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2020-09-06Dr. Frederick (David) Min: Gain the World and Lose Your SoulDr. Frederick (David) Min: Gain the World and Lose Your SoulOn 9/11 Dr. David Min rushed to ground zero to treat firefighters. He later developed PTSD and would credit this breakdown for his talent as a doctor that can reach into the soul. I asked him to solve my mysterious and debilitating neurological symptoms, but he gave me far more than I could have ever imagined.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 19/11, cancer, depression, first responder, healer burnout, hope, medicine, oncology, ptsd, spirituality
2022-05-01Tierra Curry: Clean Rivers, Clean HealthTierra Curry: Clean Rivers, Clean HealthI speak to Dr. Lesley Tate-Gould, a psychotherapist that uses Somatic Experiencing (SE) to help people overcome trauma. SE was developed by Peter Levine, and like IFS therapy, deviates from the norms of traditional talk therapy and its typical cognitive and rational focus.Soul of Life Show - Season 4health, natureTierra Curry61
2022-04-01Healing Trauma With Somatic Experiencing (SE)Healing Trauma With Somatic Experiencing (SE)I speak to Dr. Lesley Tate-Gould, a psychotherapist that uses Somatic Experiencing (SE) to help people overcome trauma. SE was developed by Peter Levine, and like IFS therapy, deviates from the norms of traditional talk therapy and its typical cognitive and rational focus.Soul of Life Show - Season 4psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, traumaDaniel Siegel59
2022-03-01Daniel Siegel - The Mind and IFSDaniel Siegel - The Mind and IFSToday I speak with Dr. Daniel Siegel, founder of Interpersonal Neurobiology, about the mind and how Internal Family Systems (IFS) may function in the brain. Soul of Life Show - Season 4brian lagerstrom, Food, sourdough breadDaniel Siegel59
2022-01-28Sourdough with Brian LagerstromSourdough with Brian LagerstromBrian Lagerstrom is a rising star in the among the many food channels on YouTube. He shows people how to make food from his many years as a professional chef and baker. "You can make world class dough with a bowl and a spoon. Truly. That’s all you need."Soul of Life Show - Season 4brian lagerstrom, Food, sourdough bread
2021-12-31Astronaut John GrunsfeldAstronaut John GrunsfeldThe James Webb Space telescope launched from Earth recently and promises to unlock some of the deepest mysteries of the universe. Today I speak with astronaut veteran of 5 space flights and former NASA science administrator, John Grunsfeld.Soul of Life Show - Season 4Astronomy, James Webb Telescope, John Grusnfeld
2021-11-26Ken LiuKen LiuI speak with Ken Liu, author of The Paper Menagerie, a short story swept the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy awards. In his fantasy series The Dandelion Dynasty, the heroes are engineers, not wizards. Liu's work translating many Chinese sci-fi authors into English has helped many of these authors become huge successes in the U.S., most notably Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem. Ken says his fiction often projects East Asian history and culture onto the backdrop of the modern American Empire.Soul of Life Show – Season 3ken liu
2021-11-19The Legacy of Len BiasThe Legacy of Len BiasDave Ungrady has been a man on a mission to tell the story of U. of MD basketball star Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose two days after he was drafted to the Boston Celtics in 1986. Next week Len Bias will finally be inducted into the NCAA Hall of Fame. We talk about the comparisons between Bias and Michael Jordan and former U.S. Drug Zhar Robert DuPont’s statement that Len Biases overdose from cocaine was the single most important date in U.S. history of drug abuse next to the founding of AA.Soul of Life Show – Season 3dave ungrady, len bias
2021-11-12Kristin Neff: Fierce Self-CompassionKristin Neff: Fierce Self-CompassionKristin Neff is the person perhaps most responsible for researching the effects of self-compassion. She is the author of the 2011 bestselling book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and her newest book, Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.Soul of Life Show – Season 3fierce self-compassion, kristin neff
2021-11-05Monks That Make Beer: Spencer BreweryMonks That Make Beer: Spencer BreweryI speak with Fr Isaac Keeley, Trappist monk and Director of the Spencer Brewery at St. Joseph’s Abbey in the Central MA town of Spencer (my hometown). I asked Fr Isaac how they fit in the demands of running an industrial scale brewery with the contemplative life of the monastery.Soul of Life Show – Season 3beer, monastery, monks, spencer brewery, st josephs abbey
2021-10-29Jaime Clemmer: Heartbroken But Not BrokenJaime Clemmer: Heartbroken But Not BrokenI speak with Jaime Clemmer, author of Heartbroken, But Not Broken, which offers readers an intimate recounting of how she got through any parent's worst nightmare–her son’s sudden death at the age of 10.Soul of Life Show – Season 3grief, heartbroken but not broken, Jaime Clemmer, organ donation
2021-10-22Ketamine for Severe DepressionKetamine for Severe DepressionI speak with Dr. Patrick Oliver about the only drug approved currently to treat suicidal ideation: Ketamine. "The depression just seems to go away." We discuss the safety of Ketamine even in treating severe depression that’s co-occurring with substance abuse.Soul of Life Show – Season 3depression, Dr. Patrick Oliver, Ketamine, ketamine for depression
2021-10-15Neil Shubin: Your Inner FishNeil Shubin: Your Inner FishHow did fish evolve to walk on land? What are the details of how that process happened? Neil Shubin, the co-discoverer of Tiktaalik, a fish fossil that is the first evidence of so-called bridge animals with features that show the evolutionary transition between swimming fish and land mammals.Soul of Life Show – Season 3Fossils, Human Anatomy, Neil Shubin, Paleontology, Some Assembly Required, Tiktaalik, Your Inner Fish
2021-10-08Lou Lukas: Mind-Body-Disease and the Somatic ConnectionLou Lukas: Mind-Body-Disease and the Somatic ConnectionI speak with Dr. Lou Lucas, chief of Palliative Medicine at the Nebraska and Western Iowa Veterans Health Care Systems about the mind-body connection, stress and autoimmune disorders like gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, migraines, nerve damage, and even some cancers. We talk about how to utilize the power of the mind to transform and heal the body with IFS and psychedelics. Soul of Life Show – Season 3Holistic Medicine, IFS, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Lou Lukas, Mindbody, Palliative Medicine, psychedelics
2021-10-01Cake Dream: Truck Driver Starts Houston BakeryCake Dream: Truck Driver Starts Houston BakeryThe pandemic of 2020 brought us supply shortages. Basics like sugar and flour were scarce. But a truck driver in Houston was making sure people didn’t run out of cake.Soul of Life Show – Season 3baking, Brotha Bakes, Cakes in Jars, Food, Houston Bakery Brotha Bakes, Mark Linen
2021-09-24Betty Martin: Sexual Surrogacy and Getting to Know PleasureBetty Martin: Sexual Surrogacy and Getting to Know PleasureI speak with Betty Martin, a certified Surrogate Partner, Sacred Intimate, and Somatic Sex Educator about the importance of getting to know pleasure in your body, slow sex, and the controversy and benefits of sexual surrogacy in sex therapy. Soul of Life Show – Season 3betty martin, sex surrogacy, sex surrogate, sex therapy, sexual pleasure, sexual surrogacy, sexual surrogate psychotherapy, slow sex, tantric sex, the art of receiving and giving, the three minute game, the wheel of consent
2021-09-17Jay Earley: Making Peace With Inner ConflictsJay Earley: Making Peace With Inner ConflictsI speak with Jay Earley, author of Self-Therapy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Inner Wholeness Using IFS about working with inner conflict (polarized parts of you). Soul of Life Show – Season 3ifs polarizations, ifs therapy, inner conflicts, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Jay Earley, Jay Earley IFS, Jay Earley Self-Therapy, self-therapy, Self-Therapy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Wholeness and Healing Your Inner Child Using IFS
2021-09-10Folk Singer David WilcoxFolk Singer David WilcoxIn this episode of The Soul of Life I speak with David Wilcox, a quintessential folk singer who tells stories full of heart, humor, and hope. David treats me to five live performances including the debut of a brand new, yet-to-be-named song.Soul of Life Show – Season 3Asheville folk singer David Wilcox, David Wilcox, depression, folk musician, Forest Fire David Wilcox, guitarist, Start With the Ending, The Beautiful by David Wilcox, The Beautiful David Wilcox, We Make the Way By Walking
2021-09-03Naked Marriage: Sex Therapist Dr. Corey AllanNaked Marriage: Sex Therapist Dr. Corey AllanI speak with Dr. Corey Allan, Sex and Marriage and Family Therapist, author of Naked Marriage, and longtime host of Sexy Marriage Radio, a podcast devoted to straight forward, honest conversations about what goes on behind closed doors in your marriage.Soul of Life Show – Season 3corey allan, hot monogamy, naked marriage, sex in marriage, sexual compatibility, sexual relationship, sexy marriage radio
2021-08-27Michael Elkin: Befriending Addiction and Suicide with IFSMichael Elkin: Befriending Addiction and Suicide with IFSInternal Family Systems (IFS) lead trainer Michael Elkin and I discuss how, instead of fighting and resisting so-called “bad” parts of you, it’s far more productive to become curious and explore the motivations behind behavior or feelings that aren’t in your best interest.Soul of Life Show – Season 3Addiction, Compulsions, Firefighters, IFS, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Michael Elkin, Suicidality, Suicide
2021-08-20PBS News Anchor Hari SreenivisanPBS News Anchor Hari SreenivisanHari Sreenivasan joined the PBS NewsHour in 2009. He is the Anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend and a Senior Correspondent for the nightly program.Soul of Life Show – Season 3hari screenivasan, Indian journalist, jim lehrer, judy woodruff, nav bhatia, pbs, pbs newshour, pbs newshour weekend, peter jennings, take on fake
2021-08-13Couplehood: Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly HuntCouplehood: Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly HuntI speak with founders of Imago Relationship Therapy, Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt about their paradigm-changing work treating "the space between" as instrumental to successful couplehood. Soul of Life Show – Season 3couplehood, couples conflict, couples counseling, Couples Therapy, Getting the Love You Want, Harville Hendrix, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Imago Counseling, Imago couples counseling, Imago Couples Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Imago Therapist, marriage conflict, Marriage Therapy
2021-08-06Bessel van der Kolk - The Body Keeps the ScoreBessel van der Kolk - The Body Keeps the ScoreI speak with Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, a NYT bestseller list for 141 wks, 24 of them in the #1 spot. How can you heal from trauma? Has "trauma" become inflated in pop culture? What are the latest about psychedelics in therapy? What is a better replacement for the PTSD diagnosis?Soul of Life Show – Season 3Bessel van der Kolk, brain mind and body, brain mind and body and the healing of trauma, DSM-V, healing of trauma, neurofeedback, psychedelic-assisted therapy, psychotherapy, ptsd, The Body Keeps the Score, The Trauma Center
2021-07-30Adventure Photographer John Annerino - America's OutbackAdventure Photographer John Annerino - America's OutbackIn this episode of I talk to adventure photographer John Annerino, believed to have run the longest wilderness ultramarathon ever, covering 750 miles of daunting Arizona wilderness from Mexico to Utah. Soul of Life Show – Season 3Adventure Photography, America's Outback, America's Outback: An Odyssey through the Great Southwest, Arizona hiking, desert photography, Desert Ultramarathon, GCNP, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon photography, hiking the grand canyon, John Annerino, Longest Desert Ultramarathon, national geographic, Nature Photography, photography, Rim to rim, rim to rim to rim, RTRTR, South Rim Visitor's Center, The Grand Canyon, Ultramarathon
2021-06-18Paul Gilmartin's Mental Illness Happy HourPaul Gilmartin's Mental Illness Happy HourI speak with comedian Paul Gilmartin, former host of Dinner and a Movie on TBS. After leaving entertainment, Gilmartin started The Mental Illness Happy Hour, a podcast that puts the world of living with mental illness into sharp focus and gets a laugh.Soul of Life Show – Season 2comedian paul gilmartin, comedy and mental illness, comedy and sobriety, covert sexual abuse, depression, dinner and a movie, mental illness, paul gilmartin, recovery from mental illness, recovery from sexual abuse, sexual abuse by mother, sobriety, The mental illness happy hour
2021-06-11The Right Way to Have SexThe Right Way to Have SexIs there a right way to have sex? Everybody thinks they’re doing it wrong or someone else is doing it better and shame can engulf sex. Signe Simon and Simone Humphrey, hosts of LoveLink, talk with me about really common reasons people have problems with sexual intimacy, and challenge the traditional norms around penetration and orgasm. What happens before sex? What happens during sex? We talk about discovering the difference between arousal and desire, open relationships, BDSM, kink, and marriage anxiety.Soul of Life Show – Season 2BDSM, foreplay, how to have sex, kink, marriage, open marriage, open relationship, orgasm and penetration, pain is pleasure, painful sex, poly, polyamory, sexual arousal, sexual desire, sexual dysfunction, sexual healing, sexual shame, signe simon, simone humphries, the right way to have sex
2021-06-04Dominique Dawes: Olympic Gold Gymnast's Emotionally Whole CoachingDominique Dawes: Olympic Gold Gymnast's Emotionally Whole CoachingDominique Dawes is a three-time former U.S. Olympic gymnast and was a 10-year member of the U.S. national gymnastics team and part of the gold-medal-winning "Magnificent Seven" team at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. She recently opened her first gymnastics training academy in Clarksburg, Maryland to prove that there is a way to care for children and put the healthy minds and bodies of kids first in contrast to what she calls a culture of abuse that still exists in competitive gymnastics in this country.Soul of Life Show – Season 2Athlete A, dominique dawes, Dominique Dawes Gymnastics & Ninja Academy, Golden gymnastics documentary, Larry Nassar, magnificent seven gymnastics, simone biles and dominique dawes, U.S. gymnastics, U.S. gymnastics scandal, U.S. Olympic Gymnastics, U.S. woman's gymnastics abuse, U.S. women's gymnastics gold medalist, USA gymnastics
2021-05-28Resonance Theory of ConsciousnessResonance Theory of ConsciousnessHow do you know that you’re conscious? I mean, don’t you just kind of know? Dr. Jonathan Schooler may know more than anyone. A prof of Psychological and Brain Sciences at U.C.S.B., he developed the "resonance theory of consciousness, cited more than 32,000 times by other academics research about consciousness. We discuss how this relates to mind wandering and mindfulness, a habit that can lead to more productive and joyful moments.Soul of Life Show – Season 2cognition, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, consciousness, definition of consciousness, how do we think, jonathan schooler, mind wandering, mind wondering, resonance theory of consciousness, steven strogatz, sync, what is consciousness?
2021-05-21Unlocking the Puzzle of Personality with the EnneagramUnlocking the Puzzle of Personality with the EnneagramI speak with Michael Goldberg, Enneagram expert and author of The 9 Ways of Working.Soul of Life Show – Season 29 ways of working, enneagram, enneagram 1, enneagram 2, enneagram 3, enneagram 4, enneagram 5, enneagram 6, enneagram 7, enneagram 9, enneagram personality test, enneagram types, michael goldberg 9 Ways of Working, online personality quiz
2021-05-14Trans-Authentic: IFS and Gender IdentityTrans-Authentic: IFS and Gender IdentityI speak with IFS lead trainer and psychiatrist Frank Anderson about the surge of children exploring gender transition. We discuss a need for safe spaces for clinicians to explore fears and motivations with gender identity and how IFS' natural multiplicity differentiates protective parts of identity and authentic Self. "It takes somebody a while to [become] authentic. I couldn’t explore my sexual orientation until my trauma was healed....Let’s not make any decisions until you’ve healed your trauma."Soul of Life Show – Season 2Frank Anderson, gender dysphoria, gender fluidity, gender identity, hormone therapy for children, IFS, Internal Family Systems Therapy, questioning my gender identity, trans, trans kids, transgender, transgender kids, transsexual
2021-05-07The Daring Doctor: Treating Food Allergies with OITThe Daring Doctor: Treating Food Allergies with OIT1 in 13 kids have food allergies in the U.S. This scary condition that can lead to fatal anaphylaxis (the sudden constriction of airways) is debilitating to live with. Dr. Manav Segal is an allergist based in Philadelphia to which my family owes a debt of for curing our son’s debilitating allergy to dairy by offering a treatment for food allergies called Oral Immunotherapy or (OIT).Soul of Life Show – Season 2hypnosis, hypnosis for athletes, hypnosis for golf, hypnosis for tennis, sports hypnosis, taylor sherman
2021-04-30Hypnosis 101Hypnosis 101You'll get a kick out of watching a professional hypnotist try to improve my my tennis game. How does hypnosis work in the brain? Who benefits most? When is it ineffective? Taylor Sherman shares his expertise on this fascinating subject. Soul of Life Show – Season 2hypnosis, hypnosis for athletes, hypnosis for golf, hypnosis for tennis, sports hypnosis, taylor sherman
2021-04-23Film & TV Reviews with Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense MediaFilm & TV Reviews with Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense MediaI speak again with Sandie Angulo Chen, a film critic at Common Sense Media, about some new shows that handle some radioactive cultural themes, like Moxie, and Promising Young Woman. We veer into sci-fi escapism to talk about the new Marvel's WandaVision. Sandie reviews Boy’s State, Raya and the Last Dragon, 2021 Oscar nominations, and Judas and the Black Messiah.Soul of Life Show – Season 2boys state, common sense media, judas and the black messiah, moxie, promising young woman, raya and the last dragon, sandie angulo chen, wandavision
2021-04-16How Running Makes Us HumanHow Running Makes Us HumanWhy do we run? When Vybarr Cregan-Reid set out to answer this question, he began a journey into the science and psychobiology of the human body which—he says—is born to run. We talk about Cregan-Reid’s book, Footnotes: How Running Makes us Human, why natural running—running barefoot—is being embraced by running enthusiasts as the solution to injuries that plague modern runners. Soul of Life Show – Season 2barefoot running, born to run, cross country, jogging, marathon running, running, running shoes, track and field, vybarr cregan-reid
2021-04-09Marijuana: Facts & FictionMarijuana: Facts & FictionWhat are the facts about regular marijuana use? I speak with Dr. Samoon Ahmad, author of Medical Marijuana: A Clinical Handbook (2020) about the persistent myth that weed is harmless. Soul of Life Show – Season 2marijuana, marijuana for anxiety, marijuana for ptsd, marijuana side effects, medical marijuana, pot, risks of marijuana, samoon ahmad, thc and psychosis, weed
2021-04-02Tessa Velazquez: Baked & Wired Coffee ShopTessa Velazquez: Baked & Wired Coffee ShopTessa Velazquez, owner of Baked & Wired, A Baked Joint, and La Betty in Washington, DC, discusses surviving during COVID, baking, bread, flour and the work and art of food.Soul of Life Show – Season 2a baked joint, baked & wired, bakery in Georgetown, baking, baristas, coffee, coffee in Georgetown, coffee shop, la betty, Starbucks, tessa velasquez
2021-03-26Loving Someone With an Eating DisorderLoving Someone With an Eating DisorderEating disorders trigger strong emotional reactions in loved ones and therapists who can end up in a tug of war to make the disturbing symptoms stop. Eating disorder specialist Dana Harron says love and compassion are key ingredients to successful treatment. We talk about the most common types of disordered eating, and we separate eating disorder facts from fiction.Soul of Life Show – Season 2
2021-03-19Rising Star: The Music of American Idol's Alec ShawRising Star: The Music of American Idol's Alec ShawWhen you hear the music that 23-year old Seattle musician Alec Shaw is writing and performing you know he’s headed somewhere big. But whether he knows that yet is a different story. Several of Alec's most popular songs are featured throughout our discussion as we banter about about his romantic life, his (super talented!) creative process, and how he's dealt with stage fright and performance anxiety.Soul of Life Show – Season 2alec shaw, american idol, Hollywood Week, Seattle Music
2021-03-12At Home in Your Voice: NPR Funding Credit Voice Artist Jessica HansenAt Home in Your Voice: NPR Funding Credit Voice Artist Jessica HansenJessica Hansen is the voice of NPR's funding credits, and serves as in-house voice coach at NPR headquarters. Jessica's performed on NBC’s Parks & Recreation and HBO’s Veep. In today’s episode of the Soul of Life, I speak with Jessica about how she’s helping performers work with new challenges while working from home. What’s in a voice anyway? Does the way we make the sound of our voice really convey what we think it does?Soul of Life Show – Season 2acting, Bob Ross, jessica hansen, national public radio, npr, stage performing, susan stamberg, voice artist
2021-03-05Ellen Langer, Mother of Mindfulness: Can noticing new things reverse effects of ageing?Ellen Langer, Mother of Mindfulness: Can noticing new things reverse effects of ageing?Harvard's Dr. Ellen Langer has been described as the "mother of mindfulness" and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. In this episode of The Soul of Life I speak with Dr. Langer about how a comfort with uncertainty and curiosity--mindfulness--creates powerful changes in the brain. We discuss her famous "counterclockwise" studies and her claims that mindfulness leads to powerful improvements in health generally, and specific improvements in memory, vision, and hearing.Soul of Life Show – Season 2ageing, aging, counterclockwise study, ellen langer, harvard university, mindfulness, mother of mindfulness, placebo effect, positive psychology, the simpsons go to Havana
2021-02-26The New Monogamy: Dr. Tammy Nelson, author of Getting the Sex You WantThe New Monogamy: Dr. Tammy Nelson, author of Getting the Sex You WantToday on The Soul of Life I speak with Dr. Nelson about what it takes to have a vibrant sex life with a monogamous partner and how cheating during COVID has taken on new proportions. We talk about the mindset that’s required to prevent or recover from infidelity and why it can be an opportunity. Soul of Life Show – Season 2ashleymadison.com, cheating, couples counseling, eroticism, eroticrecovery, getting the sex you want, infidelity, intimacy, marriage counseling, sex, sex therapy, sexuality, tammy nelson
2021-02-19The Grungiest Place in SeattleThe Grungiest Place in Seattle"Kurt Cobain had actually referred to The Dutchman as ‘the grungiest place in Seattle.'" That's Gary Mula, former owner of the storied Dutchman recording studio, an artsy warehouse recording/rehearsal destroyed by fire in 2009. We talk about the way music changed his life and exhibit some of Gary's favorite artists like Sun Crow, Chris Orlowski, and Kevin Sur and Andrew Joslyn.Soul of Life Show – Season 2Andrew Jocelyn, Chris Orlowski, Gary Mula, Grunge, Kevin Sur, Recording Microphones, Seattle Music, Sun Crow, Tov Lo, Wo Fat
2021-02-12Pigs Can Fly: Cancel Culture, Conspiracies, and How to Stay Hopeful in an Age of Identity PoliticsPigs Can Fly: Cancel Culture, Conspiracies, and How to Stay Hopeful in an Age of Identity PoliticsToday on The Soul of Life I speak with Dr. Matthew Green, a professor of political science at Catholic University in Washington, DC, about cancel culture, conspiracies, and how to stay hopeful and connected to one another in an age of identity politics. Soul of Life Show – Season 2American Politics, cancel culture, conspiracy theories, Dr. Matthew Green, identity politics, U.S. history
2021-02-05NASA's John Mather on the James Webb Telescope and Our Place in the UniverseNASA's John Mather on the James Webb Telescope and Our Place in the UniverseMy conversation with Nobel laureate and top NASA scientist Dr. John Mather on the amazing surprises he hopes to see from his 25 years of work on the James Webb Space Telescope, launching this Fall. Soul of Life Show – Season 2Astronomy, Astrophysics, James Webb Telescope, john mather, nasa, space
2021-01-15SEASON TWO PREVIEW. Pigs Can Fly: Cancel Culture, Conspiracies, and Staying Hopeful in an Age of Identity Politics (coming 2/12/21)SEASON TWO PREVIEW. Pigs Can Fly: Cancel Culture, Conspiracies, and Staying Hopeful in an Age of Identity Politics (coming 2/12/21)Coming soon on Season Two of The Soul of Life on February 12th, I speak with Dr. Matthew Green, a professor of political science, about cancel culture, conspiracies, and how to stay hopeful and connected to one another in an age of identity politics.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show – Bonus Episodesamerican congress, American Politics, cancel culture, capitol riots, conspiracy theories, identity politics, state of the union, U.S. Political Violence
2021-01-08Inspired and Humbled by Our Place in the UniverseInspired and Humbled by Our Place in the UniverseMy conversation with Nobel laureate and top NASA scientist Dr. John Mather reminds us of how the Apollo program in the 1960s united a nation's eyes toward the heavens.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show – Bonus EpisodesAstronomy, Astrophysics, James Webb Telescope, john mather, nasa, space
2021-01-01Why I’m Optimistic About 2021: Possibilities from ConnectionWhy I’m Optimistic About 2021: Possibilities from ConnectionThis Soul of Life bonus episode will dive into very practical ways to mindfully reflect on being who you want to be in 2021. I talk about how the brain is a connection machine and how you can use moments, like little prayers, to help generate energy and focus. Season 1 is wrapped! I can't wait to share my amazing guests for S2, launching 2/5/21.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show – Bonus Episodes
2020-12-18The Edge of Fear: Alex Honnold's Mom on the Free Solo MindsetThe Edge of Fear: Alex Honnold's Mom on the Free Solo MindsetAt the age of sixty-six, Dierdre Wolownick became the oldest woman to climb El Capitan, the iconic 3,200-foot "big wall" in Yosemite. Earlier that year, her son, Alex Honnold, stunned and terrified the world by climbing the same 1/2 mile vertical wall without ropes—a free solo assent. Should we see Honnald’s climbing as reckless? A sophisticated dance with passive-aggressive self-harm? Or does our strong emotional reaction to his mastery and success in this solitary sport say more about our own denial of the risks we take every day?Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1Alex Honnald, alone on the wall, courage, Dierdre Wolownick, El Captain, fear, free climbing, free solo, Freerider, national geographic, rock climbing, the sharp end of life, Yosemite
2020-12-11The Faces of God: Grace and hope for all parts of youThe Faces of God: Grace and hope for all parts of youWhat if you could have the eyes of God—confidence, clarity, compassion, connection, creativity—in your everyday human life? What is an “authentic connection to the Divine?” Grace. Love. Light. Peace. I know—at this time more than ever—if you’re on a path of faith that leads to these things, sign me up. I'm in. The action of a true divine connection is a surrender. It’s a releasing into what is already there. But what’s the difference between a spiritual life and a spiritualizing life? And why—if so many Christians define their spiritual connection to God as loving, welcoming and accepting, do so many non-Christians define God as the opposite? In this episode of The Soul of Life I speak with Jenna Riemersma, an addiction therapist and author of a book called Altogether You, to talk about these questions. Jenna says its possible to apply the groundbreaking psychological insights of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy—an evidence-based and mindfulness-based psychotherapy—to deepen your understanding of God as a Christian.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1Altogether You, Christian counseling, Christian spirituality, grace theology, IFS, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Jenna Riemersma, psychology, sexual addiction, substance abuse
2020-12-04Medicine for the Mind 101Medicine for the Mind 101Dr. Joel Bernanke and I cover the power, potential and pitfalls of psychopharmacology and its alternatives. This crash course in medicine for the mind covers: • Misconceptions about how medicine for the mind works • The “pill-pushing” psychiatrist • Can genetic testing improve psychiatric outcomes? • What role does marijuana play in causing or treating depression? • Safety of pediatric psychiatry including ADHD treatment And much more....Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1adhd, anxiety disorders, counseling, depression, genetic testing for psychiatry, marijuana, medicine for the mind, mental health, pediatric psychiatry, prozac, psychiatry, psychotherapy, self-medicating, zoloft
2020-11-24Remembering Rich Simon: With grief expert David KesslerRemembering Rich Simon: With grief expert David KesslerGrief is usually not something we plan for. In today’s special edition of The Soul of Life we remember the life of Rich Simon—a person that was like Oprah for the mental health and counseling field—a hub and changemaker that helped launch the careers of many of the masters in the clinical counseling and mental health field. On November 10th, at the age of 71, Rich died suddenly. We talk about grief with the world’s foremost expert on the subject, David Kessler, co-author and protégé to the late, great Elizabeth Kubler-Ross who developed the Five Stages of Grief. Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1David Kessler, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, grief, grieving, how to grieve, Joe Kort, Networker Conference, Networker Symposium, Psychotherapy Networker, Rich Simon, stages of grief
2020-11-20Sourdough for the SoulSourdough for the SoulWith Thanksgiving and winter holidays around the corner, there’s no better time to spend than with baker and food artist Sarah Owens. Sarah is a California-based cookbook author, baker, gardener, and instructor, and she just might have the ingredients to help us learn to come to our senses with sourdough baking that could help you practice mindfulness in physical form.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1baking, bread recipes, fermented foods, how to make bread, how to make sourdough, Sarah Owens, sourdough bread, sourdough gluten free, sourdough pancakes, sourdough starter, Thanksgiving recipes, what is sourdough
2020-11-13Cinema with Sandie from Common Sense MediaCinema with Sandie from Common Sense MediaToday I talk to Sandie Angulo Chen a film critic, entertainment reporter, and book reviewer that writes for Common Sense Media, a non-profit website that gives parents in-depth reviews of movies, shows and apps so they can make informed decisions about their family’s media diet. We also dive into our favorite film picks including Watchmen, My Octopus Teacher, The Social Dilemma, and Enola Holmes. Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1Aliens, Andrew Howard, cinema guide, Dylan Schombing, Enola Holmes, film reviews, Jacob Ming-Trent, Jeff Orlowski, Louis Gossett Jr., Millie Bobby Brown, Mindfulness 2.0, movie reviews, My Octopus Teacher, Netflix, parental controls, parenting, responsible technology, Sara Vickers, Starship Troopers, t.v. guide, The Social Dilemma, Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Mison, Tristan Harris, watchmen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
2020-11-06Yuval Levin: A More Human DemocracyYuval Levin: A More Human DemocracySoul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1American History, American Politics, anti-government, congress, Democrats, election 2020, executive power, George W. Bush, government, House of Representatives, libertarianism, National Review, neoconservative, New Atlantic, political compromise, political science, President Trump, President-Elect Biden, presidential election 2020, public policy, radical center, Republicans, Senate, White House, Yuval Levin
2020-10-29Lighting up the Mind: Overcoming the brain’s dimmer switch (shame)Lighting up the Mind: Overcoming the brain’s dimmer switch (shame)Shame is like a 1950's air conditioner that costs a fortune to operate electrically in the brain. My tangle with depression is teaching me to pay attention to all the "appliances" that drain energy from the soul. Dr. Curt Thompson is a psychiatrist and the author of The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1belonging, Brene Brown, Christian, daniel siegel, faith, healing, hope, interpersonal neurobiology, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, shame, spirituality, the brain
2020-10-23Timefulnes: How thinking like a geologist can help save the worldTimefulnes: How thinking like a geologist can help save the worldI speak with Marcia Bjornerud to talk about her book Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World. Timefulness is a call to wake up to the staggering mystery of life here on Earth, become time-literate of our storied past to live sustainably, in tune to the magnificent movements in nature that took eons to choreograph. Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 110000-year clock, 7th generation, climate change, earth, earth science, environment, environmentalism, geologist, geology, geophysics, Grand Canyon, hiking, long now, Marcia Bjourerund, mountains, nature, save the planet, save the world, timefulness, Wisconsin
2020-10-16My Name is Moses: Surviving homophobia and coming out as an antiracistMy Name is Moses: Surviving homophobia and coming out as an antiracistI speak to Moses Kushaba, LGBTQI activist who immigrated to the U.S. from Uganda to escape persecution during a time when the government was escalating anti-gay policies, leading to violence, imprisonment, and death of many accused of being homosexual. We talk about Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be An Antiracist and what it means to live in an anti-racist way.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1african american, AIDS, antiracism, bisexual, Bob Ross, coming out, gay, gay rights, HIV, homophobia, how to be an antiracist, Ibram Kendi, immigration, lesbian, LGBTQI, military, racial inequality, racism, reparations, sexual orientation, social justice, transgender, U.S. Army, Uganda, watchmen, white privilge
2020-10-09Bethany Saltman: The Kids Will Be OkBethany Saltman: The Kids Will Be OkIf you’ve ever wondered what kind of a parent you are, and whether your kids are going to wind up spending the equivalent of a college degree in therapy (or maybe they already have), I think you’ll be grateful for my conversation with Bethany Saltman. Her journey as a mom and her book Strange Situation: A Mother’s Journey into the Science of Attachment is a gift to every parent, who like me, has been bombarded by well-intended advice about how to be the best parent in the world. Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1attachment, bad parents, consensual non-monogamy, developmental psychology, free-range kids, good parents, good-enough parents, helicopter parents, John Bolwby, Mary Ainsworth, Mary Main, Meet the Fockers, motherhood, parenting, polyamory, Strange Situation, The Ethical Slut, The Social Dilemma, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
2020-10-02Ron Cowen: Einstein's CenturyRon Cowen: Einstein's CenturyI speak to the author of Gravity’s Century: From Einstein’s Eclipse to Images of Black Holes, named one of the best science books of 2020 by NPR’s Ira Flato. The alternative title for this episode is Ex-nihilo Entanglement. This is the first of several episodes I plan to have on The Soul of Life that touches on quantum physics, the brain, and existence.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1Albert Einstein, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Existential Philosophy, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Theory, Ron Cowen, Science, Scientific American, Technology
2020-09-25Dr. Michael Mithofer: MDMA BreakthroughDr. Michael Mithofer: MDMA BreakthroughIn this episode of The Soul of Life I speak with Dr. Michael Mithoefer, the lead investigator that has successfully piloted the first-ever study of MDMA, otherwise known as ecstasy, into the third and final stage of FDA approval for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Mithoefer is featured as a lead character in the 2015 book Acid Test by award-winning journalist Tom Shroder, a meticulously researched history of the controversy and unprecedented healing properties associated with psychedelics. Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1acid test, Dr. Michael Mithoefer, ecstasy, Keith Miller, MAPS, MDMA, mental health, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, psychedelics, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, ptsd, The Soul of Life Podcast, Tom Schroder
2020-09-18Olga Khazan: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider's WorldOlga Khazan: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider's WorldIn this episode of The Soul of Life I speak with Olga Khazan, a talented writer that covers health, gender and science for The Atlantic. Before that she wrote for the LA Times and the Washington Post. And she just published a book called Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider’s World. Did you know that pregnant women are scientifically shown to become more xenophobic—fearful of outsiders—during their first trimester? Turns out, that’s when they are most susceptible to infections so the body actually has what researchers call the “behavioral immune system.” And there’s wisdom to get from studying how we do this thing that humans love to do which is divide people into groups…to label others as either safe or unsafe, friend or enemy. We talk about Olga's personal experience as an outsider growing up a Russian Jew in widely evangelical West Texas and some of her interviews with people who don’t follow the crowd and it works in their favor, the way it did for a survivor of the Jonestown massacre.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1black lives matter, Jonestown massacre, Olga Khazan, psychology, shame, social psychology, The Atlantic, weird
2020-09-09Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards: How do you know you're white?Rev. Dr. Dennis Edwards: How do you know you're white?In this episode of the Soul of Life I speak with Rev Dr. Dennis Edwards, a minister in cities for 30 years, about staying whole in Christian communities where it may not always be welcome to let your real feelings show. We talk about Black lives Matter and the awakening of White people to the uncomfortable truth about the burden of fear that many Black Americans carry every day. Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1black lives matter, Christian, faith, Frederick Douglass, God, John Lewis, love, Ned Flanders, spirituality
2020-09-10Dr. Richard Schwartz: Natural MultiplicityDr. Richard Schwartz: Natural MultiplicityI speak with Dr. Richard Schwartz, the founder of an evidence-based psychotherapeutic model called Self-Leadership (also known as Internal Family System’s therapy or IFS) that is widely recognized as one of the most compassionate and comprehensive psychotherapies available. We discuss Mary Trump's book Too Much and Never Enough and how the abuse that Mary reports in Donald Trump's family could explain his fear-driven narcissism. Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1counseling, Donald Trump, Dr. Richard Schwartz, family trauma, IFS, Internal Family Systems, narcissism, natural multiplicity, psychotherapy, Too Much and Never Enough
2019-09-08Dan Menz-Erb: Molecule of LoveDan Menz-Erb: Molecule of LoveI talk with songwriter and social worker, Dan Menz-Erb. Dan has played in the pop/funk band Holy Ghost Machine Gun. We discuss where he found his soul and let go of religious dogma that taught him to be afraid of people different from him, and his identity as a musician and social worker.Soul of Life Show, Soul of Life Show - Season 1acoustic guitar, COVID, creativity, Fender Stratocaster, love, pop/funk, social distancing, songwriting, vulnerability

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