— Grief continues to give me opportunities to learn and grow. It teaches me to live with a heart full of gratitude and to learn to love others and myself more. It allows me to live my purpose, which is to help you on your journey.
Do you realize that you change every day of your life? Each thought, experience, choice, and response creates change in you. In other words, you will either evolve or devolve in your daily existence. You have the opportunity to change for your good. How? By making conscious choices to enhance your body, mind, and soul.
Realize you are always in a state of “becoming what you think.” So what are you thinking? Even in the midst of difficult times and grief, there is always something beautiful to be found. – Says Robin
Valeria interviews Robin Chodak — the author of “Ten Grief Lessons from Golf.”
Robin left her job after 20 years as a computer software systems analyst following the suicide of her husband Steve in 2005. In the midst of grief, she started a spiritual journey of self-discovery, which ultimately led to her transformation.
After the suicide she started to write. At first it was personal letters to Steve. It helped her stay connected and at the same time it was therapeutic. She also began to write stories about grief, which are published in various grief and suicide journals. In 2017 she published, "Be Gentle with Me, I'm Grieving" which won a book excellence award and also published "Moving to Excellence, A Pathway to Transformation After Grief."
Grief continued to enter Robin’s life. On September 28, 2019 she lost her beloved husband Dr. Gerald Chodak unexpectedly in their home. It was another sudden death, which caused grief trauma. It led her to publish a 3rd book that she had written 3 years prior regarding inner peace entitled, "3 Must Have Connections for Inner Peace."
In 2021 Robin launched her new online program that teaches and certifies you to become a Grief Coach.
Robin’s expertise is in coaching clients, speaking, writing books and teaching through online grief courses.
Robin is a trained facilitator for AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), The founder of Facebook Suicide Recovery, owner of Robin Chodak Coaching and Grief Healing LLC, Certified Grief, Life, Spiritual Coach, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, International Speaker, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Master NLP Practitioner, Author of 4 books and Creator of Online courses available on Udemy.com.
To learn more about Robin Chodak and her work, please visit: robinchodak.com
— This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
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Healing Souls With Psychedelic Integration
44:02—"One of the pillars of integrating psychedelics is exploring the relationship we have with death. This is a matter of integrating the reality of death—death in general and your death in particular—into your experience of living. Integrating death, as a part of the larger integration of your work with psychedelics, is ultimately a spiritual preparation. “There is no fundamental difference between the preparation for death and the practice of dying,” Stan Grof has wisely said, “and spiritual practice leading to enlightenment.” We believe humanity’s intention in the universe is to embody the experience of understanding, compassion, kindness, peace with the unknown and ultimately unconditional love, and going forth to share it. Enlightenment is what happens when there is nothing left to grasp, nothing left to fear, nothing but love. There may still be questions but there is no grasping for answers. There is awareness. If you open the cracks in awareness there is love.” Valeria interviews Dr. Ryan Westrum — the author of “The Psychedelics Integration Handbook” Ryan Westrum, Ph.D., M.A. works as a psychedelic integration therapist in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and through video conference internationally. His primary focus is working with individuals integrating non-ordinary state experiences for healing and personal transformation. He also is the host of The Psychedelic Psychologist podcast. Ryan frequently works with people who are dealing with addiction, anxiety, depression, mental illness, stress, trauma, and end-of-life care. Ryan is available for speaking engagements on a myriad of topics and leads experiential groups, like dream work therapy and psychedelic integration groups; and develops psychedelic integration plans with people through therapy and coaching. Ryan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Psychology; followed by a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Adler Graduate School. He received his doctoral degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University. Ryan is a registered integration therapist for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He is a practicing therapist in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he lives with his wife two daughters and son. To learn more about Dr. Ryan Westrum and his work, please visit: healingsoulsllc.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
We Are Spirit Beings
51:57— “You were taught how to think, what to think, how to be and act, etc. This programming concealed your real identity. Inevitably, over time, one layer, after another, of your "make-up", in the form of thoughts, concepts and imagination, succeeded in obscuring your true identity. In time, you forgot about your innocent and spontaneous nature; you forgot about your Essence. Becoming aware of the add-ons or superimpositions to one’s original nature is the first step. Undoing and freeing oneself from all the add-ons is the next step. We are not separate individuals, but formless, Spontaneous Presence, all part of the same Essence. The crux of the subject matter is that we are essentially Spirit Beings. We have always existed, and we will always exist. Our identification with the body-form has kept us ignorant, deluding us into thinking that we are unique individuals. We perceive ourselves as different from each other when it is only the body-form and pseudo-identity that differ.” Valeria interviews Ann Shaw — The author of “Who Am I ?” Ann has been fascinated with the ultimate questions of “Who am I?” “Where have I come from?” for as long as she can remember. She spent many periods in solitude and reflection, looking for answers. She practiced meditation, Self-enquiry, contemplation and also attended various solitary retreats. Finding out the meaning of life became the most crucial topic. Driven by a fiery determination and in hot pursuit of answers, Ann immersed herself in a wide variety of spiritual literature from east and west. This included the mystics, teachers and masters of varied traditions, including Ramana Maharshi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Joel Goldsmith, Buddhism, Taoism, Rumi and Sufism, etc. Her interest and passion led her to the academic study of the subjects close to her heart, namely, psychology, theology, mysticism, comparative religion, etc. Armed with intellectual knowledge and graced with several spiritual/mystical experiences, the search continued with a vengeance. The journey had its highs and lows - with long periods “in the desert”, until, at last, further down the illusory road, what she was looking for, found her! The teachings of Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj and his Master, Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, freed Ann from the illusory “I”, thus bringing her search to an end. In 2013-2014, she spent nearly six months in Nashik, India, with her husband, in the presence of Nisargadatta's successor, Shri Ramakant Maharaj, absorbing the teachings and undergoing the various simple, yet, powerful, practices. She had reached her destination! They remained in close contact with Maharaj over the years, while continuing to spread the teachings across the globe and enabling seekers to visit Maharaj in Nashik. Auspiciously, Ann returned to Nashik for a few more months in 2018, to be with her Master. Shri Ramakant Maharaj attained Mahasamadhi in August 31st. Ann is the editor of Selfless Self, (hailed as a spiritual classic), on the teachings of Shri Ramakant Maharaj, which was published in 2015, and has since been translated into six languages. She also edited Maharaj’s books, Be With You, (2016) and Ultimate Truth, (2018). Her book Timeless Years with Shri Ramakant Mahararj 2012 – 2022 by Ann & Charles Shaw was published on March 1st 2022. It is a fascinating story of their time in India with their Master and offers a unique and profound insight into Maharaj’s life and the Guru-disciple or Teacher-student relationship. Who Am I? published on April 11 2022, offers answers to anyone searching for a greater understanding of who we are and why we are here. And not only that, its uplifting, vibrational wisdom enables a true experience of the Self. This self-help book contains practical guidance and techniques on how to know yourself, put an end to suffering and find lasting happiness and peace. Who Am I? is a refreshing read that crosses all barriers. Not limited by any belief system, philosophy, religion, spirituality, or genre, it speaks to us all. As well as continuing to write books, she teaches Naam Mantra meditation, as she was instructed to do, by Shri Ramakant Maharaj To learn more about Ann Shaw and her work, please visit: whoamibook.co.uk and annshaw.space — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
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The Point Of No Return – A Direct Path To Spiritual Awakening
49:57— “Gracien’s soul rode the wave of expansion as a dandelion pappus rides an unfettered wind. Separation dwindled the further he soared to once he came. Suddenly her presence bloomed. In an instant Aya’s ripple merged with his. He guzzled her laugh, inhaled her aura, cradled her gaze, consumed her aroma, and melted within her spirit. The birth of creation, the invention of love. The two tumbled through existence, bathing in a lagoon of immortality. The hum of Source caressed their souls but then the vibration flickered and popped – crackling like the fires of earth. The soul known as Gracien awoke, then remembered. With this remembrance came a new force, a gravity which longed for his return. Plucked from divinity and pulled downwards like a lightning bolt, he thundered back to earth.” – From Dreams of Antiquity Valeria interviews Joe Hehn. He is the author of Dreams of Antiquity: The Awakening and Meditation For Beginners: Learn the Basics of Meditation through a Fun and Concise message! Joe is also a mindset and spiritual mentor and speaker. Through a decade of dedication and determination, studying dozens of belief systems, religions, faiths, and spiritual practices, Joe discovered something revolutionary – the process of transforming one's mind and perspective while making a deep and authentic connection to spirit. Encouraged by his late wife to write a book, Joe began doing so as he continued traveling the world, healing, finding meaning, and learning – all while expanding his understanding of his own mind and spirit. Dreams of Antiquity is the story he was meant to share, an epic tale of one man’s soulful quest, through many incarnations, learning to love again. Joe’s other passion is helping others transform their life by teaching them how to wield the power of their mind and spirit. This is done through a private mentorship as well as his online membership and community. He’s a deeply grateful man who has finally found what he had been looking for all along, self-love and the power to transform his life into something beautiful. Joe is happily committed to his fiancé, Suzanne, and their little boy, Oliver Holden. They’re moving back to Southern California and enjoy their families, community, and blessed lives together. To learn more about Joe Hehn and his work, please visit joe-hehn.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Acceptance: Moving Closer To A Rich And Meaningful Life
43:21— “Experiencing uncomfortable emotions, distressing thoughts, painful sensations, or disturbing events is challenging. This can lead to fighting reality through denial, diversion, and other forms of avoidance that are often slippery and not fully in one's awareness. Perhaps it's that you left that self-help book to collect dust on your bookshelf, or that you are avoiding finding a good therapist. It can be subtle and completely internal, like that sense of confusion during tough moments, almost a "does not compute" feeling . ACT sees avoidance as a key component within most psychological suffering. Acceptance is ACT's alternative to avoidance.” – Dr. Josie Valeria interviews Dr. Josie Valderrama — the author of “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Journal: Prompts and Techniques to Practice Acceptance While Building the Life You Want.” Josie Valderrama is a licensed psychologist and author who is passionate about healing through mind-body integration, consciousness exploration, and celebration of ancestral identity. Her therapy practice focuses on the intersection of BIPOC, queer and alternative sexualities including consensual non-monogamy. Her book, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Journal was released in May of 2022. To learn more about Dr. Josie Valderrama and her work, please visit: drjosievalderrama.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Nia: The Movement Of Self-Healing & Joy
30:52— The hottest new trend in mind-body wellness, Nia—which stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action—is the most advanced form of fusion fitness, blending martial arts, healing arts, dance, and spiritual self-healing to create a high-powered, synergistic workout that no isolated exercise technique can match. Created by fitness pioneers Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas, Nia presents an entirely new philosophy of exercise—one that will not only keep you in fantastic shape, but will also help you rediscover the joy of movement and being at home in your body. The Nia Technique promotes strength and muscle definition without the use of weights, and its freeing, dance-like regimen provides a medium for self-healing. You’ll tighten, tone, lengthen, strengthen, and lose pounds and inches—and have fun doing it! You’ll learn to follow “the body’s way”—a breakthrough fitness concept that teaches you to move in the way that most benefits your individual body; and you’ll learn to use visualizations and vocalizations that enhance the benefits of each workout. The overall regimen is phenomenally effective because its holistic approach unites the body and the mind and creates an exhilarating path that anyone can follow toward a healthy, fit physique, lasting weight loss, and an unlimited sense of your fitness potential. Valeria interviews Debbie Rosas — the author of “ The Nia Technique: The High-Powered Energizing Workout that Gives You a New Body and a New Life.” Debbie is the founder and co-creator of the Nia® Technique. Dedicated lifelong to self-healing and self-mastery, Debbie has been a pioneer in the body-mind fitness industry since 1976. Credited with establishing the mind-body fitness category, she is a leading fitness innovator, teacher, author, choreographer, performer, healer and artist whose work greatly influences the lives of thousands worldwide. After nearly 40 years, Debbie continues to offer classes, workshops and training online and in-person around the world. To learn more about Debbie Rosas and her work, please visit: nianow.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Exploring And Understanding Personality Parts
1:10:37— Want To Understand Differences With Partners, Family, Friends & Colleagues? Try A Compelling New Perspective On Personality Psychology — Many common models of human personality assume that we each have a single unitary personality; Personality Parts™ is grounded in our everyday experience of subtly different but recognizable sub-personalities or Parts which each of us express across everyday situations. We may recognize these Parts through internal exchanges or conflicts (e.g. part of me wants this, part of me wants that) or through our experience of family members and others we know very well (oh, they're being like THAT again!). We find ourselves frequently in the grip or flow of these parts, acting out distinctly different characters on auto-pilot, in response to people and environments. The model is grounded in a range of existing theories, uniting and expanding them from an exciting new perspective. Influences include Jungian Psychological Type, Jungian Analyst Dr John Beebe, TA (Transactional Analysis), Transpersonal Psychologist Prof. John Rowan, modern consciousness research and more. Building on the groundbreaking work of Dr John Beebe from the last 30 years it is now possible to map a predictable set of Parts that are most noticeable in people of specific personality Types. Personality Parts™ introduces a full spectrum of 64 Parts, which are potential ways for each of us to develop our minds. Valeria interviews Richard Owen MSc. He is an organizational psychologist and coach working with relationships and careers. He specializes in theories of personality, especially those based on C.G Jung's psychological types, and the work of Jungian analyst Dr John Beebe in that area. Richard is certified in a wide range of type and trait psychometric tools and is integrating many perspectives into his Personality Parts™ approach. This is a way to explore and understand the distinct aspects of an individual that appear in different situations and interactions. To learn more about Richard Owen and his work, please visit personalityparts.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Loss And Grief — Love And Light
48:07— “One’s life consists of many cycles and journeys, each of which may be accompanied by some suffering—physical, psychological, or spiritual. Each cycle will likely involve the lives of many others as well, like loved ones, who are essential and influential in our own life.” Valeria interviews Kyomi O’Connor — the author of “ A Sky of Infinite Blue: A Japanese Immigrant's Search for Home and Self.” Kyomi O’Connor is the author of the forthcoming memoir A Sky of Infinite Blue: A Japanese Immigrant's Search for Home and Self published in September 2022. In actively working to address her past emotional abuse, she moved to the States in 1990 to work as a researcher. There she met her husband-to-be, Patrick, an English researcher with Irish heritage. Her life journey led to a career change when the couple moved to San Diego for his job, and when together they entered into Buddhist practice. As Patrick became ill in 2013, Kyomi took care of him for three years until his death. Writing her memoir has been part of her journey to find the wholeness of herself. To learn more about Kyomi O’Connor and her work, please visit: kyomioconnor.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Hypnotherapy Helps You Drink Less And Live More
43:16— Many people who find Georgia’s website are searching for ‘Hypnotherapy for Alcohol Abuse‘, or How Do I Stop Drinking Alcohol?’ and ‘How to give up alcohol.’ They may have the belief that quitting is the only way forward... UNTIL NOW! You may feel you need to stop because you don’t trust yourself because of your history of drinking. However, Georgia can assure you that you have incredible resources within that can kickstart you into a painless, simple Drink Less journey. This is why her Ahead of the Game program sells all over the world. It’s the middle ground of drinking, where you discover how to drink less alcohol without the long winded, expensive and old-fashioned methods that just don't work. You may worry that you can’t be that person, but tens of thousands of people around the world - just like you have turbo charged their confidence in their ability to drink less with this straight forward, no-nonsense alcohol reduction roadmap. Georgia knows you can experience these spectacular results even if you don’t believe it right now and remember this method is scientifically proven to work. Valeria interviews Georgia Foster — she is a Clinical Hypnotherapist & Voice Dialogue Trainer. Georgia qualified with distinction at The London College of Clinical Hypnosis in 1996. She also is trained in Voice Dialogue with the founders Hal & Sidra Stone, California 1994. She then went on to become one of the college’s senior lecturers before venturing out on her own to build her on-line products while running her busy London Clinic. Georgia specializes is in alcohol reduction, emotional over-eating, self-esteem, anxiety and fertility issues. Her unique and highly successful approach has helped tens of thousands of people learn how to feel better emotionally and physically. Georgia has published several books, including: The Weight Less Mind The Drink Less Mind Drink Less in 7 Days The 4 Secrets of Amazing Sex The Stress Less Mind The Fertile Mind Her on-line programs are: 7 Days To Drink Less, Believing In You, Emotional Resilience Training, The Weight Less Mind and more. Georgia now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her partner Ian and triplet boys Ollie, Finn and Hugh. Georgia has been featured regularly in the media in Britain and Australia including Sky News, GMTV, The Morning Show, 3AW, 2GB, Psychologies Magazine, Good Housekeeping, just to name a few. Georgia speaks regularly at conferences and networking events, as well as her own seminars in Australia, USA and the UK about the power of the mind and how negative thinking is a habit we can unlearn. To learn more about Georgia Foster and her work, please visit: georgiafoster.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Spiritual Wisdom Carries Power
19:15— “The understanding of what really is, abolishes all that seems to be.” As we grow in spiritual wisdom, we become naturally astute in our conversations. We do not provoke other people's anger and ridicule by saying truths that ignorant minds are incapable of understanding and may react aggressively towards to protect their untruthful life force. We develop an intuitive sense of what to say and when. Wise individuals often say very little but what they say tends to hit the mark. Such remarks can remain in the recipient's mind for a long time, possibly, a lifetime. Wisdom carries power. While we are learning to recognize spiritual reality, we are also learning to understand the complexities of regular human interaction. We are learning about the meaning and purpose of our interactional problems. Interactional problems are our lessons.” – Writes Donna Valeria interviews Donna Goddard — the author of “Love and Devotion Book Series and The Creative Spirit Book Series.” Donna Goddard is an author and shares her love for the Divine and the world with a large international audience. She lives in Melbourne, Australia. To learn more about Donna Goddard and her work, please visit: donnagoddard.com/ and linktr.ee/donnagoddard — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Self-Compassion Starts With You — Where You Are!
45:03— Treating yourself with kindness can be life-changing—and journaling can help you get there. Learn to let go of negativity and improve your self-image. Build the skills you need for managing self-criticism and practicing self-compassion so you can increase happiness and let go of anxiety. Clarity helps us find focus and direction so we can take steps toward what we want for our lives. Alison’s work is designed to empower you to get clarity on where you are and where you'd like to be. Growing in self-compassion starts with seeing things as they are. Before making the changes important for healing, it's essential we get real about what's holding us back and no longer working. When you unload the weight you've been carrying, you make room for compassion. It's freeing to create a future beyond the places we've been limiting ourselves. What we can imagine—what could be—is where new possibilities open and we come alive. Our dreams, visions, goals, and commitments give us direction and purpose. They inspire us into action and guide us back on our path when we inevitably get off track along the way. — Alison Valeria Teles interviews Alison McKleroy — the author of “The Self-Compassion Journal: Prompts and Practices to Inspire Kindness in Your Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions.” Alison is also a speaker, cognitive-behavioral therapist, artist, teacher. She is the founder of Center for Spark, a personal growth company committed to radiant well-being. Alison is passionate about empowering and inspiring people to come alive, live their brightest visions, and light up the world with love and joy. Drawing from more than 15 years of clinical experience and training, Alison is wild about sharing wisdom and tools. She has helped thousands of people transform their lives through her books, courses, workshops, and retreats. Alison's work has been featured in major media outlets, including VeryWellMind, PyschCentral, and Medical News Today. To learn more about Alison McKleroy and her work, please visit: alisonmckleroy.com and centerforspark.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.