259 Season 6! and Brigid of Imbolc

It’s the 259th EPISODE, and we slid into our 6th season last week. I think that’s something to celebrate!!! Looking down memory lane has me feeling full with all of the phenomenal women that have been on this show.

Today we’re also celebrating Brigid and St. Brigid in preparation for Imbolc and Candlemas. Some sites that I referenced.

https://folkstory.com/articles/imbolc.html

https://mythopedia.com/topics/brigid

https://www.myirishjeweler.com/blog/secrets-of-st-brigids-day-celtic-goddesses-crosses-and-imbloc/

Here’s the tutorial on making a no waste St. Brigid’s Day Cross.

Inspiration for celebrating Imbolc.

I also shared poetry from Tina Barry and Gisela Stromeyer

If you want to join in the virtual Candlemas celebration at the Center for Symbolic Studies taking place this Saturday at 9pm via Zoom, you can email programs@symbolicstudies.org

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Full Moon Report is HERE.

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258 Amanda Cassiday “Engather – Building Resilient Communities”

It wasn’t until Amanda Cassiday (she/her) lived in a rural village in Burkina Faso that she experienced the resilient power of community, and learned that positive, abundant outcomes are not possible without cultivating the conditions that allow individuals, teams, and communities to thrive. For 15 years, this approach has been a driving force in Amanda’s personal and professional life, from facilitating a woman-led microfinance group in Takaledougou that continues to operate since 2009, to leading design teams responsible for some of the most successful launches in Johnson & Johnson’s history, bringing purpose and consumer needs to the heart of strategy & innovation. She is a maker, a student of permaculture, an advisor, coach, and facilitator to businesses, and most recently the co-founder of Engather which seeks to cultivate prosperous, resilient communities by activating local gift economies.

Our conversation weaves through her experiences and the wisdom that she’s gleaned through them including thoughts about how capitalism and our current economy is not taking care of the needs of the majority, the codependency inherent in capitalism and the patriarchy, how she was able to step away from the toxicity of capitalism and build community in Kingston, and how community interdependence and belonging is essential for our survival. Along those lines, she recommends the book Community by Peter Block as providing some answers to big questions on how to get community back on track.

You can find Amanda and her work in these places:

Engather: https://engather.co/# (sign up for local Kingston beta test by clicking the ‘Register Now” button at the bottom
 

Personal Professional website: https://www.amandacassiday.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/insta.quoi/

Happy Lunar New Year!

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257 “A Still Quiet Place” with Dr. Amy Saltzman

Dr. Amy Saltzman is a holistic physician, mindfulness coach, long-time athlete, devoted student of transformation, wife, mother and occasional poet. Her passion is supporting people of all ages in achieving peak performance and finding flow. Amy has the privilege of being recognized by her peers as a visionary and pioneer in the field of mindfulness for athletes, coaches, and other high performers, as well as for kids, teens, and parents. She offers individual holistic medical care, and both individual and team mindfulness coaching, in person and online, to athletes, coaches, children, adolescents, parents, teachers, therapists, allied professionals, and high tech executives and employees.

She is trained in Internal Medicine, a founding diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, co-founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, and a founding member of the Northern California Advisory Committee on Mindfulness. She served on the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association for eight years and was the first medical director of the integrative Health and Healing Clinic at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

She’s written three books.

A Still Quiet Place for Athletes: Mindfulness Skills for Achieving Peak Performance and Finding Flow in Sports and in Life

A Still Quiet Place for Teens: A Mindfulness Workbook to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions

A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions,

and created two CDS: Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children  and Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens.

Today’s conversation weaves through many important topics from defining mindfulness and how to teach it to children, why it’s important for children to have this tool, learning reacting vs. responding, finding flow and Amy’s other work to help parents and children identify and respond to covert and overt abusers in school, sports and beyond. You can learn more about that important work at Spot a Spider.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Here are the podcasts I mentioned.

Here’s Healthcare is a Human Right if you’re local and want to volunteer for a wonderful organization.

Here’s the New Moon Astrology Report from Forever Conscious.

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256 Spirituality and Politics – The New Year Birthday Show

It’s that time of the month! Marielena Ferrer returns for another conversation diving into politics and spirituality. Today on the show we talk about how we’re starting out the New Year and how our relationship to TIME has an impact on how we make decisions in life. We also set the tone for our talks on politics, explaining where we’re at and check in on our current feelings about the state of political affairs in the US. Today also happens to be my BIRTHDAY so Marielena kindly indulges me in a little Tarot Reading inspired by my personal new year.

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255 Happy New Year – Wheel of Life

Happy New Year friends! Today on the show I finish up the chapter that I began reading from last week and then we shift into New Year awareness with a little exercise designed perfectly for the slow wintery introspective time that we are in. It’s called the Wheel of Life and it takes us through an inventory of our life so that we can pause and reflect and live life more consciously. This exercise is perfectly aligned with this Friday’s Full Moon Astrology which I share briefly from Tanaaz’s blog Forever Conscious.

“Wherever this line of questioning leaves you, this first Full Moon of the year is a great time to consider ways to bring more alignment into your life. To assist you with this, try the journal prompt – ‘At the end of the day, what matters to me the most is…’ and see what inspiration follows.”

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254 “Jesus and the Lost Goddess”

Today in honor of Christmas and “Jesus’s Birthday,” I read from the book, Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Ancient Christians by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy. I love this book and wanted to share some of its goodness. 

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253 Vegan Cooking with Nava Atlas

Today on the show, I welcome Nava Atlas, the author of many vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, with hundreds of thousands of books sold over the years. Her books went vegan at the same time she did — the early 2000s. Some include …

She has been featured or contributed to several publications including The New York Times and the Washington Post. Her recipes and vegan living tips have been featured or cited in numerous publications and she’s been a guest on countless radio shows and podcasts.

Her involvement with the vegan movement and women’s issues overlaps with my work as an artist. It’s all under the umbrella of social justice. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums and is in a number of public and university collections.

In addition to her involvement in all things vegan, she also creates visually driven books. These have include Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife, a darkly humorous look at the gender roles through the lens of a faux 1950s cookbook and The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life (2011), which explores the creative processes of twelve classic female authors through their letters, journals, and interviews. The website that grew from this book is Literary Ladies Guide, which strives to be the most comprehensive resource on women’s classic literature. 

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252 End of the Year Tarot with Marielena Ferrer

Wanting to end the year on a high note, we talk about what the end of the year means and one or two ideas on how to step into the new year. Marielena walks us through what the Tarot reveals to her in the moment as we contemplate the beginning of 2023. Inspired by my weekly chat with Warren and Manuel we revisit the subject of confidence vs. questioning. A favorite quote to sum up that part of the conversation, “Wise people are full of doubt, but the idiots are completely sure.”

Have a fabulous New Year, and let us know if you have something you do to transition into the New Year, or any topic you’d like us to cover next year!

Today’s bonus conversation with Warren and Manuel is about awkward moments.

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251 Adrianne Theetge “Returning to and Taking Care of Self”

Adrianne Theetge moved to the Hudson Valley from Georgia after doing disaster relief in NYC for 9/11 in the AmeriCorps NCCC program. After several years working and serving our elections and our political system, she just recently went back to graduate school to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. She loves her new career as an ENL teacher serving students who are learning the English language. Experiencing grief after the loss of her brother and father she shares with us some of what has helped her through that process. She is a proud mother of two daughters. One of which, Aliza, has been a guest on the show in the past.She enjoys being outside running on the beautiful trails in the Hudson Valley, playing soccer, reading, thrift store shopping, exploring new places, and meditating (a new found invaluable tool).

I loved our talk today that actually took place at my house over tea. Adrianne is so warm and thoughtful and shares deeply from her heart space about grief, talking through the hard bits, career change, overcoming fears, letting people in, saying yes or no when that’s her truth, being a mom, and the secrets to her happy marriage.

Today’s bonus conversation with Warren is about brain health.

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250 Collaborative Divorce with Nanci Smith, Esq.

Today on the show we’re talking divorce. In the first half of the show I talk about my “divorce” and then share a bit of my experience as a divorce attorney and some general thoughts on divorce and separation. Did you know that 40-50% of all marriages end in divorce? Then in the second half of the show I am joined by Nanci A. Smith, Esq., an attorney licensed to practice in Vermont and New York. She is the chair of the Collaborative Divorce section of the Vermont Bar Association, a leader in her collaborative divorce practice group, and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She frequently writes and talks about divorce, family law, ethics, and collaborative divorce practices. She believes that a good divorce is possible when you show up for it with humility, compassion, and the correct support. Smith is the author of Untangling Your Marriage: A Guide to Collaborative Divorce (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Oct 11, 2022). Learn more at nancismithlaw.com.

Today Nancy explains what Collaborative Divorce is, the ways of getting divorced, the things to consider when choosing how to get divorced, how to help kids through a divorce and how to take care of yourself and rebuild after a divorce. NOTE: There was a glitch at some point during the recording of the show where 20 seconds was not picked up so there will be a less than seamless explanation when Nanci is taking about the ways of getting divorced. Apologies!

I shared from this article Why it’s so hard to leave when things aren’t working from the Elephant Journal, and the stats that I shared came from these websites. I also played a few of the songs that got me through my big separation. Those and more can be found at this playlist

https://legaljobs.io/blog/divorce-rate-in-america/

https://www.itsovereasy.com/insights/causes-of-divorce

https://memphisdivorce.com/tennessee-divorce-law/divorce-rates-statistics-and-trends-for-2022/

https://www.wf-lawyers.com/divorce-statistics-and-facts/

Today’s bonus conversation with Warren is about loving yourself and seeing the signs when you’re not.

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