This is a special show, recorded on-site with Cynthia Jurs. Cynthia is a Buddhist teacher, trained by the beloved international Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
She's also a practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism, and was initiated as a Lama in Nepal, in recognition of her many years of dharma practice and dedication to the work of global healing through the Earth Treasure Vases.
Cynthia is the founder of Alliance for the Earth, and is the Executive Director of the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project. And she's the guiding teacher at the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Come along with us as Cynthia shares some of her personal experiences as a lifelong spiritual seeker, teacher, and hear about her fascinating work creating the sacred Earth Treasure Vases.
This is Part 1 of 2.
Pasha Hogan continues last week's convo. Extraordinary Reiki Master Teacher and practitioner, yoga and meditation coach, author and three-time cancer survivor, Pasha has been walking the walk for a long time.
She helps listeners understand what it means when we transform our relationship with the unknown into a deeply intimate relationship with all of life. And how "laying down the ideas, beliefs, and stories that no longer serve you can transform your life in ways you never could have imagined."
Pasha Hogan, author, yoga and meditation teacher, and renowned Reiki Master teacher and practitioner, shares her thoughts on how often we settle for the crumbs and miss out on the joy.
Pasha and Melanie talk about Pasha's Irish roots, and healing, and how to navigate the waters of these chaotic times by staying open to "the magic of the vast, wild and alive landscape of our minds, hearts and souls."
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman
Yes, it's light-hearted. Yes, there's plenty of laughter. And yes, whip-smart, artist-trained personal stylist Kitty Ault and Melanie have a rousing time together.
Social group identity, ageism, why it's important to show up in the world on our own terms, breaking the rules, going grey vs. coloring our hair -- all sorts of cool, fun, and helpful things.
Kitty Ault's website is KAStyleSantafe.com.
Kitty Ault on Instagram: @kastylesantafe
Kitty Ault on Facebook: KAStyle Santa Fe
Death and dying and happiness? Yes, please. Rev. Hollis Walker, an ordained minister who's "passionate about death," and Celia Owens, activist, artist and volunteer coordinator at Casa Cielo in Santa Fe, are in the studio with Melanie.
It sounds heavy, no? It isn't really, not when you're talking with folks who understand the sacred nature of dying a good death.
We talk about:
When Death Comes
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world. Mary Oliver
Yay, Arte (Artemisio) Romero y Carver is back for one more show before he heads off to the wilds of a semester in Napa Valley, Cali.
Melanie loves the fast-paced, youth-oriented, artistic, and activist points of view that Arte shares so eloquently.
Talking points include:
Cree Indian Prophecy
Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.
powerhouse book recommendation from Melanie: The Overstory, by Richard Powers
Executive producer of the PBS Ageless Living Series, George Cappannelli, returns for another in-depth conversation.
Some of the questions?
We spend billions of dollars in this country every year trying to pretend we're not getting older or ever going to die .. what do we lose in the total denial of aging and eldering?
How do self-responsibility and self-empowerment fit into aging?
What's the real truth about aging?
Why is it important that ageism continues to be challenged?
Are we, as a collective, prepared for what we're facing?
As usual, it's provocative, fast-paced, informative.