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Living From Happiness

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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Apr 28, 2020

The wonderful JoAnne Dodgson is today's guest. JoAnne earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and Holistic Health, and is a published author, college instructor, community activist, and an initiate into the Eastern Andes shamanic lineage of Ka-Ta-See.

In this episode, JoAnne and Melanie talk about:

  • the Ka-Ta-See shamanic lineage and,
  • how it might help us cope as the world turns upside down;
  • the gifts of eldering;
  • the sacred act of letting go;
  • what might be opening up for us as humanity faces this transformative moment.

JoAnne Dodgson website here

Melanie Harth website here

Apr 21, 2020

How to ...

  • make basic financial decisions,
  • keep your head above water,
  • invest in a highly unstable stock market, and
  • understand PTSD triggers in a pandemic,
  • collective and individual trauma, the psychology and spirituality of surviving a crazy world ...

 ... yep, we cover a lot of ground.

Doug Lynam, financial advisor, national media financial expert, and author of From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk's Financial Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy -- and Why That's Okay, turns the table on Melanie and asks her some questions in this episode.

How to deal when the world has turned upside down? Good question. Check out all the episodes in this series for some answers. And listen for the monthly updates from Doug on Living From Happiness, No Matter What!

Doug Lynam website here

Doug Lynam Facebook page here

Melanie Harth website / free guided meditation here

Melanie Harth Facebook page here

Apr 14, 2020

Money guy, Doug Lynam, returns for this thought-provoking series created to address a few of the unprecedented financial, psychological and spiritual issues that are showing up because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Doug, author of From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk's Financial Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy -- and Why That's Okay, riffs on how to survive a dark night of the soul.

Melanie offers her take on how to stop "fighting the facts" as one tool to use in coping with those inevitable dark times that most people experience ... especially when the world has turned upside down.

Doug Lynam website here

Doug Lynam Facebook page here

Melanie Harth website / free guided meditation here

Melanie Harth Facebook page here

Apr 6, 2020

This exciting new four-part series is devoted to understanding some of the psychological, spiritual and financial aspects of living in a global pandemic.

Doug is a money manager, former Benedictine monk, national media financial expert, and author of From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk’s Financial Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy — and Why That’s Ok.

The second episode starts with Melanie sharing some of her personal issues with asking for help, how a contemplative spiritual practice can help us get through a dark night of the soul, and so much.

Watch the video of the show here, on Doug's Facebook page.

Doug Lynam's website here

Melanie Harth's website here

Mar 30, 2020

Doug Lynam and Melanie go deep in this four-part series devoted to understanding some of the psychological, spiritual and financial aspects of living in a global pandemic.

Doug is a money manager, former Benedictine monk, national media financial expert, and author of From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk’s Financial Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy — and Why That’s Okay.

Melanie and Doug riff on the physiology and psychology of trauma, with some surprising, and very personal sharing from both of them. And much (much) more.

note: please excuse the at-times funky audio as we figure out how to stay safe and keep the show's coming to you

Watch the video of the show here, on Doug's Facebook page.

Doug Lynam's website here

Melanie Harth's website here

Mar 24, 2020

In part 2 of this special interview, recorded on-site with Cynthia Jurs, hear more about the "little clay pots" that are, in fact, sacred Earth Treasure Vases, Buddhist deities such as Tibetan Tara, and Cynthia's Gaia Mandala work.

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.

Please, 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.

Cynthia Jurs website here

Melanie Harth website here

Mar 17, 2020

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.

Cynthia Jurs website here

Melanie Harth website here

Feb 18, 2020

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 website here

more information about, and a guided meditation from Melanie Harth here

Feb 11, 2020

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

Pasha Hogan website here

Melanie Harth website here

Feb 4, 2020

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

Melanie's free guided meditation is here.

Jan 30, 2020

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:

  • the mystery and the joy that can be part of death and dying;
  • what a "good death" means;
  • our culture's denial about dying;
  • the "magnificent uncertainty" that's a part of the process;
  • the ways in which our entire life can be a preparation for death.

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

information about Casa Cielo here

more about Dr. Melanie Harth here

 

Jan 23, 2020

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:

  • what art brings to the table;
  • how artists are critically important to social change movements;
  • the national climate activist group, the Sunrise Movement and the Democrats;
  • why adults aren't stepping up about the climate crisis.

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

YUCCA (YouthUnited4ClimateCrisisAction) website here

the national Sunrise Movement here

more about Dr. Melanie Harth here

Jan 16, 2020

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.

more information about the PBS Ageless Living Series here

more information about Dr. Melanie Harth here

Dec 23, 2019

This episode starts with laughter, and then dives deep into what it means to live agelessly, to be an elder, and how to prepare as a collective for what we're currently facing.

The incredible husband-and-wife team, Sedena and George Cappannelli, share their wisdom and talk about the powerful new PBS television series, Ageless Living, they've co-produced/directed.

Find more about the PBS Ageless Living series here.

 

Dec 12, 2019

Beloved Zen Buddhist teacher and author Henry Shukman shares more about his book, One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart.

Topics range from how Zen Buddhism can help us navigate these chaotic times to the importance of becoming ordinary.

As always when Henry Shukman is the guest, you'll think a bit deeper, and perhaps expand your point of view ... just a wee bit.

Dec 5, 2019

Celia Owens, world traveler, activist, organizer, and artist, and Sue Faerman, university professor emeritus in management and leadership for non-profits and NGO's, have a lively discussion with Melanie.

How volunteering is the new dating, maintaining optimism in a chaotic world, the service experience and so much more are highlighted in this episode.

Nov 21, 2019

Part II of Trauma & the Climate Crisis continues with Renee Elsen, a survivor of the devastating 2018 Paradise, CA fire and subsequent climate refugee.

Trained as a social worker and school counselor, Renee brings a sophisticated point of view to the trauma she experienced as a result of the fire.

She's transparent, articulate, and passionate about helping folks understand how a collective trauma such as the climate crisis can intersect with individual trauma.

Nov 20, 2019

Renee Elsen, survivor of the devastating 2018 Paradise, CA fire and subsequent climate refugee, shares her very personal account of that morning.

Trained as a social worker and school counselor, Renee brings a sophisticated point of view to the trauma she experienced as a result of the fire.

She's transparent, articulate, and passionate about helping folks understand how a collective trauma such as the climate crisis can intersect with individual trauma.

This is Part I of a two-part show.

 

Nov 7, 2019

The 17-year-old political activist, passionate climate protector, Sunrise Movement and YUCCA member, spoken word poet, artist, and fabulously articulate Artemisio Romero y Carver is back in the studio.

Art as an element of self-expression, the connection of art and activism, social reform, and all sorts of other big ideas are discussed in this fast-paced show.

Oct 30, 2019

Remarkable musician, educator, and all-around super cool guy, Jamey Tate, shares his thoughts on all things music. Including that, from his perspective, the arts are our connection to humanity.

Recorded somewhere in French Polynesia, sailing to Moorea. 

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

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