Making Meaning for the Ending of Our Days, part 2 (306)

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Stephen Jenkinson asserts that our death-phobic culture considers "The best death is the least death" — basically dying quickly and knowing little about dying. He titled his book Die Wise rather than Die Wisely to encourage us to learn about dying from those who die before … [Read more...]

Making Meaning for the Ending of Our Days, part 1 (305)

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Stephen Jenkinson made keen observations in his decades working with the dying. The author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul observed that our high-technology medical system often makes things harder for dying people. When a patient or their family bargains for … [Read more...]

Finding Emotional Resilience in Troubled Times (300)

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How do you grapple with bigger, deeper issues like catastrophic climate change? Author Carolyn Baker and video producer Ivey Cone join Janaia in a wide-ranging conversation about keeping our hearts open while witnessing the crumbling of industrial civilization. We discuss … [Read more...]

Emergency! This Family is Prepared, part 2 (280)

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"YOYO: You're On Your Own. We can't count on first responders. Their focus is on critical resources." Ann Pacey and Tim Beale show their "second-story kit" in case of earthquakes. Noting that a key injury is broken glass, they have boots, gloves, flashlight and hard hat … [Read more...]

Emergency! This Family is Prepared, part 1 (279)

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"We base our emergency kit around our camping gear," says Tim Beale, showing us a carefully packed wheeled tote. His partner Ann Pacey lists essential areas to address, starting with financial records and ending with communications - including a plan to get back in touch … [Read more...]

Unlearn, Rewild — Earth Skills for Body and Mind (277)

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"We learn through being broken, we learn through imperfection. That's how evolution happens." Miles Olson, the author of Unlearn, Rewild  also discusses being a compassionate hunter, and how facing death can bring us fully alive. "The question is, how do you give back? It's … [Read more...]

Unlearn, Rewild — Inspiration for the Future Primitive (276)

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"My journey has been as a squatter living close to the land, building cabins, living with friends, learning how to live really intimately with the land by hunting, foraging, scrounging … dancing between the two worlds of human society and wild nature." The author of Unlearn, … [Read more...]

Rethinking Stress — And What You Can Do About It (270)

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"What people really think of as adrenal fatigue or burnout rarely has anything to do with the adrenals themselves." Nora Gedgaudas dispels myths, and illuminates various forms of brain dysregulation that can affect our response to stress, as well as our energy levels. She … [Read more...]

Rhythm and Song for Body, Mind and Spirit (264)

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Shasta Martinuk and Brian Hoover facilitate Rhythm Circles — drum and song circles, and a unique form called TaKeTiNa (tah-kuh-teen-uh). Their circles aren't about performance, so people can enjoy without those pressures. Participants learn through call and response rather … [Read more...]

How Shall We Live, With the Earth in Crisis? (250)

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When we actually face what's happening on the planet, the picture isn't pretty. Author Carolyn Baker (Speaking Truth To Power) is concerned by rapidly-unfolding climate change, and the fragile Fukushima reactor situation. Systems thinker Dave Pollard (How To Save the World) … [Read more...]