LivingFromHappiness's podcast

Living From Happiness is a weekly talk show devoted to exploring the deeper meanings of happiness, and why it matters so much. Thoughtful, engaging, light-hearted, wide-ranging, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural conversations every week! From mindfulness to shamanism, and from transpersonal and narrative psychology to getting real about money … if it has anything to do with living from happiness, we’re talking about it!
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May 17, 2017

Science journalist Julie Rehmeyer returns for a very personal show on her journey through ME/CFS (myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome).

Julie's brand-new book, Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer’s Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand, is explored in-depth during this week's show.

Be sure and listen to Part II (next week), when we discuss the politics of medicine, how to deal with a disease that has little/no scientific agreement, and ways to maintain balance -- even happiness -- during extreme challenges.

May 10, 2017

Mindfulness -- such a powerful force for positive change! Come listen to what can happen when teenagers start learning how to navigate their inner worlds. Fresh, fascinating talk with John Braman, staff member at iBme and co-founder of Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute; and Hannah Carroll, Lewis & Clark College student, recent participant and now mentor in the iBme retreat programs. 

May 3, 2017

It's true ... everything you ever wanted to know about electronic dance music. And healing. With 16-year-old expert Jasper Lipscomb. It's fun, the music will have you dancing in your chair, and you just might feel a little bit better.

Come join us for this light-hearted show.

Apr 19, 2017

There's just no easy way to title a show like this one. The story that Rachel Redmond shares with us is personal, and raw, and powerful.

Apr 5, 2017

Last week's fascinating discussion with Navajo young leader Ty Benallie, two young Pueblo leaders Steven Attencio and Jordan Aguilar, and New Mexico Leaders and Mindfulness conference founder Sidni Lamb continues.

We were given an intimate look into Native American cultures.

The conversation ranges from the AmeriCorps program on the Santo Domingo Pueblo to the current political situation, and from how to bridge some of the gaps between cultures, to metal guitar.


Mar 29, 2017

Don McAvinchey is back for another provocative show about narrative, and how the stories we tell ourselves determine a great deal of what happens to us.

Don's a licensed clinical social worker; one of the clinical supervisors at the SKY Center — which is part of the New Mexico Suicide Intervention project.

Mar 29, 2017

Fascinating discussion with Navajo young leader Ty Benallie, two young Pueblo leaders Steven Attencio and Jordan Aguilar, and New Mexico Leaders and Mindfulness conference founder Sidni Lamb.

We were given an intimate look in to Native American cultures.

And we all had such a great time together that it became a 2-part series! The conversation ranges from the AmeriCorps program on the Santo Domingo Pueblo to the current political situation, and from how to bridge some of the gaps between cultures, to metal guitar.

Be sure and listen in to Part II, as well, airing next week.

Mar 15, 2017

DJ Sanjay, DJ Sol, and dancer Saz Richardson chat about music and dance and healing and community ... and service and love and so much more. It's Bollywood Club Invasion Dance Party NM!

Mar 8, 2017

U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Martin Heinrich talk about contemporary social issues in this special show.

Mar 1, 2017

Henry Shukman, Zen Master teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center; John Braman, co-founder of Big River Mindfulness Institute; and Abigail Adler, mindfulness practitioner (and producer/host of The Last Word on KSFR) continue their lively conversation begun last week.

Feb 22, 2017

Mindfulness has an ancient lineage of social activism and peaceful protesting. Henry Shukman, Zen Master teacher at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center, is joined by John Braman, co-director of the Big River Mindfulness Institute and Abigail Adler, Zen practitioner, to talk about it.

Listen in for ideas about how mindfulness and meditation can help during times of heightened social activism.


Feb 15, 2017

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan is featured in this show, recorded in his Washington DC office following the Women's March on Washington.

Topics include civil discourse, fake news, immigration and sanctuary cities, possible Russian involvement in the presidential election, what’s needed from New Mexicans .. and more.

It's a big show, folks. Listen in.

Feb 9, 2017

In this ongoing series highlighting contemporary political and social issues, freshman Congressman and Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Darren Soto (D-FL), Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Shelly Campbell, Diane Harrison Ogawa, and Phil Wilkinson talk about the democratic process and ramifications of the new administration.

Recorded live at the after-March reception in the Rayburn building on the Hill in DC, hosted by New Mexico Congresswoman Grisham.

More fun on the ground!

Feb 1, 2017

This is a super fast-paced show! David Bedrick -- speaker, teacher, attorney, process-oriented psychology practitioner, and author -- breaks down ideas important to social activism including the Jungian shadow, Black Lives Matter, being Jewish, and psychological activism. I told you ... it's fast (and fun!).

Jan 25, 2017

Senators Udall and Heinrich, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, ex-Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico John Wertheim, political strategist Caroline Buerkle, and many others ... ALL live from the Women's March on Washington, in DC.

It's the biggest happiness show yet ... it's a doozy!

Jan 19, 2017

Ex-Lt. Governor Diane Denish; Native American/Buddhist healer and activist Karen Waconda Lewis; Deborah Grossman, owner of Yarn & Coffee; and Marsie Silvestro, executive director of Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families talk about the significance of the upcoming Women's March on Washington.

One of the most passionate shows Melanie has ever done.

Jan 11, 2017

Research scientist Dr. Melinda Connor is fascinating in this informative show about subtle energy, neuroscience, and health and happiness.

Jan 4, 2017

Clinical supervisor at the SKY Center, psychotherapist and teacher, and non-actor Don McAvinchey explains the importance of story and narrative, and how to begin writing a better one for yourself and your loved ones.

Dec 30, 2016

What a powerful interview with Beata Tsosie-Pena, Environmental Justice Program Coordinator for Tewa Women United; and Maia Duerr, TWU Volunteer & Sponsorships Coordinator, and Zen Buddhist social activist! One of Melanie’s favorite shows of the year.

Dec 21, 2016

Julia Cameron shares her wisdom, and her grace in the second part of this intimate interview.

Dec 15, 2016

Melanie’s most personal conversation yet, with the inimitable and beloved author / teacher Julia Cameron. This is a 2-part show; tune in next week for more.

Dec 9, 2016

Love this show! Love this organization, which is changing tens of thousands of lives every year, all over the world. Not an exaggeration, folks.

Jeff Snell, CEO of the International Folk Art Market and Alliance, sits with Melanie inside the annual popup gallery and talks about big-picture social innovation. Hilary Kilpatric, Associate Director Artist Development and Social Impact, shares artist stories and social impact across the globe. 

Nov 29, 2016

Dr. Peter Smith, former assistant director for education for UNESCO; founding president of Cal State University at Monterey Bay the Community College of Vermont; former Lieutenant Governor of Vermont as well as a Congressional Representative; and KSFR board president riffs on an intriguing idea, called "dynamic localism," and why it's more important than ever.

Nov 17, 2016

Dixon is the little town that can! A shining example of diverse populations working together to create a healthy community, this show was recorded during the Dixon Studios tour.

We hear from painter and potter Siddiq Khan; outsider artist Jeanne Treadway; Taos Pueblo artist Dominic Beau; Dixon Co-op Deli manager Maggie Greenwald; long-time Embudo Station restaurant co-owner Stacy Cox; and beloved local legend "the chokecherry lady," Eremita Campos.

Nov 14, 2016

Erin Doerwald, co-founder; Sarah Claudia Stout, co-coordinator of volunteers; and Lainie Grimmer, co-coordinator of volunteers -- all with Mindful Education Santa Fe -- have a rousing discussion of new research findings about mindfulness in the classrooms and how it's all being implemented in Santa Fe schools.

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