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A Path To Call Your Own
30 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
31. Body Like A Mountain, Heart Like An Ocean, Mind Like The Sky (Guided Meditation)
Body like a mountain. Heart like an ocean. Mind like the sky. - Dōgen Host Matthew Foley guides listeners through a meditation using the classic Zen poem above for inspiration as we cultivate these qualities of body, heart, and mind. We’ll begin by sitting like a mountain - grounded, steady, and solid; opening our hearts like an ocean - soft, accepting, and spacious; and widening our minds like the sky - clear, open, and free. Listeners are encouraged to have a journal or paper + pen nearby for a brief period of reflection before the meditation. This is a live recording of my Monday Meditation class from June 28th, 2021. If you would like to join these Monday Meditation gatherings, head to my website apathtocallyourown.com and head to the Meditation page, where you can book a spot for the upcoming Monday night Zoom call. You’re also welcome to reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram & I’ll send the Zoom link your way.
90 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
30. Shadow, Inner Child, & Cultivating Inner Harmony with Brianna Brown
Host Matthew Foley welcomes Brianna Brown, a spiritual mentor & soul-body alchemist, to discuss the shadow, inner child work, and her program Cultivating Inner Harmony. In this interview, Brianna shares her own spiritual healing journey & what led her into her current work with clients, which incorporates healing trauma, stepping into personal sovereignty, integrating the shadow, breaking free from social constructs, and discovering inner harmony. Matthew & Brianna dive deep into a discussion of shadow work. They explore how we can shine a light on those shamed, repressed, or unloved parts of ourselves by paying close attention to what triggers or annoys us in others. By shining that light, we can learn to uncover & celebrate the inner gold that was previously hidden in shadow. They also discuss the related subject of healing the inner child. Matthew & Briana both share experiences of learning how to reconnect to the child within, recognizing ways in which that child might not have been seen or loved as they properly deserved, and offering love & awareness to the gifts of our inner child - a sense of play, freedom, joy, and wholeness. To learn more about Brianna’s work, including her Cultivating Inner Harmony program, follow her on Instagram: @brianna.r.brown
34 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
29. Gratitude & Generosity (Talk & Guided Meditation)
Host Matthew Foley shares a teaching & guided meditation on the theme of "Gratitude & Generosity" from his Monday Meditation class, which he hosts every Monday night on Zoom from 7-8 pm (EST). Inspired by the book "The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life" explores how a mindset of generous giving & grateful receiving can add incredible value to our lives & financial well-being. In his opening teaching, Matthew gives specific examples about how we can practice more generosity (even on a tight budget) and how we can experience receiving from others with a deeper sense of gratitude. In the meditation, Matthew guides students into a breath-centered practice, connecting to these concepts of grateful receiving & generous giving to the flow of our inhales & exhales. If you would like to attend one of Matthew's Monday Meditation classes, head to his website apathtocallyourown.com and click the Meditation tab. There you can register for that week’s meditation & receive a Zoom link for the upcoming Monday night.
89 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
28. The Art Of Spiritual Mentoring with Sarah Familar-Ragsdale
This episode is a recording from the new Spirit Talks conversation series I’m hosting, where I invite a special guest to join me AND a virtual audience to share a community dialogue about a particular topic related to the spiritual journey. To kick off this experiment, I reached out to one of my favorite previous podcast guests: my good friend Sarah Familar-Ragsdale. I thought Sarah would be the perfect person to explore a topic that’s on my mind quite a bit: the art of spiritual mentoring. What does it mean to have a spiritual mentor.. someone who guides or supports us on our spiritual journeys? And for those of us who work as coaches, therapists, teachers, or guides.. what does it mean to be a spiritual mentor? What qualities should a good mentor possess, and what ethical principles must be followed to ensure that a mentoring relationship is healthy for everyone involved? Sarah & I both share our personal experiences of the mentors who have shaped our spiritual journeys and how we approach the art of spiritual mentorship in our professional lives. And then we open it up to questions & comments from the audience, as they share their own stories related to spiritual mentorship. Sarah will offer an introduction to her philosophy & work in the recording, but if you’d like to learn more about Sarah, I highly encourage you to check out our first conversation together on this podcast, Episode 21: Season of the Witch.
13 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
27. The Wizard & The King: Two Archetypes for the Coaching Journey
In this solo episode, host Matthew Foley discusses two archetypes that help guide the life coaching journey towards wholeness: 1) The Ruler/King/Queen and 2)The Magician/Wizard/Priestess. "These two archetypal images symbolize our capacity for sovereignty and transformation, power and wisdom. Together, they help us take our proper place in both earthly life and in the life of the spirit. Our inner King/Queen/Ruler is the part of our being who knows how to stand in our power and use that power for good and noble ends, who creates proper order and structure in our lives, who offers blessing and protection to our friends, family, and community. Our inner Magician/Wizard/Priestess is that aspect of ourselves who is deeply connected to spirit, who opens our being to a dialogue with the sacred, and who, based on the wisdom of that deep listening, masters of the arts of inner transformation and spiritual healing. Together, these two archetypes offer us a compelling image of the fully realized Self - wise, empowered, and whole."
16 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Walking Your Soul Path: A Guided Inner Journey
Spiritual life coach Matthew Foley leads listeners on a guided inner journey to discover clarity about their life path & purpose. This guided meditation uses the power of the imagination to help you "walk your soul path" and form a deeper relationship with who you really are. It will also provide insights into what tools & forms of support that can help you maintain that connection and live a more soul-inspired life. To join Matthew on the life coaching journey, head to his website: apathtocallyourown.com
15 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
26. Entering The Inner Cave This Winter
In this solo episode released in honor of the Winter Solstice, host Matthew Foley shares ideas & inner resources for making this winter an intentional & soulful experience. "In symbolic terms, I see this winter as an opportunity to enter into our Inner Cave. Looking towards the wisdom of the natural world, we might think of bears & other creatures who seek out caves to spend their winters in hibernation. In many spiritual traditions, caves are often symbols of contemplative retreat from the world. Spiritual hermits of all kinds - Buddhist monks, Indian sadhus, and early Christian monastics - were known for seeking out caves for periods of silence, solitude, and deep meditation. Caves are also a mythological symbol for dark places where we fear to look. Heroes in myths & fantasy novels are likely to find dragons and other monsters waiting in the depths of deep, dark caves. But in these stories, it is precisely those dragons & fearsome monsters who are guarding the treasure the hero seeks. These stories point towards a deep psychological truth: when we peer into the depths of ourselves during times of deep solitude and introspection, we do run the risk of discovering dragons - our fears, our doubts, our unhealed wounds. But it is precisely beneath those fears, doubts, and wounds that we also discover gold - specifically, the gold of a deeper self-knowing. Joseph Campbell was absolutely right: 'The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.' So, let me offer some tools for entering into this season of the Inner Cave - resources for uncovering the inner treasure that awaits you. May these be like torches that help light your way through the dark."
68 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
25. Lessons From Mother Ayahuasca with Tina Lambert
Host Matthew Foley talks with Tina Lambert about the sacred use of psychedelic plant medicines, particularly ayahuasca. Tina teaches us about the history of Ayahuasca, how it is prepared, and experienced among shamans in South America. We trade stories of some of our first profound spiritual experiences with psychedelics, me recounting my first experience with mushrooms and Tina sharing her first time drinking ayahuasca. Tina also opens up about the personal healing she has experienced through ayahuasca, including repairing relationships with her family. We talk about ayahuasca’s relationship to the divine feminine, and how many people experience this plant medicine as MOTHER Ayahuasca. Finally, we talk about the future of psychedelics, including possible legalization and both the promises & perils of more mainstream acceptance of plant medicines. To learn more about the podcast, head to apathtocallyourown.com
73 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
24. Yoga & Liberation: On & Off The Mat with Ashley Mizzell
Host Matthew Foley talks with Ashley Mizzell, a yoga teacher & social activist in Charleston, South Carolina. We dive into the racial history of Charleston & Ashley’s experience growing up in that community as a woman of color. Ashley shares how she discovered yoga & stepped into her power as a yoga teacher with a mission to create welcoming spaces for folks who may often feel alienated from mainly white, privileged yoga studios. We get into some real honest conversation about the legacy of cultural appropriation in Western yoga, the spiritual bypassing that occurs within wellness communities, and the misuse of spiritual concepts like Oneness to stifle honest conversation about issues in our communities. We talk about the potential for spiritual practice to help heal ancestral trauma & trauma created by oppression and the importance of self-care among activists to prevent burn-out & feeling overwhelmed by the state of the world. This conversation will leave you feeling inspired & fired up combining spiritual practice with a practice of social awareness & standing up for justice. To learn more about the podcast & Matthew's work as a spiritual life coach, head to apathtocallyourown.com
103 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
23. Creating A Sacred Healing Space with Nicole Yallum
Host Matthew Foley talks with Nicole Yallum, creator & founder of Boundless Beings, where she serves clients through what she describes as a “soulful & energetically focused alternative to traditional therapy.” They discuss navigating 2020 as a spiritual healer & entrepreneur, leaning into the unknown, the history & practice of Reiki, integrating Eastern & Western medicine, the balance of the spiritual & the human experience, and how we can best get out of our own way & let the healing process happen.
15 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
22. The Art of Finding Soul
In this solo episode, Matthew Foley talks about the shamanic practice of "soul retrieval" and how this ancient art of finding soul can speak to us in the modern world. To learn more about the podcast, head to apathtocallyourown.com/podcast
85 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
21. Season Of The Witch with Sarah Familar-Ragsdale
Host Matthew Foley chats with Sarah Familar-Ragsdale - a witch & high priestess of the divine feminine living in Charleston, South Carolina. Sarah & I explore the rebalancing of masculine & feminine in the spiritual life, our shared experiences in the Southern Baptist church as children, the history of pagan religions before the emergence of Christianity, the wisdom of the seasons, and the growing interest in witchcraft, magic, and spiritual paths that deeply honor the earth, our Great Mother. To learn more about the podcast, head to apathtocallyourown.com
6 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
20. Slow Down. Breathe. Be Kind. VOTE.
The day after the first presidential debate in 2020, host Matthew Foley shares his thoughts on the role spirituality can play in taking social action. To learn more about the podcast, head to apathtocallyourown.com
108 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
19. The Revolution Within with Tanner Kirk
Host Matthew Foley chats with musician Tanner Kirk about creativity, protest art, current social justice issues in America, the changing definition of masculinity, and Tanner's year in Mr. Foley's English class. The episode features Tanner's new song "Wear Your Colors On Your Face". To learn more about the podcast, head to apathtocallyourown.com
8 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
18. Joy At The Center
In this solo episode, host Matthew Foley explores how we can experience joy at the center of our lives, not just on the margins. "When we were young, we dreamed of lives where our happiness and inspiration, our curiosity and creativity would be at the very center of our life. But somewhere along the way, we buy into the idea that this is all a fool’s dream, a childhood fantasy we inevitably have to wake up from on the path to adulthood.We resign ourselves to finding our joy in the margins, in those tiny slices of time between work, making dinner, folding the laundry, and getting to bed at a reasonable hour. Reasonable. Responsible. Realistic. But how is your soul? How is your heart? Are you living the life you actually want to be living?" To learn more about Matthew's coaching work, head to apathtocallyourown.com
93 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
17. Loving God, Loving Myself with Raven McKevlin
Host Matthew Foley talks with Raven McKevlin - poet, filmmaker, and queer Christian - about her journey of spiritual healing, a journey of realizing that loving God & loving oneself is really the same love. We talk about what it’s like to recover from “spiritual trauma” - experiences of guilt, shame, and fear brought on by religious belief & religious community. We’ll explore the unlearning that both of us did to see & understand the Divine in new ways, that welcome all of who we are, and help us release old stories that told us we were unworthy in the eyes of God. To learn more about the podcast, head to apathtocallyourown.com
104 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
16. The Best Version of Myself with John Brewster
Host Matthew Foley talks with Charleston SC musician John Brewster about spirituality, creativity, and living the best version of yourself. Learn more about the podcast at apathtocallyourown.com
15 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Season 2 Announcement: A Podcast for Spiritual Seekers
Host Matthew Foley announces the start of Season 2 of the podcast, focused on conversations for spiritual seekers. Learn more about the podcast at apathtocallyourown.com
87 minutes | May 26, 2020
15. The Path of Conscious Relationships with Laura Jarrait
Host Matthew Foley talks with yoga teacher & Tantric practitioner Laura Jarrait about the path of conscious relationships. They explore how to see our relationships as a spiritual path, full of challenge and promise, that can lead us to awakening. To support the podcast, head to patreon.com/apathtocallyourown
109 minutes | May 10, 2020
14. The Sacred Masculine & Feminine with Nicci Kristine
Host Matthew Foley talks with yoga teacher & birth doula Nicci Kristine about the sacred masculine & feminine in each of us. To support the podcast on Patreon, head to patreon.com/apathtocallyourown
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