TC 301- The Transformational Journey: Interview with Mark Nepo

TC 301- The Transformational Journey: Interview with Mark Nepo

Welcome to a very special edition of the Transformation Cafe podcast. We are pleased to present Robin’s interview with Mark Nepo – best-selling author, poet, teacher, and philosopher. This episode was recorded at a special retreat that Mark held at Pine Manor Resort in Lake Elsinore, California. In this interview Mark talks about his transformational journey, how being a cancer survivor has influenced his writing and his life, and shares stories from his most recently published book called Inside the Miracle. He very graciously tells some of the stories he shared with the group at the retreat. About Mark Nepo: Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 35 years. A New York Times #1 bestselling...

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TC 281: Character and Resilience

TC 281: Character and Resilience

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe Podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and Cafe regular Gloria talk about New York Times columnist David Brooks’ book “The Road to Character“, and the character trait of resilience. According to Cornell psychologist and therapist Greg Eells, Ph. D, resilience can be defined as: Positive outcomes despite high-risk status Competence in the face of stress Adapting to trauma Using challenges for growth to make future hardships more manageable Below are 10 Tips to Boost Resilience from A Simple Guide to Teaching Resilience: In the video below, David Brooks discusses the key ideas from “The Road to Character”. Below are some quotes that illustrate the concept of resilience: If your heart is broken, make...

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TC 279: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Trust

TC 279: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Trust

This week Robin Masiewicz and her guests Amy Frost and Dr. Nancy Kymn discuss Trust,  part 5 of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Key concepts from this section: The creative individual may love their craft, whether it is art, writing, dance, or any other occupation, but there is actually a reciprocal relationship, that is your craft “loves you back”. It came to you, didn’t it? It asked for your attention and devotion. Why wouldn’t it love you? Approach your work from a place of “stubborn gladness”. Inspiration is always trying to work with you, so you need to trust it and work too. Producing legitimate meaningful work doesn’t require suffering. Adopting the  “Trickster” mind-set versus the “Martyr”...

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TC 278: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Persistence

TC 278: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Persistence

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week Robin, Amy, Michelle, and Gloria discuss the section on Persistence.   This is the longest section so far, which may be telling as to how important persistence is in achieving the “creative life” that we’re seeking. Sometimes it all boils down to just showing up each day, every day. Key concept People must be persistent when it comes to creativity in the face of all odds, including negative criticism that they may encounter.  When a person is persistent in spite of the odds, that is when the real work is being done. Persistence is a crucial part of the creative process. “On bad days, when I felt no inspiration at all, I...

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TC 277: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Permission

TC 277: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Permission

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week we’re talking about Permission. In Big Magic, Gilbert writes: “Defending yourself as a creative person begins by defining yourself. It begins when you declare your intent. Stand up tall and say it aloud, whatever it is.” Key concept from this section: You don’t need permission to be creative; it is an instinctual part of being human. If anything, people should embrace their creative entitlement. And if you’re not an “artist” you still don’t need permission to live a creative life, no matter what type of work you do. You can be a creative engineer, a creative nurse, farmer, or any other occupation. It’s not...

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TC 274: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

TC 274: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe, Robin and her guests discuss the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, and announce our new Cafe Book Club! Let’s get creative! Announcing the Cafe Book Club The Cafe Book Club is a live on-air discussion starting Tuesday, October 27 at 8 PM PST. To participate in the live discussion through BlogTalkRadio, call (646) 727-3206, or visit online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/transformationcafe.  In addition to the live on-air discussion, we’re introducing a new Discussion Forum where you can post your thoughts, ask questions, and interact with other readers. We want to encourage lively conversation, so please take a moment to go to Transformation-Cafe.com and sign up. You can use...

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