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The Earthly Delights Podcast
60 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
#62: Rhian Mannings MBE - Choosing Life After Death
It’s very rare you come across someone like Rhian. Her ability to speak about death, grief, and bereavement in such an honest and open manner made this difficult conversation profoundly memorable and inspiring. In this hour, Rhian tells us about the passing of her son and husband in the same week, how the initial days and weeks unfolded, and the process of post-traumatic growth which contributed towards the establishment of the bereavement charity 2WishUponAStar. Rhian provides a perspective on bereavement that we haven’t fully explored on the podcast before and certainly facilitated some catharsis for me and I hope for you. We’ve provided links below for Rhian’s charity if you’d like to learn more about her work. We really appreciate Rhian sharing her experience with us. Thanks for listening! https://www.2wishuponastar.org
57 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
#61: Grace Ogden - Tales of a Midwife
Join Seb as he talks to his great friend Grace Ogden. Grace grew up with a passion (or a calling) for midwifery and is now a practicing midwife in Lincolnshire. We talk about the ups and downs of such a vital job within the NHS and how she manages life-making decisions and the stress but also the beauty that comes with it.
113 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
#60: Dr Stephen Ilardi - How to Overcome Depression
Join the guys as they talk to Dr Stephen Ilardi about overcoming depression without drugs. Dr Stephen Ilardi, is an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas and the author of over 40 professional articles on mental illness, as well as the highly acclaimed book “The Depression Cure”. We talk to Dr Stephen about his 6-step program to beat depression without drugs which can be found in his life-changing book. These simple steps can help you overcome depression or help prevent it if implemented correctly. Follow him here: https://twitter.com/dr_ilardi
51 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
#59: Dr Gaétan Chevalier - Earthing; Mother Nature's Cure?
Join the guys as they talk to Dr Gaétan Chevalier about Earthing. Earthing is a fairly recent scientific discovery which basically means that we need to be in direct contact with the Earth’s surface (land or sea). Extensive research shows that connecting to the Earth’s natural energy, by walking barefoot on grass, sand, dirt or rock or swimming in the sea can diminish chronic pain, fatigue, inflammation and so much more. Dr Gaétan explains how it has had dramatic effects on people with Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis and other illnesses and explains how as little as 30 minutes earthing a day can help maintain good health. Find more information here: https://earthinginstitute.net/
83 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
#58: Anna Fiona Keogh - Healing Properties of Dance
70 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
#56: Mary-Jane Rubenstein - Our Understanding of God and Why it Matters (even for atheists)
GOD. This word terrifies a lot of young people in the west. It’s certainly a loaded word in Ireland and the UK. This word angers, frustrates and often generates a response of eye-rolling when it’s mentioned. And with good reason. The monotheistic idea of God that is oh so common around these parts has not stopped Wars, famines, corruption or heinous immoral acts by those who are apparently closest to or working in the name of this God. Professor of Religion, science in society, feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Weslyn university, Mary Jane Rubinstein is keenly aware of this. Her work encourages us to contemplate redefining what God could be and what that could mean for society and how we interact with the world. What if we saw God disentangled from religious dogma and corruption? There’s so much in this hour and I’m guessing if you clicked play you’re open to hearing a discussion about God that you might not have heard before, so enjoy and please let us know what you think! Mary-Jane was sincerely one of Jim’s favourite guests and We’ve linked more information about her work in the show notes. Thanks for listening!https://mrubenstein.faculty.wesleyan.edu
73 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
#55: Eimear Burke - Druidery & Spiritual Reconnection
This week, Seb and Jim speak with the Druid and Psychologist: Eimear Burke. Druidry is often clouded in misconceptions so we wanted Eimear, who is the current chief of order of Bards Ovates and Druids to clear up some misconceptions and tell us how she found her way into this ancient spiritual tradition. We also cover the Druid relationship with nature and why she believes Druid membership is on the rise. Eimear has had a fascinating life, initially working as a nurse, then learning more about shamanism facilitated a wider, more holistic perspective on wellbeing for her. We often forget that Druidry has steep roots in Ireland and the U.K., and it was a real pleasure having Eimear recount some of this ancient wisdom.
81 minutes | May 25, 2021
#54: Buck Angel - A Trans Movement Pioneer
In this episode, we talk to Buck Angel, a real pioneer of the trans movement. Buck has called himself a guineapig as he transitioned back when surgeons had no previous experience with such procedures. We talk about dealing with feeling as though he belonged in a boy’s body despite being born a biological female. Working through such complicated feelings is never easy, but it was even harder back in the 60/70/80’s as there was no reference point for Buck. Thankfully this has changed and there are now numerous references, Buck being a key figure, for people going through similar struggles nowadays. We talk about how a therapist helped him come to terms with his identity before he ever considered transitioning medically. Buck also gives his thoughts on the woke movement and how it is inadvertently damaging the very thing it is trying to protect and push forwards. This was a fascinating conversation filled with raw honesty and compassion. Hopefully, this helps people understand what can sometimes be seen as prickly or even dangerous topic for outsiders looking in. Follow Buck on Twitter here: @BuckAngel
70 minutes | May 18, 2021
#53: Jennifer Moss - The Burnout Epidemic
In this episode, The Earthly Delights’ duo speak with burnout expert, Jennifer Moss. Jennifer is an award-winning journalist, author and speaker who has a remarkable ability to swim within the nuances of work culture and what gives us greater well-being. During this conversation, we cover the symptoms of burnout, how to recover from burnout and how to avoid it. We also discuss what the impact of the mass move towards working from home is doing to our health and how the future of work can be. Other areas of discussion include: zoom fatigue, being ‘ourselves’ at work, and feeling stuck in our job/career.
67 minutes | May 11, 2021
#52: Cara Lisette - Living with Anorexia
Join the guys as they talk to Cara Lisette, renowned for her blog “Cara’s Corner”, about anorexia. We talk about the triggers, effects on mental health, how difficult it is to overcome the gutting relapses, and what living a healthy lifestyle looks like going forwards. Cara’s story is one of resilience and determination despite all the odds.
75 minutes | May 4, 2021
#51: Declan Rothwell - Acupuncture; an Ancient Medicine
In this episode, Jim speaks with renowned acupuncture practitioner, Declan Rothwell. Declan, based in Dublin, speaks on his journey towards acupuncture and how he walked away from a secure office job to pursue a career in this Ancient Chinese Medicine. He explains in plain language what are the beliefs underpinning this practice, what are the core aims, and why it can ‘work’ for some people and not for others. Declan also provides clear examples of patient transformations after undergoing acupuncture and what he believes are key tenets to health. This is an insightful chat hearing about a polarising form of healing (especially in the West) from someone who has been practicing for over 25 years. We hope this opens your mind to this ancient medicine and the beliefs underpinning it.
72 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
#50: Ariana Grindr - Reflections Of A Drag Queen
Join Jim for a wonderful chat with Ariana Grindr about all things drag. We discuss the route towards drag queening, the origins and misconceptions surrounding the art form as well as the difficulties attached to the lifestyle. Be prepared for some colourful language and remember friends, NO KINK SHAMING. Follow her here: https://www.instagram.com/_arianagrindr/
84 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
#49: Meg Daley Olmert - The Human-Animal Bond
Join Seb as he talks to Meg Daley Olmert about the human-animal bond. Meg is an author of the book “Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond” and we talk about the origins of this special relationship we share with animals and also the science behind it. Meg also shares inspirational stories of projects that have use animals to help rehabilitate humans such as the Warrior Canine Connection and therapy dogs helping Ugandan war survivors.
57 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
#48: Joshua Zitser - Losing & Rediscovering the Will to Live
In this episode, The Earthly Delights’ duo speak with political journalist, Joshua Zitser. Joshua speaks very honestly about his struggles with his mental health which led him to lose the will to live, but thankfully instead of taking matters into his own hands he reached out on Twitter, which was his salvation. Joshua also explains how he believes some of his struggles can be attributed to intergenerational trauma which was a fascinating point to make. Follow Joshua on Twitter here: @mrjoshz
75 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
#47: Jessica Harris - Moving Forwards with Music
Join us as we talk to Jessica Harris, a music therapist from Ireland. We talk about music therapy, what it entails, what it looks like and what it can help achieve given the right circumstances as well as the troubles to establish it worldwide as a recognised clinical therapy practice. Jessica’s passion for music is obvious and it’s great to learn more about something we all intrinsically know and have experienced...the therapeutic nature of music. Find Jessica here: https://www.jessicaharrismt.com/ and more about creative art therapies here: https://www.iacat.ie/
89 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
#46: Umar Kankiya - Dope Black Dads
Join the guys as they talk to Umar Kankiya, one of the many brilliant members of “Dope Black Dads”. We talk about the struggles of dual nationality, bringing up proud Nigerian British children in today’s society and supporting other dope black dads. It’s an eye-opening conversation that shows us just how hard it is to grow up as a black man in Britain and how important it is to have a support network. Find more here: https://www.dopeblackdads.com/
65 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
#45: Domenique Fragale - Men Behaving Badly
In this episode, Seb speaks to Domenique Fragale, an actor and activist, who has been vocal about the sexual harassment received both online and in-person and the need for men to improve their behaviour. We talk about men’s attitudes towards women, the daily struggle of dealing with badly behaved men and what can be done to change social norms and behaviours so that tragic stories like Sarah Everard’s become less and less frequent.
80 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
#44: Kadam Adam Starr - Love, Hate, Thoughts, Anxiety
Join the guys as they have the pleasure of talking to Kadam Adam Starr once more. This time they explore where love and hate come from, whether our thoughts define us and how can we manage anxiety and find that inner peace. Join the guys as they have the pleasure of talking to Kadam Adam Starr once more. This time they explore where love and hate come from, whether our thoughts define us and how can we manage anxiety and find that inner peace. Find more here: https://meditateinireland.com/
52 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
#43: Dr Julia Rucklidge - Nutrition & Mental Health
Professor Julia Rucklidge is a clinal psychologist and the director of the mental health and nutrition group at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. This discussion covers many topics but chiefly, why have we underplayed the role of nutrition in relation to mental health and why is nutrition so crucial to our mental well-being. Professor Rucklidge’s book “the better brain” is out next month and her free online course is available now!
77 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
#42: Emma Albuixech - A Teacher For Life
Join us as we talk to Seb’s most influential teacher, Emma Albuixech, or “Miss” as Seb still calls her to this day. We talk about the incredible impact a teacher can have on their students. We also talk about the unseen stresses teachers go through and how they always try to put their student’s interest above all else. ‘A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.’ – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
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