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33 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
Season 2 Ep#6: "Coming Home"
In a world full of distraction and challenge, how do we find our way back home to ourselves. This is such a crucial question because if we are going to live our lives from our most authentic and powerful selves and if we are going to truly address the challenges of this century, we have to find our way to that core place of our being. In this episode, Jules and Mark address this essential question of homecoming. There are many doors to leave home and fewer doors to come home and we hope this episode helps you perhaps find those doors.
56 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Season 2 Ep#5: A Tourist in Nature: Music, Activism & Soul
In this episode we interview singer, songwriter, music producer and activist Valerie Orth. She talks honestly and vulnerably about her journey in the music industry, the deep and painful challenges of being a woman in that industry, and her commitment to authenticity, to finding her authentic voice as a musician, as a woman, and as a human being. She also speaks about how activism is woven into her life and her music how important that balance, that weaving, is for her. We were delighted, as well, that she agreed to play live for us two of her beautiful and soulful songs. If you want to know more about Valerie or get connected to her music and projects, you can visit her website at: https://valerieorth.com/ or search your favorite music service for her music.
39 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Season 2 Ep#4: "Ask a Therapist"
Join Jules and Mark as they answer soul questions they are commonly asked as psychotherapists. "What are the main regrets you hear people talk about...?", "What's the secret to being happily married...", "How do I find and listen to my own voice...?"
36 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Season 2 Ep #3: Soul's Thirst
In this episode, we, Mark & Jules, interview artist Carol Meckling. She is a full-time working artist living on the island of Kauai. During the interview we talk to Carol about her journey to fully listen to her soul's longing to create and become an artist. She speaks eloquently about how she was able to move art from something that was on the margins of her life to its very center and how doing that has brought her so much joy and life satisfaction. Along the way, she talks about the challenges and joys of listening to the call of the soul and the call of our aliveness. She also talks about her organic creative process, what art means her and how essential it is to our society. We found the interview inspiring and hopeful. Carol's website: www.carolmeckling.com
38 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Radical Presence and the Emerging Moment
In this episode Jules and Mark experiment with not having an agenda and trusting the emerging moment in their conversation. The idea here is that sometimes our agendas and our desire to control things gets in the way of soul emerging. Sometimes if we let go and just trust what emerges and ride the wave of emerging life, we are taken to delightful places including places of the soul.
39 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
The Playground of Science & Spirituality
Welcome back to Season Two! In this episode, Mark and Jules discuss the intersection of science and spirituality in an interview with Ricco Bonicalzi, Ph.D. Ricco is a scientist, physicist , Buddhist practitioner and a professor of math and physics at Seattle Central College. He has spent many years contemplating where science and spirituality overlap and where each modality can actually support and deepen the other. We hope you find this interview as fascinating as we did.
39 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Fall Special #2 - Gift Box of Darkness
In this final episode of the year, Mark and Jules delve in to healing and renewal after a tumultuous 2020.
38 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Fall Special #1 - "Lean In" - Election polarization
Join Mark and Jules during this election season on a soul journey to "Lean In..." In this first of two fall specials they talk about and struggle with how to have soulful and fruitful conversations with friends/family/partners/neighbors with polarized views. They also talk why this kind of practice is essential for for healing the polarizations in the world and for our survival as a species.
54 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Episode #14 - Soulful Masculinity
In this episode Mark and Juliana reflect on Season 1 of this podcast as they come to the end of the season. They talk about what they have learned on this journey. Then, in honor of upcoming Father's Day, they explore what healthy masculinity and soulful masculinity might look like and the challenges for men of claiming masculinity in a culture full of toxic masculinity and few role models.
22 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Episode #13 - A Warrior's Heart
This episode is a mini-episode where Juliana and Mark discuss the inherent, potential hope in the act of protest. They go on to introduce the practice of TONGLIN, which comes from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and is practice of developing a warriors heart, a heart wide enough to take in and and bear witness to the suffering of the world. The hope is that if we can bear witness and truly take in that suffering, compassionate and effective action would be the inevitable result of that practice.
42 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Episode #12 - Soul Reaction - Responding to George Floyd and Institutional Racism
In this improvisational episode Mark and Juliana wrestle with their own white privilege and institutional racism in response to George Floyd's murder, the history of police brutality in this country, and the protests that have broken out in many cities across this country It is a raw, challenging and painful episode as they try and own the internal racism that lives inside of them by virtue of living in this culture. They go on to ask what are skillful and soulful responses to what is happening and what has been happening in our country.
41 minutes | May 28, 2020
Episode #11 - Soul Connections
Mark and Juliana interview special guest Sam Lamb who seems to have a gift of building community and connection. They discuss what it takes build a life and business through "soul connections".
42 minutes | May 10, 2020
Episode #10 - Motherhood & Soul
A special Mother's day episode about the soulfulness of motherhood.
40 minutes | May 7, 2020
Episode #9: "Fresh Crayons" - Soul & Creativity
In this episode, we have an inspiring conversation with Barb Lucas, an expressive arts therapist living in Montana. We talk about how creativity can be a doorway into the soulful areas of human life and we talk about the radical idea that all human beings are creative and need to create to be whole.
27 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
Episode #8: Living a Soulful Life
In this episode, Mark and Juliana talk about the definition of soul and then explore practical ways of connecting with soul in our everyday lives. Soul is beautiful, meaningful and elusive, which is what this episode points to.
52 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Episode #7: Light on the Other Side: A Healing Journey
Former head coach for Team USA’s Paralympic tennis team and wheelchair tennis ambassador Dan James tells his story of trauma and healing in this touching episode. Join us, for a soul's journey to "light on the other side..."
14 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Mini-Episode #6 - Doorway into Soul
(10 minute meditation) Give yourself the "present of presence"
44 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Episode #5 - Luminous Heart
Special guest Tahir Bhatti, a UC San Diego Wellness Physician and psychiatrist joins Mark and Juliana to talk about practical practices that help us clear our hearts and minds of the wounds, constrictions and painful clutter we have accumulated throughout our lives. Tahir asserts that in doing this soul work and utilizing these soulful practices, we will be able to come home to our luminous hearts and claim who we really are.
40 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Episode #4: The Gatekeeper
In this episode, Juliana and Mark speak with Dawn Grace, a former oncology nurse, a former midwife, a hypnotherapist and a death doula. With Dawn, who has had a lifelong fascination with death and who currently wants to open a “Death School”, they explore how facing the reality of death opens us up to soul, joy and aliveness.
29 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
Episode #1: This Magnificent Moment
In the first episode of Soul Matters, Juliana and Mark discuss what soul actually is, why it does, indeed, matter and why each of them were drawn to do a podcast on this topic. They also explore the present moment as a doorway into soul, joy, and aliveness.
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