." 

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* The music is  " Prelude and Berceuse", Shinichi Suzuki's favourite composition,  performed  by Shinichi Suzuki, Nagoya, 1970.

Feb 21, 202121:48
#28. Love is in the Air
Feb 14, 202113:33
#27. SuzukiCast- Back to the Groove, Week 3- Practice what?
Feb 11, 202114:54
#26.Language - Environment - Soul (Takes 2)

#26.Language - Environment - Soul (Takes 2)

Language and environment are connected.Language is embedded in the world we live in.And the world we live in is embedded in the language we speak.Language welcomes the new born. And it starts before birth. The language is there, surrounding us.

The child doesn't need to be taught. He just LEARNS it. The teaching IS in the environment.

As I was preparing this episode I was sitting outside with the birds. I couldn’t help but think that if I was surrounded by this sound when I was born.. I would probably speak bird language now...

We can use the word SPEAK as a metaphor here too. 

If the language is gentleness - the child will speak gentleness

If the environment is restlessness –children will speak restlessness.

If the language is  violence - child will speak /express violence.

If there’s love for books,  It will show on the child.

Love of music- will become the child’s love of music

Love and appreciation of the arts... will become love and appreciation of children to the arts.

So put in the environment what you want for your child. This topic in not exclusively for children; it applies for all.

When you live among people who have an awareness for well being you’ll develop it too.

If You want to be happy and content, you will try to spend more time around happy people

And then there's the internal environment. The way you speak to yourself. The time you spend doing things you like and enjoy. 

Let's touch soul ( take 2).  Nature and Music as a great effect on our well being. 

Pandemic has allowed or pushed many of us to deeper observation and inquiry. 

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Feb 08, 202125:20
#25.SuzukiCast-Back to the Groove, week 2 - Turning Up
Feb 04, 202111:24
#24. Let's Talk about Soul - Take 1

#24. Let's Talk about Soul - Take 1

  • What if you like doing many things and you find it difficult to "manage your time" between them?
  • Do you need to make a priority list?

Reflecting on the topic:

If life is a canvas, I could be the artist.

If life is blank page with music clefs , I could be the composer. 

If the score has already been written, I could be the pianist. 

If life is a clay, I could be the potter. 

If my pottery is broken I could glue them together, like in the art of Kentsugi, or throw it away...

What is your 'Life List' and your 'soul list'?

So, let's talk about soul. 

Let's  define what soul is. 

I'm discussing with two of my soul friends, Barbara and Veta,  on the way they

 see, feel or define 'SOUL'.

I see soul as the essence that was there before I was born and will continue to be after I die. 

Every one is born with a gift, a spark, a gem that is unique to us. 

Discovering the gift is the process of creating  relationships  with your soul. 

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Quotes from :

Dr Shinichi Suzuki, Buckmister Fuller and Parker J. Palmer.

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Feb 03, 202124:15
#23. SuzukiCast - Back to the Groove - Week 1 - Practice Pleasant
Jan 28, 202120:39
 Special episode - (The Soul of Elderhood - Hebrew translation) - נפש הזיקנה

Special episode - (The Soul of Elderhood - Hebrew translation) - נפש הזיקנה

?מאיפה הגיע הרעיון הזה

... הוא בא מאותו מקום שמגיעים ממנו תינוקות... ורעיונות

מה זה אומר? זה אומר שמהיום תוכלו למצוא חלק מהפרקים - גם בעברית

שאלתם.... ביקשתם...ושמחה לספק

בחרתי להתחיל עם נושא שבוער היום כתמיד (וקצת יותר)... נושא הזיקנה... ובבקשה אל תגידו לי לא לקרוא לו בשמו

.כי אני דוקא רוצה לקרוא לילד ( חחח )הזקן בשמו

למטה תמצאו פרטים ולינקים לרשימת התפוצה אליה אתם מוזמנים להצטרף, כדי שאוכל ליידע אתכם באירועים הממשמשים

In the last month of 2020 we gathered around in circles ( online) to send off 2020 .

These were circles of women, elders, teachers and parents.

In this episode i'm sharing with you about the Soul of Elderhood.

You don't become an elder by being old. You become an elder by acquiring wisdom & depth.

The dance of life goes on from birth to death.

Sadly, in our culture many old people dread getting old. They do everything possible to stay young, or to look young.

Elderhood could be the time to shed  the expectations  that your tribe, family or society have planted in you.

Becoming an elder could mean setting yourself free to be who you are or who you've  always wanted to be.

Accepting old age comes with GRACE and NOBILITY.

Weaving a new world requires the elders to step into their elderhood.

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Jan 26, 202134:04
#22. The Crone and Corona

#22. The Crone and Corona

Two themes appear in this episode. 

One is a myth about a "witch"  and the other a reflection about Corona times. 

They are bound by a name - the  crown. 

"One day, when I was a child, stories began to circulate about a witch that lived in an old, dilapidated hut."

At the beginning of this episode I'm sharing the myth,  the realness, the essence, the fear and  the role they  played in our collective  early age consciousness.

The Crone, the Wise Old Woman, The Hag, The Witch  became distorted as history and patriarchal society took hold. 

Today marks one year since the first case of Corona has appeared in Australia

  • Do you remember what you thought about it then?
  • Do you remember what you felt?
  • Do you remember the plans you had when you realised it might stay for a while?
  • And now, after a year, do you have the courage to look at this list and see if you’ve done any of them?

We could look at the mystery behind the plans that's hiding in the mud of creation. 

Looking at this time as time of germination. 

"A seed is planted in the earth. We don't see when the germination  begins.
That is the doing of Mother Nature; . . . We have to wait patiently.  We cannot dig up the seed to see whether it is really growing; to do so, would be to destroy everything. 

Suddenly a bud appears.  What a joy and pleasure to watch it grow!  At the same time the root, unseen in the ground, is getting stronger and has the power to produce a big, sturdy tree."     Dr Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love, p. 45

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Jan 25, 202121:27
#21. SuzukiCast - Stop - Prepare -Go
Jan 20, 202109:26