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Spirituality & Health Podcast
35 minutes | May 20, 2022
Dr. Rachel Allyn, "Bodyfulness" and Pleasure
Rachel Allyn, PhD has been a licensed holistic psychologist for almost 20 years. She specializes in body-mind medicine, relationships, and intimacy issues. She helps individuals and couples cope with their moods, life transitions, and relationship challenges. A certified yoga teacher, Dr. Allyn incorporates the body into her sessions and leads therapeutic body-mind workshops and retreats. She recently released a book called The Pleasure Is All Yours: Reclaim Your Body's Bliss and Reignite Your Passion for Life. In this episode, Rachel and Rabbi Rami chat about pleasure practices, the human condition, and the idea of "bodyfulness."
34 minutes | May 4, 2022
Sweta Srivastava Vikram, Ayurvedic Healing
Sweta Srivastava Vikram is an international speaker, best-selling author of 13 books, and Ayurveda and mindset coach who is committed to helping people thrive on their own terms. She also teaches yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence as well as incarcerated men and women. She lives in New York City with her husband. In this episode, Sweta and Rabbi Rami discuss the healing power of Ayurveda, the benefits of daily practices, and how to start writing.
34 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Paul Denniston, Grief Yoga
Paul Denniston is the founder of Grief Yoga. Denniston is certified in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Let Your Yoga Dance. He also has taught movement at the Stella Adler Academy in Hollywood. He has combined elements from many forms of yoga to help heal grief. In this episode, Denniston and Rabbi Rami discuss the origins of Grief Yoga, Denniston’s spiritual journey, and managing anger, among other topics.
39 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Sarah Bowen, Sacred Sendoffs
Sarah Bowen is an animal chaplain, multi-faith spiritual educator, cofounder of Compassion Consortium, and author of Sacred Sendoffs: An Animal Chaplain’s Advice for Surviving Animal Loss, Making Life Meaningful, & Trying to Heal the Planet. As a member of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary’s faculty, Spiritual Directors International, the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and several recovery communities, Bowen supports all beings regardless of their species or belief system. Bowen is also a co-founder of Compassion Consortium, the first interfaith, interspiritual, and interspecies spiritual community.
26 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Shamanic Bones of Zen
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is an African-American Soto Zen Buddhist priest, author, poet, diviner, and medicine woman of the drum whose practices are influenced by Native American and African indigenous traditions. Her new book is The Shamanic Bones of Zen: Revealing the Ancestral Spirit and Mystical Heart of a Sacred Tradition. Her book was reviewed in the March/April 2022 issue of Spirituality & Health.
34 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
A. H. Almaas, Keys to the Enneagram
A. H. Almaas (aka A. Hameed Ali) is a Kuwaiti American author and spiritual teacher who writes about and teaches spiritual development informed by the “Diamond Approach.” His new book is Keys to the Enneagram: How to Unlock the Highest Potential of Every Personality Type.
41 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Apolo Ohno, Pivoting From Uncertainty
Apolo Ohno is the most decorated American at the Winter Olympics and was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2019. In today’s episode, Rabbi Rami and Ohno explore Ohno’s new book, Hard Pivot. Rabbi Rami and Ohno start their conversation discussing the 2022 Winter Olympics currently going on in Beijing, before pivoting (pun intended) to focus on Ohno’s book. They dive into Ohno’s expedition into a life beyond speedskating, and the uncertainty, curiosity, and alienation that came along with retiring from the sport that had been the center of his life for so long.
37 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Annabel Streets, 52 Ways to Walk
Annabel Streets is a writer of highly researched, award-winning author of both narrative and practical nonfiction. She occasionally writes under the name Annabel Abbs, a pen name she is using for her forthcoming nonfiction book Windswept: Women Who Walked. Under the name Annabel Streets, which she uses for her practical nonfiction, she is coauthor of The Age Well Project. She is also the author of the novels The Joyce Girl and Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen. Her new book, 52 Ways to Walk: The Surprising Science of Walking for Wellness and Joy, One Week at a Time, is reviewed in the March/April 2022 issue of Spirituality & Health.
30 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Morgan Harper Nichols, Peace Is a Practice
Morgan Harper Nichols is a mixed-media artist, Christian musician, writer, and autism advocate. Her work has been featured in collaboration with Target, Starbucks, Anthropologie, Athleta, Aerie, Barnes & Noble, TJ Maxx, and more. Nichols’ new book Peace is a Practice: An Invitation to Breathe Deep and Find a New Rhythm for Life examines stories from her own life and the lives of people around the world to find one common thread among humanity: We all long for peace. See Nichols’ essay, art, and poetry featured in the March/April 2022 print issue of Spirituality & Health on shelves February 23rd.
32 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Vanessa Chakour, Awakening Artemis
Vanessa Chakour is an herbalist, holistic arts educator, environmental activist, and the founder of Sacred Warrior. Sacred Warrior utilizes experiential learning to explore plant medicine, martial arts, wildlife conservation, meditation, and more. Chakour’s new book Awakening Artemis: Deepening Intimacy With the Living Earth and Reclaiming Our Wild Nature, a healing guide that blends practical plant-based knowledge and spiritual reconnection for deeper communication with and respect for the natural world, is on-sale now.
43 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Invisible
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Professor of Theology, author, S&H contributor, and the host of Madang podcast returns to the Spirituality & Health Podcast to discuss her new book Invisible and her experience at COP26 Summit.
31 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Fierce Love
Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis is the first female and first Black Senior Minister at the historic Collegiate Church in New York City, which dates to 1628. Her new book, Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World was featured in Spirituality & Health’s Books We Love 2021 and is available now. Read Rev. Lewis’ guest column in the September/October 2021 issue.
34 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
Shelly Tygielski, Radical Self-Care for Social Change
Shelly Tygielski is the author of Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World and founder of the global grassroots mutual aid organization Pandemic of Love. Her work has been featured by over 100 media outlets, including CNN Heroes, The Kelly Clarkson Show, CBS This Morning, the New York Times, and Washington Post. Tygielski’s book Sit Down to Rise Up was reviewed in the November/December 2021 issue of Spirituality & Health.
31 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Lisa Broderick, Living a Limitless Existence
Lisa Broderick is a business executive, social entrepreneur, and founder and Executive Director of Police2Peace—an organization devoted to reshaping policing in America. Her new book is All the Time in the World: Learn to Control Your Experience of Time to Live a Life Without Limitations. In this episode Rabbi Rami and Broderick explore two startling claims: “You can control your experience of time” and “You can live without limitations.” They dive into the science of brainwaves and states of consciousness and sleep through the lens of time, developing a limitless nature, and much more.
35 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Pamela Seelig, Threads of Yoga
Pamela Seelig’s journey began after a diagnosis of Bell’s Palsy, which led her to leave her high-stress Wall Street job and seek out alternative medicines to begin her healing process—which brought her into the world of yoga and meditation. She has now been practicing yoga for over 25 years. Seelig’s new book Threads of Yoga: Themes, Reflections, and Meditations to Weave into Your Practice was featured in Books We Love in the September/October 2021 issue of Spirituality & Health.
32 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
John Pavlovitz, If God Is Love ... Don't Be a Jerk
John Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist. His blog, Stuff That Needs To Be Said reaches a diverse worldwide audience. He is the author of such books as A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, and Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto. His new book is If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans.
41 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Robert Thurman, Wisdom Is Bliss
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, and co-founder and president of Tibet House US. A close friend of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama for over half a century, Bob is the first ordained American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition. A passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, a skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and an inspiring writer of popular books on Buddhism—Thurman’s newest book is Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life.
36 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Connie Zweig, Shifting From Role to Soul
Connie Zweig is a psychotherapist, former executive editor at Jeremy P Tarcher Publishing, a columnist for Esquire Magazine and a contributor to the LA Times, the author and co-author of several books on the psychology of the shadow. Her newest book is the Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul. In this episode Rami and Zweig discuss aging and midlife, fear, changing careers, cultivating deeper awareness, and more. “During our midlife period of life, we're all empire-building. We're building families and careers and our ego development is peaking. Then as those responsibilities begin to fall away, whether it's in our 50s, or 60s, 70s, or 80s, and there's a shift in the structure of our days and the demands and the stress on us, most people get disoriented. They don't know where to turn. They don't know what's meaningful to them anymore.”
29 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Alejandro Mandes, Our Multiethnic Future
Alejandro Mandes is a social worker and theologian. He is the founder of Immigrant Hope and is devoted to equipping immigrants with the tools to find the hope of the gospel, a path to legal residency, and a home and church that accepts them. His new book is Embracing the New Samaria: Opening Our Eyes to Our Multiethnic Future. Read our review of Embracing the New Samaria: Opening Our Eyes to Our Multiethnic Future from the July/August issue of Spirituality & Health. Mandes asks “Who aren’t we reaching?” In this episode Rami and Mandes discuss the multiethnic future of the Christian church, opening the doors to all individuals of all races and cultures, salvation outside the church, God’s love and image in humanity, and much more. “I think we try to understand God in paradigms we set up that are not always crystal clear. And I’m okay with that abstraction.”
30 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Tao Lin, Leave Society
Tao Lin, is a novelist, poet, essayist, short-story author, and artist. He has published numerous novels and novella, two books of poetry, a collection of short stories, a memoir, and an assortment of digital content. His latest novel is called Leave Society, and a review of the book appears in the July/August 2021 issue of Spirituality & Health. Tao Lin, welcome to essential conversations. In this episode, Rabbi Rami and Lin discuss the philosophical nuances and therapeutic benefits of microdosing and recreational drug use, Daoism, autism, death and “leaving society,” and much more. “When I first got really disillusioned with my life ... I took a big dose of psilocybin and that combined with listening to a lot of Terence McKenna, made me have this idea that I should leave society, leave the life I had in New York City where I was really depressed. Then at that point, I realized that I didn't know what I would leave towards.”
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