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SuddenlyHuman: An open discussion about life and the world

Unlike our usual topic-driven epicodes, our hosts will discuss the current issues of life and the state of the world (such as it is). Join Jon and Stephen at 5:00pm GMT (12:00pm Eastern in USA/Canada) to call in and share your take on things.


SuddenlyHuman: Excuses and Reasons

It’s easy to lay blame in order to avoid doing something we know we need––and and in some cases want––to do in everyday life. Yet, when is what we’re blaming a legitimate reason and when is it just an excuse? How can we recognize the difference? And if it’s an excuse, how do we motivate ourselves to overcoming the excuse and take action? Join Jon and Stephen on at 6:00PM GMT(1:00PM EDT in US/Canada) on Friday, 16 October 2015, as they discuss excuses and...


SuddenHUMAN: Action or Intention––which is more important?

A corporation helps to rebuild a nation after a war or natural disaster. The locals clearly benefit from and participate in the rebuilding––so the action is good––but the corporation makes multiple millions in revenue from the project and only engaged in the effort because of the huge profits––so their intention is purely selfish. Which is more important, the outcome or the intention? The leader of one nation declares war on another nation purely for the purpose of destroying a safe haven...


SuddenlyHUMAN: getting Unstuck in life

You know how easy it is to get stuck in a situation and feel as if you can’t get away from it––like a bad relationships, family obligations, debt, deadend job, a career that no longer inspires us, socal responsibilities, etc. Sometimes we just fall into a rut and stay there because we simply don't see a way out. It's then that we realize our hopes and dreams are going unfulfilled. Getting unstuck isn't always easy, but it can be done––and we're going to talk about that. Join our hosts, Jon...


SuddenlyHUMAN: The Power of Gratitude

Ever heard the “Gratitude is the Attitude!” New Age mantra? Or how about, “Be grateful for what you have”? With gems like that gratitude sounds either like a luxury of the rich or like meaningless gibberish to most people, since we can all have plenty to complain about. Being grateful doesn’t mean settling for less. Yet the recurrent theme of gratefulness could have something more fundamental and useful at its core. How can something as intangible as gratitude, gratefulness, appreciation,...


SuddenlyHUMAN: Overcoming Fear of Success

It’s ironic that anyone should ever be scared of succeeding––since that’s typically what we most wish and pray for. Yet far too often, just when an opportunity presents itself, we allow fear to stop us from taking the risk. Why? What are we so worried about that it would cause us to subconsciously sabotage our dream? Is there something we can do to overcome our fear of success? Join our hosts, Jon and Stephen, as they discuss this topic here on BlogTalkRadio.


SuddenlyHUMAN: a discussion on Cop-out Spirituality

More and more these days people claim to be "Spiritual" rather than religious. For some, this has freed them to expore new beliefs and to experience the divine in a very real and personal way. Yet for others this has merely become a way to dodge any genuine work towards their spiritual development, or worse, just an excuse to avoid going to church/temple/mosque/etc. Please join our hosts, Jon and Stephen, as they discuss when claiming to be "Spiritual, but not Religious" is for real and when...


SuddenlyHuman: Intolerance and Extremism - a revisit

The recent resurgence in religious-inspired terrorst attacks, racism, and sectarian violence has reached new levels of controversy and implications on personal security, which has generated a need for SuddenlyHuman to revisit the topic of Extremism first cover in our October 2013 episode. What is extremism? What is the face of a moderate? Is tribalism the root of all this? Join hosts Stephen and Jon as they discuss the problem of ideas taken to their extreme and what ordinary citizens can do...


SuddenlyHuman: How to Not Kill your Family this Christmas

You love them, but have you ever been so frustrated and stressed out by your loved ones at Chrsitmas time that you seriously considered killing them? Okay, maybe not seriously, but you know what we mean. It doesn't have to end in tears, hurt feelings and heavy drinking (unless you want it to). Join Stephen and Jon as they discuss how to actually enjoy the holiday season for a change.


SuddenlyHuman: The Relationship Between Money and Spirituality

We discuss the spiritual and philosophical implication of money. Does spirituality and money mix? Is money the root of all evil? Is it wrong to be rich--or to want to be rich? Should I give back, and how much? Is money an aspect of who we are? What is the role of money in our lives? Should we make more of it, accumulate it, give it back, and how much? Join Jon and Stephen live on this Saturday, November 8, 2014 as they discuss balancing money and spirituality in our lives.


SuddenlyHuman: Weathering the Ups & Downs of Life

Why does it seems like just when things are starting to go your way, it falls apart again? You get two steps forward and life knocks you two steps back. Will it ever end? There is a reason for it, and the answer may surprise you. Join Stephen and Jon as they discuss how to weather the the ups and downs in the storms of everyday life.


Suddenly Human: Why are there annoying people in my life?

If you've lived more than a few years on this planet you've encountered people who just annoy you ... rub you the wrong way ... get under your skin. These are most often people who we'd call ... dare I say it ... an "A-hole." Try to avoid them all you want but enevitably people like this keep popping up. It's as if they're drawn to you. Why? Join Jon and Stephen as they discuss why there are annoying people in our lives, and how to deal with it.


SuddenlyHuman: Dealing with the Stages of Life — yours and loved one's

Few of us are taught how to deal with aging, so we’re often caught unprepared when we or our loved ones transition through the stages of life. These can be times of intense struggle, heartache, frustration, anger, depression or even denial. Yet everyone will go through it sometime, so how do we best handle it? What can we expect? Does it ever get better? Join Jon and Stephen as they discuss how to deal with aging and the stages of life.


SuddenlyHuman: What is the purpose of life?

So, what is the purpose of life? This perennial question has been pondered and debated for eons, and yet we humans keep asking. Perhaps it's because we haven't heard a satisfactory answer, or perhaps it's because we can't believe--or refuse to believe--the facts. And why would we refuse to believe the facts? Because something deep within us keeps telling us that maybe it's just not true. Join Jon and Stephen as they discuss both the facts about, and what lies beyond, the meaning of life.


SuddenlyHUMAN: Enabling vs. Helping the people we care about.

Deep down we'd all like to consider ourselves good-natured at heart. Most of us are willing to help someone in genuine need. Yet, when does Helping cross the line to Enabling? How do we avoid the trap? How do we recognize this has happened, and what should we do when it has? Is it too late to once we've crossed over that line? Join Stephen and Jon as they discuss the difference between helping someone we care about versus being an enabler. Call or Skype-in to join the conversation.


SuddenlyHUMAN: A discussion on Belonging; the importance of Community

Jon and Stephen discuss whether being a part of a community is necessary for proper personal and spiritual development. What are a healthy group relationships and its dynamics? Does belonging to a group really make us accountable, ethical, and help us build our character? Does being part of a community mean sacrificing our individuality or being authentic? What’s so wrong with going it alone anyway? Listen in to find out, or call-in to join the conversation.


SuddenlyHuman: What is Truth, and Who Decides?

Who decides what is true or not? The legal system? Political leaders? Society? Most say it's God. Stephen and Jon say it's not God but humans. Join Stephen and Jon as they lay bare this controversial topic in an honest and no-holds-barred discussion.


SuddenlyHuman: Helping Those Who Do Not Want to Help Themselves

How do we handle a situation where we know someone close who needs help, yet won't allow themselves to be helped? We all see celebrities who publically go off the proverbial deep end, but it can be troubling when it's a person we know and care about. Join Stephen and Jon as they discuss the options we have for dealing with this type of situation, and what's most loving for us and them.


SuddenlyHUMAN: Handling Crisis in our Lives

Join Stephen and Jon as they discuss ways to handle times of unexpected crisis. Disaster - Illness or injury - Death of a loved one - End of a relationship - Loss of a job or career - Betrayal - and similar events which test us to our core.


SuddenlyHuman: The Decline of Religion and Rise of Secular Spirituality

Join Stephen and Jon as they discuss the growing trend towards self-directed spirituality (nones and SBNR) and the decline or traditional, orgainizational religion.