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23 - Home Body

Home - What does it mean? Where is it? There is a sense of safety and security attached to the idea of home. The dictionary definition of the word homebody is a person who likes to stay home, especially one who is perceived as unadventurous. I'd like to challenge that idea. I think a true home body - someone at home in their body - is definitely adventurous. In fact, the biggest adventure you embark on, might just be the adventure of "finding home". While I've been traveling this year,...


22 - That Four Letter Word

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." - Marianne Williamson I grew up thinking that a certain four letter word - starts with an F, ends with a K, with UC in the middle - was the worst possible word. You had to stay clear of that word. All the while I was trapped by another four letter word, something much more insidious, dark, and damaging than a swear word. I was trapped by fear. Fear has been a powerful force in my...


21 - Chew On This

Chewing is an integral part of our experience with food. How we chew has biological and psychological affects on our whole body. After watching the video (link on my episode blog post) by Emily Rosen on the Psychobiology of Chewing I came away with four takeaways: But as much as I'm keenly interested in nutrition and healthy eating, which is a big part of my life, I'm equally interested in contemplating how I "chew on life". To be fully nourished by food we must experience it. We...


20 - Whose Line is it Anyway?

We have all been given a script in life. We are born into a culture, a community, a family that follows certain rules and norms. This script forms and informs how we live. It's how we make our way in the world as humans. This is how we survive and learn, by starting with what the past teaches us, reading our lines and playing our part. But at some point in our development we decide for ourself. Am I going to keep living my life from this script? What values are important to me? What do I...


19 - The Art of Good

Jorey Tessier has a passion for youth and wanted to work in a capacity where he could encourage and influence young people. So he decided to be a teacher. But when he was graduating from university and was considering his next step, the transition to teacher's college, something inside him had changed. The goal he was pursuing for the last eight years of his life no longer inspired him the way it once did. Asking himself the question, "what would be the best thing to do now?" the first...


19 - The Art of Good

Jorey Tessier has a passion for youth and wanted to work in a capacity where he could encourage and influence young people. So he decided to be a teacher. But when he was graduating from university and was considering his next step, the transition to teacher's college, something inside him had changed. The goal he was pursuing for the last eight years of his life no longer inspired him the way it once did. Asking himself the question, "what would be the best thing to do now?" the first...


18 - The Sum when Some Givesome

Have you ever had an idea to create something great that had the potential to make a significant change in people's lives? In this podcast I interview someone just like that. Someone with a great idea to revolutionize the charitable giving landscape. An idea that was born in an unlikely encounter, an idea that took thirteen years to come to life. When Jay Whitelaw went to Namibia fifteen years ago he thought he was just going to Africa to teach. He wasn't planning to start a charitable...


17 - The Curse of Comfort

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr. We live in a click culture. We value comfort and convenience. We idolize the instant success stories, we look for shortcuts. The problem with the click culture mindset, with taking the shortcut, choosing fast and easy, is that not only does it produce lower quality results but it robs us of the personal gains we...


16 - Hurts Like Hell

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” C.S. Lewis Pain as Teacher In her raw, deeply-moving and well-written memoir "Love Warrior", Glennon Doyle Melton says that pain is like a traveling professor. When pain knocks on the door — wise ones breathe deep and say: “Come in. Sit down with me. And don’t leave until you’ve taught me what I need to know.” Hard words to read. Hard words to live. Is it...


15 - The Best Game in Town

"You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you're outscored." — John Wooden My kids love playing the game Shotgun. This is not a game with real guns, we're urban Canadians. I'm referring to the game where a person claims the front passenger seat when riding in the car. Shotgun, the game, is a finite game. It has known players, fixed rules, and an agreed upon objective. There is a winner and everyone else is a loser and losers sit in the backseat,...


14 - The Little Things aren't so Little

“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.” — Booker T. Washington Have you ever installed a door? The process requires framing and positioning a doorjamb, with special attention to the hinges. When you've installed a door well you don't even notice it's done correctly, it just works. And when you use the door you don't think about the hinges,...


13 - What Lies Beneath

Guillaume Néry is a record-breaking freediver. In his fascinating TED Talk, he explains the life-transforming experience of the freedive. His diving adventures challenge the belief that we can only go so far and give a new meaning to the religious phrase, "born again". Néry's diving experience teaches us about what lies beneath. So too does meditation. I'm a newbie meditator but I've been practicing meditation for a couple years and I'm acquainted with three different meditative...


12 - Dying before you Die

We often think of life as preceding death. First you live and then you die. But death also precedes life. It's a circle, not a line. The rhythm of seasons, sunrise and sunset, waking and sleeping, show us this pattern. Our very cells die and are made new. The food we eat, once living, died to sustain our lives. We see this pattern every day, every hour almost and yet we resist death. Why? If we view our lifetime as a line that starts and stops at discrete points we will fear death because...


11 - The Madness of Being Self-Made, Part 3

I talk a lot about becoming on this podcast, "be-radical in your becoming". This becoming is a metaphysical journey, where we explore the fundamental nature of our being, and what it means to both become from this being and to become into this being. We're not static. We're constantly being made. This is our becoming. What is our fundamental nature? Our identity? What are we becoming from? What are we becoming into? For many people it is their own efforts, being self-made, that defines...


10 - The Madness of Being Self-Made, Part 2

The scientific field of epigenetics has revolutionized how we understand why organisms are the way they are. Turns out that although a "script" for how our physiological self will develop and grow is written in our genome, we now know that different outcomes are possible because of our epigenome, which modifies how that "script" is expressed. We're not bound to certain life outcomes as the result of our genetic code. The script matters for sure, but epigenetics tells us, at the DNA level...


9 - The Madness of Being Self-Made, Part 1

Are you familiar with metadata? Metadata sounds high-tech or sciency, but it's simply data that gives information about other data. For example, when you listen to an audio recording of the podcast you're listening to an MP3 file. On that file is metadata about this particular episode. The show title, copyright, etc. encoded right in the file you're listening to. The metadata is the background and foundational information of the file's data. Kind of like the true identity of the...


8 - This is MYU

"I’m not just one of a kind, and you’re not just one of a kind, and we are each not just one of a kind; we are one of an eternity. No pressure! Each of us has come with a gift. And if we do not give our gift, the world misses out." Mary Beth Ingham We experience our identity in three distinct spheres or points of contact. Me. You. Us. Coming into our own as a Me is a very empowering experience. To step out in courage and share our gifts, talents, innate and developed qualities is our...


7 - Served by the Slice

Humble pie, coming right up! We humans seem to swing between two ends of the humility spectrum: false humility and forgetting humility. False humility is actually low self-esteem, low self-worth. Forgetting humility is an exaggeration of self, it's arrogance. Neither are expressions of true self. How do we find true humility? Can we land in the middle of the spectrum? Maybe we find that sweet spot when we admit what we don't know and are willing to let go of what we think we know. True...


6 - No Sex for Lent

In the Christian tradition Lent is a period of fasting. Fasting is a way of breaking a pattern, interrupting a loop in our life; it's a tool to help us re-orient and reset our behaviours. Behaviour is rooted in desire, and though we can fast from our behaviour we can't fast from desire, nor should we. Desire can manifest in unhealthy and harmful behaviour, for sure, but desire itself is the deep voice of your heart. Lent, or a time a fasting, can help us identify the desire beneath our...


5 - Problems are not the Problem

Michael Bernard Beckwith says that "Behind every problem, there's a question trying to ask itself. Behind every question, there's an answer trying to reveal itself. Behind every answer, there's an action trying to take place. And behind every action, there's a way of life trying to be born..." How does a problem have the power to lead you to "a way of life trying to be born"? The power lies in the kind of questions we ask. Are you asking disempowering questions that seek answers in...