Soul Forge Podcast
64: Dalai Lama’s Rules For Living

64: Dalai Lama’s Rules For Living

August 30, 2018

The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living That Will Help You Get Your Sh*t Together

At the turn of this century, the Dalai Lama issued “18 Rules for Living’. As I share them with you here today I hope that they will inspire you as much as they have me – to stretch yourself, to go within, to strive for more, to be more, to grow more – and as a result always be living into your greatest potential and purpose in life. Basically, these will help you to really get your shit together.

RULE 1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

RULE 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

RULE 3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions

RULE 4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

RULE 5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

RULE 6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

RULE 7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

RULE 8. Spend some time alone every day.

RULE 9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

RULE 10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

RULE 11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

RULE 12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

RULE 13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

RULE 14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

RULE 15. Be gentle with the earth.

RULE 16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

RULE 17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

RULE 18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.


1. What risks are you willing to take in your life right now?

2. How will you be more open to acknowledging and learning from your “mistakes”?

3. Where will you take greater responsibility in your life?

4. When will you spend quality, reflective time alone every day?

5. How will you share the knowledge and wisdom you have?

6. How do you respect for yourself and others?

7. What are the values by which you live your life?


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63: On Writing and Poetry

63: On Writing and Poetry

August 23, 2018

Passion, emotions, cultural longing....just some of the reasons for the creation of art.  During my university years, I needed an outlet so I chose poetry as the vehicle of my creative expression.  This episode explores a few of my poems and reveals the story behind them.

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A brief talk about my dreams of writing greatness, and the dramatic reading of several poems:

  • A Wrestler Professes His Love,
  • Baldness: A Ballad,
  • Eikasia,
  • Love's Resurgence,
  • Still,
  • The Last Prospector,
  • The Logger,
  • The Wedding Band Part 1,
  • The Wedding Band Part 2,
  • Blue Velvet

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62: The Art of Tattoo

62: The Art of Tattoo

August 16, 2018

The art and history of the tattoo.

First, we take a look at the reasons for the tattoo across history, and we briefly explore ancient and modern tattoo techniques.

Society has viewed the tattoo in many ways, from art form to trendy fad, and from taboo to outlaw.

Why do people get inked?

Pure Addiction Studio's $13 tattoo marathon.

Women's bodies and tattoos.

Pain and pleasure of inking.

Shawn's tattoo history.

Tracy's tattoo history.

Future tattoos.

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61: First Time Sex At Age 28

61: First Time Sex At Age 28

August 9, 2018

No longer a virgin, Whit from episode 44 returns to the Soul Forge to share his tale of sex and love, and how he came to lose his virginity.

  • Who is the lucky girl that took Whit's V-card?
  • Tinder Roulette can be a dangerous game,
  • First date awkwardness,
  • The 6 date girlfriend rule,
  • First kiss,
  • Family dynamics,
  • Oral sex and the fear of teeth,
  • Condoms,
  • Positions and the loss of virginity,
  • The speed of the relationship and feelings...

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60: One Year Anniversary Special

60: One Year Anniversary Special

August 2, 2018

The Soul Forge Podcast is celebrating its first full year of operation. Listen in as we discuss everything that has happened these last 12 months.  This ain't no clip show folks!

  • The guests, co-hosts and contributors are acknowledged,
  • The history of the idea and the original concept for the podcast is discussed,
  • Podcast goals: helping people, gaining a global audience, massive downloads, learning new things, etc...
  • A year's worth of changes -- how things were at the beginning versus where things are now.
  • Topics: so many themes and ideas explored and analyzed.

The song at the end is called Chasing You, and was performed by Mugzy who was the guest/interviewee on episode 48

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