Close to the Bone

Carl T. Vreeland

This is a podcast about uncovering the uncomfortable truth as a means to experience more joy, peace, and happiness. I was a depressed, cynical, angry, and unforgiving person. Through the guidance of others, I overcame a miserable existence. It is my hope to help others find a path out of the darkness and into the light.

Close to the Bone (Trailer)
Trailer 2 min 16 sec

All Episodes

In this episode, we view science, religion, spirituality, and God, in relation to the human condition.

Oct 24

12 min 44 sec

In this episode, we look at our greatest fears. Can we change our view of these fears? Can we overcome them? We explore these questions and more.

Sep 26

14 min 10 sec

In this episode we look at some of the causes of anger. Many of us have difficulty appropriately curbing or suppressing our anger. Insights and tools are offered to help understand and overcome our unseemly and destructive behaviors.

Sep 22

13 min 50 sec

In this episode, we look more closely at the New Age phrase, "You are loved." What does it mean exactly? And how helpful is it?

Aug 1

8 min 42 sec

In this episode, we define satire, sarcasm, comedy, wit, and teasing. From ancient Greece to TV and Twitter, we look at their uses and misuses.

Jul 11

15 min 22 sec

In this episode, we look at how secrets can burden us with shame and guilt, and prevent us from experiencing good relations, inner peace, joy, and happiness.

Jun 27

9 min 1 sec

In this episode, we dissect the popular 60's song. Is its message still relevant? And if so, what can we learn from it?

Jun 19

7 min 4 sec

In this episode, we view depression from two different standpoints. We also look at alcoholism, drug addiction, trauma, mental illness, and suicide.

May 31

11 min 20 sec

In this episode, we look at priorities, parenting, playing God, and love.

May 16

8 min 59 sec

In this episode, we meditate.

May 1

7 min 26 sec

Are you nostalgic and sentimental? And does it matter? In this episode, we take a closer look at our proclivity to plunge into the past and reminisce about our bygone days.

Apr 17

21 min 52 sec

In this episode, we look at authority and power. Are our views and feelings about authority serving us well? And can we change them?

Apr 1

12 min 44 sec

In this episode, we look at the seemingly empowering attitude of not giving a f*ck. Is this suggestion of "not caring" liberating or misguiding? Is it serving us well?

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Mar 15

7 min 52 sec

In this episode, we look at the world of big business, big money, big egos, dishonesty and deceit. We explore honesty and it's relationship to sobriety, sanity, and serenity. 

Feb 28

11 min 38 sec

In this episode, we look at the concept of truth. What is it? What's so important about it? And why do we seek it? We explore this idea and how it relates to religion, God, and our personal lives.

Feb 19

11 min 43 sec

Hate breeds hate, whether our hate for someone or something is justified or not, hate is hate is hate. And where there is hate, there is fear and anger. In this episode, we look at hate from an objective, honest, spiritual perspective.

Jan 31

15 min 52 sec

In this episode, we look at our tribal instincts and how they relate to fundamentalism and fanaticism in religion and politics. Is the excess baggage of our evolution responsible for much of the conflict we are witnessing in today's chaotic world?

Jan 14

14 min 48 sec

What does Yoga, the Divine, and the fictional character, Ebenezer Scrooge have in common? The answer to this question and more is explored in this episode.

Dec 2020

7 min 26 sec

How important is our relationship with the breath? What affect does it have on our state of being? In this episode, we explore these questions and more.

Dec 2020

7 min 24 sec

Why do we fall back on our old ways so easily, especially when we're with family or old friends? In this episode, we look at self-control, self-restraint, and spiritual growth, and try to answer this question and more.

Nov 2020

6 min 18 sec

In this episode, we look at the unpredictability of life. How important is our perspective of random events? And do we have a choice in how we respond to them?

Nov 2020

6 min 38 sec

In this episode, we go to the Buddha for guidance. Why does the mind wander so often? How can we live more in the moment? And why is it important that we do so? These are questions and more that are explored.

Oct 2020

8 min

In this episode, we talk about alcoholism and the alcoholic mind. What are the symptoms? What are the underlying causes? What are the consequences? These are some of the questions we explore.

Oct 2020

9 min 57 sec

In this episode, we look at psychotherapy and self-analysis. Can talk-therapy turn counter-productive? Can self-analysis prevent us from enjoying life? We explore this and more.

Sep 2020

8 min

Why is it so difficult to change? In this episode, we explore this phenomenon. Change is a slow process that takes great effort and discipline. There are techniques and tools that can help us tap into a power and wisdom within, which is necessary to create change. 

Sep 2020

9 min 36 sec

In this episode, I talk about my drinking days. Alcohol was my medicine, my spirituality, my best friend; until it wasn't any longer. Overtime, I couldn't control my drinking nor stop it. I was unable to resist its magical properties. That is, until I asked for help.

Aug 2020

8 min 42 sec

In this episode, we look at the "good vibes only" stance. Is it really all about "love and light?" Social media, algorithms, uncomfortable conversations, emotional triggers, escapism, tribalism, and violence are some of the topics covered.

Jul 2020

9 min 44 sec

In this episode, we look at the two major political parties in America through a spiritual lens. Tribalism, anger, aggression, and violence are among the topics covered. During this time of civil unrest; compassion, understanding, and tolerance are suggested as a way to find unity and healing as a nation.

Jul 2020

9 min 58 sec

In this episode, we get honest about whether our so-called "conversations" are truly dialogues or not. Are we really listening? We look at our strong desires to righteously speak out and the intentions behind them. We also examine what role the media plays in how we experience fear and anger and how we view the COVID-19 crisis and civil unrest happening in America.

Jun 2020

11 min 3 sec

The Covid-19 crisis and the current civil unrest in America are not going away anytime soon. Many questions are being raised, opinions being expressed, and solutions being offered. In this episode, we go to meditation for calm, strength, insight, and guidance.

Jun 2020

9 min 10 sec

In this episode we look at ways to keep fear, anxiety, and anger at bay. There are simple strategies to help us handle stressful and difficult situations better. All it takes is practice. In closing, a brief meditation is offered.

May 2020

14 min 20 sec

In this episode, we look at an atheist's perspective on illness and death. Could this point of view benefit the believer? Could it change our experience of fear, anger, and blame, and help us cope with the coronavirus crisis better? We explore these questions and what role both responsibility and accountability play in it all.

May 2020

12 min 38 sec

In this episode, we look at the many coping tools being offered to us during this current pandemic. The coronavirus has altered life as we know it, are coping skills enough to aid us and comfort us? Could reshaping our view of life and the world help us find ease?

Apr 2020

15 min 14 sec

In this episode, we look at the coronavirus and the fear and anxiety surrounding it. We explore alternative viewpoints and mindful techniques that can help us understand this virus and ourselves better, and ease our worry during these uncertain times.

Apr 2020

13 min 34 sec

This is the trailer to a podcast about Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, secularism, and the neurosciences, with the intention of discovering ways to suffer-less and experience more joy, peace, and happiness. I was a depressed, cynical, angry, and resentful man. Through the guidance of others I overcame a miserable existence. It is my hope to help others find a path out of the darkness and into the light.

Mar 2020

2 min 16 sec