This week we talk to Roland Merullo about focusing on our internal life
Merullo’s nonfiction writing includes Revere Beach Elegy, a memoir that won the 2000 Massachusetts Book Award for Non-Fiction, and the travel book The Italian Summer, His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Readers
At various points in his life, he has worked in a parking garage, worked for the United States Information Agency in the former Soviet Union, served in the Peace Corps in Micronesia, worked as a carpenter, and taught creative writing and literature at Bennington and Amherst Colleges.
In This Interview Roland and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable.
- Choosing our own thoughts.
- How all that we are is a result of our thoughts.
- Using humor to convey deeper subjects.
- His definition of spirituality
- Focusing on our interior life.
- The relationship between thought, emotion and behavior.
- Learning to see our conditioned thoughts.
- How we never catch up to God or the Divine Intelligence.
- Learning to be less materialistic- focusing on the things we can’t touch or define.
- Is the human race evolving?
- Not knowing the answer to the big questions.
- His meditation practice.
- How meditation has helped him with depression.
- How he uses his writing as a vehicle of hope.
- Choosing the positive instead of the negative.
- Not passing our pain on to others.
- Worshipping false gods.
- The spiritual ideas in the Breakfast with Buddha and Lunch with Buddha books.
- How often spiritual leaders laugh.
- Did Jesus and Buddha laugh often?