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026: The Science and Practice of Presence with Dr. Dan Siegel

We all have stress in our lives. Often times we try to seek relief from our stress through outside means which aren't necessarily healthy for us. What if the tool for transformation was actually within us the whole time just waiting to be utilized? Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. joins us on this episode to discuss The Wheel of Awareness, a mindfulness tool for cultivating peace, resilience,...


025: From Prejudice to Understanding with Dr. Mark Benn (Rebroadcast)

On this episode, we look back on one of our favorite early episodes in our conversation with Dr. Mark Benn, Psy.D. Dr. Benn is a licensed psychologist and recently retired adjunct professor at Colorado State University, diversity trainer, mediator, conference keynote presenter, and author of the book Stories From The Couch: And Other Telling Tales, released in 2008. We explore the fact that everyone is prejudiced (whether they realize it or not), where that comes from, and thoughts about how...


024: The Wrong Side of Comfortable with Amy Charity

Chase your dream. Discover your potential. Transform your life. These are the inspirational words that grace the cover of Amy Charity's book, "The Wrong Side of Comfortable." Amy Charity is a professional speaker, author, and former U.S. women's national team cyclist who shares her journey on the often difficult, uncomfortable, and competitive world of professional bike racing. Her message is one of hope and how to conquer our fears and follow our hearts to push ourselves to the next level...


023: Illuminating Your Life with Dr. Jacob Liberman

We all want to experience greater happiness, peace, and well-being in our lives and we all want to find deeper meaning and purpose for our lives. What if the answers were already there inside of you and you merely needed to “turn on the light” of awareness to illuminate this truth? Dr. Jacob Israel Liberman will shine light on our paths and help us find our way back to that source of light that is always within us, around us, and illuminates through us at all times. Internationally...


022: The Art of An Authentic Apology with Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

How do we say “I’m sorry?” A true apology goes beyond words and includes our behavior, and our ability to express empathy and connect with one another. There actually is an art to apology; a way we can own our own behavior and express our apologies in ways that go beyond just remedy the situation, they actually help us heal one another. Join us for this episode of The Spark, where our guest will be psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., as she teaches us...


021: Your Calling: The Ethic of Care with Lynn Owens, Ph.D.

How can we be our best selves and harness our best potential? How do we focus on what's right with us instead of what's wrong? Lynn M. Owens, Ph.D. is a passionate educator who empowers others to care for themselves and others, to harness the strengths of their personality and to maximize their performance in all areas of their lives. From corporate CEO’s to multi-level marketing professionals, from educators to athletes, Lynn provides valuable insight into how to lead and teach from...


020: On the Road to Feeling Great with Dr. David Burns

What if you could dramatically change the way you feel and have a life changing breakthrough in only two hours or less? Dr. David Burns' new T.E.A.M. therapy proves this kind of change from devastation to liberation is possible. With new relapse prevention techniques you can get new ways of thinking root and take hold while pulling out any weeds of negative thinking as it shows up. Join me for an inspiring and candid interview with Dr. David Burns as we journey down the path together to...


019: The Unsinkable Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom is an exceptional woman who grew up in an extrordinary family in Loveland, Colorado. Her parents both had successful professional careers; one of her brothers is a two-time Olympian and entrpreneur while the other is a surgeon. Molly, however, took a different path... In 1999, Molly was ranked third in the world in freestyle skiing. Chronic neck and back pain caused her to retire early from the sport, and just a few short years later, she was running the most opulent poker...


018: Going Beyond Counseling to Creating Community with Cassie Poncelow

The road we set out on in not always the one that will lead us to our greatest destiny. Travel along with us as we talk to nationally nominated school counselor of the year, Cassie Poncelow about her passion for creating programs that help promote mental health, positivity, and success in high school students. Through her enthusiasm, creativity, and unending energy, Cassie has a unique way of connecting with and encouraging students to find their own voice and follow their own dreams. Her...


017: Rewiring Your Brian with Daniel Ellenberg

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016: Muscle, Mind, and Motivation with Dr. Ryan Johnson

How we take care of ourselves will determine our health, our longevity and the quality of our lives. What if you could tap into the fountain of youth and vitality merely by what you eat? Join us as we talk with Dr. Ryan Johnson about his journey through fitness, financial freedom, and following his heart. The wisdom of our body is not just held in the brain between our ears; it's encoded in the "brain" of every cell of our body. Dr. Ryan shares the way to unlock this inner wisdom and...


015: Revving up Your Relationship with Stan Tatkin

“Relationships are difficult,” begins Dr. Stan Tatkin in his 2016 TED Talk. However, as you will see… they are not impossible; in fact, being in a relationship with another human being and becoming on expert on each other, is actually one of the most rewarding things in life. There is hope – whether you are needing the tools to tune up and repair some of the current ruptures in your relationship, or want to take a good relationship to great, Stan Tatkin helps show us the way through the...


014: Feeling Good Now

We have amazing power within us. We actually have the power to change our thoughts, and in doing so, can change our feelings, our actions, and eventually our lives. This episode is an inspirational way to start taking control of your automatic negative thoughts today and transform them in order to create a more joyful present and fulling future. Join us as we talk with the legendary Dr. David Burns about how we can break through the old thinking habits that bind us and begin to live a...


Spark Extra: Meeting Dr. Stephen R. Covey with Weldon Long

Sometimes you can't fit all of the stories that you'd like to include within the constraints of a one hour radio show. So now we're introducing Spark Extra, a feature where we spotlight interesting stories and bits that for one reason or another, we couldn't include in the full episode. In this excerpt from our conversation with Weldon Long (The Spark episode 013), Weldon tells a wonderful story about his journey to meet Dr. Stephen R. Covey, internationally bestselling author of The Seven...


013: Poverty, Prison, and the Power of Consistency with Weldon Long

Think about spending 13 years in prison. Most of us can't even imagine 13 minutes there. On this episode of The Spark, I speak with Weldon Long, who went through an amazing journey from convicted felon, to total transformation and amazing success in his life. Five years after leaving prison, Weldon became a highly successful businessman, had a wonderful marriage, and most importantly, obtained custody of his son. Today, he has a multi-million-dollar business, national speaking...


A Thirty Year Overnight Success with Curt Richardson

Warm, Giving, and Kind. Are these the terms that come to mind when you think of a serial entrepreneur? They definitely are for me after my interview with founder and chairman of OtterBox, Curt Richardson. During this interview, Curt gives the ingredients to the recipe of success. Hard work, tenacity and drive are only a part of it. Tune in and join us for a 30 year journey to an overnight success. *** Hosted by Stephanie James. Produced by Chris Lanphear for NoCo Media, Ltd. Music...


011: Sex, Sexuality, and Ourselves

Too often our sexuality has been kept under the covers and in the dark. We are all sexual beings and having a healthy sense of our own sexuality is an essential part of embracing who we truly are. Join us as we journey into this tantalizing topic and explore what it means to be our authentic sexual selves. My guest is sexologist, sexuality advocate, and Colorado State University professor Dr. Emma Myers. Emma helps us to kick off the covers and shed light on this important and imperative...


010: Igniting the Magic of Music

Music moves us mind body and soul. But did you know music can actually change our brains and enhance our lives? Resent research with children has shown that there is a direct correlation between listening to classical music, learning how to play an instrument and positive brain development. Violinist virtuoso Jephta Bernstein and international composer, musical scholar and author Bruce Adolphe illuminate our way into better understanding the amazing gifts that music holds for us. The...


008: The Art of Resilience with Dr. Rick Hanson

Did you know that resiliency is something you can actually grow? There are certain ingredients that go into planting and cultivating a thriving garden. We must tend to it, make sure it gets adequate water and sunlight, and must pull the weeds if we want it to flourish. Growing resilience within our minds and ourselves is no different. We can learn how to tend to our own inner garden and pull the weeds of negative thoughts and plant the flowers of positive feelings as we learn to focus on...


007: Mindset and Motivation

You never know who's smiling at you from across the counter. Chris Hammes works at Mugs coffee shop in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado. Most mornings when I arrive at Mugs for my daily coffee ritual, I am greeted by his warm smile and kind demeanor -- always engaging, he inquires genuinely about how I'm doing. Who knew that behind that smile -- and those kind, blue eyes -- hid the dedication and spirit of a true champion. At only 26 years of age, Chris is an ultra-marathon runner. Not only...