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Awake In Relationship
9 minutes | 10 days ago
ON AIR: Reclaiming connection in the Internet of Things
022 During Covid 19 how we work, shop, do yoga, relate with family and find a mate has moved online. The internet has connected us during a time of crisis, but connectivity doesn’t equal connection. As more of life is lived online our perception of the world is being shaped by powerful algorithms in ways that often undermine real relationships and our shared sense of humanity. In this episode of ON AIR I talk about the transition from analog relationships to the emerging Internet of Things and how mindfulness can help us reclaim connection in the real world.
36 minutes | a month ago
Great intimacy begins with healthy boundaries with Mel Cassidy
021 Personal boundaries are a natural part of any relationship, but rarely are they discussed openly until a line has been crossed. After a year of Covid lockdowns many people are discovering their edge the hard way. In this episode of AIR I speak with Mel Cassidy, a relationship coach who focuses on polyamory and honest non monogamy, about the art of negotiating agreements and boundaries, especially in complex relationships. We also explore how trauma shows up in intimacy and how to use our somatic experiences to guide our deepest needs and desires in relationship.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
The medicine of mindful self compassion with Susan Gillis Chapman
020 Mindfulness is often seen as a tool for relieving anxiety, calming the mind, and developing greater focus. However, according to the Buddhist tradition mindfulness is much more than a relaxation technique, when combined with compassion it becomes a path for transforming suffering and uncertainty into confidence in our enlightened nature. In this episode I speak with Buddhist author and teacher Susan Gillis Chapman about how a cancer diagnosis helped deepen her experience of self compassion and the path.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
More Than a Pill: The emerging field of psychedelic therapy with Jim Kragtwyk
019 After decades of prohibition Health Canada and the FDA have approved psychedelic drug trials for treating a variety of mental illnesses. In this episode I speak with clinical counsellor and addictions specialist Jim Kragtwyk about the implications of the emerging field of psychedelic therapy. In this conversation we discuss the origins, taboos and potential of psychedelics for intractable conditions of the mind and healing a spiritually disconnected society.
28 minutes | 3 months ago
Intensive Journaling - Writing a new story for trauma and transition with Bill Israel
018 There are few experiences more challenging, confusing and lonely than a major life transition. Whether it comes in the form of an illness, divorce, job loss or global pandemic change is rarely welcomed as an opportunity to let go of old patterns and reinvent oneself. In this episode of AIR I speak with ordained pastor and therapist Bill Israel about navigating change and releasing old traumas through Intensive Journalling. We also discuss Bill’s extensive experience helping people experiencing addictions, homelessness and end of life to access their innate creativity and wisdom to embrace the change state.
6 minutes | 4 months ago
ON AIR: Renaissance, revolution and relationships in 2021 with Silas Rose
018 ON AIR is a new monthly addition to the podcast including some pithy commentary on themes and issues arising from guest interviews. It has been a year since recording the first episode of Awake In Relationship and so much has changed. There is nothing like a global pandemic to illuminate the importance of relationships and community. AIR host Silas Rose reflects on the evolution of the podcast, the vision of season 2 and the coming relationship renaissance in the post Covid era.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
The work that reconnects with Trina Woods
016 Between Trump and a global pandemic there is very little bandwidth left over for the climate crisis. Like a deer caught in the headlights it is easy to feel overwhelmed with existential dread. In this episode I talk with Trina Woods, clinical social worker and facilitator of the Work That Reconnects about processing the emotions many of us are feeling about the current state of our world. We also discuss the importance of grief and anger as touch stones for reconnecting to the greater web of life.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
Intimacy and the intelligent couple during Covid with Penelope Hagan and Michael Lium Hall
015 During the pandemic many couples are reporting that home life is feeling like a pressure cooker of stress and frustration. Some experts are even calling this time an anger incubator. Juggling domestic and work duties, as well as money problems are exposing the fault lines in many long term relationships.In this episode I speak with intimacy coaches Penelope Hagan and Michael Lium Hall about how to keep the vitality, passion and curiosity alive with your intimate partner during a time when everything seems to be falling apart. We also discuss the role of consent in a long term relationship and practices for reigniting pleasure and connection with your beloved.
40 minutes | 6 months ago
Dance your ability with Shauna Devlin
014 Many of us are craving a release from the restrictions Covid has put on our lives. In all cultures and in all times music and dance have served as a means to elevate the spirit, move through emotional blocks and unify people in uncertain times. In this episode of AIR I speak with Shauna Devlin, ecstatic dance facilitator and founder of Dance Your Ability, about ecstatic dance as a relational practice. We will also discuss how Shauna is making the joy dance available to those who have been excluded due to age or ability.
34 minutes | 7 months ago
Nature Based Therapy in an Age of Anxiety with David Segal
In a time when many of us are spending 11 or more hours a day glued to screens our innate connection to the nature has suffered. Youth are particularly vulnerable to algorithms that distort our sense of self and perception of the world around us. Beyond Covid 19 there is a looming mental health crisis on the horizon, and there isn’t an App for that. In this episode of AIR I speak with David Segal, clinic counsellor and co author with Dr. Nevin J. Harper, Kathryn Rose of Nature Based Therapy: A Practitioners Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth and Families. David offers some practical nature based practices for working with anxiety and grief around the climate crisis and global pandemic.
30 minutes | 8 months ago
Healing in Community and Circle Dialogue with Ame-Lia Tamburrini
012 - With Covid 19, the climate crisis, economic free fall and massive social unrest you might be feeling the need to find your tribe. Community is more important than ever, but as many of us in this ‘new normal’ are spending more time at home and online it is harder than ever to form those intimate bonds. In this episode of AIR I speak with Ame Lia Tamburrini, a community engagement consultant and change maker about the power of Circle Dialogue to create safe spaces for deep sharing, resolving conflict and creating connection among diverse communities. We will also discuss how to use principles of Circle Dialogue as a practice for personal and organizational transformation.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Can the mindfulness movement co-exist with social justice? with Farheen HaQ
011 - Thanks to the star power of Oprah and other influencers millions of people have been introduced to the power of mindfulness and compassion practices. Despite an emphasis on self liberation and ending suffering many western meditation communities have failed to encourage diversity among their membership. In this episode of AIR I speak with artist, activist and dharma practitioner Farheen HaQ about some of the barriers to inclusion she has encountered on the path and the Sweet Refuge Sangha, a meditation group Farheen co founded for people of colour.
33 minutes | 9 months ago
Fatherhood and the fall from grace with Bill Gaston
019 The relationship between father and son is often defined by ordinary moments shared in silence. Fathers are held to a god like standard and judged harshly when they fall. For young men coming of age there is longing for something only their father’s can provide, and without it the journey feels incomplete. In this episode of Awake In Relationship I talk with Bill Gaston, celebrated Canadian author and memoirist about finding forgiveness for our all too human fathers, even after they have passed. We also explore some of the uniquely male blocks to intimacy and connection between fathers and sons.
34 minutes | 10 months ago
Asserting Indigenous rights in the fight against eco racism with Ana Simeon
009 - In the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of police in Minneapolis a global anti racist movement has risen up and brought to light a long history of inequality and racism woven into our key institutions. In this episode we discuss First Nations rights and title and the struggle against eco-racism with Ana Simeon, fundraiser and campaigner for Raven Trust, a not for profit that raises money for First Nations legal defence.
37 minutes | 10 months ago
Relational Tonglen - Creating space for hard conversations with Susan Gillis Chapman
#008 After 3 months of Covid lockdown many people are confronting conflict and challenges in close relationships, When it is at home or work a breakdown in communication can sometimes feel like living inside a pressure cooker that is about to blow. Strong emotions quickly take over and it easy to turn someone we care deeply about into an object of anger or even hate. How do we stay connected to our vulnerability and express our needs when emotions are running high? Tonglen is an ancient Buddhist practice for opening the heart and working with suffering, others and our own. In this episode we will talk with Susan Gillis Chapman, author and Buddhist teacher about this powerful practice and creating a safe space for difficult conversations.
45 minutes | a year ago
Being Held: The power of touch in the Covid era with Tricia Bowler and Michael Haines
#007 - Reestablishing close human contact after Covid 19 can be anxiety provoking. Touch is an essential part of our mental wellbeing and trust building with others and without it relationships and even communities start to fall apart. In this episode we talk about creating safety for platonic and intimate touch in the post Covid era with Trica Bowler and Michael Haines from Being Held, a monthly community gathering focused on conscious touch.
32 minutes | a year ago
TAKAYA - Lessons on aloneness from a lone wolf with Cheryl Alexander
#006 - For 8 years a lone wolf named TAKAYA survived and thrived on a small archipelago near Victoria BC. Cheryl Alexander, an internationally recognized conservation photographer and educator spent 6 years documenting his remarkable life. Sadly, TAKAYA was killed by a hunter in March 2020, but his story of resilience has now gone global. In this episode Cheryl shares some of her personal journey with TAKAYA as well as what we can learn from the wisdom of wild places.
43 minutes | a year ago
The Lover archetype in dangerous times with Indrus Piche
#005 - There is nothing like a pandemic and social distancing to make one yearn for the beloved. Whether you a single or partnered the lover archetype is likely showing up in your life and relationships in surprising ways. How do we work with the shadow aspect of the lover and embrace this transformational energy for healing ourselves and the world? Does the Lover have any place is a #metoo era? In this episode we will be chatting with Indrus Piche, a transpersonal therapist, couples counsellor and sacred sexuality teacher about these questions and more in this episode, the Lover archetype in dangerous times.
48 minutes | a year ago
Meditation and bringing intimate relationships to the path with Ethan Nichtern
#004 - For anyone who is committed to a path like meditation or yoga it can be easy to feel a sense of separation between our spiritual and intimate lives. We might feel very awake and aware as the result of practice, but completely shut down when it comes to relating to those we are close too. In this episode with Buddhist teacher and author of the Dharma of the Princess Bride, we chat about meditation as a practice of fully showing up in friendship, romance and family life. If you are a fan of the Princess Bride you are going to love this episode!
39 minutes | a year ago
Ethical non monogamy with Mel Cassidy
#003 - Intimate relationships can sometime be work, a lot of work! The challenge is we are only given one road map for doing it well, called monogamy. We find ourselves on a relationship escalator with someone that naturally progresses from dating to marriage, kids, home and exclusivity till death do you part. However, with divorces rates in the US around 45% something seems wrong with the escalator. In this podcast with relationship coach Mel Cassidy we explore ethical non monogamy as a possible choice for those wanting more love, sex and freedom in their intimate lives
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