What does it look like to come from a place of wholeness – fully embodied and aligned with our core values? And why is it so hard in this day and age to feel whole? In this episode of What the Fundraising, we start that conversation with an understanding of our nervous systems. Today's guest, Gabriel Kram, is a convener of The Restorative Practices Alliance, Co-Founder of the Academy of Applied Social Medicine, and Founder and CEO of Hearth Science, Inc. In this conversation, Gabriel explains the powerful benefits of cultivating a state of balance rooted in our thoughts, reactions, and connection with others. Gabriel walks us through polyvagal theory and breaks down the difference between sympathetic, ventral, and dorsal responses in our bodies. He also uses water in its various states as a powerful visual to help us identify the states (often reactive) in which our bodies are living at any given time. Once we understand this framework, it's easier to find the right practices to move us towards harmony. There is a process to achieving this balance, and Gabriel has some wonderful tools to help us get started. You won't be advised simply to be more mindful (which can mean so many things) or told you've got to keep your body from being fidgety (nervous systems do that). True self-care, explains Gabriel, is about so much more than any particular posture or activity. It's about a deeper dive into our ancestrally-inspired human responses, deeply embedded traumas that extend well beyond our personal lived experiences, and the role of social connection in creating safe spaces where we can rest, reset and heal. We wrap up the episode with some actionable tips for coming back to our bodies and staying there. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: (03:30) About Gabriel's work. (04:55) What exactly does it mean to live in our wholeness? (06:40) The two ways humans tend to separate themselves from wholeness. (07:33) About the neurological implications of feeling connected. (08:53) The dorsal state is one of physiological paralysis. (10:04) Polyvagal theory and our autonomic nervous system. (11:40) An explanation of our three primary states of being. (13:25) Gabriel breaks down the attributes of paralysis. (16:05) The connection between these states and fundraising. (17:51) How to navigate anxiety and aroused states when fundraising. (18:16) Ventral and sympathetic states. (20:37) Neural exercises help to keep our nervous systems balanced. (22;10) Our resistance to practices that bring us back into our bodies. (26:16) Self-care vs. community care. (29:37) Principles and practices to help manage your body when it's in a “steam” state. (33:16) Further thoughts on the dorsal state and how to come out of it. (38:36) Learn more about Gabriel and Restorative Practices Alliance. Many thanks to our sponsor, Neon One, the all-in-one donor management system that keeps small and midsized nonprofits on track with fundraising, communications, events, volunteers, and more. You can learn about Neon One's entire suite of products and services here and join me at this year's Generosity Exchange by grabbing your ticket here.
In this episode I sit down with Melanie Klein C. Klein a sought after empowerment coach and respected thought leader in the areas of radical self-acceptance, authentic empowerment, and supercharged confidence. Her acknowledged expertise has enabled her to write, edit, or contribute to nine books in whole or in part on these topics, including the groundbreaking and award-winning anthology, Yoga & Body image. The latest in her body of work, Embodied Resilience through Yoga, was published in September 2020. In this episode we break down: Melanie's journey and background into Yoga starting in 1996The importance of being Clear in your knowing Having an embodied experience of the Yoga and the desire to share the practices with othersTransition into speaking/ Academics and also incorporating the practices of yogaMelanie's advocacy work and her calling which led her to follow her light. The importance of Tending to the spark and light inside of youThe practice of stillness and how it can help tend to the spark Intersection of yoga and social justice Having courage and fortitude to listen to ourselves even when others encourage a different direction. Breaking down the Inauthenticity of how yoga has been displayed through marketing imagesMelanie's dedication and inner calling to be a part of Social Advocacy work and her mission of “Individual transformation for collective liberation”Asking the question of What can we offer the collective?Power in owning your YES completelyImplementing Collaboration and Community not just talking about it. Not operating from a deficiency model and breaking down the power over model Owning that we can both serve and receive The Importance of having a bigger vision and purpose without taking yourself out the equation Striking your own balance and trusting generosity will come backBased on over two decades of professional and personal work, Melanie integrates her backgrounds in mindfulness and embodied wisdom with her academic expertise and advocacy work. In this way, she offers her 1:1 coaching clients a holistic and unique pathway to personal freedom and prosperity, one that is customized and designed to each individual.References and Links: Yoga + Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery and Loving Your Body: http://www.yogaandbodyimage.org/Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body: http://www.yogarisingbook.com/*Both the websites above include a free downloadable discussion guide.Yoga, the Body and Embodies Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis : https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498528030/Yoga-the-Body-and-Embodied-Social-Change-An-Intersectional-Feminist-AnalysisEmbodied Resilience Through Yoga: 30 Mindful Essays About Finding Empowerment After Addiction, Trauma, Grief and Loss https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9780738762494Personal Website: http://www.melaniecklein.com/Instagram: @melmelklein ***********************************Join our free community today!Leave a review and let us know your thoughts on this episode or follow along on Instagram.
Building a business takes massive expenditures of energy and overtime, the effects of this level of work can take its toll. I know I've felt it myself so that's why I'm glad to have Brittany LaBotz on today. Brittany is a movement teacher and mindset & empowerment coach who helps heart-centered entrepreneurs infuse their gifts, soul purpose and personality into their business so they can have a greater impact, make more money, and enjoy ultimate fulfillment in their work and life. She brings is into the fold of how she coaches other entrepreneurs in sustainability building their businesses, even when the going gets tough. (Or especially when the going gets tough!) Check out her Heart-Centered Leader Collective on Facebook and book a complimentary discovery call with her here! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marketingoffthemat/support
If you could work ANYWHERE, which 80s sitcom workplace would you choose? Tending bar with Sam Malone in "Cheers?" Doing TV news with "Murphy Brown?" Maybe waiting tables at Mel's Diner with Alice and the gang? Whatever your workplace fantasy, we've got you covered on this week's episode of The Latchkey Kids.
Fall asleep with the gentle sounds of rain and thunder, or the comforting sound of waves crashing on a beach. This podcast will help you fall asleep faster so that you can wake up relaxed and refreshed. When you listen to this relaxing podcast, you will feel like you are lying on the beach on a tropical vacation. Hear the soothing sounds of the beautiful rain storm and ocean waves crashing on the shore.2. Listen to Podcast During WorkListening to podcasts during your work day can be a great way to help increase your productivity. When you listen to podcasts with relaxing sounds in the background, you are taking away the distractions that would normally keep you from focusing on your work.Whether you are listening to your podcast during your commute to work or listening to podcasts during your work break, the relaxing sounds in this relaxing podcast will keep you focused on your work. You will hardly even notice that you are listening because it is so relaxing.3. Listen to Relax During Holiday TravelStress and a long flight can be a huge burden on your holiday. With 3 hours of relaxing sounds, this relaxing podcast will help you enjoy your holiday travel.Relive the memories of your vacation as you listen to the relaxing sounds of rain and ocean waves crashing on the beach. Your mind and body will relax as you listen to the gentle sounds of rain and thunder.4. Listen to during PregnancyAre you pregnant? Are you having difficulty sleeping at night? This relaxing podcast is the perfect tool for promoting healthy sleep.Pregnant women can have a hard time sleeping at night because they are uncomfortable and uncomfortable babies, too. 2 hours of relaxing sounds will soothe you to sleep and help you heal.So what's the big deal with rain?For many of us, rain is a source of relaxation. The sound of raindrops hitting the windowpanes is like a lullaby that can help us drift off to sleep. And if you're looking for a way to relax and de-stress, why not try a rain and thunderstorm-themed podcast?Sleep Calming and Relaxing ASMR Thunderstorm Podcast is a new podcast that offers 8 hours of rain and thunder sounds to help you relax and fall asleep. The podcast is specially designed to provide a soothing and calming experience, and it even includes ASMR sounds to help you drift off into a deep sleep.If you're looking for a way to relax and unwind, or if you're simply looking for a new way to fall asleep, be sure to check out Sleep Calming and Relaxing ASMR Thunderstorm Podcast. It just might be the perfect way to achieve tranquility.This episode is ad-supported and you can support us financially by subscribing as little as $5 a month on our Patreon page or on Apple Podcast Subscriber-Only Audio. This subscription plan comes with an ad-free weekly podcast, plus a few more extras like exclusive Podcast promos and early access to certain episodes that are not published everywhere till the following week. Check our Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/join/hustlestudios/checkout?rid=4127472or in Apple Podcasts app, just click here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/channel/hustle-studios/id6443291424Thank you so much for your generosity!
[ Bonus: Including Music from "Come and See" Homecoming Worship ] “How are you?” It's the most common question in all the world, in every culture: “Como esta?” “Comment allez-vous?” “Come Va?” “Wutz poppin?” “Wassabi?” How are you? Because it's the most common question we're apt to hear, it invariably leads to the most halfhearted, guarded, disingenuous answers we're apt to give: “Great.” “Good.” “Fine.” “Okay.” “Hanging in there.” “Can't complain.” “Living the dream.” But still, how are you really? How you answer this question is of profound important to God, and in this series, we'll look at four essential spiritual practices that promise to cultivate wholeness, joy, and zest for life: How are you really? If you're less than well, you're not alone. Join us for this life-giving series as we commit ourselves to being well by drawing from the endless well of God's grace.
In this episode Blake Bars interviews Lasa Baxter, Summer Steele and Justin Hernandez about how to set and achieve your goals and fulfill your purpose. These health pros share their expertise and what works for them personally. Lasa Baxter is certified personal trainer, holistic nutritionist, and founder of Wilde Holistic Health and Fitness. Summer Steele is a licensed massage therapist, certified personal trainer, and founder of Body Saorsa. Justin Hernandez specializes in nutrition and sports performance training and is the founder of JHERN Sports Performance Training.
Moving on to this week's show! We are continuing with our self-care theme and welcome guest Christy Tending. Together we talk about sustainable self-care (including what it is and how to practice it) and the decision to live a life of sobriety. Christy shares openly about her decision to stop drinking alcohol, its effects on her life, and the lessons she has learned (even about self-care) from the experience. Christy is an activist, educator, and writer. She teaches online courses about sustainable self-care to students all over the world, and hosts the podcast Tending Your Life. Her specialty is helping people dissolve overwhelm, heal burnout, and advocate for themselves. We cover: The art and practice of sustainable self-care, plus Christy shares her definition of personal self-care (5:27) Slowing down enough to actually hear your real needs (8:08) Christy shares about her activist journey and how it informs her work today (14:03) The difference between self-care and self-advocacy (23:25) How and why Christy decided abstinence from alcohol was better than moderating her drinking (30:43) http://andreaowen.com/474
We are wired to ask questions from the time we are little. Where do babies come from? Why is the sky blue? Why is life so hard sometimes? What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything? Most of these questions defy a cookie cutter answer. And so we tell stories. The Bible is full of compelling, multi-faceted stories that make us think and help us see the world with fresh eyes. The Bible includes not just one, but two stories about how and why God created the heavens and the earth and everything in between—including you and me. Genesis 2:4-244 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.23 The man said,“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,' for she was taken out of man.”24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.Here ends the reading.Support the show
Mark and Jesse continue their philosophical musings over the Four Rules by considering the essence or first principle of Rule Two -- Embrace Your True Expenses. Some people have taken YNAB's position to be "we don't forecast," but Rule Two is all about forecasting. The idea here is to forecast your expenses, while only allocating dollars you have right now to those expenses. There's a great reason for this. The dollars you have right now are real; they exist in your bank account. The known expenses you have in the future (like your water bill) are real too, you will owe them and they can't opt out of them. So it makes sense to budget with those numbers. Dollars you will make in the future aren't realized yet, so we don't budget them. YNAB does have targets to help budgeters plan for future dollars, but they aren't budgeted until they come in. So, Rule Two is indeed about forecasting, and the first principle of Rule Two is forward thinking. Rule Two requires you to imagine yourself in the future, paying bills that you are racking up today but have not been billed for yet, and plan for those today, in the present. Doing so helps train your mind to then consider future expenses which have not been incurred yet, so you can make better decisions about allocating your dollars today. Mark Butler, Virtual CFO https://markbutler.com https://letsdothebooks.com You Need a Budget https://www.youneedabudget.com
In Episode 32 I mull over some of the blockages involved in re-fitting garments, review how a wool suitable for lightweight garments is wearing and talk about an outsourced repair which brought me a disproportionate degree of delight. I also get excited about some wriggly helpers I welcomed into our household to help tend our soil and share how I made some antihistamine salve sticks from a common 'weed'. You can find me on Instagram as Mrs_M_Curiosity_Cabinet. More detailed show notes are available at Mrs M's Curiosity Cabinet and there is also a video on my YouTube channel by the same name to accompany this episode. Music: As I figure by Kevin MacLeod on FreeMusicArchive and licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License
Being present and living in the moment is one of the most important things the artist can master. It is not always easy to do though. Why is this? Why can worry, fear and anxiety take us over at times? We tackle this in the episode. Join us for a conversation where we wrestle with the idea of what we control, and what we don't. As always, we aim to relate this topic back to how the master artist would do it. There is a path to clarity and peace, but it is not happening tomorrow, it is happening right now. …If you enjoyed the episode please SUBSCRIBE to the podcast, SHARE it with friends and check out our website for further access… — www.wayoftheartist.com —
Plant Spirits are a part of human healing. Lisa Estabrook has created a beautiful oracle deck Soulflower. The Soulflower Plant Spirit Oracle Deck and accompanying guidebook feature 44 powerful Soulflowers who wish to help you remember the simple truth that all of Nature is sharing—that we are cyclical beings intimately entwined with the Earth and all of life, that we are fully supported, and that we have everything we need within to be happy, and to be whole, despite the hardships and challenges life may bring us. The Soulflower Plant Spirits want us to consider the possibility that our stories, experiences, circumstances, core beliefs, values, and morals provide the rich soil for the beautiful unfolding of our individual lives. It is food for our thoughts, inspiration for self-reflection, and fertilizer for our highest personal growth. Build your relationship with Nature and the Soulflower Plant Spirits to help you remember the truth of who you are and your interconnection with all life. We talk about The four elements - water, sunlight, air, and fertilizer The similarities between plant and human life cycleEverything in life is a mirror. Look carefullyHow to communicate with plant spiritsBeing requires tendingUnity of all life Lisa Estabrook is an artist, mother, way shower, author, home herbalist, and plant whisperer who has spent the last 30 years remembering how to create a meaningful, heart-led, healthy, and joyful life with the Soulflower Plant Spirits as her loving guides. Her work includes the Soulflower Plant Oracle Deck and Companion Guide Book, Tending the Garden of Your Soul, and The Daily Practice Journal. www.mysoulflower.com
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Work is good. Work is necessary for the fulfillment of every human being. Work is required of every person according to his or her capabilities and talents, so sayeth the Scripture. All of us must work to survive, live, grow and profit and be all that we can be and as God intended us to be.Our very own America was built on hard work, and is in fact itself a work in progress. The progress depends upon us, we the people, how hard we work and how we make things happen. The majority of we the American people are hard workers. And, the harder and the better we work, the better America and all of us are. To be sure, nothing comes easy in this life, nothing. Everything we have or enjoy is the product of hard work by someone, whether you, or me, or someone else. You and I must do our share, accomplish our calling for the very short time we have on this precious earth. Life, said the wisest man of old King Solomon, is but a vapor here today and gone so soon tomorrow. We should make every working day count to the fullest.Pioneers built our country. They were men and women who did little but work hard morning till night. They farmed land never before productive. They raised animals and used them for work and feed. They built houses, and churches, and City Halls. They built roads and bridges. They built autos and trucks. They built hospitals and invented medicines. They designed and manufactured clothing. They created places for entertainment and worship. They built elaborate and majestic campuses for education and things theological. They built laboratories and science centers and they sent us deep into space. They were then and we are now the workers who made America great, America, the most exciting, creative human and social experiment in all of history. You and I should be proud of them and we should be proud to be workers like they were. The more we work, the better we are, caught up, energized and thrilled by the spirit of America, our exceptional opportunity to pursue our dreams and to build our future. America and those who believe in what it stands for are indeed EXCEPTIONAL and we have been blessed by EQUALLY EXCEPTIONAL opportunity. As we work, we should do everything possible to protect and defend the opportunities, lifestyles and freedoms which America offers.How wonderful it is that the talent and ability of every individual God-Made is different, unique. It is marvelous indeed that every single person has talent and gifts which are in fact different. That is true divine diversity. None of us are better at least not in the sight of God, but different only. Each of us has our own special CALLING. So, no matter who you are, YOU are special and it is your right but every bit as importantly your duty to utilize those God-given talents to the fullest. It is your duty to fulfill your calling. So then, we should not be concerned with what others think nor should we judge what we do and how we work by the standards of others. Nor should we be inhibited by their criticism. For we need to know ourselves, be true to that special self and soul which God has created and through prayer and meditation, come to a full recognition of those talents and be the very person God intended that you and I be. We can fail, but we can bounce back. The opportunity for growth and change is still available in America, thank God. Ignore rejection and focus on your calling. So then, my fellow Americans, you may be called to be a mother. Be all that you can be as a mother for the sake of your children and do your God-given calling with all of your might. Or perhaps you are secretary, or babysitter. Perhaps you clean for a living. Recognize all such work as a calling and do your calling with all of your might. Or perhaps you are plumber, electrician, landscaper, restaurant worker. Do your calling with all of your might and as you can, as unto the Lord. Or perhaps you are lawyer, accountant, radio salesperson, financial planner. Do your calling with all of your might. And if you are the President of anything, including the President of our great United States, you perhaps have a calling with higher standards, duties and demands. No one should do a calling better than you WITH ALL OF YOUR MIGHT!So, we work, we produce and as we do, we should expect return which of course includes money and profit. We work for economic growth and benefit, for the fruit of our labors. We follow the biblical prescription that we can expect even with minimum work product the return of that work one for one. Or perhaps, five to one. Or even as Scripture indicates, perhaps as much as ten to one or more as we diligently develop and exploit those talents and capabilities through hard work. The money return from our work, efforts, creativity and initiative is blessed by Scripture. That money return is right, as we become work men and work women worthy of our hire. We plant, as Scripture says, and Mother Nature waters and it is GOD who gives the increase so the Scriptures say. It is a good thing to make money and to be rewarded for our work. Money supports. Money helps others. Money creates opportunity. The best of us at work, hard work, is exactly what this world of so many ENTITLED needs now more than ever. In fact, hard and productive work is so necessary for this world of entitlements in which we live in order for it to survive and continue. It is well and good indeed to help those all in real need. But all who can, any and all including those receiving entitlements, should work as they can.But today, unfortunately it seems, there are those supposedly progressive in thinking who wish to tell us that profit is wrong, especially in excess. That profit made is the result of GREED at work. Profit they say is not as a result of hard work or special skills, but rather the exploitation of others. Ignore them. You are worthy of the profit and gain of anything you produce at any level of life. The more you invest as a mother, the better your child, perhaps better than others. Enjoy the fruit, the profit of your labors. When you build something, revel in the fruit of your labors and do it with all of your might, and better than others. For no matter what progressives or others would say, YOU DID IN FACT BUILD IT, and you did build it yourself. In fact, so much of what is built would not have been built without you or me. Revel in, enjoy and profit from anything and everything YOU BUILT!But work produces much more than money. Those who understand the value of work realize full well that the doing well of anything is the reward itself! The satisfaction, the fulfillment, the full expression of the self among mankind and before God are THE BEST REWARDS. They are indeed more valuable than money for money comes and goes. But the rewards of work well done last a lifetime and are in fact eternal. We create an earthly balance sheet, personal financial and loss statements here and now, but it is the ETERNAL balance sheet which really counts. Nothing goes with you, no matter what you leave behind, but only the heavenly balance sheet you create. For there is always something more, often much more than the work itself or the profit therefrom. There is good, often enormous good in work well done and even very spiritual good. See that clearly as part of the goal of your calling and WORK which only adds to the return and the enjoyment.So, the work we do can be not only for money, or profit, but for non-profit. For worthy causes. For the good of society in which we live. For all humanity, especially those in need. For the Christian Church and for the Christ we love and serve. For blood drives. For HIV awareness and treatment. For feeding and sheltering the homeless. For carrying the message of the Gospel to forsaken and needy parts of America and the world. Shepherding and guiding children. Tending to the needs of the elderly. Visiting and comforting those in prison. THE WORK OF THE LORD AT WORK FOR ALL MANKIND, AS WE ARE CALLED.All of these things make us what we should be before the Lord and our fellow man.So many of us are people of faith. But our faith, sayeth Scripture, without works is dead. Whatever you believe, whatever your faith, there is no way for anyone to know whether or not it is real except by your works. Talk is cheap. But by the fruits of your labors your fellow human beings will know you. If there is in fact a work of God in you, a CALLING, a life objective, the works that you do will prove to others who you are. What you and I do not do also proves who we are. The great thinking Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that not to act is to act. Negative actions, doing nothing, can be as potent negatively as actual action itself.Unfortunately, there are those who do deceitful works and works of iniquity. They are known for their fraudulent and deceitful acts. They work not for the good of mankind, but only for themselves, for ego, for elicit gain in a deceitful way. Their works and their lives are in vain. William Shakespeare said that the evil that men do lives after them, the legacy they make and that evil is the only thing remembered here and in eternity.So, it is our duty to study, to grow ourselves in our career and constantly make ourselves better, so that we can show ourselves approved as work men and women, understanding the objectives, values and priorities which are ours, always growing in our understanding, especially the Scriptures so that we can be approved by God before him as well as man. Learning, whether a trade or in law, or by gaining experience and growing or by learning from others, or the school of hard knocks, and by mistakes, learning standards of excellence to which we can aspire so that we can be all, ALL we can be, working with all of our might knowing in this world that indeed the night is coming where no man can work. Work while you can and the best you can.In this life, we slow down, age or perhaps lose interest or motivation, and of course energy and our ability to work dissipates or even ends. With that ends opportunity and potential and we may not have finished what we are called to do. Some retire, or quit, or are forced to retire prematurely. Some of us are fortunate enough to finish and accomplish our objectives and purposes, while others can not. For us, we are fortunate that even Jesus of Nazareth said in John's Gospel that he had in fact finished the work for which the Father had sent him. He had accomplished His objectives, fulfilled His purposes and He did so to His last dying breath. Our goal, like HIS should be to finish our work, the work for which we were sent by God and meant to do. That is the greatest fulfillment this life can offer.We are called upon by God Almighty to live every day to the fullest. CARPE DIEM my fellow Americans, seize the day. It is the day which the Lord hath made and for you to work and be productive. Worry not about tomorrow, or the criticism, expectations or even the rejections of any man. It has its own problems-evil-which you can not control or do anything about. But, rather think in terms of how precious every minute of every hour of every day is, and rejoice in that. Maximize the opportunity that minute brings and, whatever your hand finds to do, YOUR CALLING, do it with all of your might. Every God-given minute is indeed an opportunity there once never to return. So that everything we do, everything no matter how menial works together for good. The joy of living is so special. We are told by our Lord that He is come that we might have life in its most ABUNDANT form and that our joy, OUR TOTAL JOY may be full. There is joy in every moment, as we work, as we rest, as we play, as we love others and as we understand who we are and:BE ALL THAT WE CAN BEThose who love to work and love as much to be productive and make things happen know that the ultimate reward for such work is:THE VERY WORK ITSELFNo matter the accolades of man, or profit, or any other earthly benefit, the ultimate reward, the ultimate satisfaction is the work itself. Nothing feels better to any right-thinking person than a job well done, having done the best you can with all of your might.So then, for the Christian, there is something even greater than works. There is GRACE, saving grace. And no manner of works can ever equal that. The grace at God at work trumps the works of any man, but when added to works, leads to the complete fulfillment of that life. We can and should be proud of the works we do, but the work of God in Jesus Christ, saving grace through Him is the greatest work of all. The combination of grace producing work, the right work is the very best thing in life.So, my fellow Americans, work hard. Work well, with purpose. Know your calling. Do what you were CALLED to do, and do it in each and every minute, hour and day of your life. Do what your Creator would have you do and you will find fulfillment in that work and in your life. It matters not whether you are housewife or President, millionaire or middle class, never forget that:YOU AND YOUR WORK ARE CRITICALLY IMPORTANTYOU AND YOUR WORK ARE UNIQUE, DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHERSWe need not the approval or recognition of mankind however enjoyable that may be. We need to work to be approved by God, who knows us, our every thought and deed. His approval is all that matters. I and the Crawford Broadcasting Company honor all of the men and women in America who work, and work hard, and make America, family and friends, and all of us so much better and especially those who work as unto the Lord. Find the work you love to do, really love to do and you will never work a day in your life! God bless you work men and women worthy of your hire and it is because of you that:GOD WILL BLESS AMERICA
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/21/22 by Pastor Steve Shields. What does the Bible say about the heart? The heart is tricky. Tending to the heart is the most important thing you can do. We are to guard our heart because everything we do comes from it. A clean heart comes from being close to … Continue reading "Closing The Distance Between My Head And My Heart"
Finding out the things that inspire and light you up, helps you generate and refine the energy you need to support your dreams. Like doing the things that most excite you or doing things you enjoy. Tending to different parts of ourselves is so important to be able to generate that energy we need to show up. But if we are not mindful of the way we use our energy, it could lead to exhaustion and its sisters preventing us from achieving the alignment we desire. This episode dove deep into the discussion about noticed nuances of the beauty around, identified patterns in the feminine archetype and how to turn around exhaustion in each shadow of the archetype. “How can we quit fragmenting these parts of us so that we are able to embody our highest self now, our best energy now. How can we be that part of us finding ways that we can be seen and heard and show up in that energy so that it receives the fuel and the energy that it needs so that it can grow even when we have to show up and do some of these tasks that are more mundane.” – Lisa Malia Take my free quiz to Discover Your Feminine Leadership Archetype: https://interacty.me/projects/dfbb9e53d6b83032 Rate and leave a written review of this podcast if you love the show. Simply screenshot your review and send it to me at email@example.com and you will be entered to receive one of three Archetype Analysis Reports from me. Join The 2022 Feminine Leadership Archetype Masterclass > https://www.lisamalia.co/masterclass-registration Follow her on Instagram @lovelisamalia EVOKE, The Feminine Leadership Immersion is a twelve-week group coaching experience so you'll get to know other incredible women there. You can learn more about it and ENROLL IN The Feminine Leadership Immersion HERE + get your Blueprint Design Free. One on One coaching spots available - a fully immersive, premium experience to support you in living your most satisfying, impactful and expressed life yet: https://www.lisamalia.co/one-on-one-private-coaching Follow Lisa on Instagram https://instagram.com/lovelisamalia
Our most-downloaded episode is back (!) for one big reason: this conversation remains incredibly relevant today. We are inviting you to listen again or for the first time to Tod Bolsinger because the way he talks about how to manage change, stress and resistance without burning out is as practical as it is inspiring. In this conversation, you'll hear: What's the most important thing to hold on to in the face of change (05:54) Tod's response to a leader who said “I think I can lead change, I'm not sure I can survive it.” (07:21) Who in history is the exemplar of tempered resilience and what we can learn from him (11:52) What are the qualities of leaders who can persevere under trial (14:20) Why ‘heat' shapes a leader and Tod's helpful blacksmithing metaphor (19:39) Why a rule of life and a rhythm of leading and not leading are vitally important (25:11) What are the practices I need in order to become resilient? (28:31) QUOTES “The hardest thing about leading change is having to grapple with our own vulnerability.” -Dr. Tod Bolsinger [11:18] “Empathy is what we need for leadership. Because when you attune to people and they feel cared for, they will trust you and go further into their own pain and further into their own discomfort if they don't.” -Dr. Tod Bolsinger [16:11] RESOURCES & RELEVANT LINKS Follow Tod Bolsinger: @todbol For more resources from Tod and his team, text change to 66866. Tod Bolsinger is the author of Canoeing the Mountains, It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian, and most recently, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. This podcast is brought to you by the Leadership Ministry team at TMF and Wesleyan Investive. Leadership Ministry connects diverse, high-capacity leaders in conversations and environments that create a network of courage, learning, and innovation in order to help the church lean into its God-appointed mission. Subscribe to our Leadership Ministry emails here. We send emails about each episode and include additional related resources related to the episode's topic. We know your inbox is inundated these days, we aim to send you content that is inspiring, innovative, and impactful for your life and ministry. If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts / iTunes?
We're continuing our Mendo summer farm tour this week at Radicle Herbs in Covelo, CA. I had the pleasure of walking and talking with the farmers as they tended their garden on a market day. We talk chop and drop crops and farming tips that even the backyard gardener will appreciate. We take a peek at the business of farming food versus farming cannabis. The importance of community supported agriculture and the drawbacks of a centralized cannabis system and the corporatization of our lives. Visit tendingthegardenfilm.com to support the documentary featuring Radicle Herbs and get the t-shirt. For you big spenders out there, know that your donation is tax deductible and includes a private farm tour that will blow your mind. Find great resources in the show notes + shop Potcast affiliates and score discounts that support the show. #winwinLooking For High-Quality Cannabis-Delivery in the Bay Area? Try getsava.com + use promo code CASUALLYBAKED and SAVE $30 off your first order.If you do not live in a cannabis-legal state, find hemp-derived THCV at TejasHemp.com
Tending to the emotional stress in your life, and becoming willing to identify your childhood traumas, will increase your chances of healing and staying healthy long term. Stressors add up and eventually diminish the body's ability to function and heal. This is such an important part of healing that I have dedicated the entire next chapter to it. If unresolved trauma is held within the energy body, it acts like a magnet, attracting more and more traumatic events. This is the essence of the law of attraction: like attracts like. The physical body never forgets an emotional trauma, even if the mind cannot remember it. All trauma is stored in the body, and your job is to find it. Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/mary-beauchamp-rn FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/ketogenicdietcoach YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/MaryBeauchampRN Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ketogenicdietcoach/
Hello, future ancestors… and happy Lion's Gate Portal that just recently passed. I'm just returning from my very first wilderness backpacking trip ever! If you listened to my last solo podcast episode about my time in Channel Island entitled: “Emergence: Reflections from a Post-Apocalyptic World”, immersing myself in nature is where I feel the most abundant. And it's more than just pitching a tent, but the pilgrimage that it takes to get there. The days and months of training my mind and body for these experiences so that I can enjoy those evenings around the fire with a belly full of rehydrating food and laughter after a long day of trekking makes it all worth it. On the days where I just didn't want to move my body leading up to this, I remembered the greater destination ahead - and so “one foot in front of the other” became a mantra to affirm that these small steps would eventually move from one mile to a hundred - or in our case, 25 miles. It's also transferred into my personal life and legacy as I have a lot of time to clear my mind on these walks without any distraction. Every time I've left, I come back feeling rejuvenated in my purpose and commitment to decolonization: Where indigenous people worldwide are at the center of these stories, where my connection to the cosmos deepens, and where my desire to care for Mother Earth strengthens. After all, it's where we all will return when we become ancestors: back to stardust and soil. ✨ Main topics discussed: Reflecting on the impermanence of lifeHow often do you take time to meditate on deathAnger as an indicator of something that is not in alignmentHow you were able to forgive versus holding on to guilt, shame, and resentment.Becoming masterful at tending to your fires. By the way, my sabbatical is coming up in a month and before then I'll be hosting a mixer on Saturday, August 27 for anyone that I've had the privilege to work with. I've hired my photographer, Karissa of Olive La Vida, to capture people in their medicine and we'll also have some other alumni offering their medicine, from sound healing to tea ceremony and a dinner provided by Plantberri - who also catered our retreat. Spots are limited and this will also serve as my going away party so I'd love to see you there. Secure your spot here: https://www.yourstorymedicine.com/retreatmixer Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message on Instagram @jumakae. Download my free guided meditation on how to connect with your ancestors bit.ly/ancestorinthemaking Listen to episode #66: "Emergence: Reflections from a Post-Apocalyptic World": https://www.yourstorymedicine.com/blog/season-2-ep-66-emergence-reflections-from-a-post-apocalyptic-world
Joe Stabile started centering prayer at age 14. If you've ever wondered how a lifetime of centering prayer shapes a person, listen to this conversation with Joe. Throughout his life, Joe has had a constant posture of discernment and a deep trust in where God is leading. Joe is so rooted in the Spirit; listening to him, being around him, is like jumping into a cold pool of water on a hot summer day. In this soul-refreshing conversation, you'll hear: Joe's story of his life with God and his deep trust in God that has led him on an interesting, unexpected, and awesome life journey (to say the least!) (04:53) The Seven Classical Disciplines and which ones feel particularly important right now (17:00) The definition of ‘spiritual practice' that made us go ‘wow!' (21:32) Advice for leaders in the church who are facing stress and burnout (27:36) QUOTES “90% of centering prayer is about your intention. What is your intention when you sit for this 20 minutes? What's your intention? And your intention is to be totally open to God. Those six words: to be totally open to God. ” -Joe Stabile [25:27] “We can choose any of the spiritual practices or disciplines and find times to incorporate them into our lives and allow them to move us forward. Going back for me, going back always to contemplative prayer or centering prayer. Everybody can find 20 minutes everyday to just stop and do centering prayer.” -Joe Stabile [33:02] About Joe Stabile Rev. Joe Stabile is a United Methodist Church pastor as well as Co-Founder and Animator of Life in the Trinity Ministry, in Dallas, Texas. He has served in vocational ministry for more than forty years, with combined experience in local church pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, retreat leadership, pastoral care and mentoring. In addition to serving as Associate Pastor at First UMC Dallas, Joe leads the Contemplative Cohort at Life in the Trinity Ministry. RESOURCES & RELEVANT LINKS For more information about the Contemplative Cohort Joe leads at Life in the Trinity Ministry, visit their website here. This podcast is brought to you by the Leadership Ministry team at TMF and Wesleyan Investive. Leadership Ministry connects diverse, high-capacity leaders in conversations and environments that create a network of courage, learning, and innovation in order to help the church lean into its God-appointed mission. Subscribe to our Leadership Ministry emails here. We send emails about each episode and include additional related resources related to the episode's topic. We know your inbox is inundated these days, we aim to send you content that is inspiring, innovative, and impactful for your life and ministry. If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts / iTunes?
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⬆️Book discussion podcast (listen after reading, or subscribe now and listen to me read the chapter)CTRL ALT Revolt! is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.Chapter OneThe Show of the TellingBeyond the roads and ways of civilization, toward the south, and a little off to the east, there was once an old inn where road weary travelers, tired and dusty, coming from the south and heading off toward the north and the great cities that lay there, would stop to pass an evening a time or two a year. Less and less as those years went by, and seldom now in the current, much darker days, but the inn was there all the same and the lands in which it lay, much forgotten by the great and powerful as they watched their maps from their tall towers near the wide and spreading sea and counted the times with an eye toward the shadows of the south.The Wayside Inn was “the Last Friendly Place” as it was simply known by the old and road-beaten who still dared travel. And even occasionally it was sometimes marked on those yellowing ancient maps few seemed to possess any longer, as a place of safety, where the fire was warm, and the beer from the cellar cold.And the cakes uncommonly good. But that is saying something about the Littles twice. For both good cake and Littles mean the same thing to anyone who knows a thing or two about either.The Indarri, rulers of the Great Elven Kingdom of Indolién to the north along the sandy coasts of the sea, preferred to refer to the old wooden pile of a roadside inn that lay along the southern coast road out of fair Indolién, brightest of their shining coveted jewels, and heading off south toward Sirith Osildor and the port districts that surrounded the dark tower down there, often called the City of Ghosts by all in nothing more than a hushed whisper as though to ward off some curse, they preferred to refer to the ancient inn as the “The Littles' place by the side of the road.” And then they too, of course, made their ornate gestures to ward off some evil spirit as was custom when talking about anything lesser than themselves.Which was, to be honest, most things and folk as far as the Fair Elves were concerned. Such is the way of the haughty and noble Indaar.The forgotten lands that lay between Sirith Osildor and Indolién were considered… provincial by those same Indaar. Rolling hills and a long valley gave way to the coast and its small line of hills protecting the farms from the salt laden blasting winds and mists of the seas. Beyond the district where the inn lay was a small distant mountain range to the east occupied by small farms found fewer and farther between, and among these were found the occasional villages and hamlets of Littles. Or so the Indarri had named those smaller folk, the Littles. These smaller people had their own name for themselves, but the haughty Indarri elves seldom cared for anyone else's languages or words but their own.Of course. Everyone knows this.In recent years, camps of reckless adventurers who'd long turned to banditry, waited alongside the crumbling roads and small, quiet canyons and hills where perhaps the remains of some ancient tower sleepily watched the dusty scape and the distant Barrow Hills. It was said that darker forces walked the canyons and dry hills where the ancient burials lay farther east, during the longer nights of winter itself, and even along the outskirts of some of the Littles' villages farther out than they should have been. Tending their olive orchards and keeping watch during the quiet hot days, and shut up and in during the moonlit nights when one might hear things it was best not to investigate. But again, those were always the tales told in the hinterlands and around the Great Hearth of the old Inn, away from the high precincts and bright jewels of fair coastal Indolién where only important matters of state and great magic were ever discussed among rising and slender white towers adorned with pennants fluttering in the breeze.No tales of ghosts, or lost hoard was ever spoken of among the beautiful elven ladies and their lords adorned in their shining and bright ceremonial armor. Such talk was crude and boorish. For the Indaar only dreamt of a misty future that somehow matched the glorious lost past of those elves who cast their gaze from their tall, sculpted towers and watched the storms of the sea come and pass by. And never did they turn their gaze south, beyond the Great River of the South the Sírë Morna. For that too was greatly considered uncouth to discuss even though it was in quiet tones and often.The Great River of the South. The Black River.Or as it was sometimes known… Nuruhuinë.The Death Shadow.One early evening it was into this very ancient inn old Malrond himself, who some said was an emissary of the Emerald Council, came on a late afternoon spring day. Many of the Littles in the district had seen him crossing over and through their green fields even just now blooming with wildflowers and first sprouting. Walking along the quiet and forgotten roads that lead from one stead to another with his tall and sculpted staff, stopping for a pleasant bit of talk with many of the older Littles he'd known in the long-ago days, and some who were rumored to have once, on occasion, gone off “a'wandering” with Malrond himself as they say down in those pastoral districts. And so, by Later Afternoon Tea, which is when the Littles have finished their heavy work for the day and are ready for their second tea before turning to the business of cleaning affairs up, news had spread that Malrond himself was indeed “around whether you'd been expectin' that to happen or not, today of all days, dontcha know.” Many of the Littles were settling down to either their honey cakes, or even the heavy lavender scones with baked crumble topping for Second Tea, when they heard the news regarding Malrond as teams of small Little boys, wild and screaming, raced from farm to farm to spread the tale of the tall wizard's arrival in the district.The Littles are well known for those fantastic scones. Some even say Glórindol One-Hand, ruler of the Indarri, occupant of the Emerald Lion throne which rests atop Indolién's Seventh Hill, favored them greatly and had carts of them brought up from the districts by the Elven Horse themselves. It was over these matters, and Malrond himself specifically, the Littles discussed news of Malrond's arrival, and, that it was clear he was heading toward the old inn and would arrive there toward day's end.So of course, with little organization and much frenzy, Littles from all across the district found an excuse to be about some business regarding the inn, and came in from their farms as the spring sky began to settle toward its gloaming to hear what the old wizard had to say.For he always had something interesting to say.Now, let us discuss the inn which the Littles, who favored the likeness of the Children of Men more than elves, began to stuff themselves into as night came on and the inn was made merry and hot by the hearth and many a candle. As had been said, the inn was very old. Very old. Some say, which is a common phrase in almost everything Littles speak upon, a sort of benediction before engaging in the gossip they so love, or an absolution if you prefer, some say the old inn was as old as Indolién itself.But… who knows such nonsense things?But back to the inn itself, it was a beautiful old pile of rambling rooms and deep cellars. The beer which the inn was famous for, a dark brew they served cold and called “boch”, came with a creamy head of foam and a slight bitter aftertaste that filled the stomach right with just a sip, leaving a satisfied feeling and a pleasant warm afterglow. It was the opposite of the heady “pils” brought down from the eastern mountains, direct from the ruined halls of rock dwarves who still delved into the remains of their lost empire. Pils was, by most, considered only barely brewed and far too potent for polite conversation which is what the Littles prided themselves on. The inn was also known of its Coastal Cheddar the locals called Onion Sharp. And travelers often remarked they'd never had anything of its like.It was into the main room, all girded and floored in perfectly polished red oak, with a roaring fire built within the massive hearth, that pints of beer were hoisted, two-handed of course by the Littles, and plates of that sharp onion-cheese with crusts of the local sourdough were set out. By the time Malrond got around to showing up it was full dark, and the Littles had been about their gossip to the point that they had worked themselves up into quite a tither regarding what this was all about.Of course, the news had to be about the south. And the war there, for no doubt it was war, that had been brewing beyond Sirith Osildor. Of course, it was about the Shadow Hordes and rumors of who was behind all the dark things and dire omens. Of course, it must be about all these things. And then again, some say, it could be about the north. Might it be about the Children of Men? The Savages Tribes forming up in the cold reaches of the lands there where the days were short, and forests stretched off to the end of the world or so some say. Where the mountains were jagged and cruel, and the rivers were supposed to be filled with ice and roaring that would carry you off into a land of dangerous dragons. It might be about those things.Why… surely it must? This was the consensus all the Littles had arrived at before Malrond himself had even arrived and opened his mouth one bit.But there was dissent.Of course, said other Littles, rowdy and young and known to stick to the back to share a good joke and perhaps a pipe, of course it's ‘bout the rock dwarves in the Eastern Mountains. Of course, since there is to be war in the south, the dwarves will sense their chance to sweep down on the lands of the Indaar and take their stolen treasures, and snatched jewels, back from the sack of Indolién if there is to be one. For the dwarves are a greedy lot, greedier than most and what have they been plotting up there in Rahaza-Ishgur, the ruins of their mighty and dark fortress beneath the sheer stone face of old Caragdûr.Why the dwarves did not aid the Indaar as the Littles did at the battle of the Neverine Sands was much discussed.“And that was a hundred years ago! Why, my old Deda fought in that when he was a lad,” erupted one blustery-faced Little, waving his mug about as though it were some kind of torch.One of the Littles coughed politely, but pointedly, to indicate they didn't believe the teller's DeDa had indeed fought at that long ago battle out in the sands that lay south and east beyond the mountains. When the Indaar had gone off to save their cousins, the Andaar, rulers of the lost kingdom of the sand elves as they were commonly known.Or Erumë as the elves of Indolién would have named it.So there within the roasting and cheery inn, as the cold mists from off the sea rolled over the line of coastal hills and came to the pleasant farms of the Littles, were all those kind of arguments regarding just exactly what Maldron himself would say this night. Perhaps it was news of the Emerald Court, some greater affair, or a new law to make all their lives better despite the burdens incurred in its offering. Or perhaps it was even about all those strange lights in the south a few nights ago when the last of the winter storms had risen up out of the sea and smote the coast hard indeed. Hadn't they all felt the earth shake with titanic booms and the deep thunders rolling out across the coastal hills like some giant out a'walking? And of course, all those strange lights that colored the night sky.Many piped up and said there were no such things as giants. But these were mainly young, and they failed to notice many of the quiet older Littles said nothing on this and seemed merely content to watch the passing of absolutely certain talk with a bare chuckle, or a grim stone face.Truly it had all been rather frightening, the storm a few nights back. But the Littles were the type of people who, if they made it through the long night, were just as apt to forget the horrors of a toothache in the golden light of morning and fresh cakes and a good pot of coffee. And so they had done away, mostly, with the rather unexplainable events of just a few nights prior. Until Malrond himself had bothered by and there must be something in that. For why else would he come to the inn?As it has been said, it was all rather frightening and by the time the bent and gaunt old man ducked his head and made his way into the inn, many of the Littles were in a tither and upset, impatient to hear what was going to be said.But then Malrond the Wise swept into the inn, tall and gaunt as has been noted. His long grey beard a thing the Littles always marveled as they could not grow such features themselves, nor ever be so tall as the wizard. It was a testament to the inn's ancientness that Malrond did not have to duck down much to enter as he did at many other Little dwellings. No, the inn had clearly first been built for taller people. Taller than men, as elves were. And so perhaps in the long ago before the rise of Indolién, perhaps then elves had worked these very same fields in the once and long ago.Hadn't Farmer Copper out in East Fields once found an ancient stone turned up in the soil of an old field? All carved with the strange runes that looked like old Andaar Elvish. Such things were always being found here and there across the district. Or so some said.Especially if you believed the things some said. Which of course most Littles did. Gossip was their stock and trade here in the south beyond the hubbub and glitter of the mighty elven capital that lay within the basin of a coastal plain surrounded by the mountains and passes to both the east and the north.Malrond swept in, his grey travelling cloak and dirty robes heavy with dust off the road that had come up so quickly after the last of winter's storms. Fatty McFarlane who saw over the inn, tried to bring a sterling silver tray of wine in a slender goblet, which was custom for all elves who passed this way, up to the old wizard but a long bony hand, adorned with rings of what surely must be power, waved the fat innkeeper away.“I'll have a draught of your bock, Fatty, if you don't mind, please,” said the old wizard. “It does cure the curse of the dust one finds out there along the road in these early months.” The wizard's voice was deep and rich. Sonorous almost. Old too because the elves were old. The longest lived of all the known lands as some like to say. “And perhaps some of your cured olives from out the Dry Foothills' way, Fatty. That is if you have them yet, of course.”Malrond cast his glittering eyes over the crowd as he sat down near the fire, stamping his boots to shake the misty damp out of his old toes, and then immediately producing the slender long-stemmed alabaster pipe elven wizards preferred. He set about packing it with their special blend and then held it, unlit until Fatty returned with a large mug of the boch and a plate of Onion Cheddar. A few spring onions and scattering of cured black olives accompanied this.“Good!” cried Malrond with delight as he plucked at an olive after taking a long, deep drink of the boch. His showman's voice filling the room and startling all the Littles all at once. “You've brought me everything I've dreamed about along the road I've followed up out of the south. I just simply had to stop here along the way, though I do indeed tarry, for the Emerald Court expects me at dawn to deliver a report regarding events in the south.”Then the old wizard set to drinking the beer and snatching up a piece of cheese to nibble and consider, his eyes absent and faraway on something for a long moment.“Wot's it all about?” asked Shane McFie from out the Sheepstead district which wandered along the little dry canyons that led up into the foothills. Young Shane was never one to be patient and so of course he'd been the first to badger the melancholy elven wizard regarding exactly what this was all about. But as least this was done with questions and not his fast fists as Tor McWallows might attest after events at last Harvest Fest when the two had come to blows and only Shane walked away with the hand of Darla MacNoil.Malrond came to himself and seemed surprised he should find himself in a room full of Littles, all eyes waiting with an almost urgent expectancy reserved for the direst of circumstances.“Well,” intoned the old wizard as he selected another dry cured black olive and popped the salty morsel into his mouth. “Who says it's about anything in particular? Can't an old friend come in from the long winter and share fire and food and a good smoke with his Little friends?”A few remonstrated Shane from the shadows of the inn for being so hasty. Old Malrond had sustained himself yet with the tray and mug. Be patient. Though a moment later these few didn't necessarily admit to the remonstrations when fiery Shane cast a blazing glower over his back to see just who exactly had made such comments regarding his impetuousness.“Why it's always about something, Malrond, when ya shows up,” began Shane once again. “Somethin' wonnerful and all always. We comes to expect such when you shows up. And I ain't no sally for sayin' such. You alls knows it, dontcha?”Several of the Littles agreed they did indeed “know it.” Yes, the appearance of Malrond, who always seemed to be coming direct from, or heading directly to the Emerald Court, was always a time of good tidings. And of course… the show of the telling.Because that's what this was really all about. If it had been simple gossip, well, that would make its way all over town by Main Lunch tomorrow. But what would have been missed would have been something that was truly special.The show of the telling.That's what wizards did. They didn't just tell you a story, they showed you one. With magic.And here was one. Malrond himself. Come obviously… to show them something now.Malrond's eyes were dark and shining as first he stared at little Shane, defiant and fiery. But yes… right. And for a moment, the old wizard stared over the top of his crooked nose, his baleful dark eyes staring even into Shane, as some might say.And for a long moment he didn't stop. Malrond cast his dark, glittering eyes across them all. Everyone the next morning who was there would have told you, that old Malrond himself had stared straight at them. Not just all the Littles. But them specifically. For there were others inside the old place that early evening. Men of the road who always seemed to be about the business of trading. A clutch of sand elves come in from their camps out in the hills. A few other strangers who preferred the dark recesses of the bar and the shadows there. Others too. Every one of them would have told you in that moment as the telling of the show began that old Malrond was looking at them as he began his magic.And this is how he began, the old elf putting down his mug of Fatty McFarlane's finest. Then taking up the unconsidered long-stem pipe that had already been packed with his brand. And then, just like that, a blue flame appeared at the tip of his long and slender index finger after he had quietly given his thumb and a long and crooked finger a soft snap. Like the soft break of dead fall eucalyptus in a quiet forest.Flame touched bowl and the wizard puffed his pipe to life. The room darker now, the shadows deeper. And then old Malrond began the Show of the Telling. This is a public episode. If you'd like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit nickcole.substack.com/subscribe
With Tyson Yunkaporta, Daniel Robert, Chay Beriault, Jessie White, and John Wolfstone.In part two of Community, we get into the path toward community, a zigzag and emergent pathway that can be confusing and extremely challenging. Which is why the alternate name for this episode is Community is a Pain in the Ass. It's not easy to be building community while dealing with ancestral grief and despair over living in a fragmented, partial society.And yet people make this effort, with goodwill and humor, and I doff my patchy hat to them.We get into communication, communion working through conflict,and we also get into nomadic community, which may well be the oldest form of community for humans, and is less about just roaming through the landscape and more about cyclically tending the land. We'll be hearing from Tyson Yunkaporta about this from the Apalach band in Australia, who is working in the indigenous knowledge lab in deacon university working on bringing in functional nomadic communities in the modern world. And we'll also touch on the wonders and terrors of online community.To learn more about Tyson Yunkaporta excellent book, Sand Talk, you can go here.In this episode Daniel Robert tells the story of the founding of the School of Mythopoetics. To hear more about this you can listen to this episode of the Mythic Masculine Podcast.Jessie's beautiful art is here. John Wolfstone's site, about rites of passage, is here. Hear you in there!To support the podcast, and receive additional artwork and stories related to its theme, go on over to Patreon.The podcast Instragram is here. To be notified about upcoming creative writing and art workshops, sign up for the Story Paths mailing list here. There were many songs and sound effects in this episode. Thanks especialy to all who offered these up freely on Freesound.org and dig.ccmixter.org.I couldn't put them all in the show notes here, but you'll find them in the transcript.Music creditfrom ccmixter:romancito_-_San_Geronimo_Feast_DayFrom freesound.org165864__ananth-pattabi__traditional-folk-drums-hyderabad-india.mp3
They say the only constant in life is change. And I think we can all agree that change is hard for most of us. So let's dive into all things change and transition. In this episode, I discuss: - The most important thing when moving through change and transition, having self-compassion and self-acceptance - The importance of slowing down, making eye contact, and having conscious, uninterrupted conversations about the change and transition you're experiencing - Being ok with making mistakes and messing up, transitions take time, this is inevitable and bound to happen, it's part of the process - Tending to the anxiety related to transitions. I give tools and practices for doing so - Creating ritual out of transitions and change, or as I like to call it, making the mundane magical Donate to the A Wave Away podcast Episode website Join my email list/newsletter Contact me Connect with me on Instagram A Wave Away episode 13 featuring a guided grounding practice
Danielle Shroyer's curiosity about the spiritual path took an unexpected turn in 2018. This founder of the emerging church movement and deeply faithful Christian leader took the path East, towards the wisdom and practices of the Eastern traditions. Her blog, Be a Soul Ninja, chronicles her experiences engaging in different Eastern religious thoughts and practices. So what does it mean to Be a Soul Ninja? In this conversation, we discuss: Why Danielle is a ‘hot mess' at meditating and still names meditation as the practice that has helped her to grow the most in her faith (6:30) The difference between meditation and centering prayer and why Danielle does an extra day of meditation each week (10:55) How to start meditating (14:04) What it means to “Be a Soul Ninja” and why being a ninja necessarily involves being in community with others (19:17) What would it look like to spiritually direct a whole community? (24:47) What is spiritual direction and why it's important for clergy (27:40) How her blog “Be a Soul Ninja” got started after a rejected book proposal, her approach to writing the blog and an excerpt from a blog post (31:53) QUOTES “All of that practice, I think what it does, is help me just be with myself in the reality of who I am. And I think that is incredibly important for leaders to do, because I just have to see myself exactly as I am. All the good stuff. All the bad stuff. All the stuff that's extra boring and not worth conversation on either side of good or bad. And I think that helps me sorta operate from a more centered place, because there's just no hiding from yourself if you sit and meditate in your own thoughts everyday.” -Danielle Shroyer [09:43] “Really the goal in meditation is not to stop thinking. It's just not to attach to your thoughts.” -Danielle Shroyer [17:36] About Danielle Shroyer Danielle spent over a decade in pastoral leadership and was a founding member of the emerging church movement. She speaks often across the country on issues of theology, faith, culture, and story, and blogs at beasoulninja.com. Danielle is the author of Original Blessing: Putting Sin in its Rightful Place; Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminations on the Lord's Prayer in the Holy Land; and The Boundary Breaking God: An Unfolding Story of Hope and Promise. RESOURCES & RELEVANT LINKS Find out more about today's guest, Danielle Shroyer, including information about Spiritual Direction, on her website http://www.beasoulninja.com. You can also sign up for her weekly blogs to be delivered to your inbox. This podcast is brought to you by the Leadership Ministry team at TMF and Wesleyan Investive. Leadership Ministry connects diverse, high-capacity leaders in conversations and environments that create a network of courage, learning, and innovation in order to help the church lean into its God-appointed mission. Subscribe to our Leadership Ministry emails here. We send emails about each episode and include additional related resources related to the episode's topic. We know your inbox is inundated these days, we aim to send you content that is inspiring, innovative, and impactful for your life and ministry. If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts / iTunes?
Host of the dating and comedy podcast, Rachel Beiferman stops by Chanel in the City to chat with host, Chanel Omari on Chanel in the City about her amazing podcast; Dating APP Disasters with her co-host comedian, Phil Ducket as they help comedians, celebrities and everyone else navigate their dating life in the big city and how to avoid further dating disasters. Rachel gives tips and advice on how to have fun being single in the city and how to date appropriatly! Rachel opens up about why she started and is so passionate about starting the podcast and sharing other peoples' dating nightmares so we can all feel less alone. Make sure to follow @datingappdisasters for more info! m
Hello and welcome back to the podcast. This week we have guest, Carrie Holt. She is mom to 4 children, one of which has taken her on the ride of 15+ years as a special needs mom. Her son has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Carrie starts with the beginning of the story. They knew about her son's conditions in-utero, but this didn't make his arrival any easier. She highlights that, at about two weeks old he had respiratory failure and ended up spending 64 days in the hospital. When he came home, he was very medically fragile and had 16 hours of in-home nursing care. In the last 15 years, he's been through about 60 surgeries. All this and her 3 other children has lead her to believe that tending to your soul and your heart is of upmost importance. Carrie explains how she works hard to be there with her son in his hard times of pity and anger but also knows it's her job to remind him or his self-worth and that it isn't defined by the things he can't or cannot do. She shares her belief on the grieving process and that it seems to be a never ending cycle for special needs families. In the end, Carrie wants listeners to know it's okay to feel all the tough feelings and also have those moments in survival mode where maybe you can't tap into the hard feelings. You are worthy all around and so are your special needs children. Connect with Carrie:IG: https://www.instagram.com/carriemholt/Website: www.carriemholt.com Website: www.takeheartspecialmoms.com Facebook: @carriemholtwriterConnect with Kara:IG: https://www.instagram.com/Kararyska/Website: https://www.kararyska.com/Group Coaching Program: Schedule a ConsultWanna be on the show? Contact meFull Show NotesClick HERE to Join The Special Needs Mom Podcast Community
Welcome to episode seventy-one of New Creation Conversations. I apologize that we missed an episode last week, we were hosting a denominational conference at our church last week, and it took up all my extra space last week. The good news is that it gave me the opportunity to sit down with a couple of the guests at the conference and have face-to-face conversations with them about their writing and work. I get to share one of those conversations with you today. Rev. Caleb Cray Haynes is church planter and co-pastor with his wife, Emily, at Kalaeo Church in Nashville. He is also the co-founder of Nazarenes for Creation Care. Caleb grew up in the hills of rural Tennessee where the love of God's creation grew deep roots in his early life and experience. Tending to gardens and wandering in the woods are still part of Caleb's story. Following a call to ministry, he attended Trevecca Nazarene University and received a degree in Religion and Philosophy. Afterward, Caleb served as a volunteer Nazarene missionary through Mission Corp in Mainz, Germany, aiding in church planting with (one of our previous guests Philip Zimmerman) Church in Action. He is currently working on a Master's Degree in Theology and Ecology from Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, UK.We focus our conversation not only on his work with Nazarenes for Creation Care but also on his recently published book, Garbage Theology: The Unseen World of Waste and What It Means for the Salvation of Every Person, Every Place, and Every Thing. It's not only a thoughtful book but an important conversation that – as those created to be reflections of God's care and dominion of creation – the church desperately needs to have. I'm really thankful for young leaders like Caleb helping us have that conversation, and I'm glad you've joined us for this great conversation. Here is my New Creation Conversation with Pastor Caleb Cray Haynes.
Scott Sabin is the Executive Director of Plant with Purpose, an organization that works with people in poverty all over the world to restore the land where they live so that they can become self-sustaining. It's an organization that recognizes that they are not the saviors of the poor, they are partners who work with the poor.In this episode, Scott shares about the work of Plant with Purpose. Then, Scott and Markus draw connections between the way Plant with Purpose does its mission work and how the healthiest churches do ministry in their neighborhoods. And it all comes down to recognizing people as "partners, not projects."THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDES:Scott Sabin is the Executive Director of Plant With Purpose, author of Tending to Eden, and an elder at Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church.The mission of Plant with Purpose begins with the recognition that many of the world's poorest people depend directly on the well-being of the land for their survival.Plant with Purpose works to alleviate poverty in three ways:Environmental restorationEconomic empowerment through Purpose Groups (savings groups)Spiritual renewal through a biblically based curriculumPlant with Purpose focuses its work around watersheds for a variety of practical reasons.Once Plant with Purpose identifies an area in which to work, they begin networking with local leaders.Asset-mapping is an important component of Plant with Purpose's work. What are the assets in a particular community?Plant with Purpose seeks to collaborate with other organizations in the area.It is critical to hear from all the different parts of a community (not just one or two groups).The staff that does the work locally are local to the region (or, at least, local to the country). They are not outsiders.Plant with Purpose views the people the serve as “partners, not projects.”Scott and Markus reflect on how Plant with Purpose's strategies and methods could be applied to local church ministry.RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS:Plant with PurposeBooks mentioned:Tending to Eden, by Scott SabinWalking with the Poor, by Bryant MyersBeyond Thingification, by Markus WatsonRelated episodes:Episode 115: Poverty Alleviation and Spiritual Leadership, with Rob Gailey, author of Development in Mission
They're here—the teen years. The old close relationship you once had might now feel bumpy, and you're not feeling as confident as a parent as you once did. You're overwhelmed sometimes at how critical, sullen, or withdrawn your teen can sometimes be. Dr. Nanika Coor offers ideas for hanging on to your sanity when dealing with the ups and downs of raising teens. Project Parenthood is hosted by Dr. Nanika Coor. A transcript is available at Simplecast.Find Project Parenthood on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to the Quick and Dirty Tips newsletter for more tips and advice.Project Parenthood is a part of Quick and Dirty Tips.Links:https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/subscribehttps://www.facebook.com/QDTProjectParenthoodhttps://twitter.com/qdtparenthoodhttps://brooklynparenttherapy.com/
#022 - Join us for an incredible conversation with artist, plant whisperer, and wayshower Lisa Estabrook on how flowers create space for healing. In this episode, Lisa shares about the timely medicine of her close ally Dandelion and what it means to tend the garden of the soul. She also offers wisdom about her experience with flower medicine as story medicine, and how Nature helps us connect with the power of witnessing, observing, and being compassionate towards the self and others. Lisa Estabrook is an artist, mother, way shower, author, home herbalist, and plant whisperer who has spent the last 30 years figuring out how to live a meaningful, heart-led, healthy and joyful life. The creation of the Soulflower Plant Spirit Oracle deck was the result of a two-year long personal journey of self-discovery and healing which also launched her heART based Soulflower business with a growing range of products intended to support and inspire connection with ourselves and our planet. The founder of the online Soulflower CommUNITY Garden, Lisa's belief is that the more we learn about ourselves and take responsibility for our own healing journeys, the more we will empower and support ourselves and by extension our families, our communities and ultimately the Earth herself. You can find Lisa at https://mysoulflower.com/ and on IG @my_soulflower For more info please visit: www.multidimensionalnature.com and IG @multidimensional.nature
Capricorn Full Moon I build. I commit. I endure. On Wednesday (July 13), the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth for 2022, making this Full Moon a Supermoon. In the sign of Capricorn and conjunct Pluto, this Full Moon brings an intensity of emotional awareness. Structures (both within and without) are moving through a portal of death and rebirth. Asteroid Ceres is in Cancer in opposition to this Full Moon, encouraging the cultivation of family, intuition, and healing. With ruling planet Saturn in Aquarius, freedom and humanitarian ideals may feel restricted and under review. Be patient with yourself and the process. As a balance to Cancer Season, the Capricorn Full Moon offers a practical vantage point. If your emotions feel overwhelming, reconnect with your environment. Honor the parts of you that are hardworking and perseverant. How might you shift your awareness away from the need for recognition and more toward living in alignment with your values? What structures need to be put in place in order to ensure greater overall health for your body and the environment? In what ways might you commit to using your public offerings to offer greater healing to the Earth? Capricorn Full Moon Affirmation: I listen to the ancient wisdom of my work. ♑ Capricorn Full Moon Wednesday, July 13, 2022 11:37 am PST 21º 21' Capricorn Full Moon Reflections In my birth chart I have Venus, Neptune and Juno in Capricorn in the 12th House of the Unknown. My relationship to business and career (Capricorn) is spiritual, otherworldly and mysterious (12th House). My process does not always follow the traditional rules of business, however I am hardworking and I consistently show up. My personal relationship to Capricorn (Collective Earth) is the commitment toward living in alignment with the planet. Being an astrologer allows me to lessen my environmental impact, while also it gifts me the opportunity to be my own boss. This ensures that I am able to make decisions that are in alignment with my values. Every day I am grateful and humbled to be of service in this way. One of my favorite and most rewarding ways to be of service is through offering one-on-one mentorships. This year, one of my students who completed the deep dive mentorship is the incredible Branwen Schaub. She recently launched her astrology practice, and I highly recommend her services. She is incredibly intuitive and insightful. Her offerings include both tarot and astrology readings. Below you will see a breathtaking photograph of her taken on the Sagittarius Full Moon last month. In addition, I am excited to announce that this September I will be collaborating with Taurus Ashley River, author of Tending to the Sacred. We will be hosting an in-person Day Retreat in Portland, Oregon. All of the details of the event and how to sign-up will be announced in my next newsletter in two weeks on the Leo New Moon (July 28). Ashley recently posted about the Capricorn Full Moon on her instagram and I really resonated with what she wrote. Perhaps you'll check it out. Also, I enjoyed a recent post on aging by spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson (Marianne is a Cancer Sun with a Capricorn Moon – the same combo as the energy of this Capricorn Full Moon). She posted a video of her from afar walking along the ocean. The first sentence of her post read, "I took a long walk with God along the beach on my 70th birthday yesterday." Cancer is the connection to the ocean, reflection and memory. Capricorn is the connection to aging and the long walk with God. I hope you are able to carve out space this Cancer season to allow for deep contemplation and rest. If you are in need of a sacred container for reflection, it would be an absolute honor and joy to hold space for you through an astrology or tarot reading. Blessings to you on this Capricorn Full Moon. LINKS About Jeff Hinshaw Astrology Mentorship Astrology Reading Tarot Reading Podcast: iTunes, Spotify, or Podbean Patreon for Cosmic Cousins Sign-up for Mailing List + Newsletter
In this episode, Kimberly and Kate discuss navigating the physical, spiritual, and lifestyle changes of perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. They discuss the negative associations with perimenopause and menopause based on culture that condition us to view of these life cycles unfavorably. They also discuss parenting during these stages, tending to symptoms with curiosity and kindness, and using the pulls inward to bloom into seasons of second springs and second summers of life. Perimenopause and menopause can be powerful times of tending to ourselves more kindly, reintegrating and healing ourselves from previous life stages, and harnessing the power of intuition and discernment. Bio Kate Codrington is a menstrual and menopause mentor, speaker, workshop facilitator, writer, podcaster and former therapist for nearly 30 years. She is also an artist currently weaving textiles, words, story and stitch. Her first book Second Spring: the self-care guide to menopause is published by HarperCollins and she also has a variety of offerings such as yoga nidra, online classes, and more. What She Shares: —Identifying the perimenopause phase —Cultural anxieties around menopause —Defining perimenopause and menopause —Parenting while transitioning —Tending to extreme symptoms —Superpowers of menopause What You'll Hear: —Peri-menopause —Cultural anxieties surrounding peri-menopause —Gaining weight and losing elasticity during perimenopause —Facing mortality through menopause —Peri-menopause time to examine and let go to life that doesn't serve us —Shedding before moving into new phase of life —Culture making menopausal women invisible contributing to anxiety —Healthcare uninformed generally around menopause —Perimenopause defined as “around menopause” —Symptoms are changes in menstruation from what is normal —More desire to be alone —Health costs to amount of working leading up to menopause —Perimenopause time ranges between months to many years —Negative connotations associated with “postpartum” and “menopause” —Interfering versus accepting peri-menopause and menopause —Parenting during perimenopause —Stages of menopause in relation to seasons and cycles —Oxytocin encouraging sociality in direct conflict with need to withdraw during menopause —Guilt over feelings of needing alone time while parenting —Enormous call of turning inward —Meeting conflict of needing alone time while parenting —Differences of rhythms and slowness within family systems —Changes in relationship to sex during peri-menopause and menopause —Embracing physical changes in vaginal tissue —Staying close to pleasure, safety, and kindness sexually —Endless variations of sexuality and meeting the moment —Post-menopause as “another country” —Reconnecting and reintegrating with former teenage self —Disorientation during losing cycles of menstruation —Ritual, journaling, honoring loss and grief —Being tender and sweet with ourselves moment by moment —Call for attention and kindness —Severe symptoms calling for attention and kindness for treatment —Menopausal super-powers of discernment, intuition, and spirituality —Second spring and second summer of life postmenopause Resources Website: https://www.katecodrington.co.uk/ IG: @kate_codrington