Conversations for the curious spirit: exploring the intersection of spiritual ideals and societal wellbeing. Where critical thinking meets sacred virtues.
- How To Turn Your Pain in Your Super Power with Intuitive Healer and Reiki Master Golebahar TabatabaiWe all have wounds. How we choose to view and integrate these wounds determines how we experience the world. What modalities are available to address and cope with life’s pain and suffering? How can we use trauma to our advantage? How can we step into our power despite a traumatic past? Listen as we explore these questions. Focus Virtues: Awareness, Vulnerability, Curiosity In my conversation with Golebahar, we touch on the spiritual virtues of awareness, vulnerability, and curiosity. Awareness of where you are emotionally, and where you want to be is an important facet to addressing our wounds. While moving through this awareness, we must be vulnerable with ourselves (perhaps in our journals) about our hurt, and how situations have influenced our feelings and beliefs about ourselves. Curiosity about our pain and suffering allows us to move through our pain in a productive way and offers a new perspective in understanding ourselves as more than a victim of circumstance. About Our Guest: Golebahar "geniusbahar" Tabatabai is an Intuitive Healer and Reiki Master Teacher. Her soul’s purpose is to teach you how to awaken your intuitive healing power, heal your trauma, and cultivate deeper self love. She empowers her students by gaining clarity on where their blocks are [with compassion], breaking through them [with gratitude], and stepping into the highest version of themselves [with unwavering joy]. Golebahar does this through blending her training in Reiki energy healing, self love + empowerment coaching, meditation, yoga, the chakra system, moonology, numerology, inner child healing, shadow work, dream interpretations, journaling, channeling, and oracle card readings. She is inspired by her own healing journey, having overcome abandonment, abuse, anxiety, and depression using the very tools and practices she teaches her clients and students. Golebahar mentors those who work with her to co-create a unique and personalized healing journey that empowers them to turn their biggest pain into their most magical superpower. She lives by the mantra, “We are not who we are in spite of our past. We are who we are because of it.” She offers private 1:1 coaching, trains Reiki healers, and leads workshops for companies and communities across the country. Outside of her purpose as a healer and teacher, Golebahar is most aligned when she is spending time with her loved ones, traveling, dancing at a festival, making music with her partner, being in nature, and pla
- Blending Sage Wisdom and Contemporary Knowledge with Elizabeth ArmstrongThere is wisdom in ancient truths. There is power in modern day technology. Both ancient and modern traditions have attempted to answer moral questions that transcend time. How can we blend the wisdom of age old traditions with the truths of the 21st century? How is maintaining a sense of curiosity about “accepted truths” essential to wellness? Listen as we explore these questions. Focus Virtues: Awareness and Curiosity We must have awareness regarding concepts, ideas, laws, and procedures that are deemed as true. Bringing our awareness to different ideologies that are accepted as true (example: it is normal to get married and have kids) allows us to separate the idea itself from our own thoughts and opinions. Awareness of what we accept as true then allows for curiosities about these concepts. Why do we believe these notions? Who is behind the marketing of these laws? Is anyone financially benefiting from this being the dominant belief of society? This awareness and curiosity then allows us to tap into our own intuition around such constructs. Our Guest: My name is Elizabeth and I am the founder of BodyMagick and Vehemence & Emergence and co-founder of Otherworld Retreats. I have a specialization BA in English, I am a certified yoga teacher and reiki practitioner and I study Celtic Shamanism and practice intuitive and channeled divination. I identify as a Poet & Shadow Worker, understanding that both are ways of guiding and teaching people through the use of metaphor, language, and movement. I believe we teach best what we most need to learn and as a person who has made a lot of mistakes in my life I have had many first-hand learning opportunities and experiences. I value integrity, authenticity and alignment and understand that my role as teacher and guide is a responsibility. I take that responsibility seriously and it is important to me that people feel safe no matter what trauma or crisis they may be experiencing when they come to me. I also believe that cultivating a great sense of humor is part of spiritual growth. I offer public events and classes and private Shadow Work sessions that involve everything from energy work and movement to divination and discussion. Resources: BodyMagick: Guided energy healing sets this practice apart. Offers AstroMovement or witch, pagan, shamanic yoga practices to compliment any and all spiritual practices. I believe that our shadow-work and self-actualization cannot be integrated without a physical pra
- Debunking the Myth that God Created Man Above WomanEve bit the apple. Woman was the first to sin. How has this biblical story spiraled into the notion that women are inferior to men? How do we use scripture as evidence against this long standing fallacy? How can women tap into their divine nature, while maintaining faith in both science and a Supreme Creator? Listen as we strive to answer these questions. Focus Virtues for this Episode: Awareness, Curiosity, Humility and Interconnectedness. Awareness of myths (false truths) perpetuated by society. Curiosity about why these myths persist. Humility for playing a role in perpetuating dysfunctional or marginalized ways of thinking. Interconnectedness of the spirit and the body. Audrey helps women overcome their PMS symptoms naturally. After struggling with hormonal imbalances that lead her to exhaustion, uncomfortable periods, and weight gain, she successfully addressed her root causes and was able to live a radiant life, free of her previous symptoms. Using her background in biblical studies and her experience in being a multicultural child, she explores femininity from a holistic point of view, incorporating mind, body, and soul. She is passionate about helping women discover the joys of their femininity so they too can create the life they want. When she is not coaching, she enjoys a cozy evening creating something - like a scarf or a piece of art - and watching a movie. Website: spotlessgirl.com Instagram: @deyygerber https://www.instagram.com/deyygerber/?hl=en
- Psychedelics as Medicine with Medical Anthropologist, Lucia TerpakLately, psychedelics have gained traction in the mainstream media. With decriminalization laws, new documentaries, and the electronic music scene, psychedelics have gained popularity as a medium of transcendence and healing. How can psychedelics be effectively utilized as medicine? How can we integrate such an elusive experience into Western Healthcare? How do psychedelics help us integrate ideas of mind, body and spirit? Join us as we strive to answer these questions. Lucia is a medical anthropologist interested in substance use and addiction, harm reduction, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Lucia Marie Terpak earned her B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2015. As an undergraduate, Lucia rediscovered her love for understanding and expanding her consciousness, and in the fall of 2012, Lucia spent a semester studying Buddhism and practicing daily meditation in a Burmese Buddhist monastery in Bodh Gaya, India. In 2018, Lucia received a Source Award from Source Research Foundation to support her research on ibogaine and addiction at a detoxification clinic in Mexico. Lucia successfully defended her master’s thesis and graduated with an M.A. in medical anthropology from The University of Colorado Denver in December 2019. Lucia presented research at the 2017 Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings on explanatory models and barriers to care experienced by low-income Type II diabetes patients. She also presented her research on ibogaine and addiction at the 2020 Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research. Focus Spiritual Virtues: Awareness, Curiosity, Interconnectedness In my conversation with Lucia, we brought awareness to the growing field of psychedelic medicine. With this awareness, we opened the door for curiosity into how psychedelics can serve as vehicles for healing for those with unprocessed trauma, addiction, or mental illness. With understanding the potential benefits of this unique type of medicine, an internalization of the interconnectedness of your mental, emotional, and physical pain ensues. Resources: Lucia’s Research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMPiR53QOqg&t=695s Intro to Psychedelics: https://michaelpollan.com/books/how-to-change-your-mind/ Healing Trauma: https://www.amazon.com/Body-Keeps-Score-Healing-Trauma/dp/0143127748 Addiction: https://www.amazon.com/Realm-Hungry-Ghosts-Encounters-Addiction/dp/155643880X
- Spirituality and Mental Health with Nicole TremaglioSpirituality and Mental Health tend to be taboo topics for society. Despite this, subliminal messaging is at work all around us, affecting both our mental and spiritual health. How do we bring this awareness to the surface? How has the “work hard for reward” mentality negatively impacted our psyche? How is this message rooted in the Judeo-Christian understanding of Salvation? Listen as we explore these questions! Focus Spiritual Virtues: Awareness, introspect and curiosity Our conversation highlights the spiritual virtues of awareness, introspect and curiosity. Awareness is at the core of personal development and self-help. Recognition of a problem, and the fires that are fueling the problem is the first step towards growth. Cultivating introspect, diving deeper into your triggers, what you have been exposed to passively and what you are actively exposing yourself to, fosters a deeper understanding of your own beliefs and internal narratives. Once this inner exploration is activated, you develop a knowing of the direction you want to take in your spiritual and mental health journey. This opens the door to curiosity. Curiosity about how to live a more connected and purposeful life, how to feel aligned in your work and relationships, and how to maximize your human experience. This curiosity creates a path toward a healthier, happier you. Our Guest: Nicole Tremaglio is driven to inspire others to embrace their originality and live life front row center. She is a speaker, dancer, and brand architect who helps fitness and lifestyle brands navigate the process of building, developing, and scaling their digital platform. She’s Millennial Sporty Spice and can be found dancing down the aisles of Trader Joe’s in platform shoes. Nicole is passionate about advancing the conversation around mental health and challenging the status quo of wellness. Curious in the pursuit of knowledge, Nicole loves learning languages, reading, and curating Spotify playlists. Previously, Nicole worked in retail operations for global fashion brands, leading design, development, implementation, and communication efforts for retail stores’ systems, applications, and digital products. For more, visit these resources below: website: nicoletremaglio.com instagram: @nicoletremaglio Related Resources: Existential Kink: Unmask Your Shadow and Embrace Your Power (A method for getting what you want by getting off on what you don't) by Carolyn Elliot https://www.amazon.com/Existential-K
- Aging as a Spiritual Process with John McConvillePsychotherapy has not provided adequate tools for the process of aging. Perhaps this is because aging is a process that is spiritual in nature. Aging compels us to look within and ask what really matters. What does it mean to find spirituality in aging? What virtues are cultivated through this process? Focus Spiritual Virtues: Introspection/interconnectedness Developing introspect, going within and understanding that every part of yourself and your experience is important results in what we call wisdom. Recognition of your own despair and integrity, along with attention to your inner dialogue and subconscious belief systems, is essential in cultivating this spiritual concept of wisdom. This wisdom comes with reflection: looking at yourself and your life from a bird’s eye view, which is inherent in the aging process. In doing this, you are able to understand the interconnectedness of all your experiences, and how you fit into the universe at large.
- Grief as a tool for Celebration, with The Confetti Project Founder, Jelena AleksichThe one universal truth in this world is death. Unfortunately, the delusion of immortality haunts many. This delusion affects our capacity for celebration; causing us to think we need a monumenus reason to do so, when the mere fact that we are alive is a celebration in and of itself. How does death and grief inform our own gratitude practice? How can remembering that all things come to an end, maximize our participation with the act of celebration? Listen as we explore these questions. Focus Spiritual Virtues: Impermanence and Gratitude. Deep internalization of the virtue of impermanence will catapult you into savoring every moment you have on this earth. Remembering you are going to die, is the ultimate practice of sitting with impermanence. This plays hand in hand with the virtue of gratitude. With the recognition of imminent death, comes deep appreciation for every experience that exists. This gratitude becomes a spiritual celebration, one that cherishes all that life has to offer. Recognizing the relationship between impermanence and gratitude is a spiritual practice on its own. Our Guest: It began in Jelena’s bedroom as sparkly bits of color landed everywhere as she asked strangers deep questions. Quickly, The Confetti Project became a photography series that doused humans in confetti, exploring the question: what do you celebrate? During this time, she also watched her father slowly die to lung cancer, calling it her year of “cancer and confetti.” Confetti is the worldwide symbol for celebration that is 2,500 years old and literally means "little pieces of paper thrown during a time of celebration” but what if it was used as a medium for expression and a practice in checking in with ourselves? 5 years, 4,000 people and 10,000+ photos later. The Confetti Project - at its core - is a mental health storytelling platform that uses self-reflection questions and confetti as a healing tool for intertwining celebration within all of our experiences. Birthed from her grief, Jelena's work has proven how our pain and pleasure will always be intertwined throughout our lives so we must celebrate everything - especially the challenging, uncertain moments that ultimately serve as opportunities for growth and purpose. While pushing the envelope in how we use confetti and how we view celebration, Jelena aims to normalize feeling your feelings starting with grief, where she has created an initiative called Grief As Celebration with Jasmin Jenkins, an integrative
- Learn to Love Yourself Through Inner Child Healing & Reparenting Sarah LaneLearn to Love Yourself Through Inner Child Healing & Reparenting Sarah Lane It is no secret that childhood experiences shape our beliefs about ourselves and the world. But how do our childhood experiences relate to our adult relationships? How was the way we received love as a child, relevant to our everyday life now? Listen as we explore these questions. Focus Spiritual Virtues: Awareness, introspect, vulnerability and humility. Maintaining a sense of awareness that there is an inner child within you is the first step in learning to love yourself. Once this awareness is achieved, you are able to dig a little deeper with introspect, and find out what type of wounds your inner child is facing. What are my beliefs about success, love, and relationships? How did my childhood experience inform these beliefs? Figuring this out then opens the door of vulnerability. Recognizing the wounds of your inner child, allows you to become a tender loving adult to yourself. Vulnerability opens this door of self-love by allowing you to be open and honest with yourself about the pain of the wounds. Finally, humility is required to take responsibility for any dysfunctional relationships you are engaging in as an adult; this may be with others or with yourself. Such dysfunction is simply a result of inner child wounds playing out in real time. Once the process of awareness, introspect and vulnerability ensue, humility is required to acknowledge yourself as a key player in your own suffering. To learn more about the relationship between these virtues, read this- https://www.spiriosity.com/blog/spiriosity/religionparallels Our Guest: As a Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Healer, and Womb Wisdom Teacher, Sarah Lane is on a mission to empower women to heal themselves and awaken their Feminine Power so they can embody their Highest Self and live with purpose. Sarah is inspired by nature, shamanic healing, womb sciences, and the chakra system. She empowers you to find your own answers and guidance through connecting with your body’s wisdom and Higher Power. With 10+ years yoga experience, 2 years Reiki experience, and many years of deep spiritual and emotional healing work, Sarah is fully equipped to support you with a safe and loving container for transformation. You will receive a blend of energetic, spiritual, and practical knowledge and ancient wisdom to help you overcome obstacles in life, love, relationships, spirituality, career, and everything in bet
- Religion and Healing with Dr. Letha VictorListen as we understand how religion influences our understanding of health and healing. Religious ideology affects different regions of the world in various ways. The dominant religion of a particular geographical region determines how the people of that community view the world. Further, it affects our understating of what is “healthy” or “unhealthy”. It also influences how we understand healing- is healing collective or individualistic? Listen as we explore these topics with specific reference to the Acholi region of Uganda. Spiritual Virtues to look for in this podcast are curiosity, awareness and interconnectedness. Awareness of how your path of health and healing looks different from someone else’s is the first step in appreciating differences between cultures and seeing the humanity in others. Cultivating curiosity on what ideologies and teachings inform your understanding of the healing process, helps you to recognize that your own belief systems are a product of your individual experience and geographical location. The virtue of interconnectedness allows you to examine how your healing process may relate to family and community dynamics. Seeing yourself as a part in a greater universe, helps to unveil how individual healing can ricochet into a higher collective consciousness. If you don’t know about Spiriosity’s virtues, read our blog here- https://www.spiriosity.com/blog/spiriosity/religionparallels Related Resources An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic by Katie Kilroy-Marac. https://www.amazon.com/Impossible-Inheritance-Postcolonial-Psychiatry-African/dp/0520300203
- Where "Woo Woo" Meets Science with Kelley HoagListen as we explore new avenues of self-care and spirituality. How can we blend our understanding of science with our own intuition? How do we take control of the voice in our head and find alignment with our higher self? Listen as we explore the answers to these questions. Focus Virtues: In my conversation with Kelly, awareness, curiosity, and gratitude are highlighted as the necessary spiritual virtues which help us tap into our intuition and spiritual self. Awareness of your own spiritual/religious upbringing helps you to tune into what you do and do not like about specific spiritual practices and rituals. This awareness then leads to curiosity of what lights your inner fire, leading you to explore different avenues of spiritual satisfaction. This process results in cultivation of your own intuition and trust in yourself throughout the spiritual journey of life. With sharpening of the intuition and alignment with your highest self, comes immense gratitude for everything that is unfolding around you. Kelley Hoag is a Behavioral Health Advisor with a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis and a Certificate in Integrative Nutrition. As the founder of Root to Rise Health, she uses a behavioral and intuitive approach to help men and women create rituals and routines that feel aligned and authentic. During her time studying to become a certified Health Coach, Kelley lost touch with her body, developed an eating disorder, became overwhelmed by an unattainable routine, and gained 20 pounds. She knew the only way to get over it, was to work through it by using the tools she learned through her education and rooting back to her intuition. She now helps men and women achieve holistic existence and sustained success through her research-backed and intuition-lead approach. Be sure to check out her information below! Website - http://www.roottorisehealth.com/ Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/roottorisehealth Link to book free alignment call - https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=17112130&appointmentType=8971230
- Dealing with Hardship and Trauma through Storytelling with Dr. Sarah EmanuelListen as we uncover how storytelling serves as a primary coping mechanism for traumatic experience. We discuss how sacred texts have been used to process trauma. Who knew the oppressed made their voices heard through religious literature? How can we understand this storytelling as a healing endeavor? What stories do we tell ourselves to cope with the past and engage with the future? Join us as we strive to answer these questions. Focus Virtues: Curiosity, Awareness, Sensitivity, Vulnerability. My conversation with Sarah highlights the virtues of awareness, curiosity, sensitivity, and vulnerability. Bringing awareness to the fact that everyone experiences trauma and in turn processes trauma in their own unique way; helps us to understand the humanity in others. The “why” behind other’s behaviors and identities may be rooted in some trauma processing mechanism; perhaps an act of storytelling they are telling themselves in order to move on from their own traumatic past. After solidifying such awareness, a process of curiosity as well as sensitivity to the past experiences of others helps us to see past surface level impressions and understand the spirit of another more deeply. Further, cultivating vulnerability and wonder about what stories we tell ourselves to cope with the trauma of our own past, helps us to tune into our deeper selves. This reflective process is a coping mechanism in and of itself. We all experience trauma on some level. Awareness of this trauma, as well as curiosity, and sensitivity about how we deal with it, helps to thread out our ego’s protective layer and find our true self beneath the surface. Becoming vulnerable about the narratives we create for ourselves, helps to create a safe space for us to share our stories, and for others to do the same. Note: While Esther's Shushan likely refers to Susa, one of the four Persian capitals, the way in which the city is described--most especially with regards to who is in power and how the city is being run--indicates that Esther's Shushan is fictional. Check out these resources if you are interested in diving deeper into my conversation with Sarah. Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps The Score https://www.amazon.com/Body-Keeps-Score-Healing-Trauma/dp/0143127748 Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery https://www.amazon.com/Trauma-Recovery-Aftermath-Violence-Political/dp/0465087302 Elizabeth Boase and Christopher G. Frechette (ed.), Bible Through the Lens of Trauma https://www.amazon.com/Bi
- Race and Religion in America with Dr. Alexis Wells-OghoghomehWhen we say someone is American, what image does this conjure? What does it mean to be an American? Why is white-American not something we say, but Asian-American and African-American are commonly accepted dialogue? What do hyphenated identities say about belonging in this country? Whose voices and stories have been drowned out in the construction of the quintessential American narrative? Listen as we explore how race and religion play a role in what it means to be an “ideological” American. In my conversation with Alexis, humility, sensitivity, curiosity and empathy are highlighted as the necessary spiritual virtues helping us to understand the role of race and religion in America. The dominant narrative of the American people has been written by a very specific group of people, commonly considered WASP’s (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). Acknowledging this, allows us to think expansively past the mainstream understanding of history. This requires massive amounts of humility. Recognizing that much of the history taught and school and passed down through the media has been controlled by a dominant party in power requires the individual to accept their belief patterns as faulty. This is a premium example of humility at work. Who had power and who continues to have power are not the only history makers in what has become the United States. Igniting curiosity about how cultures outside of those in power, allows us to recognize not only a more robust history of our country, but a more accurate one. Curiosity and sensitivity to the plethora of narratives that have contributed to our nation, allows us to see the humanity in others. Sensitivity to the cultural knowledge and power of enslaved people that were forcefully brought to this country helps us to understand a richer history of American origins. For a comprehensive understanding of America, we need the virtue of sensitivity to internalize that we are talking about people with thoughts and dreams who have contributed to this country’s economy and culture. With this, we are then able to feel empathy for those whose sweat and blood is ingrained into what we know as America.
- Learning from Indigenous People and Their Traditions with Lecturer Tina KatsanosWe have all heard the term, ancient wisdom; but, what does this mean? What can we learn from native communities and their way of life? How do indigenous ways of thinking compare to those of the modern Western world? Listen as we learn about the worldview and values of our indigenous predecessors. We explore what this means for mental health, healing practices and environmental activism. Virtues: Introspect, Humility, Interconnectedness In my conversation with Tina, we touch on the spiritual virtues of introspect, humility and interconnectedness. Having the ability to recognize what culture and customs you were born into, and what role those cultures and customs played in history, is essential in practicing the virtue of introspect. After cultivating the ability to examine the ideas and traditions that shaped you, it is then possible to begin to see how others got where they are today from based on their individual culture and practices, as well as that of their ancestors. A foundational difference between many cultures, beliefs, and even religions, is the perception of nature. Reflecting on how many traditions emphasize nature as all-knowing and powerful, highlights the notion that humans are simply a cog in the wheel of the natural world. Man as an intrinsic part of nature serves a very different belief system than man as separate from nature. Indigenous cultures note the intelligence of nature: how it heals itself, takes care of waste, and operates in a cycle. Taking on this perspective informs us that there is much to learn from nature, helping to keep humans as a species, humble and respectful of the vast intelligence of nature. Nature’s innate intellect also reminds humans how interconnected we are to all life forms around us. Ridding of the notion of “cradle to grave” and internalizing a cyclical perspective on life, reminds us that in the scheme of things: we are small, while at the same time a part of something immense and magnificent.
- The Importance of the Study of Religion and How it Applies to Everyday Life, with Dr. Kin CheungOver time, religion has embedded itself into our cultural traditions. Seemingly secular concepts such as medicine, venture capital, and mindful living have all been influenced in various ways by religious models. Listen as we explore modern day concepts, and why it is imperative to understand these topics through a religious studies lens. Virtues: Awareness, Curiosity, Interconnectedness My conversation with Kin highlights awareness, curiosity, and interconnectedness to the systems at work around us. It is important to develop the awareness of historical paradigms and their role in modern society. Once we tune into the ancient religious theory that has influenced everyday behaviors and societal systems such as healthcare, it is essential for us to then remain curious about that theory. Approaching cultural norms through the lens of curiosity helps to keep our guard down and our eyes and ears up. With this, we now have an intent to learn as opposed to the intent to protect our self (or our own belief systems). Curiosity about the inception of mainstream ideas such as media, mindfulness, and ethics, helps us to develop a deeper understanding towards these topics. We then begin to realize how integral religious theory has been to developing structures in society throughout time. Our ancestor’s explanations of the world around them, is interconnected to how we understand the world today. This serves as a reminder, that we are connected as one human species, navigating the waters of life. Check out these resources if you are interested in diving deeper into my conversation with Kin. Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319765372 The Web That Has No Weaver : Understanding Chinese Medicine https://www.amazon.com/Web-That-Has-Weaver-Understanding/dp/0809228408/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+web+that+has+no+weaver&qid=1586637049&sr=8-1 Shigehisa Kuriyama, The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine https://www.amazon.com/Expressiveness-Divergence-Greek-Chinese-Medicine/dp/0942299892/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Expressiveness+of+the+Body+and+the+Divergence+of+Greek+and+Chinese+Medicine&qid=1586637113&sr=8-1 Charles A. Goodman, Paternalist Deception in the Lotus Sūtra http://blogs.dickinson.edu/buddhistethics/2011/01/28/paternalist-deception-in-the-lotus-sutra/ John Hinnell, The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion (Routledge Religion Companions) https://www.am
- Exploring Contemporary Paganism and Burning Man with Dr. Sarah PikeFestival culture is becoming more and more prominent in today’s society. Some of these festivals are considered to be “transformational” in nature and cater to the spiritual needs of the attendees. What is the threshold for a festival to be considered a true container for transformation? Listen as we examine contemporary pagan festivals as well as burning man as an expression of religion and spirituality. Virtues: Sensitivity, Interconnectedness, Awareness, Empathy My conversation with Sarah highlights the virtues of awareness, interconnectedness, and sensitivity. Bringing awareness to the relationships in your life is an important spiritual practice. These relationships may be to your body, your pain, the wildlife around you, or to grief and celebration. Once these numerous relationships are recognized, you can begin to develop sensitivity to the nuances of everyday habits and practices. This sensitivity can be channeled towards others and their personal processes and rituals. Establishing how you and others may differ on what you consider special or sacred, helps to cultivate empathy. In appreciating these subtleties, you begin to practice the virtue of interconnectedness, understanding that connection between the body and the mind, the world around you, and universal life force. Check out these resources if you are interested in diving deeper into my conversation with Sarah. Dr. Sarah Pike’s articles on Ecology and Environmentalism and Public Mourning at the Burning Man Temple https://aeon.co/users/sarah-pike Articles by Dr. Sarah Pike https://www.counterpointknowledge.org/tag/sarah-pike/ Sarah Pike, For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Ritual-Commitment-Radical-Eco-Activism-dp-0520294963/dp/0520294963/ref=mt_paperback?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1574018101 Sarah Pike, Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community https://www.amazon.com/Earthly-Bodies-Magical-Selves-Contemporary/dp/0520220862/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=magical+bodies+Sarah+pike&qid=1584901612&s=books&sr=1-1
- Religion in the Contemporary United States with Dr. Sean McCloudThe rate of “nones” or, those identifying with no religious organization, is at an all-time high in the United States. This begs the question- why? What is influencing this trend? How does this effect the definition of religion as we know it? Join us as we delve into beliefs about the supernatural, and how modern-day Americans perceive their religiosity. Virtues: Awareness, Introspect, Curiosity My conversation with Sean highlights the virtues of awareness, introspect and curiosity. Awareness of your own assumptions is important for connecting with your own understanding of a higher power, whether that be God, Karma, or The Law of Attraction. Developing awareness of what alternative concepts may be considered “religious”, “spiritual” or “divine” is also important. Engaging in introspective thought patterns, such as questioning what experiences have informed you of your current belief systems, will help to open the door of understanding the belief systems of others. Once this door is open, curiosity ensues. Cultivating curiosity of how and why others believe what they do, can then help you grow in a spiritual capacity. Check out this resource if you are interested in diving deeper into my conversation with Sean. E. Marshall Brooks, Disenchanted Lives: Apostasy and Ex-Mormonism among the Latter-day Saints https://www.amazon.com/Disenchanted-Lives-Apostasy-Ex-Mormonism-Latter-day/dp/0813592186
- Asking Life’s Big Questions with Senior Lecturer LD RussellQuestions of why we are here and where we are going have long been answered by religious tradition. What happens when we try to answer these questions outside of religion? How can we then experience the world as global citizens? Listen as we redefine the understanding of what it means for things to be sacred and how this can play a role in social justice. Virtues: Curiosity, Humility, Impermanence, Empathy My conversation with LD highlights the virtues of curiosity, humility, impermanence, and empathy. LD poses life’s big questions to the audience, reminding everyone of their inner question of purpose. This innate curiosity present in all of us is a driving force to live with intention and work towards deep connection with ourselves and others. Taking this even further, the lingering reality of death; or, impermanence, is the true driver behind our inner curiosity and desire for meaning. How do we satisfy this desire? Well, one way is to cultivate humility by understanding the vastness and complexity of the human experience. With the process of understanding what it means to be humble, comes empathy for others. Internalizing others’ existence and experience as equally as valid as your own, reminds us that we are all in this together. Check out these resources if you are interested in diving deeper into my conversation with LD. Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha https://www.amazon.com/Siddhartha-Novel-Hermann-Hesse/dp/0553208845/ref=sr_1_3?adid=082VK13VJJCZTQYGWWCZ&campaign=211041&creative=374001&keywords=Siddhartha&qid=1584914247&s=books&sr=1-3 Bryan Stevenson, Ted Talk on Just Mercy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2tOp7OxyQ8&t=17s Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3vwF6ZpyCM Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48757.The_Tao_of_Pooh?from_search=true&qid=94OJwCuk9r&rank=1 L.D. Russell, Godspeed: Racing Is my Religion https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/481348.Godspeed?from_search=true&qid=yJMrl2XEQH&rank=1
- IntroductionAwareness. Introspect. Humility. Vulnerability. Curiosity. Empathy. Sensitivity. Interconnectedness. Impermanence. Gratitude. Through conversations with academics in religious concepts and experts in holistic wellness, Spiriosity is a podcast that will explore these attributes of the human spirit--our spiritual virtues--and highlight the importance of critical thinking as a fundamental component to wellbeing. We’ll break down how lofty intellectual and spiritual concepts can be applied as tangible action steps to help improve your life. Spiriosity believes that a healthy balance of those specific spiritual virtues result in personal, and ultimately, societal wellbeing. Curious to learn more? Visit the spiritual virtues guide to explore in greater detail. https://www.spiriosity.com