288 Rev Shirley on Love and Liminal Space

Today I get to spend two hours with Shirley Nelson, a special human who I was introduced to via Kia Abilay a dearly departed friend, mentor, healer and person who married me!

For more than 30 years Rev Shirley has led sessions in spiritual development and
personal growth. She is an interfaith interspiritual minister and a compassionate care
counselor who serves various communities in the greater Cleveland area as a preacher,
retreat leader, and a workshop facilitator. Shirley is the author of The Many Faces of
Prayer and recently self-published My Soul Speaks of Grief: Poems and Reflections on
Love, Loss and Grief. She enjoys reading, spending time in nature, listening to music,
dancing and walking.

Today we wander through the subject of Shirley’s religious background having been raised Baptist but knowing that wasn’t the right path for her to now offering sermons of her own driven by love. A recent sermon was delving into the subject of “liminal space” which is a fascinating subject to me so we spent some time understanding it and then moved onto a favorite topic, love. You can reach out to Shirley or subscribe to her mailing list for her newsletters by emailing shirley.nelson@live.com.

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#197 Marielena Ferrer “Spirituality and Politics – Compassion and Anger”

It’s the return of Marielena Ferrer and our monthly conversation inspired by Espiritualidad y Politica, which ponders ideas related to society’s relationship with money, cultural integration, sustainable development, and participation in public life. The overarching message is that it is possible and necessary to marry the art of living (spirituality) with the art of coexisting (politics) to achieve peace. We talk about the practical implications of this and other related topics. Today we discuss how politics has become a team sport, return to our conversation about compassion, and then dip into the point and purpose of anger and how it it seems to be more socially accepted, even revered, if displayed by a man vs. a woman.

Mariaelena is an artist and the Executive Director of Humanamente — a diversity and inclusion consulting organization.

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#196 Shulamit Elson “Grief and Sound Healing”

Today I have the honor of speaking with Shulamit Elson, and we begin the show hearing about her experience in losing her daughter to leukemia just over a year ago and how she moved through the tremendous grief of this experience. This flows into a conversation about Shulamit’s own journey into finding her soul’s purpose and the healing sounds that form the basis of her work today.  She is the creator of MediSounds Meditation, and the Director of MediSounds, as well as the founder of The Great Octave Foundation. She has taught MediSounds Meditation and vocal sound-based mindfulness practices worldwide, in places as diverse as Esalen and Omega Institutes, Tibet House in NYC, meditation workshops in Andalusia, Spain and Oxford, England, the Sri Auribindo Auroville community in India, and in Israel. Under the auspices of The Great Octave Foundation, her activities have included work throughout Israel during a particularly fraught time of conflict in 2002,  HIV positive men and women in Mexico City, and returning Iraq war veterans. In 2001 Shulamit was honored to give the keynote address in Washington, DC to introduce US Congressional Bill H. R. 808 to create a Cabinet Level Department of Peace.

Prior to creating MediSounds Meditation, Shulamit had a 20-year career in business consulting and investment banking. Her positions included Manager of Training and Development at Sandoz Inc. and Director of Organizational Communications at the public relations firm Hill & Knowlton. As President of her own independent consulting firm, Shulamit advised on issues of communication and organizational development at such corporations as Ford Motor Company, United States Lines, Nabisco Brands, and Irving Trust.

Shulamit is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Kabbalah of Prayer ~Sacred Sounds and the Soul’s Journey, and the creator of the newly-released CD MediSounds ~ The Path to Wholeness; as well as Beyond Words ~ Sacred Sounds of the Tree of Life; as well as Vibration ~ Shulamit and the Drepung Gomang Buddhist Monks.

P.S. at the end of the show I append my weekly “pre-show” banter with Warren and Manuel who share with me thoughts about being a people pleaser!

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#10 Rebecca Moore (Musician, Avant-Guard Performer, Activist) “From Art to Veganism”

On today’s show Shana and Theresa talk with Rebecca Moore, musician, actor, performance artist, educator, activist and co-founder of Hudson Valley Veg Fest. She talks to us about what it was like growing up in NYC, collaborating with pioneers of the 80’s and 90’s NYC art scene, making and playing music, and fighting for the rights of artists and tenants during the height of Manhattan’s gentrification. Rebecca befriended a chicken at summer camp when she was 10 years old which would forever have a profound impact on who she is and what she does. Now, as a full-time animal rights activist she has The Institute for Animal Happiness , Rebecca talks about the ways she educates others on the agriculture industry, and how she is building a Vegan movement in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Her work is all about creating a culture of compassion which includes compassion for self and others. Words of wisdom from Rebecca, activists, be sure to take care of yourselves, don’t fall prey to guilt trips, and surround yourselves with those who support you!

Next week we sit down with Rebecca Martin, musician, environmental and political activist, and community builder. Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss this!

Rebecca Moore
http://www.instituteforanimalhappiness.com/

Hudson Valley Vegfest
http://www.hvvegfest.org/

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