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Interview Series by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living their present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow Dr. Paul Jones is a Family Practice physician in Naples, Florida, and currently the President of the Medical Staff at Naples Community Hospital (NCH). He continues to work in both the office and hospital caring for his patients. In 2014, NCH awarded him the physician of the year award. I recently met up with Dr. Jones at a Physician Wellness Group at NCH that he had organized in response to the increase awareness of physician burnout. While burnout has been a common topic in many fields, physician burnout has been an important topic in medical news, especially lately with the increased demands on physicians, higher rates of burnout, and shortage of physicians. The simplest dictionary definition of "burnout" is physical or mental collapse from overwork and stress. However, burnout is more than simple fatigue and the need for vacation. Burnout is costing the nation as physicians drop out of practice early. Burnout shows up as emotional exhaustion, compassion fatigue, lack of connection, cynicism, detachment, loss of joy in life, depression, and feeling that "I'm not making a difference." In a society that is always on the "go ... go ... go ...", we are always doing something. In a prior blog on "Mindfulness in Medicine," I wrote about how the practice of Mindfulness can give us the resilience to avoid burnout. In this interview, Dr. Paul Jones gives us a candid view into the life of a doctor and how he has found the practical wisdom from his patients and from his experiences to keep him passionate about life. In this podcast … Meet Dr. Paul Jones, Family Practice Physician in Naples, Florida. Discover the wisdom that he has gathered along the way about the practice of medicine. Join the discussion on creating resilience in our lives to avoid burnout and live with passion. Visit Dr. Paul Jones, MD, online at pauljonesmd.com. Recorded: Wed May 2, 2018, LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup
Are you having trouble meeting your health goals? Michelle Joy Kramer is a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Health Coach who helps individuals and corporate teams achieve their optimal health through healthy lifestyle changes. Michelle tells us how we can overcome the roadblocks to optimal health. As a certified health coach, she helps clients with goals like weight loss, improving energy level, and overcoming medical problems. The top changes that she recommends might surprise you. The biggest challenge, she says, is getting her clients to slow down enough to stretch, floss, and meditate. Her top 3 tips to improve your general health today: Listen to your body. Start the day off with dark leafy greens. Exercise. Move every day. Michelle is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is accredited by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has completed Continuing Education and Certification Programs for Health Counseling through Purchase College, State University of New York. She is also an accomplished top competing athlete, whose greatest achievement was qualifying for and completing the IRONMAN Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii. Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow In this interview … What is a health coach? Top tips to improve your health. Debunk health myths. Find Michelle Joy Kramer online at michellejoykramer.com.
"Is that even legal?" That was my first thought. In this interview, Dennis Shuman tells us how to care for our own dead at home. As a volunteer with the organization, Final Friends, he gives workshops on the history and legal details of home funeral. You might be wondering what home funeral has to do with living the present moment. As a society we tiptoe around death, you cannot be present to life without also being present to death. "Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals. " ~ Sir William Gladstone Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow In this interview … History of caring for your dead at home Legal details of home funeral Modern conventions on death and dying Find out more about Home Funeral and caring for your dead at home at finalfriends.org. Contact Dennis Shuman. Original Interview Recorded: June 15, 2017
Legal Aid is a non-profit private law firm that protects the vulnerable by providing free legal representation to low income families for victims of domestic violence, children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, families who are at risk of homelessness, seniors and veterans who are denied access to health care or other benefits, and other groups of at-risk individuals. Corey Huffman is an attorney with Legal Aid Service of Collier County with a passion for protecting the at-risk children in the community. In this interview … Corey Huffman describes Legal Aid of Collier County How the legal system protects children What is it really like in the courtroom Find Collier Legal Aid online at www.collierlegalaid.org Living the Present Moment – the Podcast Interview Series “People of Passion and Purpose, Doing Interesting Things, Living the Present Moment” Recorded: Fri Mar 15, 2019 Background Music: (public domain) Happy African Village by John Bartmann
“What we are hungry for in the Western world is a reanimation of spirit.” ~ Prof. Stephen Cavitt The shaman enters the dream-like state to bring back wisdom, guidance, and healing. There are many ways to navigate the multiple layers of reality. One of those ways is the drum. Many shamanic traditions use the hypnotic beat of the drum to induce a shamanic journey into altered states of consciousness. Stephen Cavitt was called to explore the shamanic teachings while in university also studying creative writing and poetry. What do these two very different areas of study have in common? For him, both shamanic healing and creative writing bring closer contact with the sacred in this world. The shamans believe that everything has a spirit with which we can connect and communicate, everything is alive, everything is sacred. For poetry, the whole goal is to express that which is beyond this physical world. In his academic life, he now teaches English at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Florida. As a healer in the shamanic tradition, he performs individual sessions and group workshops. Join Dr. Joel Ying and Prof. Stephen Cavitt as they explore the shamanic teachings, the spirit of the drum, and the ceremony of drum-making workshops. Interested in a drum-making workshop? Contact Stephen Cavitt at professorcavitt@gmail.com. In this interview … What is a shaman? Learn how the drum can induce the dream-state of the shamanic journey. Discover the spirit of the drum. Living the Present Moment – the Podcast Interview Series “People of Passion and Purpose, Doing Interesting Things, Living the Present Moment” Recorded: Wed Jun 12, 2019; Released: Mon Oct 28, 2019 Background Music: (public domain) Happy African Village by John Bartmann
Interview Series by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living their present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow “The shortest distance between two hearts is a story.” ~ Geraldine Buckley Dr. Joel Ying interviews Geraldine Buckley on her personal journey into the world of storytelling, from England to America, through prison (as a chaplain), from England to America. She has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival and joins us to share the wisdom of storytelling. Visit her online at GeraldineBuckley.com. In this podcast … Discover how stories connect hearts and have the power to bring us together. (We gain compassion by listening to each others stories.) Learn about the oral tradition of storytelling as a performance art. (Read more in my prior blog post.) Collect stories in your own circle of family and friends by using prompts to stimulate connection and conversation. (For ideas on prompts, we recommend the book, Telling Your Own Stories, by Donald Davis.) And more … Recorded: Wed Mar 7, 2018, at 12:30pm ET on LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup Albums by Geraldine Buckley Click on the images below for more details on these award-winning albums…  
“It is our stories that make us human.” In medical school, I learned all the technical details about heart transplant. I studied the medical criteria that makes you a candidate, the drugs required post-transplant, and the labs and physical symptoms to monitor. Yet, what I did not yet learn were the stories. Those stories came later in medical internship and residency. I met the real people and learned their stories of love and loss behind the words “heart transplant.” We sometimes fool ourselves as a culture to believe that medical science can solve all the problems of the “heart” with just a surgery or a medication. However, even when we cannot know all the stories behind the weathered faces that we encounter, it changes our own humanity to acknowledge that there is a story there. It changes how we are present to the facts, how we open to listen, and how we honor time. It is our stories that make us human. In sharing those stories, we can also heal the heart. My friend, Sonja Greene-Smith, shares her remarkable and inspiring story of growing up with heart problems and eventually needing a heart transplant. She presents her story of faith, hope, and love. She asks us to tap into all the same things that got her through the challenges. “My fear is nothing compared to my faith,” Sonja tells us. Listen to her story. “What a thing looks like is not always what it is.” Hope inspires hope. Faith inspires faith. Love inspires love. Let her story inspire you. Recorded: Fri Aug 10, 2018 Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow
“Storytelling is not a lost art, but a found art!” Mary Lou Williams moved to South Florida to retire from a career in teaching and decided to take up a second career as a professional storyteller. In this interview … How and why someone would become a professional storyteller? What is storytelling anyway? Where do you get stories to tell? Learn the history of the National Storytelling Festival. Find a local storytelling group in Florida at flstory.com. Living the Present Moment – Podcast Interview Series “People of Passion and Purpose, Doing Interesting Things, Living the Present Moment” Recorded: Fri Feb 21, 2020, Music: Happy African Village by John Bartmann
“To make the world a better place by making it more musical.” The mission of Music Together has spread to over 3000 locations and over 40 countries. Parents bring their children from infants to 5 years old to a weekly community music experience. With music and songs from around the world, the curriculum creates the safe space for everyone to sing. Yes! Even the babies! I recently learned about this inspiring organization from Luke Burhenn. Living in Ft Collins, Colorado, he has been attending these community events since his son was a toddler. Now music has become an integral part of their lives. Learn more by listening to the interview. Watch Video: What Families Say About Music Together  The Four Principles of Music Together All children are born musical. All children can achieve basic music competence—that is, they can learn to sing in tune and dance accurately to a beat. It's crucial that parents and caregivers participate in class and model music-making for their children in class and at home, regardless of their own musical ability. The environment that best fosters young children's musical growth is playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate. In this interview … What is Music Together? Learn what a typical class looks like. Discover one parent's inspiring experience of bringing music into his child's life. Learn more about Music Together and find a class near you at musictogether.com. Recorded: Thu Nov 9, 2018; Released: Fri Nov 10, 2018 Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow
"Writer, Teacher, and Mostly Recovered Nerd," Jean Moroney works with ambitious individuals and teams who know sharpening their mental skills will give them a performance edge. She teaches thinking skills that help us make better judgment calls, align motivation with intentions, and cross the finish line sooner. She believes that we can all learn to become better, faster problem-solvers, more confident decision-makers, and more reliable and resilient self-starters. Jean Moroney has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and another in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon. She has hundreds of hours of training in Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication,” F.M. Alexander’s technique for body awareness, and Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. Since starting her consulting business in 1998, she has helped experts from Fortune 500 executives to independent entrepreneurs, artists and writers embark with confidence on new, uncertain projects and finish what they start. Her consulting company is Thinking Directions, and you can find her online at ThinkingDirections.com. In this interview … Learn how Electrical Engineering leads to a career in Psychology Discover what it means to "Manage Your Mind" Willpower vs. Value-Power: Learn about her free online event on Sun Oct 21, 2018 Find Jean Moroney online at ThinkingDirections.com. Recorded: Wed Oct 10; Released: Fri Oct 12, 2018 Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow
Imagine a Jewish girl born in Columbia attending a Catholic school, nearly converting, running away to New York, then Chicago, then spending 20 years in Jamaica to start Negril Yoga Center, the first yoga center in Jamaica. Raquel Austin's life story is full of twists and turns and plenty of life changes. She shares her story of following her passion, finding purpose, one foot in front of the the other, one day at a time. Her entrepreneurial drive will surprise you. Even at her age, Raquel is ready to write the next chapter of life changes. Negril Yoga Center is for sale. Check it out online. She is ready to turn it over to the next person who will take it higher. Visit negrilyoga.com In this interview … Life changes ... twists and turns of Raquel Austin The story of Negril Yoga Center Wisdom, looking back on life Find Raquel and Negril Yoga Center online at negrilyoga.com. Recorded: Wed Sep 11; Released: Fri Sep 14, 2018 Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow
Interview Series by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living their present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow When people come together as a group and sing, there is something about it that makes people stop to listen. Dr. Joel Ying interviews Ysaye Barnwell, exploring how she builds vocal community in her workshops, seminars, and group sings. She teaches song in the “oral tradition.” In her workshop, Building a Vocal Community, she teaches the history and the songs of African chants, Spirituals, Gospel, and songs of the Civil Rights movement. I have personally experienced and witnessed her magical gift of creating community through song. The group divides itself into the parts of a choir: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. With her range, she sings all the parts. Each part of our new choir sings just their part alone back to her. She repeats until the voices come together. Then, she weaves us together in four-part harmony. As a non-singer, I found ease in singing as a group without the need to write anything down, no need to read music. Her workshop truly unleashed my voice in a new way as I became part of this new vocal community. Visit her online at www.ymbarnwell.com. In this podcast … Learn about the history of singing in the “oral tradition”. Meet one of the voices, now retired from Sweet Honey and the Rock. Listen to the surprising history of the spiritual, Kumbaya, from its original cultural context. Discover the power of song to unite organized movements. Find her TEDx talk on my prior post, The Power of Vocal Communities. Recorded: Fri Mar 5, 2017, at 12:30pm ET on LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup
Interview Series by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living their present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow Laura Elliott is an artist currently living in Asheville, North Carolina. She has a passion for sharing Expressive Art as a therapeutic modality. Discover her transformation from the world of advertising and marketing into life as an artist. From artist to healer, she now brings art to others through Expressive Art sessions and workshops. She is also a Healing Touch practitioner. Through these different modalities, she brings healing to body, mind, and spirit. In this podcast … Learn about Expressive Art as a healing modality. Visit Laura Elliott online at lauraelliott.com. Recorded: Wed Mar 2, 2018, at 12:30pm ET on LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup Sponsor: This podcast episode brought to you by Chery Owens and Mountain Valley Retreat. Dedicated to women’s empowerment through retreats, bodywork, and yoga. Discover the oasis nestled in the high desert mountains outside of San Diego, California, just off the Pacific Coast Trail. Relax in the therapeutic pool, hot tub, yurts, and teepees. Visit mountainvalleyretreat.us to book your own personalized or group retreat today.
Every life transition requires planning and introspection. Whether you plan to retire or begin any other major life transition, Marianne Oehser gives practical and insightful coaching. Marianne Oehser is a retirement consultant, a Certified Retirement Coach, and founder of Retire & Be Happy. Visit her online at RetireAndBeHappy.com. She is a seasoned expert committed to helping people create a happy, fulfilling “post-career” phase of their lives through her workshops, seminars, public speaking, and individual coaching. She also works with singles and couples to successfully build and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships – after all, having a solid relationship is central to creating a happy, fulfilling life. Marianne has retired twice after spending over 40 years in the corporate world. She holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. She received her training and certifications from Relationship Coaching Institute and Retirement Options. Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow In this interview … Debunk the myths of retirement Avoid the pitfalls that happen in every life transition Happiness means something different to everyone Find Marianne Oehser online at RetireAndBeHappy.com. Recorded: Fri Jun 1, 2018, at 12:30pm ET on LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup
Interview Series by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living their present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow … Guest: Molly Larkin is a spiritual teacher, author, and workshop facilitator. Find her online at mollylarkin.com. On this interview, she shares with us her experiences with Bear Heart, a Native American Shaman, that saved her life and became one of her teachers. Check out the autobiography, The Wind is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of Bear Heart. Recorded: Fri Feb 2, 2018, at 12:30pm ET on LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup
Interview Series by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living their present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow … Guest: John Kralovec gives a insightful interview on the Shamanic teachings of the Ancient Maya of South America. “We have forgotten who we are. We have forgotten why we’re here. We have forgotten how to live a life of balance and harmony.” — Maya Elder John describes his own spiritual journey and shares his insights along the way. Read his blog on pathwaystothedivine.org and download his free e-book, Seven Steps to Experience the Divine. Check out his new book, Pathways to the Divine: One Man’s Journey Through the Shamanic Realm of the Ancient Maya. Recorded: Fri Feb 9, 2018, at 12:30pm ET on LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup
"One Life. No Compromises." says Andrew Bustamante in his  workshop series. As a US Air Force combat veteran and former CIA intelligence officer, he now brings the skills of international espionage to everyday life. When you change your perspective to "see your world through the eyes of a spy," you can leverage the skills of influence, intrigue and intent to create advantages in your daily life. Listen to this interview to discover how you can bring this spycraft into your "one life" with "no compromises." Create the life that you want using his tips and tactics. In this interview … What is espionage? Using the skills of espionage in everyday life. Learn more about the 3 steps of spycraft: Contact, Exchange, Compromise. Find Andrew Bustamante online at AndrewBustamante.org. Recorded: Fri Jul 27, 2018, on LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow
“Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.”– Ajahn Brahm In this time when everyone is struggling with mental balance, I have decided to use this podcast/blog to create a series exploring the types of meditation and offering audio online. We live in uncertain times. While that is perhaps always true, many of the things that I was certain about just a couple months ago have changed and continue to change. The world is full of 24 hour news updates, but sometimes I need to take a break from the worry and anxiety. The brain needs time to relax. Guided Imagery Meditation Today we’ll explore a type of meditation that does just that. I laughingly call it … “Go to your happy place.” Guided imagery meditation uses the imagination to travel to your favorite relaxing place. Whether self-guided or guided by someone else, guided imagery as meditation can decrease the stress levels and bring us back to balance. This type of meditation calms your nervous system from the fight-flight-freeze of anxiety and panic. It allows you to enter the rest-digest-relax state of being. This “mini-vacation” helps the nervous system get unstuck from the chronic anxiety state and find balance. Meditation: Imagine Your Favorite Place Silence all the media, devices, and distractions. The world and the news updates will be there when you return. Find a comfortable position and space where you won’t be interrupted. (If you share space with others, consider doing this as a group.) Optional: Use a timer. Start with 5 – 10 minutes. Decide if you will do this in silence or with music. If you decide on music, find something that is calming without words that will blend into the background. Here is the important step. Activate your imagination. Imagine going to your favorite place. Arrive there and activate all of your senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, maybe even taste. What does your skin feel like? Is there sunshine or wind? As you look around, what do you see? What sounds do you hear? Let your self experience this place. Explore and walk around if that feels right. If your thoughts intrude and take you somewhere else, just bring yourself back to your favorite place and start again. Meditation is a practice that trains the mind. When the timer goes off (if you choose to use one), allow yourself to come back slowly to your present moment with the renewed sense of this small vacation from the “real world.” Guided Imagery Meditation If you have trouble “going to your favorite place” on your own, then guided imagery might be for you. I’ve included a guided imagery meditation that will take you to one of my favorite places–the beach. Try it out and see if this type of meditation is for you. Enjoy!
Learn the technique of Square Breathing to balance the nervous system. When we are stuck in an anxiety state of chronic sympathetic overdrive, breathing meditation can activate the parasympathetic relaxation and down-regulate the nervous system. The breath is always in the present moment. As we slow down to meet the breath, the nervous system will find balance. Square Breathing Imagine a Square Inhale (as you travel up the left side in your mind’s eye) Hold (as you move across the top from left to right) Exhale (as you travel down the right side in your mind’s eye) Hold (as you move across the bottom from right to left) Repeat
Time stood still. Even the air in the room refused to move, when Dr. Larry Friedman launched into a teaching story. As a resident doctor-in-training, we rotate through many different areas of medicine. Looking back at memorable moments during that time, the teachers that captivated me the most were the ones that told stories. In the early 2000's, I still remember the moment when Dr. Friedman told us the riveting story of the race to find the cause of a mysterious illness that would come to be called AIDS and later be attributed to a virus that attacks the immune system, HIV. Dr. Lawrence Friedman, MD, is the Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since 1997. He sees patients, teaches medical students and residents, and is active in research with a particular focus on HIV and AIDS in the pediatric and adolescent population. The Special Adolescent Clinic (SAC) for HIV-infected youth serves as a component of the Ryan White CARE Act Part D family-centered efforts in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics. I recently contacted him again after more than a decade. As a storyteller, I now realize that his teachings were so captivating because he told us stories. In this interview, he tells us how the story of HIV has evolved over time. With remarkable advances in science, what was once a death-sentence is now a chronic disease. With continued advances, hopefully one day there will be a cure. In this interview … Learn the remarkable story of the discovery of HIV Discover how the story has evolved over time See the story from different perspectives Find out more about Dr. Larry Friedman, MD, on the University of Miami Website. Recorded: Fri Aug 31, 2018; Released: Fri Sep 7, 2018 Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow
What does it take to build a dream? Maybe an architect. Steven Jallad designs and oversees the building of homes in Naples, Florida. His path to architecture began with a love for drawing and working with his hands. He followed that passion as the thread in his life. The craft of carpentry during the summers kept his hands working while earning a degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Traveling to West Africa with the Peace Corps, he built homes that fit a very different environment. This sparked an interest in green design that took him to Colorado for the next 10 years to build “off the grid” homes – designing in the winter, building in the summer. In 2008, he traded in mountain style for beach style and moved to Naples, Florida. Yet, he hangs on to the thread of passion, continuing to build a dream through architecture. His personal journey inspires us to find the passion in life and continue to follow the thread. The thread from A to B is not always a straight line. Even as we make choices on how to weave our life, the loom of life takes us each on her own journey. Through ups and downs, sideways and detours, holding onto the thread is not always easy, but that is how to weave a life of passion and purpose. Listen to our conversation as Steven Jallad takes us into the life of an architect. In this interview … What does an architect do? How do you become an architect? A personal journey finding passion in building homes Find Steven Jallad at sjallad@mhkap.com. Living the Present Moment – the Podcast Interview Series “People of Passion and Purpose, Doing Interesting Things, Living the Present Moment” Recorded: Thu Feb 21, 2019; Released: Fri Mar 1, 2019 Background Music: (public domain) Happy African Village by John Bartmann
Interview Series by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living their present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow Laurie Lyons is a co-founder of Open Mind Zen Naples, a center devoted to the practice of mindfulness meditation and yoga in Naples, Florida. She is a lay monk in the Open Mind Zen School and a long-time practitioner of Ashtanga yoga. This interview took place just after hurricane Irma in September  2017, and I am grateful that we were able to meet as scheduled. The original teachings of Buddhism are from India. When the teachings came to Japan and took root in the Japanese culture, the lineage became known as Zen Buddhism. At the heart of Zen Buddhism is the practice of meditation. In this conversation, we explore the experience and wisdom of this practice. In this podcast … Learn about the mindfulness meditation of Zen Buddhism. Discover the path of a lay monk. Explore how meditation and yoga change the mind and body. Visit Laurie Lyons online at openmindzennaples.com. Recorded: Fri Sep 15, 2017, at 12:30pm ET on LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup Check out the book
In the 1960’s, a group of college students prepared for the Civil Rights campaign. There had already been violence against them. They knew that some of them might not return. They had called their families. This group had decided to stay. In their darkest hour, they united by singing an invocation, a Spiritual from the Gullah people. The powerful invocation “Come by here” translates to “Kum-ba-ya”. Many have incorrectly adopted the song for a “feel good” moment. Today, people often laugh and sneer at these “feel good” gatherings of people coming together, setting aside their differences, only to sing a nonsense word and get nothing done. The song has been taken out of its cultural and spiritual context, meaning has been lost, and the power has been taken out of the song. However, at its origin, this song is an invocation: “Come by Here, Lord.” Kumbaya was not sung in good times, but in dark times, in desperate times, in times of need. The Gullah are the descendants of the African slaves living on the coastal plains of South Carolina and Georgia. In the Gullah tradition and during the Civil Rights Movement, this powerful chant is sung with conviction and intention to invoke a greater power into the dark spaces of our lives … calling in Spirit, God, Love, … whatever it is that you believe, to come and touch those places and make them better. Listen to the Story in this Podcast Show “The Power of Kumbaya” is part of my set of stories that I perform, called Legacy of Love. The seed for this story is from Ysaye Barnwell’s workshop, Building a Vocal Community. This workshop explores the songs of the African American oral tradition from African chants, Spirituals, Gospel, and songs of the Civil Rights Movement. As a non-singer, I learned that everyone can sing. I also experienced the power of singing together to create community. When songs unite a movement with the solidarity of hearts, minds, and voices, people can’t help but stop to listen. We can reclaim the power of invocation with our voices, in our lives, and for our united communities. We can put the power back in the song, Kumbaya. Listen to my prior podcast interview to hear Ysaye Barnwell tell her version of this story and sing Kumbaya: Episode 4: Building a Vocal Community (Ysaye Barnwell). Resources Excerpt of Vincent Harding interviewed by Krista Tippett, “You’ll Never Hear Kumbaya the Same Way Again.” “A Long Road From ‘Come by here’ to ‘Kumbaya’, New York Times article. Freedom Summer Project, PBS. Freedom Summer, Wikipedia. The Power in Vocal Communities, Ysaye Barnwell, TEDx.  
Are you in control of your stuff? Or is your stuff in control of you? Mary Jo Zeller is a moving consultant. She has supported thousands of families in downsizing, relocating, and getting organized. She received her Masters Degree in Gerontology in 1978 from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Her service record with older adults spans 40 years having worked in community based services, retirement communities, assisted living and long term care communities.   She currently is the Director of MySolutions a service of The Arlington of Naples. Interview by Dr. Joel Ying. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living the present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow In this interview … What is clutter Tips on tackling clutter How clearing clutter can improve your life Find Mary Jo Zeller online at www.MySolutions.org. Recorded: Fri Jul 6, 2018, on LivingthePresentMoment.com/studygroup Books on Clearing Clutter      
"The children need to know their stories!" Louise Bennett, also known as "Miss Lou," is a National Treasure of Jamaica. Listen to the podcast audio and read more about "Miss Lou" on my prior blog post. “People of passion and purpose, doing interesting things, living their present moment.” LivingthePresentMoment.com/podcastshow      
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Feb 19th, 2018
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Mar 25th, 2020
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