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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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Oct 16, 2019

What happens when we say "Yes!" to something, and it ends up being a terrific experience? Listen in to how Melanie met Andrea Heckman.

Andrea is a filmmaker, photographer, author and lecturer. She earned a doctorate in anthropology and art history, and has researched indigenous traditions, festivals and rituals for over 35 years.

In 1996, she was Fulbright scholar in Peru. A longtime world traveler, Andrea shares stories of her many adventures.

 

 

Oct 9, 2019

Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney, co-founder of the Anna, Age Eight Institute, continues the discussion regarding the national epidemic of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, and childhood trauma.

Topics include the effects of scarcity mentality, the systemic flaws across a myriad of child welfare agencies and how to begin fixing them, and the 100% Solutions Spot.

Dr. Courtney suggests the focus should be on three areas:

  • prevention
  • collaboration
  • data-driven changes.

Anna, Age Eight Institute here

Melanie Harth website here

Oct 2, 2019

ACEs, the Adverse Childhood Experience study, has changed how we understand childhood trauma. New Mexico ranks as one of the most dangerous states for children in the country.

Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney, co-founder of the Anna, Age Eight Institute, helps us understand how adverse childhood experiences often lead to trauma, and how the repercussions can be felt community-wide.

She and Melanie talk about solutions, as well, in this first of two parts.

Anna, Age Eight Institute here

Melanie Harth's website here

 

 

 

Sep 25, 2019

The fierce, fiery, passionate and articulate social justice champion, Anita Otilia Rodriguez, returns for another thought-provoking show.

Anita is a painter, storyteller, award-winning author of Coyota in the Kitchen, social activist, and co-founder of the Taos Healing and Reconciliation Institute and Project.

She riffs on being a "half-breed," a ninth-generation Taoseno, historical and collective trauma, the paradox of healing, and yes ... even more!

Taos Healing and Reconciliation Institute here 

Melanie Harth's website here

Sep 20, 2019

Melissa Spamer -- licensed psychotherapist, advanced yoga trainer and teacher, licensed massage therapist AND Ayurvedic practitioner -- shares some of her in-depth wisdom and knowledge.

The sacredness of the body, healing her own trauma, compassion and women's empowerment are some of things she and Melanie touch upon.

Melissa Spamer's website here

Melanie Harth's website here

 

Sep 11, 2019

He describes himself as just a "regular old guy who paints." But ERic Luplow is much more than that.

He's a spokesman for art and music and learning to live with infant TBI (traumatic brain injury) and creativity.

Plus, he's just plain ole' a lot of fun.

Come along with Melanie and ERic in this thoughtful, deep episode.

ERic Luplow's website here

ERic Luplow's Facebook page here

Melanie Harth's website here

 

 

 

Sep 7, 2019

Diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, guest Susan Balkman shares stories and insights from her own journey.

National dementia expert and author Dr. Jytte Lokvig is also in the studio for another thoughtful, and yes, fun! episode.

Santa Fe Alzheimer's Cafe, founded by Dr. Jytte Lokvig here

Dr. Melanie Harth's website here

 

Aug 28, 2019

Inspired by, and in collaboration with young Swedish climate activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg, the Sunrise Movement is an American youth-led political movement that advocates political action on climate change.

Today's guest is Artemisio Romero y Carver, artist, spoken word poet, member of YUCCA (Youth United for Climate Crisis in Action) and the Sunrise Movement Santa Fe. He's impassioned and uber-articulate about the challenging issues facing upcoming generations.

Sunrise Movement Santa Fe Facebook page here

Dr. Melanie Harth website here

 

 

 

 

Aug 21, 2019

Allegra Love, immigration attorney and CEO of Santa Fe Dreamers, talks immigration law, the weaponizing of the legal system, and the politics of racism and xenophobia.

It's big, bold, deep -- a don't-miss episode.

Santa Fe Dreamers Project website here

Santa Fe Dreamers Project Facebook page here

Melanie's free meditation to help you reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm here

Aug 14, 2019

Kim Martindale, long-time art show producer and antique Native American art lover, shares his views on beauty, the healing power of beautiful objects, and similarities and differences among various art traditions around the world.

Kim is especially articulate about beautiful objects of art.

Melanie's free guided meditation for anxiety / stress reduction here

Kim Martindale info here

Aug 7, 2019

Valerie Plame's backstory is so powerful that a Hollywood blockbuster film was made about it, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn (called Fair Game, the title of Plame's memoir).

Former CIA covert operative, expert in nuclear proliferation, mom of twins, and now ... running for Congress, Valerie Plame has a lot to say about political madness, the “catastrophic” unraveling of the Iran nuclear deal, cognitive diversity, speaking truth to power, and moving beyond trauma to thriving in a whole new life.

“I have a voice, and I’m going to use it."

more about Valerie Plame

Melanie's free guided meditation

Jul 31, 2019

Doug Lynam, author of the popular book, "From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk's Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy -- and Why That's OK", is back for another lively show about your finances.

Topics include how good political systems increase wealth, wealth-creation school programs, and what it looks like to have an abusive relationship to money.

Below is a quote from "Stressing Out the Poor: Chronic Physiological Stress and the Income-Achievement Gap" (Stanford University report).
 
Bottom line? Poverty and toxic stress are connected from the get-go.
 
"Childhood socioeconomic disadvantage leads to deficits in academic achievement and occupational attainment. It’s long been argued that such deficits arise because poor children are exposed to inadequate cognitive stimulation and to parenting styles that don’t encourage achievement. We don’t dispute the important role of these two variables. But we have outlined here evidence for a new, complementary pathway that links early childhood poverty to high levels of exposure to multiple risks, which in turn elevates chronic toxic stress. This cascade can begin very early in life. Even young babies growing up in low-income neighborhoods already evidence elevated chronic stress. This stress then accounts for a significant portion of the association between poverty and working memory, a critical cognitive skill involved in language and reading acquisition."

money, finances, wealth, financial ptsd, money archetypes, poverty and stress, retirement planning

Doug Lynam website here

more about Melanie, and her free guided relaxation meditation to help ease anxiety and overwhelm here

 

Jul 24, 2019

Listen in as the inimitable Kate Reynolds, licensed psychotherapist and mindfulness expert, coaches Melanie through one of latest and most powerful mindfulness training tracks -- mPEAK (Mindful Performance Enhancement Awareness & Knowledge).

"Mindfulness is not a pet rock. It's the foundation of how to participate in our own health and healing."

Santa Fe Center for Mindfulness here

Melanie Harth's website and free guided relaxation meditation here

 

Jul 17, 2019

Elite ultra runner, contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine, writer and author Katie Arnold discusses her critically acclaimed memoir, "Running Home."

Katie's inspiring story of how she dealt with the grief of losing her father is a heart-warming one.

"Grief has its own topography, jagged and unpredictable. In the beginning it was like dragging myself up a vertical face, the surface loose and slippery, trying not to slip backwards into darkness."

Running Home: A Memoir, by Katie Arnold

more about Melanie, and her free relaxation meditation to help ease anxiety and overwhelm here

Jul 15, 2019

Dr. Mary Littrell, author and head of the Selection Committee for the International Folk Art Market, shares stories from Guatemala and the Maya women's art collective, Multiflores.

Women's empowerment through innovative art-making, the transformation of personal identity, and social entrepreneurship are the focus of this episode (along with a wee bit of fundraising for KSFR).

more about the International Folk Art Market here

more about Melanie, and her free relaxation meditation to help ease anxiety and overwhelm here

Jul 3, 2019

Artisans and artists around the world are often forced by circumstances of poverty and isolated geography to create beauty from nothing.

This is true for many of the artists featured at the world's largest folk art market -- Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market.

This episode features Peggy Gaustad sharing stories of remarkable group of Cuban artists.

Can art-making and beauty help heal trauma? Listen in.

more about the International Folk Art Market here

more about Melanie, and her free guided meditation to help ease anxiety and overwhelm here

Jun 26, 2019

The inimitable Bill O'Hanlon is back in the studio talking about his adventures learning how to become a songwriter.

His long and illustrious career as a psychotherapist, international speaker, author of almost 40 books now includes performing musician and songwriter.

It's fun, it's fast, it's full of ideas about staying happy and healthy and young.

more information about Bill O'Hanlon here

download Melanie's free guided relaxation meditation, and get her newsletter with hope and how-to's for happiness, here

 

Jun 19, 2019

Karin Lubin shares her passion for catalyzing peace & harmony on the planet through her book My Life Through the Seasons, A Wisdom Journal and Planner.

In this light-hearted episode, hear about the five aspects of well being (physical, relational, financial/career, mental, spiritual); how to build emotional resilience; and integrating the divine feminine with the sacred masculine.

Lots of laughter, lots of interesting ideas.

more about the wisdom journal here

download Melanie's guided relaxation meditation, and get her newsletter with hope and how-to's for happiness, here

Jun 12, 2019

Popular guest Doug Lynam, author of From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk's Financial Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy -- And Why That's OK, is back in the studio talking about "financial PTSD" and lots more.

His thoughtful, wise, humorous financial advice is always terrific.

Doug Lynam's website here.

download Melanie's free guided relaxation meditation, and get her newsletter with hope and how-to's for happiness here

 

 

 

Jun 5, 2019

Susan Balkman, therapist / coach / artist / Alzheimer's advocate, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. She shares more of her strength, resilience and hope in this poignant episode.

Jytte Lokvig, dementia specialist, joins our discussion.

More how-to's for hope and happiness in Melanie's free newsletter here: www.melanieharth.com.

May 22, 2019

Mirabai Starr's brand-new book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, is already in its 4th printing.

Mirabai is an author, speaker, certified grief counselor, and was a philosophy and world religions college professor for 20 years.

She shares her ground-breaking ideas about feminine mystics from "all branches of the soul family," spiritual warriorship from the feminine perspective, how the feminine responds to the pain in the world differently from the masculine, and so much more in this episode.

Part 1 aired last week.

Mirabai Starr's website here: https://www.mirabaistarr.com/.

For more how-to's for hope and happiness, sign up for Melanie's free newsletter here: www.melanieharth.com.

May 15, 2019

This convo is so rich that Mirabai and Melanie had to do two shows. Her brand-new book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, is already in its 4th printing.

Mirabai Starr is an author, speaker, certified grief counselor, and was a philosophy and world religions college professor for 20 years.

She shares her ground-breaking ideas about feminine mystics from "all branches of the soul family," spiritual warriorship from the feminine perspective, how the feminine responds to the pain in the world differently from the masculine, and so much more in this episode.

Part 2 airs next week.

Mirabai Starr's website here: https://www.mirabaistarr.com/.

For more how-to's for hope and happiness, sign up for Melanie's free newsletter here: www.melanieharth.com.

 

May 8, 2019

Ken Walsh, historian, author, and political journalist who's covered six presidencies, joins Melanie somewhere between Easter Island and Bora Bora for a non-partisan conversation about Trump, the "Distruptor in Chief."

Ken's take on this president is thoughtful, considered, and wise.

His latest book is: Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History.

Ken Walsh: US News and World Report

Want more how-to's for hope and happiness? Sign up for Melanie's free newsletter here: www.melanieharth.com.

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