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After the First Marriage: Learning and Growing in Relationship: Dr Susan Orenstein on PYP 445

What can we learned from “failed” relationships that can help us succeed next time? Couples therapist Susan Orenstein talks about her work helping people move on and grow after a first marriage. Read More

Liberation Through Improvisation and Imperfection:
Stephen Nachmanovitch on PYP 444

Can we use the principles and practices of improvisation to make healthy choices? In this episode, improvisation teacher Stephen Nachmanovitch shares what a 639-year-long musical performance can teach us about being present while thinking of the future, and how steering a car can guide us to self-correct our mistakes in real time.

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Plant Care is Self-Care: Yuvika Iyer on PYP 442

What are the best house plants for healthy indoor air? Which ones are easiest for beginners? What are the benefits to indoor plants? And how can we become more connected, calmer, and happier people through our co-nurturing relationships with these plants? Read More

Supporting Spirituality Through Technology: Danielle Roberts on PYP 435

Danielle Roberts is a visual artist, technologist, and meditator. She’s the creator of MeditationLab, whose mission is to support spirituality through technology, and AwarenessLab, which develops tools for awareness from a technological, artistic, and experiential perspective.

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Healing from Racism with Bianca and Michael Alexander: PYP 419

I reached out to Bianca and Michael because I was turning into an asshole. Specifically, I was full of rage and outrage and judgment at all the racists out there.  And the fact that I was right, and on the side of right, and standing shoulder to shoulder with people of color, and fighting against… Read More

The Practice of Compassionate Self-Care During Times of Crisis:
Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, MD on PYP 411

Dr Bojana Jankovic Weatherly is one of my favorite physicians, double board certified in internal and integrative medicine. She has also trained in functional medicine, nutrition and mindfulness. Dr Jankovic Weatherly is a real stickler for evidence of efficacy, whatever modality she’s exploring or recommending. Which makes her a very reliable podcast guest, especially when… Read More

Exploring Digital Spirituality with Gregory Grieve: PYP 399

Meditation apps have become a huge market. Headspace, Calm, 10% Happier, Insight Timer, and others promise stress relief, better health, and even spiritual contentment to users. Gregory Price Grieve, professor of religion at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studies the nexus of spirituality and digital media. He recently published an article with Beverly… Read More

Decisions, Decisions: PYP 388

In these challenging times, we may think we have a lot of decisions to make. And we can agonize over those decisions and feel tremendous regret if they don’t work out the way we hoped they would. But it’s almost impossible to make rational decisions when the future is so unpredictable. Past experience doesn’t provide… Read More

Don and the Perfect Game: PYP 377

Don Larson died this month, at the age of 90. He played baseball professionally from 1953 to 1967, and had a less than stellar career. As a pitcher, his lifetime record was 81 wins and 91 losses. He played five of those years with the powerhouse New York Yankees during their dynastic heyday in the… Read More

At Least I Don’t Lick Cats – Deep Thoughts on Addiction and Healing

So somehow my son and I ended up in front of his laptop with Hulu open. I don’t recall what he wanted to show me, but it ended up not being very interesting.

So, cultural rubber-necker that I am, I was drawn to a thumbnail of a show I had never heard of: My Strange Addiction. Apparently it ran for six seasons on TLC, starting in 2010. Apparently I had missed this cultural phenomenon entirely

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