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Day 30: Waking Anxious

9/27/2018
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What can we do with the anxiety that creeps in on us? Angela finds sorting anxiety like sorting laundry on this episode of The Wilderness Journal.

Duration:00:06:08

Poetry and Liturgy and Holy Week

3/28/2018
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As we move close to glorious Pascha, Angela takes a few moments to reflect on the common threads between Poetry, Liturgy, and Holy Week.

Duration:00:08:20

A Sense of Place

3/16/2018
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In this episode of the Wilderness Journal, Angela talks with poet Scott Cairns about having a sense of “place” in one’s life, as well as the importance of language, dialogue, and literature in the task of building the self.

Duration:00:36:51

The Trouble with Time

2/9/2018
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On this episode of The Wilderness Journal, Angela Doll Carlson explores the topic of "time" with her friend (and Ancient Faith author) Dr. Nicole Roccas. They discuss connections between fear and apathy, and the differences between standing still and being static."

Duration:00:41:05

To the Shore

1/16/2018
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In times of fear and distress, we can turn to the simple act of prayer to calm the waters. Angela reads a passage from Nearly Orthodox about this very thing, and about learning to pray the Jesus Prayer in Greek.

Duration:00:11:03

Into the Wilderness Pt 2: Re-Wilding the Heart

1/3/2018
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In this episode Angela continues her conversation with Orthodox priest and Spiritual Ecologist, Fr. Kaleeg Hainsworth where they discuss the role of the Orthodox Christian in issues about the environment, the wilderness as a “de-tox” method, and how to survive the Zombie apocalypse.

Duration:00:44:19

Into the Wilderness Pt 1

12/8/2017
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On this episode of the Wilderness Journal, Angela contemplates exploring the “wilds” of Chicago and discusses hot button issues like Climate Change and Bigfoot with Fr. Kaleeg Hainsworth, Orthodox priest and author of “An Altar in the Wilderness."

Duration:00:37:32

Under the Skin

10/17/2017
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There are days when we need to hear words to lift us up out of the dirt. Whether they are words of poetry, or words from the Fathers, the pursuit of the beautiful, the kind of beautiful that resides under the skin, is worthwhile for everyone living the daily struggle of life.

Duration:00:15:14

On Stillness

8/31/2017
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As attention spans shrink, what entices us to move more deeply into mystery and stillness? How can the acts of reading and prayer help us acquire the spiritual and intellectual nutrition we crave in a world where fast, cheap, and easy are what’s on the menu? Angela talks with friend and bookseller, Warren Farha of Eighth Day Books about stillness, “real books” and beach reads.

Duration:00:37:20

Harvesting Air

7/24/2017
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There is a wind farm on I-65 that evokes a sense of longing– for peace, for stillness, for quiet. What does it mean for us, in a busy and loud world, to stay engaged, to seek out that stillness, to harvest this like the wind turbines harvest air?

Duration:00:17:00

Suffering and Struggle - Part 2

7/7/2017
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In this episode of The Wilderness Journal, Angela continues her discussion with writer/nurse, Adrienne Bocci-DiSanto about suffering, illness, empathy and the role of the Orthodox Christian.

Duration:00:15:53

Suffering and Sickness - Part 1

6/16/2017
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The church fathers have a lot to say about suffering but what can we make of it in our modern lives? In this episode, Angela talks with nurse and writer, Adrienne Bocci-DiSanto about this notion of pain, medication and suffering.

Duration:00:21:58

Everybody Has a Hatchet

6/1/2017
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We all have ways to work through our hang ups. Whether we run away from the things we fear or rush headlong toward them, taking a moment to consider the story we’re telling can go a long way in helping and preserving us.

Duration:00:09:56

Mother’s Day - On Being Grateful

5/11/2017
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While most Mother’s Day celebrations include things like cards, brunch or carnations, there are other, more tangible ways to embrace the more non-commercial aspects of appreciating mothers. What would it look like to connect daily gratitude with the small moments of mothering? How might it transform us?

Duration:00:44:34

In Praise of Coffee Hour

4/28/2017
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It’s often intimidating to walk into a new space filled with strangers. It’s hard to be the stranger but it’s also sometimes intimidating to be the one charged with welcoming the stranger. How does “coffee hour” or “fellowship” after Liturgy remind us, as William Butler Yeats wrote, “There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”

Duration:00:49:29

A Garden in the East

4/14/2017
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How we care for and nurture our bodies has implications for all areas of our development—physical, emotional, and even spiritual. The body is a living and organic revelation of the unseen spirit inside—a kind of garden. Garden in the East is a poetic exploration of how the care of the body can lead us to wholeness and wellness in every area of our lives. In this podcast, Angela reads an excerpt from the book.

Duration:00:18:34

St. Ephraim and Forgetting

4/5/2017
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The prayer of St. Ephraim is a familiar one for Orthodox Christians, especially during Lent. This season offers us the chance to practice the prayer and to come face to face with our own inner “construction” as we come closer to Pascha. What roads are we paving? What bridges are we building?

Duration:00:10:20

More Lessons in Letting Go

3/22/2017
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Parenting is a sacred and daunting task at every stage of their development but parenting teenagers has its own set of challenges and its own joys as well. When do when the time is right to let them start “adulting” and how does our prayer life support us as we venture into new territory?

Duration:00:34:38

Leaning In and Letting Go

3/3/2017
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We’ve all heard about helicopter parents. I’m more of a lawnmower parent. I want to make straight the paths before my kids. I do not want to see them hurt. And of course, that’s natural– no parent wants to see their child injured– but when I make the path so straight and the field so even that they do not seem to engage the “struggle” then I’ve gone too far. How do we teach our children to embrace the struggles of life, to see the beauty and the reward in it?

Duration:00:31:14

Forgiveness Vespers for the Introvert

2/21/2017
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The start of Great Lent begins with preparation. We prepare our refrigerators, freezers and pantry for the fast, emptying it of meat and dairy. But we prepare our hearts as well, emptying it of resentments or grudges, wrongs we have done or wrongs done to us in our community. On navigating Forgiveness Vespers as an introvert.

Duration:00:09:15