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Writing as Spiritual Practice: Denise Davis on Creating an “Isle of Peace”

Denise Davis taught writing for decades and is deeply committed to the spiritual journey and to journaling as a particular avenue of spiritual practice. In this conversation, Denise describes journaling as a chance to create what Howard Thurman called an Isle of Peace, where it’s safe to reflect on our experience, cultivate compassion for others, and seek the imprint of the divine in our lives.

RESOURCES:

Donate to support the Earth & Spirit Center and this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/

Visit the Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/

Learn more about Denise’s Earth & Spirit Center course, “Journaling as a Spiritual Practice” (begins March 4, 2024): https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/class/journaling-as-a-spiritual-practice/

Everyone is Unshakably Good: Stephanie Barnett on Compassion, Belonging, and Belovedness

Stephanie Barnett is a healthcare consultant, spiritual director, and nonprofit leader who understands her work as accompanying those on the margins, including young mothers who are in active recovery from substance abuse. In this conversation, Stephanie shares how compassion is the spiritual thread woven throughout all her work, knitting together communities of kinship and belonging, where all can know their own worth and belovedness.

RESOURCES:

Donate to support the Earth & Spirit Center and this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/

Visit the Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/

Stephanie’s nonprofit, iAccompany/ChooseWell Communities: https://www.choose-well.org/

Homeboy Industries: https://homeboyindustries.org/

Matthew Fox on Creation Spirituality and Original Blessing – From the Archive

Matthew Fox is an author, theologian, and activist Episcopal priest whose radical interfaith work attempts to reawaken us to the sacredness of the created world. In this conversation, originally released in October 2022, Matthew reflects on how creation-centered spirituality, and the marriage of the divine feminine and sacred masculine, can help us respond with hope to the troubles of our apocalyptic times. 

RESOURCES:

Earth & Spirit Center website: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/

Donate to support this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/

Websites related to Matthew’s work:

http://www.matthewfox.org

http://www.thecosmicmass.com

http://www.orderofthesacredearth.org

http://www.dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org

 

Andy Loving on Spirituality, Money, and Socially Responsible Investing

Andy Loving is the founder of Just Money Advisors, a financial advising firm that specializes in working with clients who have strong interests in socially responsible and ecologically sustainable investing. This conversation delves into the complicated role that money plays in our lives and how spiritual values can inspire us to use money and investing as tools for bringing about the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible.

RESOURCES AND LINKS:

Donate to support the Earth & Spirit Center and this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/

Visit the Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/

Just Money Advisors Inc.: https://www.justmoneyadvisors.com/

Hope Credit Union: https://hopecu.org/

Faith and Money Network: https://faithandmoneynetwork.org/

Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC: https://inwardoutward.org/

Koinonia Farm: https://www.koinoniafarm.org/

Dr. Patricia Gianotti on Spiritual Integration

Dr. Patricia Gianotti is the Academic Director of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy at Loyola University Chicago. As a clinician in private practice, she works with clients around issues related to trauma, shame, and narcissism. She’s also the founder of the Center for Spiritual Integration, an organization dedicated to the integration of spiritual and psychological aspects of the human psyche. This conversation explores what spiritual integration means in the context of human resilience, authenticity, purpose, building community, and other themes of living and aging well. 

RESOURCES AND LINKS:

Donate to support the Earth & Spirit Center and this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/

Visit the Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/

Patricia’s website: http://www.patriciagianotti.com

The Center for Spiritual Integration: https://www.patriciagianotti.com/spiritual-integration

Patricia’s consultation and coaching practice: http://www.thewoodlandgroupllc.com

Patricia’s latest book: Embracing Therapeutic Complexity: A Guidebook to Integrating the Essentials of Psychodynamic Principles Across Therapeutic Disciplines.

Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy at Loyola University Chicago: https://www.luc-iap.com/

Stepping Lightly, Keeping Focus, and Finding Gratitude, Part 2: Di Anne and Tom Kerrigan on Bringing Mindfulness to the Masses

After successful careers in business, Di Anne and Tom Kerrigan have become deeply involved in sharing mindfulness with those who need its practical benefits but may have barriers to access. This episode is the second half of a conversation with them about the democratization of mindfulness and the role mindfulness and compassion can play not only in improving the lives of individuals but also in changing the systems that perpetuate inequity.

RESOURCES:

Please donate to help cover the costs of this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/

Learn more about the nonprofit Earth & Spirit Center: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/

Earth & Spirit Center’s Mindfulness Mentors program, bringing free mindfulness instruction to those with barriers to access: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/learn-to-meditate/mindfulness-mentors/

Register for our free Listen, Learn, Act Meet and Greet event, December 7, 2023, 6 – 7:30 EST: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/class/meet-and-greet/

Stepping Lightly, Keeping Focus, and Finding Gratitude, Part 1: Di Anne and Tom Kerrigan on Bringing Mindfulness to the Masses

Di Anne and Tom Kerrigan are an entrepreneurial couple who sold their successful business and then devoted their considerable energy and talents to sharing mindfulness with underserved community members, in collaboration with the Earth & Spirit Center. In this first of a two-part conversation, Di and Tom reflect on the difference mindfulness can make in the lives of people who face extraordinary challenges.

RESOURCES:

Please donate to help cover the costs of this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/

Learn more about the nonprofit Earth & Spirit Center: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/

Earth & Spirit Center’s Mindfulness Mentors program, bringing free mindfulness instruction to those with barriers to access: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/learn-to-meditate/mindfulness-mentors/

Jim Wayne on Kindness and Care in Politics, Mental Healthcare, and Leadership

Jim Wayne is a psychotherapist, business owner, a novelist, and for almost three decades until 2019, an elected representative in the Kentucky House. He’s been a tireless advocate for tax reforms, concern for the poor, and mental health care concerns. He’s also a person for whom prayer, meditation, and religious belonging have played an important role in the person he is, the commitments he holds, and how he does his work. In this conversation, Jim reflects on how his faith and contemplative practice are woven into a life lived in service to others.

RESOURCES:

Donate to support this podcast: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/donate/

Earth & Spirit Center: https://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/

Institute for Applied Mindfulness: http://www.instituteforappliedmindfulness.org/

Wayne Corporation: https://www.waynecorp.com/

Jim’s novel, The Unfinished Man: https://www.amazon.com/Unfinished-Man-Jim-Wayne/dp/0996012001