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David Goff and Alexandra Hart

Growing An Elder Community with David Goff, Ph.D. and Alexandra Hart

Free Listening Through April 28, 2015: Community is humanity’s natural social habitat. Now more than ever we suffer from the loss of connection and belonging that community provides. Sitting in circle with a community of elders provides an enormous opportunity to explore, out loud, the process of aging. Many participants express a surprising freedom to […]

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Rebecca Solnit

Weaving The Fabric Of The World With Our Stories with Rebecca Solnit

Free Listening Through April 21, 2015: Rebecca Solnit discusses how all of us are connected to one another as though we are threads woven into the fabric of the world. Storytelling is an important part of creating this fabric. Every story is a thread that weaves itself into the universal fabric. Solnit points out that […]

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don Miguel Ruiz

The World Is Inside with don Miguel Ruiz

“Many masters have said that every mind is a world, and it’s true. The world we think we see outside of us is actually inside of us. It is just images in our imagination. It’s a dream.  We’re dreaming constantly, and this has been known for centuries, not only in Mexico by the Toltec, but […]

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lifeline

A Lifeline of Support

This month we’ll be hearing from Linda Graham author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being. She reminds us that “resources generate the strength, energy, steadiness, and balance we need for adaptive coping.” Resources are the safety net of resilience and we all know that seeking support brings surprising and much […]

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Eric-Maisel

Discovering Your Creative Fire with Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

As a creativity coach, Dr. Maisel talks about the lineage of our creativity. There is a point in our lives when we fall in love with something – a book, a painting, a piece of music, a film – and we long to be part of the lineage of that creation. This longing emboldens us […]

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Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon

OPA!: A Celebration Of The Search For Meaning with Alex Pattakos, Ph.D. & Elaine Dundon

This husband and wife team teaches us that the age-old search for the meaning of life can be lightened up using an age-old expression. They’ve found that using the ancient Greek celebratory word “OPA!” makes it easy to apply their principles to everyday life: connecting with others, finding purpose, and maintaining an embracing attitude can […]

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Guy Finley

Letting Go Of Resistance: A Constant Rebirth with Guy Finley

Finley tells us that on a day to day basis our lives are a kind of “constant hopping from one identity to another.” He describes this as the location from which we are operating. He suggests we ask ourselves the question: Are we choosing the location of fear and anxiety, which supports knee-jerk reactions, or one of mindfulness and […]

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man paying attention

Attention: Use It or Lose It

Spiritual teacher Guy Finley makes a provocative observation in his book The Secret of Your Immortal Self. He points out that the only things that are truly ours to use are: attention and time. I turned this remark over in my mind, asking myself, “Is this true?” As I scanned my life I pondered the […]

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Susan Moon

Aging With Grace And Humor with Susan Moon

Travel with Susan Moon to get an inside view on the perils and joys of aging. With humor and deep insight, she encourages us to move forward in our aging with courage and hope. There are many lessons along the way. She says much of it is “learning how to ask for help, learning how to […]

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Diane Hennacy Powell

ESP, Autistic Children, Remote Viewing, Telepathy, And More with Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D.

Dr. Powell describes how her curiosity about human consciousness led her to study the extent of human extrasensory abilities. Her research drove her to focus largely on autism, savant syndrome and abnormal brain function, among other things, to support the existence of extrasensory phenomena such as telepathy, remote viewing, and ESP. As a psychiatrist, she […]

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George Lakoff

Strict Father And Nurturant Parenting Styles: Metaphors For Political Ideologies with George Lakoff, Ph.D.

George Lakoff compares two opposing political ideologies with two distinct parenting styles. He explains that the strict disciplinarian parent parallels conservative ideology, and the nurturant empathetic parent parallels progressive ideology. Lakoff identifies the strengths and weaknesses in these two communication systems and the framing of their messages. Lakoff’s research has determined that framing matters because it unconsciously rules perception. […]

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Linda Carroll

Learning To Love Well – Thoughts On A Long-Lasting Relationship with Linda Carroll

Linda Carroll shares her professional and personal insights into the reality of maintaining a lasting, loving relationship. She describes the stages of relationships, each with distinct characteristics and accompanying lessons. There’s an evolution happening within each relationship that forces us to make important decisions about ourselves and the trajectory of our personal growth. Carroll reminds […]

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Howard Thurman

What Makes You Come Alive?

Howard Thurman (1899-1981), the great thinker, educator, and peace-activist, often taught that attitude contributes to the wellbeing of our world and our self. In one of his most famous quotes he says: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world […]

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Sunny Schwartz

Restorative Justice That Works with Sunny Schwartz

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about getting tough on crime. You could say it’s working—in 2007 we had ten million Americans in prison or on probation. But is that really what we’re after? Attorney Sunny Schwartz says, “That ‘tough on crime’ stuff is such a fallacy, and it’s been hijacked. It’s […]

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Roger Housden

Faith Without Religion: Bowing To The Mystery Of Life with Roger Housden

  Roger Housden shares with us that keeping faith does not require a religious code or practice “Faith is a wholehearted bodily knowing,” he says. Faith is an aliveness that doesn’t have an explanation. The purpose of life is revealed gradually. When answers are unavailable, faith holds us in place while we wait for them. Simply by […]

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Jay Shafer

The Tiny House Movement – Living Small with Jay Shafer

Houses in the U.S. average between 1500 to 2300 square feet, but this may be slowly shifting thanks to the Tiny House Movement happening worldwide. Usually, a tiny house measures between 100 to 350 square feet. However, designer Jay Schafer is quite liberal in his definition of what qualifies as a tiny house, declining to […]

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Alexander Shaia

The Gospels Of Jesus: A Map Of Transformation with Alexander Shaia, Ph.D.

From the four seasons of nature to the four noble truths, in major religions, the various schools of psychology, and the world around us, we see the number four as integral to life and its cycles. Alexander Shaia sees the same cyclical pattern in the four Gospels, four distinct tenets of spiritual practice which lead us […]

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J. Ruth Gendler

The Essential Human Essences Of Creativity, Imagination And Beauty with J. Ruth Gendler

At a very young age, Ruth Gendler became enamored with elements of creativity like words, colors and beauty. After years of writing, painting and teaching, she has come to know herself as an “Anthropologist of the Imagination.” She offers insight into some qualities that are our steadfast companions, such as joy, love of beauty, curiosity, and courtesy. […]

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Highway 101

The Seeker Highway

Some people can tell the history of their lives as a single story that unfolds like a highway that is well marked and is never encumbered with “under construction” detours. Others might say their path was littered with lots of surprises and choices, interruptions and disappointments, and arrivals at some unanticipated places. My life has […]

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Claude Poncelot

Exploring The Intersection Between Science And Shamanism with Claude Poncelet, Ph.D.

Poncelet is a practitioner of both physics and shamanism. He does not see a divide between these disciplines. It’s his experience that there is a spiritual dimension to reality and it is not inconsistent with the scientific view of reality. He explains that both traditions are looking at the same reality but through different windows. […]

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James Norwood Pratt

The Windless Calm Of Tea with James Norwood Pratt

Tea is a miracle of vegetation that not only benefits our health but enhances our mood. It is understood to be liquid sunshine, a beverage distilled from the energy of the sun and has been part of human culture for 6000 years. Tea can mellow us out or energize and exhilarate us, and many Americans […]

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Brenda Peterson

The Healing Power Of Writing Your Memoir with Brenda Peterson

Writing a memoir is not just for established writers and celebrities, as we might expect. Memoir writing can be a way of leaving a legacy for generations and imparting wisdom from real life experiences. It can also be a tool for gaining a better understanding of one’s self. Brenda Peterson teaches that writing a memoir […]

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Justine Willis Toms

Four Keys For Thriving In Chaotic Times with Justine Willis Toms

Consciousness is changing for the better. Along with this leap in consciousness there is some amount of chaos. Toms presents four keys to finding and maintaining our true compass, our true direction in the midst of this great turning. She compares this time to that of a caterpillar inside the cocoon where it liquefies as […]

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Down in a hole

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk

At my recommendation, some friends accompanied me to hear one of my favorite musical groups at a small local club. Rising Appalachia is a sister group from New Orleans. The last time I saw them was at a small gathering in someone’s living room. Pleased as punch to be able to share this group with […]

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Alan Briskin

Wisdom for a Global Tribe with Alan Briskin

In an uprising of collective wisdom in 2008, the American electorate upended the political paradigm to elect a President who stood for hope, change, and the ideals of a progressive agenda. Is there a way to identify the principles which allowed that process to unfold, and apply them to further the social change inherent in […]

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Celeste Yacoboni

Prayer: The Natural Motion Of The Soul with Celeste Yacoboni

Prayer is our most universal and yet also individual way of communicating with the divine and connecting with the infinite dimensions of our being. We each have our own way of prayer and praise, of speaking to the sacred mystery. Some of us feel a very personal relationship with God and others feel God as […]

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Michael Meade

Genius: The Divine Mission of the Soul with Michael Meade

True genius isn’t necessarily a high IQ score or prodigy, although it often manifests as such. It’s the spirit within each of us. Meade explains that “the genius is a unique spirit in a person; it’s the part of them that makes them unique and it’s tied to their destiny, or the destination of their soul…” He […]

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Fr. Matthew Fox

The Brilliance Of Meister Eckhart, A Visionary For Our Times with Matthew Fox, Ph.D.

Meister Eckhart was a 13th and 14th century preacher and mystic, yet like the poet Rumi he remains relevant today. In his day, he challenged the vested power interest of patriarchy as well as of economic privilege, and he paid the price for it with a Papal condemnation. Meister Eckhart’s entire effort could be seen as healing […]

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Alice & Richard Matzkin

The Tender Beauty Of Aging with Alice and Richard Matzkin

Alice and Richard Matzkin are aging lovers. She’s seventy, he’s sixty-six. They’re also artists whose work truly is an expression of their lives. Most recently they’ve been applying their gifts to express the beauty—yes, the beauty—of aging, and they do it with the tenderness they’ve learned in their twenty-seven years of loving each other. Through […]

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Michael Gelb

Igniting And Sustaining Your Genius with Michael Gelb, Ph.D.

How can we keep that sparkle and lively energy that we enjoyed as a child? Gelb suggests it can be done by raising our qi or vital energy. He has some simple practices that can immediately turn our low energy into exuberance. He says, “Some people had that energy when they were younger but the pilot […]

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Joan Borysenko

Surviving And Thriving When Times Are Tough with Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

We live in challenging times. Beyond life’s typical ups and downs, there seems to be an overabundance of obstacles each of us must overcome. At times the stress feels overwhelming, and we struggle to find the balance we desperately need to get through it all. In this conversation with beloved teacher and healer Joan Borysenko, […]

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Gary Kamiya

Discovering The Place Where You Live with Gary Kamiya

Free Listening Through October 28, 2014: Kamiya drove a cab for 7 years in San Francisco. But he says to truly know your town you must do some “systematic flitting.” He describes this as walking around and “letting the city come to you as you maintain a sense of discovery and wonderment…Then you are motivated to start doing […]

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Curious bears

Being Curious in the Face of Uncertain Times

In a recent talk I gave this past summer in San Francisco, I spoke on the Four Keys for Thriving in Chaotic Times. You may hear the talk in its entirety on our free broadcast airing the week of December 10-16, 2014. After checking into the mid-term election results I’m especially having to practice the […]

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Arjuna Ardagh

Replacing Automatic Habits With Creative Possibilities with Arjuna Ardagh

Free Listening Through October 21, 2014: Ardagh describes enlightenment as an ongoing process rather than an arrival at some fixed point. He prefers talking about awakening which suggests motion and an on-going unfoldment. The kind of coaching that he advocates is one that goes beyond the achievement of goals. He emphasizes the pursuit of your deepest longing. […]

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Jean Shinoda Bolen

Calling On The Spirit Of Artemis with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

Free Listening Through October 14, 2014: The Greeks have given us a wealth of folklore and myths that are full of meaning for our lives. Among them are stories of the Goddess Artemis and her human counterpart, Atlanta. Their myths are rich with complexity, just like life itself. They give us clues as to how […]

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Artemis

Artemis: Defender of Wildlife

During my recent interview with Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen about the Greek Goddess Artemis, “Mistress of Animals,” I related a story demonstrating how this goddess spontaneously rose up in me. Jean tells us that Artemis was a “daddy’s girl.” I too was the light of my father’s eye. I grew up with three other siblings, […]

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Rona Renner

Why Yelling Doesn’t Work And How I Can Stop It with Rona Renner, R.N.

Free Listening Through October 7, 2014: In these stressful times yelling at our kids or even our partners might be our default position. Renner describes some of the reasons we yell: it could be stress around money, or not enough sleep, or our children are fighting with one another. It could be that we were […]

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Paul Rogat Loeb

Moving From Despair To Hope In Threshold Times: Part 2 with Paul Rogat Loeb

Sometimes our activity for positive change in the world makes a visible leap and other times the impact of our work takes a seemingly long time to show any results. As Loeb points out, “You draw hope from the knowledge that whatever it is that you do, something unexpected is going to happen. And, it often […]

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Paul Rogat Loeb

Moving From Despair To Hope In Threshold Times: Part 1 with Paul Rogat Loeb

We do not have to join the ranks of despair in these challenging times. We have a choice. As Loeb says, “History is not ended, the future is not foreclosed, there are things we can do even if we can’t quite see the path.” He encourages us to find what has meaning for us and take […]

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Stewart Levine

Removing The Emotional Hooks Of Conflict with Stewart Levine

Attorney Stewart Levine loved the legal profession because of the ideals it represented. But when he realized the practice of law rarely allowed him to consider human values along with property values, he took down his shingle and became an expert in resolving conflicts in a way that preserves relationships as well as legal rights. […]

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