TC340: The Book of Joy – Our Next Cafe Book Club Selection

TC340: The Book of Joy – Our Next Cafe Book Club Selection

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost discuss the next selection in our Cafe Book Club: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abbrams. The book explores how to live a more joyous life and is broken down into the “Eight Pillars”: Perspectives, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, and Generosity. This is one of a hundred or so (!) books  that the Dalai Lama has authored or lent his name to, and the first one with Archbishop Tutu. “Happy, not only just on the physical level, but mentally.  Peace. Compassion. That’s the real joy.” – Dalai Lama   The video below appeared on CBS Sunday Morning...

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TC 339: Forgotten Not Gone – Helping to Heal Veterans

TC 339: Forgotten Not Gone – Helping to Heal Veterans

In this week’s podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost talk with Kelley Guidry, co-founder of Forgotten Not Gone, a Las Vegas-based organization that provides much needed help to veterans suffering from depression, isolation, and other emotional and physical issues. The Mission Of Forgotten Not Gone The mission of Forgotten Not Gone is to get suffering veterans physically active and interacting with society. They are a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families through emotional, physical, and spiritual activities. Veterans are encouraged to re-engage with society instead of living in isolation. Too many veterans go within, shutting off the outside world until it is too late. According to Veterans Administration...

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TC338 – K9s for Warriors – Interview with Randy Dexter and Captain

TC338 – K9s for Warriors – Interview with Randy Dexter and Captain

This week we have a very special guest on our program. Randy Dexter served in the US Army as a combat medic. He deployed to Iraq twice. As a result of the trauma that he dealt with there, he developed severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder, traumatic brain injury, migraines, and other issues. He spent over a year in the Naval Hospital as a result of his injuries. He was on the brink of suicide. Randy told his doctor at the Naval Hospital about his suicidal thoughts. His doctor suggested he enroll in a program called “K9 Inspired Community Reintegration”. It is partnered with a non-profit organization in San Diego called “Paws’itive Teams“. The organization shows veterans what it would be like to have...

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TC337: Growing Forward-Nutrition with Catie Fitzgerald

TC337: Growing Forward-Nutrition with Catie Fitzgerald

In this podcast we wrap up our discussion of Codependent No More by Melody Beattie, and welcome back our nutritional guru Catie Fitzgerald to talk about food and how it relates to codependency. Catie also describes her new program for 2017. Chapter 20 – Learning to Live and Love Again At the Same Time This chapter reviews summarizes the main concepts from the book. “At least I don’t run around actively seeking my own demise anymore”. – Anonymous Alanon Member Getting started: In a nutshell, she uses the HOW method: H – Honesty – get honest O – Openness – keep an open mind W – Willingness – become willing to try new things We need to learn to really see ourselves and our motives. Melodie says to...

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TC336: Cafe Book Club – Codependent No More – Ch 15 – 19

TC336: Cafe Book Club – Codependent No More – Ch 15 – 19

In this week’s Cafe Book Club, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost discuss chapters 15 – 19 of Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself and the companion Codependent No More Workbook by Melody Beattie. Chapter 15 – “Yes You Can Think” In codependence, many of us don’t trust our minds. We truly understand the horror of indecision. The small choices such as what to order at a restaurant or what bottle of bleach to purchase paralyzes us. Big choices like what to do with our lives or who to live with or how to solve our problems can be overwhelming. We must think, figure things out, decide what we need and want and decide how to solve our own problems. Our ability to think may be...

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TC335 – Transformation Cafe – Best of 2016

TC335 – Transformation Cafe – Best of 2016

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost take a look back at 2016. Below is a list of the programs that you may want to listen to again or review if you missed them the first time. We did about fifty shows in 2016; here are some of our favorites. Setting Your Intention TC 283 – Letters To My Future Self – In this episode we talked about writing a letter to yourself in the future, inspired by the “Letters To My Future Self” diary. It contains writing prompts such as “where do I want to go”, “all the things I’d like to try someday”, “I promise myself to”, “I never want to forget this”, and other topics for self-reflection. You date the letter to be opened at whatever...

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TC 334: Cafe Book Club – Codependent No More – Self-Care part 2

TC 334: Cafe Book Club – Codependent No More – Self-Care part 2

In this week’s Cafe Book Club, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost discuss chapters 10 -14 of  Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself and the companion Codependent No More Workbook by Melody Beattie. This is the second part on the Basics of Self Care. Chapter 10 – Live Your Own Life Melody says in Chapter 10: “The surest way to make ourselves crazy is to get involved in other people’s business, and the quickest way to become sane and happy is to tend to our own affairs.” Giving ourselves what we need is not difficult. I believe we can learn quickly. The formula is simple: In any given situation, detach and ask, “What do I need to do to take care of myself?” Activity As you...

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