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Can Aboriginal perspectives provide us the paradigm shift we need now? As an indigenous person, University Senior Lecturer Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from a unique perspective, tied to the natural and spiritual world. In considering how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation, he raises important questions. Tyson Yunkaporta is an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher who is a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne. He lives in Melbourne.
Growing up, Jason Schechterle had one dream - to serve as a Phoenix Police Officer. After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into what was supposed to be a life-long career, Jason's life took an unexpected, dramatic and, at the time, tragic turn. Jason's journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. His story is one of life, rebirth and transformation. Jason represents the human experience at its very best - an ascent from despair to describing himself as the luckiest person alive!
Do you need a little levity? Tune in for this segment with Amy Newmark, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book Laughter Is The Best Medicine!Amy Newmark is the bestselling author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Since 2008, she has published 133 new books, most of them national bestsellers in the U.S. and Canada, more than doubling the number of Chicken Soup for the Soul titles in print today. She is also the author of Simply Happy, a crash course in Chicken Soup for the Soul advice and wisdom that is filled with easy-to-implement, practical tips for having a better life.
Is it possible to move to a place of inner peace? Join us as we talk with John Murphy about his book Beyond Doubt: Four Steps to Inner Peace.John Murphy is the founder and CEO of Venture Management Consultants, Inc., a firm specializing in creating lean, high-performance work environments. Murphy credits his success in business and life to A Course in Miracles. First learning and studying this practice in 2008, John quadrupled his business in growth and prosperity. Today, he hopes to work with others and individuals to teach them the incredible benefits the lessons of A Course in Miracles have to offer us.
Is it possible to craft dialogue that can create an impact?Daniel Stillman designs conversations for a living, and insists that you do, too. He works with organizations like Google, Nike and Visa to help them frame and sustain productive dialog, deepen their facilitation skills, and coach them through the innovation process. He also hosts The Conversation Factory podcast where he interviews leaders, changemakers and innovators on how they design the conversations in their work and lives.
This debut novel by Alka Joshi, transports the reader to another place and time. One woman fights for what it means to truly be authentic to self. Not owned by anyone, by creating her place in life, one henna design at a time. Alka Joshi is a graduate of Stanford University and received her M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. She has worked as an advertising copywriter, a marketing consultant, and an illustrator. Alka was born in India, in the state of Rajasthan. Her family came to the United States when she was nine, and she now lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with her husband and two misbehaving pups. The Henna Artist is her first novel.
Is it possible to learn deep healing techniques of reiki that you can use at home? Join us as we speak with Reiki Master Melissa Tipton on how to reduce stress and bring more peace into your life!Melissa Tipton is a Structural Integrator, Reiki Master, and founder of Jungian Magic, which uses potent psychological insights to radically increase the success of your magic. She's the author of Living Reiki: Heal Yourself and Transform Your Life and Llewellyn's Complete Book of Reiki.
Do you know if we have past lives with our pets? Or are you empathic and possibly an Earth Angel? Tune in for this inspiring discussion with two highly gifted individuals who answer those questions and so much more!Shelley A. Kaehr is a past life regression practitioner in private practice for twenty years. Shelley received her PhD in Parapsychic Science from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master Hypnotist, and Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming.  http://www.PastLifeLady.comTanya Carroll Richardson is a self-improvement/spiritual author and professional intuitive. She has been writing about angels, and interviewing people about their encounters with angels, for over a decade and is a regular contributor to MindBodyGreen.
Are there daily practices you can use to handle stress, heal old pain and feel empowered? Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture - with 900,000 copies in English alone. Dr. Laurel Mellin is the founder of Emotional Brain Training (EBT), a neuroscience-based solution to stress. She is a health psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Mellin is a New York Times bestselling author/researcher, speaker and clinical trainer.
A survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson is a wife and mother of four, a national spokesperson for bone and tissue donation, and an inspirational speaker. Her story includes turbulent teenage years marred by the sudden deaths of several friends, a quick slide into a deep depression, her own suicidal ideation, and the life-altering experience of sustaining serious injuries during the Columbine shooting. Kacey shares details and insight into the devastating effects of depression, physical trauma, PTSD, and fear. Her ultimate choice to "survive to thrive" has led to important healing.
Can essential oils be used for personal empowerment and well-being? Tune in to this show to hear author Kac Young PhD talk about her new book Essential Oils for Beginners: A Guide to What They Are & How to Use Them.Kac Young has been a producer, writer and director in the Hollywood television industry for over 25 years. Kac has also earned a PhD in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University. Clients come to her for advice on health, nutrition and spiritual well being. Her third Doctorate degree is in Clinical Hypnotherapy where she helps people manage weight, stop smoking, modify behavior, reduce stress, past-life regression, and manage phobias.
Can you make peace with your money?Money and happiness expert Ken Honda is a best-selling self-development author in Japan, with book sales surpassing seven million copies since 2001. Ken studied law at Waseda University in Tokyo and entered the Japanese workforce as a business consultant and investor. Ken’s financial expertise comes from owning and managing several businesses, including an accounting company, a management consulting firm, and a venture capital corporation. His writings bridge the topics of finance and self-help, focusing on creating and generating personal wealth and happiness through deeper self-honesty. Ken is the first person from Japan to be voted into the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of personal and professional development leaders.
Emily Francis is the host of the weekly radio show All About Healing on the Healthy Life Radio Network. She is the author of The Body Heals Itself, Stretch Therapy and her newest book is Whole Body Healing (Llewellyn, June 2020) Emily has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education/Human Performance, and her work has been featured in Elephant Journal,, Spirituality and Health, and many additional international and national media outlets.
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the "Ordinary People Change the World" series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, which he used to help find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero. He lives in South Florida with his family. Author Joe Behm spent most of his writing career in the San Francisco Bay Area as an advertising copywriter, specializing in direct mail. Over the years, he has worked in the advertising and marketing departments of large corporations as well as local ad agencies. Over time, Joe started a direct marketing agency, where he specialized in the creation of marketing programs for small businesses. It was during this period that the seeds for a series of murder mysteries were planted.
Steve Redmond started his law enforcement career as a Spokane Police Reserve Officer in 1989. In 1992, he was hired by Seattle PD as a full-time sworn officer. During his career with Seattle, Officer Redmond has worked as a patrol officer, mountain bike officer, field-training officer, DUI officer, traffic officer, motorcycle officer and is currently assigned as the department’s safety officer. Steve has been with Seattle PD for over 27 years. In 2013, Steve created a crisis line, Code 4 Northwest, for first responders, EMS, corrections, nurses, and their family members that covers the State of Washington along with parts of Idaho and Oregon. Steve has had opportunity to present at many conferences around the country, as well as police and fire departments around the region. Steve’s presentation offers his unique perspective on SURVIVING THE JOB, surviving personal crisis, and surviving family crisis. Steve has also been featured on the A&E series, Addiction Unplugged in which addiction and mental health for first responders was the focus.
Mark Victor Hansen is probably best known as the co-author for the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series and brand, setting world records in book sales, with over 500 million books sold. He is also a prolific writer with 307 books authored or co-authored. Crystal Dwyer Hansen is a business strategist and successful entrepreneur, speaker, and author in the US and China. Crystal, also known as the “celebrity coach,” is a certified life coach and wellness/nutrition expert, whose personal coaching, speaking, CD and video programs, books, and articles have helped people all over the world.
What if you died in a plane crash and met God? Jim Bruton did just that and share his near-death experience after crashing his plane. Jim Bruton has lived an extraordinary life. As a little boy, he lived within an active imagination including a love for wildlife filming, international travel, science fiction and vintage aviation. In adulthood, he checked every one of those off his list with internationally recognized achievements, an Emmy for a National Geographic wildlife film, traveling to all seven continents, the Titanic, the North Pole and Mt. Everest, shrinking a satellite TV truck into a backpack and transmitting live video from places before impossible and building and flying historical reproduction aircraft from World War 1 and the early 1930s. For many, any one of these adventures resulted in a single lifetime achievement. For Jim, it was just the beginning, climaxing with the crash of his last aircraft and the Near-Death Experience that followed.
What if you were publicly blamed for the 9/11 attacks? In Virginia Buckingham's memoir, On My Watch, she explains just how that happened, and how she rebuilt her life after these traumatic events. Virginia Buckingham was the seventh of eight children born to blue-collar parents. A truly self-made success story, Buckingham has lived in Massachusetts for nearly 40 years and spent many of those shattering glass ceilings: She was the first woman to serve as chief of staff to two consecutive Massachusetts governors and was subsequently the first woman appointed to head that state’s Port Authority, owner and operator of Logan International Airport. She has also worked as a deputy editorial page editor and columnist for the Boston Herald. In 2015, Buckingham was selected for the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a joint initiative of the presidential libraries of Presidents George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Lyndon Johnson. Finishing On My Watch was her Presidential Leadership project, a key element of the program, which teaches scholars to apply leadership lessons from those presidencies, such as courage and resilience. Do you need to reconnect with a loved one that doesn't speak to you? In Tina's book Reconnecting with Your Estranged Adult Child: Practical Tips and Tools to Heal Your Relationship, she shares tips and tools to making those connections and getting over the hurtles of past pain and disappointment. Tina Gilbertson is a psychotherapist and author, her work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Glamour, Real Simple and Redbook. In 2019, Tina cofounded the Reconnection Club, offering education, community, and support to help estranged parents repair their relationships with their adult children.
Kathryn Tristan is a Research Scientist and Assistant Professor of Medicine on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine. She studies our biological immune system and its diseases. She also is interested in the “psychological immune system” that represents our constellation of thoughts and feelings meant to protect us. www.whyworrybook.comSaul J. Weiner, MD is a professor of medicine, pediatrics, and medical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago,  the deputy director of the Veterans Health Administration's Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare, and the cofounder of the Institute for Practice and Provider Performance Improvement (I3PI). He is the coauthor of Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care.
Recently, I had a conversation with someone that I feel is an inspiration to so many. Dr. Herman Williams, who wrote a compelling article on LinkedIn Titled “What Do I Say? How Do I Say It?”, which discusses his thoughts his life and how he was saved by a man in an airport when he had his second heart attack, his thoughts on the murder of George Floyd and the racial inequalities within the US, and how people were reaching out not really knowing what to say or do but are looking to him as Leader to help guide them forward.We have had Dr. Herman Williams, MD is the Managing Director of the BDO Nashville Healthcare Advisory Practice and is a leader in the BDO Institute for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation. He has extensive experience as a senior hospital executive with healthcare expertise that includes the management and operations of large and small-scale, national clinics and hospitals. His successful leadership has resulted in achieving the highest and safest levels of quality inpatient and outpatient care.
Dr. Patrick K. Porter, Ph.D., is an award-winning author and speaker who has devoted his career to neuroscience and brainwave entrainment. As the creator of BrainTap Technology™, Porter has emerged as a leader in the digital health and wellness field. BrainTap’s digital tools and mind development apps use Creative Visualization and Relaxation, a biohacking technique that has made tremendous advances in helping mental, physical, and emotional health issues. BrainTap has been praised for helping people relieve symptoms associated with stress, insomnia, pain, and much more. Amy Newmark is the bestselling author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Since 2008, she has published 133 new books, most of them national bestsellers in the U.S. and Canada, more than doubling the number of Chicken Soup for the Soul titles in print today. She is also the author of Simply Happy, a crash course in Chicken Soup for the Soul advice and wisdom that is filled with easy-to-implement, practical tips for having a better life.
Bringing Death to Life: An Uplifting Exploration of Living, Dying, the Soul Journey and the AfterlifeDr. Mary Helen Hensley is a metaphysical healer, chiropractor and international inspirational speaker. She has authored numerous books including Promised by Heaven, The Chakra Fairies, The Pocket Coach and she co-authored the recent number one best-seller, Bringing Death To Life. She lives and creates in Ireland with her two daughters, Jemma Skye and Jada Pacifica.
Rob Harrell created the Life of Zarf series, the graphic novel Monster on the Hill, and also writes and draws the long-running daily comic strip Adam@Home, which appears in more than 140 papers worldwide. He created and drew the internationally syndicated comic strip Big Top until 2007. www.robharrell.comAlka Joshi is a graduate of Stanford University and received her M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. She has worked as an advertising copywriter, a marketing consultant, and an illustrator. Alka was born in India, in the state of Rajasthan. Her family came to the United States when she was nine, and she now lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with her husband and two misbehaving pups. The Henna Artist is her first novel.
Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies.
Jill Sherer Murray is the founder of Let Go For It®, a lifestyle brand dedicated to helping individuals let go for a better life. Jill’s TEDx talk called “The Unstoppable Power of Letting Go” as well as her book called Big Wild Love: The Unstoppable Power of Letting Go have been created in service to her loyal and growing fan base, who seek support in the act and the art of letting go for the love they desire and deserve. https://letgoforit.Katherine Wintsch dedicates her life to making the lives of mothers easier. In her role as founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, she helps the largest companies in the world such as Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, Chobani and Baby Dove better understand and support their mom customers and employees.
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Marianne Pestana LLC
Podcast Status
Jul 18th, 2017
Latest Episode
Nov 21st, 2020
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