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Body AS Soul

Historically the body has been blamed for all of man’s errors, his so-called “sins,” and his weaknesses. It makes him sick and it eventually dies. It’s rather like a ball and chain we drag around with us. And the soul is a distant relative, living so far away in heaven that we can’t get to it until we die. And whether we still believe those things or not they are still rolling around in the unconscious as archetypal memory. So, here’s the $64,000 question: Why did we come here in a body if all it is is an encumbrance which we eventually dump in favor of heaven or the next incarnation? Is it the slave of the mind, pushed and cajoled and even whipped into shape? Is it like a devil, meant to tempt us with all manner of intemperance? What’s the point? Well today we are going to delve into these mysteries, with a little humor, and a lot of wisdom. If you are having trouble connecting the dots between body and soul, don’t miss this episode.

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East to West

Before Eastern, particularly Indian philosophical and religious concepts were popularized in the West, there were not many allowable options for how a person might recognize the connection between mind and body, or how one might meditate and get in touch with deeper aspects of self. But even though the real explosion of the popularity of Vedic concepts occurred in the 1960’s people like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman were way ahead of the game as they subscribed to some of these concepts. Today, we want to learn more about this shift in consciousness, and Philip Goldberg, author American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, is going to tell us all about it. This shift has enlarged our understanding of mind and body and is still dramatically changing how we see ourselves. This show is going to open our consciousness yet further as we explore the slow steady move from East to West.

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Special Encore Episode with Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Christiane Northrup is recognized both nationally and internationally as the veritable guru of women’s health. A visionary pioneer who recognizes the connection between mind, body and spirit, she has brought that connection to the world of medicine in a way that no one else has yet been able to do. She is an OB/GYN physician and author of two New York Times bestselling books, “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” and “The Wisdom of Menopause.” Her third book, “Mother-Daughter Wisdom,” was a 2005 Quill Award nominee and voted Amazon’s #1 book of the year in both parenting and mind-body health. She has hosted seven highly successful television specials and her own radio show, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The View, and several other prominent shows. We are honored to get the opportunity to talk with her today about her newly revised edition of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing.”

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Transforming Worry

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America estimates that more than 4 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 54 suffer from chronic anxiety. And according to London’s “The Independent,” in an 11 year period between 1993 and 2002, prescriptions for antidepressants rose by over 15 million. Further, we know that stress caused by worry contributes if not causes many of our known medical issues, including hypertension, heart attacks, diabetes, ulcers, headaches and strokes—and that’s not all. It also increases the body’s retention of the hormone cortisol which increases fat storage in the abdominal area. Yet, we can’t seem to stop worrying. Well, our guest today comes to tell us that there is a solution and her plan to Transform Worry into Inner Calm, provided in both of her books, Calm and The Keys, gives us a four-step process to stop worry in its tracks and bring excitement, passion and personal empowerment back into life. Do you worry? This show has your name all over it.

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Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés and The Joyous Body

We are so happy to have Dr. E back again to the Authentic Living show to talk to us about her third part in the Sounds True online event series, The Dangerous Old Women, entitled The Joyous Body. We do tend to either focus wholly on the body as image, or leave it out entirely from our conscious experience until it acts up. And we rarely if ever think of the body as a repository of joy. It’s a work horse to be whipped into shape, or it’s just a ball and chain we carry around that sometimes gets us into trouble. But what if the body were incrementally tied into the soul? If that were true, wouldn’t we want to do more with it than just keep it enslaved to the ego? If you don’t quite know what to do with this material essence of who you are, this show is for you. Or, if you struggle with body issues of any kind—this show is for you too. Come learn from one of the world’s most profound keepers of wisdom what gifts your body has to give to you.

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Matter Matters

Though it has been maligned over centuries of thought as either “flesh,” the source of all evil, idiot, unnecessary or just objective biology—the body is actually the physical organ of the soul. There is no division between matter and soul—though we have lived entire lifetimes, have planned our politics, our religions and our families around the notion that there is. The body is a wonderful instrument of synchronicity, which constantly informs us of the soul’s intentions—IF we are listening. And even when we don’t listen, the soul still has the capacity to speak through the body—through illness. We are being given constant guidance and love through the interwoven, interactive and holistic messaging system of the body/soul. Don’t miss this opportunity to complete the circle of peace in your own life.

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Staying Present

Staying present is one of the hardest things we must learn to do if we are to integrate body, mind and soul. As David Ord, our guest for today puts it, “A lot of us have moments when we are present, but we can’t sustain it throughout our workday and time with our family. We either drift into thought or we become emotionally reactive to something that upsets us.” Sustaining that presence is what Michael Brown’s book The Presence Process is all about. And David is coming today to talk to us about that process, since Michael cannot be here. David is Michael’s editor as the Editorial Director of Namaste Publishing Company and an author in his own right. Both from his own work and from the work of editing Michael’s work, he can speak very clearly to the process of integration that occurs as a result of this presence process. If you have difficulty staying present—tune in—you’ll be glad you did.

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Special Encore Presentation: Dr. Christiane Northrup on Women’s Bodies and Wisdom

Dr. Christiane Northrup is recognized both nationally and internationally as the veritable guru of women’s health. A visionary pioneer who recognizes the connection between mind, body and spirit, she has brought that connection to the world of medicine in a way that no one else has yet been able to do. She is an OB/GYN physician and author of two New York Times bestselling books, “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” and “The Wisdom of Menopause.” Her third book, “Mother-Daughter Wisdom,” was a 2005 Quill Award nominee and voted Amazon’s #1 book of the year in both parenting and mind-body health in 2005. She has hosted seven highly successful television specials and her own radio show, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The View, and several other prominent shows. We are honored to get the opportunity to talk with her today about her newly revised edition of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing.”

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Sara Maria on Body Image

How did we come to this place in our collective psychology in which we value image more than authenticity? What do we fear our bodies can do to us—in terms of our social value? Are other people’s images of us so very important that we will kill ourselves to maintain a higher image in their eyes? How did they get to be more important than we are? Our guest today has lived through and overcome her own body image issues and now lives a happy and fulfilling life. In her book, “Love Your Body, Love Your Life, Sarah Maria outlines a five-step process designed to help people break free from Negative Body Obsession and discover the beauty that they already have inside of them. From there, they can learn to create the life and the body they want. Don’t miss this important opportunity to learn how to put an end to body image issues.

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Dr. Christiane Northrup on Women’s Bodies and Wisdom

Dr. Christiane Northrup is recognized both nationally and internationally as the veritable guru of women’s health. A visionary pioneer who recognizes the connection between mind, body and spirit, she has brought that connection to the world of medicine in a way that no one else has yet been able to do. She is an OB/GYN physician and author of two New York Times bestselling books, “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” and “The Wisdom of Menopause.” Her third book, “Mother-Daughter Wisdom,” was a 2005 Quill Award nominee and voted Amazon’s #1 book of the year in both parenting and mind-body health in 2005. She has hosted seven highly successful television specials and her own radio show, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The View, and several other prominent shows. We are honored to get the opportunity to talk with her today about her newly revised edition of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing.”