Mixtape #5 – Don’t Be A Human Doing, Be A Human Being
Produced by Camille Duran / Published by Linnéa Hultén / Senior Editors Eleen Murphy & Camille Duran / Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space.
Transcript from the Episode
Camille Duran: Hi there, you’re listening to Green Exchange, this is our thematic mixtape number five! Our mixtapes are designed for moments of the day where you need to let go and get inspired at the same time. Basically, thirty minutes of music punctuated by quotes, tips and ideas for the change maker that you are, inspiring you to do more, to do better, helping you move faster, helping you grow your influence, your impact. We hope at least…
Today is not about doing more. It’s about doing less. We’re going to chill, we’re going to practice stillness a little bit, we’re going to stay calm, for once. This is quite an agitated podcast channel and we thought we would show the mindful side of Green Exchange, once in a while…
This mixtape is primarily designed for 3 specific situations:
- Situation 1: You’re going for a run in the wild, and although you like to hear the sound of your footsteps, you feel like taking off from the ground and flying away while your brain goes reset. Careful with the landing though, especially of it’s your first time.
- Situation 2: you’re alone at home and you feel like treating yourself with an escape moment – using only legal substances of course. You open a nice bottle of wine, a few snacks maybe, crank up the volume and press that pause button on the left side of your brain. Your life stops for a moment. You’re left with only the sounds and the taste of the wine. Nothing else. Yess.
- Situation 3: Like me, you realise you haven’t practiced stillness in a very very long time. You cancel everything that you’ve planned, go find a quiet place with a view, and sit for as long as you can, without moving – don’t forget to breathe though… enjoy this moment of peace and stillness.
Please do not listen to this mixtape while driving or riding your bike, because you may relax a bit too much and well… the Planet needs you for a little bit longer, please… thanks
This mix is called “Send in the Drones” by machv. And our theme today is “Don’t be a human doing, be a human being”.
Leo Gura: The pace of your life is totally unacceptable. Totally unacceptable. It’s too damn fast, it’s too hectic; you have no time to contmplate, you have no time introspect. You have no time to be aware or conscious. You have no time to strategise. And you have no time for being. Being, as opposed to doing. You’re all wrapped up in doing.
Leo Gura: What needs to happen is that we need to cultivate being instead of doing. This is a cultivation that is kind of an acquired taste at first. Especially in modern society because we’ve just been so connected to doing that you probably haven’t connected to being for years or even decades. Maybe you have to go all the way back to your childhood to really get some juicy memories of the sweetness and satisfaction of being rather than doing.
Jon Kabat Zinn: It does require us to be willing to drop in on ourselves and practice, or exercise if you will, that muscle. Or just cultivating that landscape or terrain of how it feels when you choose to stop and to not do anything; to cultivate what we often call non-doing…to cultivate the domain of being. And since, of course, there’s no separation between the body and life, the landscape of the body and the sensory field of the body is a very important element of what I’m experiencing when I stop.
We’re touched by the world. We’re touched through the eyes, through the ears, through the nose…so it’s not just that we’re touching the world but we’re also receiving the world in some way, through all of our senses and through our thoughts and emotions.
Jon Kabat Zinn: And so it’s very powerful to begin to ask: What am I missing in my life? Or in my moments? How much am I blasting through my moments to get to other better moments – at the end of the day, when I get to go home from work…
And then the other moments are kind of in-between, or just on-the-way-to moments. And part of this perspective on life that we’re calling mindfulness is saying that there are no in-between moments. Your life is unfolding only now in this moment, and no other moment. And if you miss it, you’ve missed the moment of your life. But in all moments, we will see more, we will feel more, we will learn more, we will be much clearer – if we can carry this awareness around with us.
Pico Iver: I found that the best way I could develop more attentive and more appreciative eyes was, oddly, by going nowhere – just by sitting still. And, of course, sitting still is how many of us get what we most crave and need in our accelerated lives: a break. But it was also the only way that I could find to sift through the slideshow of my experience and make sense of the future and the past.
Jon Kabat Zinn: This moment is always fresh, always new. We’ve never been in this moment before. And yet we bring so many ideas and attitudes and desires to every moment that we can’t allow ourselves to see things as if for the first time. Sometimes we’re so expert that our minds are just full of our expertise, but it leaves us without any realm for novelty or new possibilities. In the mind of the expert, they say, there are very few possibilities, but in the beginners mind there are infinite possibilities because we come to it fresh.
Jon Kabat Zinn: Silence has an enormous amount to teach us if we can inhabit the stillness and spaciousness of silent wakefulness. And you don’t have to do anything for this to happen, it’s just part of your genetic inheritance. It’s in your DNA. It’s in all of our DNA to be still. To be. We do call ourselves Human Beings, so there is some kind of major emphasis on “being” in the way we think of ourselves. But, as the cliche goes: we act more like human doings than human beings.
Camille Duran: There are two change makers who came to mind when preparing this mixtape. They are practitioners of meditation and stillness. They are real human beings. They are visionaries and they have contributed to dramatic changes in culture. Yes, they have impacted millions of lives via the music they produced and distributed over the years. You may not know them by their names but they touched you for sure. Somehow. Let’s hear from Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin, founders of Def Jam records. And we’ll leave it there for today because like you, I need to go and practice stillness. Until next time.
Russell Simmons: We all wanna be awake, you can’t get no money in the future or in the past, you have to be present. And thoughtful, and awake and clear, with great brain functionality. That’s what makes you a success. So, the more present we are, the more thoughtful and awake and aware we are, the greater we can perform.
A basketball player is always looking to be in the zone. Being in the zone is that awakened state. The rim is like a swimming pool and you can’t miss. There’s freedom, there’s focus, there’s awareness…there’s consciousness. You can make the ball go in the rim. When there’s noises in the mind, the rim is tiny and you can’t get there. And for those who don’t play basketball: if you’re in a car accident, the world moves slow. The present moment takes over.
Rick Rubin: Let’s listen to the silence…that’s where the balance comes.