TC342: Cafe Book Club – The Book of Joy: Part 1

TC342: Cafe Book Club – The Book of Joy: Part 1

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost begin their review of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. 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. The Four Independent Brain Circuits In this week’s show, Robin mentions the “four independent brain circuits that influence our well-being. According to Davidson: “There are four independent brain circuits...

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TC341: TRY – Trauma Recovery Yoga – Interview with the Founders

TC341: TRY – Trauma Recovery Yoga – Interview with the Founders

This week host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost welcome Joyce Sportsman and Darwin Bosen, co-founders of Trauma Recovery Yoga. Established in 2016, TRY is a team of trauma-informed yoga teachers who are dispatched to service individuals who have experienced trauma or are living in crisis. Trauma informed yoga incorporates a series of meditation, strengthening postures, and breathing which magnify the mind-body-spirit connection after the experience of trauma. The effects of trauma Trauma is emotional shock that follows a deeply distressing or disturbing incident such as: war, crime, accident, assault, or natural disaster. While shock and denial tend to immediately follow a traumatic event, its long-term effects can include: unpredictable emotions,...

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TC 253: The Power of Intention

TC 253: The Power of Intention

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe, host Robin Masiewicz and regulars Gloria and Jamie discuss two important topics: The Power of Intention, and Angel Appreciation. With the devastating earthquake in Nepal and unrest in many other parts of the world, we wanted to discuss ways that we can help by sending out prayers and positive intentions. Donate to Earthquake Relief for Nepal If you’d like to donate to earthquake relief for Nepal, we suggest you go to Charity Navigator and select the type of aid to which you want to contribute. This will ensure that the charity you select is experienced and is actually on-site where aid is needed. You can review a charity’s data before you make a choice. This will prevent you from sending money to some...

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TC 237: Awake: The Life of Yogananda

TC 237: Awake: The Life of Yogananda

In this episode Robin and regulars Jamie and Gloria discuss the biographical movie “Awake: The Life of Yogananda“.  Paramahansa (a title of honor meaning “Supreme Swan”) Yogananda (signifying bliss, ananda, through divine union, yoga) was instrumental in introducing Yoga and meditation in the U.S. The young swami arrived in Boston in September 1920. His first speech, made to the International Congress of Religious Liberals, was on “The Science of Religion,” and was enthusiastically received. That same year he founded Self-Realization Fellowship to disseminate worldwide his teachings on India’s ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. Yogananda emphasized the underlying unity of the world’s great...

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TC 224: Meditation as a Way of Life: Interview with Alan Pritz

TC 224: Meditation as a Way of Life: Interview with Alan Pritz

In this special episode of the Transformation Cafe, host Robin Masiewicz welcomes Rev. Alan Pritz as her guest. Alan is an interfaith minister, meditation teacher, and spiritual disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. He is the author of Meditation as a Way of Life: Philosophy and Practice, a wonderful guidebook to meditation and spiritual practice that was just released this month. According to the book’s preface Meditation as a Way of Life “renders my acquired knowledge in a down-to-earth way to help people create a lifestyle grounded in spiritual disciplines and a meditative practice that is effective regardless of religious affiliation and is applicable to all faiths”. He is also the author of Pocket Guide to Meditation. Alan has been teaching...

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TC 213: Cultivating Conscious Awareness – Interview with Marvine Lindberg

TC 213: Cultivating Conscious Awareness – Interview with Marvine Lindberg

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast  we’re joined by guest Marvine Lindberg – inspirational consultant and friend of the program – to discuss her thoughts on cultivating conscious awareness, a powerful tool for transcending unconscious patterns. In the second segment Robin provides some tips on how to begin cultivating your own conscious awareness, starting with some simple meditation practices. Conscious awareness and other mindfulness practices are great tools for transforming your life for the better. Corporations and health care providers now recognize that providing meditation and other mindfulness courses for their employees reduces absenteeism and improves their employee’s overall health. Even the US military...

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