The Creative Force Inside: The Story of Activist Poet Arminé Iknadossian

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Poet, writer, teacher and badass woman and warrior Arminé Iknadossian talks about her journey: from fleeing the civil war in Beruit as a child, to finding her voice and her confidence in the spoken word. Together Arminé and Susan discuss the universality of poetry and how it serves to bring to light the stories we need to hear. 


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Arminé Iknadossian

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Arminé Iknadossian immigrated to the United States in 1974 to escape the civil war. She is the author of All That Wasted Fruit (Main Street Rag Press), a collection of poems about the sacred feminine. Iknadossian earned an MFA from Antioch University where she was awarded a fellowship from Summer Poetry in Idyllwild. After teaching English for 20 years, Iknadossian wrote United States of Love & Other Poems (2015). During her tenure as a teacher, The Los Angeles Writing Project awarded Iknadossian a fellowship for their summer residency. In 2017, Red Hen Press selected her to be Writer in the Schools. Iknadossian is also a founding fellow of Anaphora Writing Residency at Otis College of Art and Design.

Find out more at armineiknadossian.com.

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Falling in Love with Love with Dr. Brenda Shoshanna

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Dr. Barbara Shoshanna is a psychologist, author, speaker, and zen buddhist who weaves the philosophies of both East and West into her practice. In this episode she discusses zen and the practices that relate to falling in love and being in love - with a partner but also with all of life!


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Dr. Brenda Shoshanna

Brenda Shoshanna, Ph.d. is a psychologist, author, speaker, long time practitioner of Zen and a workshop leader. She focuses upon integrating East and Western psychology, philosophy , and practice and and making them real in our everyday lives.  Her work is dedicated to opening your mind, lifting your spirit and making every day worthwhile. Brenda offers a weekly podcast, Zen Wisdom for Your Everyday Life, articles and is working on a new book, Zen Play, (Instructions for Becoming Fully Alive)..One of her other books include Zen and the Art of Falling in Love.

Find out more on her websites!  

www.zenwisdomtoday.com

 www.brendashoshanna.com

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Love, Loss and Rising Up: The "Fierce Fragility" of Michelle Bitting

In this week's new episode, Susan talks to Michelle Bitting - a poet with a mission! Together they discuss poetry, process, the crisis our culture is in, and from whence her art comes and how it gets on the page.


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Michelle Bitting

A fourth generation Angeleno, Michelle grew up in Los Angeles near the ocean. She studied theatre, wrote poems, danced, played music as an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley and went on to study Meisner acting and perform as a modern dancer, including a two year workshop and filming stint with Twyla Tharp for the James L. Brooks movie, I'll Do Anything. Formerly a line cook, chef, outreach worker and pre-school assistant, in 2001, she returned to creative writing and since then has taught poetry in the U.C.L.A. Extension Writer’s Program, led master classes and lectures at universities, high schools, and literary centers across California and beyond, including dozens of hours at Twin Towers prison, DTLA, and for ten years has been an active California Poet in the Schools, reaching over 500 student poets per year. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University, Oregon, an MA in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, and in the summer of 2018, completed a PhD in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Michelle is the Poet Laureate of Pacific Palisades and has won multiple grants from the Optimists Club and Poets & Writers Magazine for her teaching work in Los Angeles. A mother of two, she is married to the actor, Phil Abrams.

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Visit Michelle’s website for more information!

Gathering Wisdom, Living in Wonder and Learning through Transformation: Cultivating a Contemplative Life with Mirabai Starr

Susan talks with author, poet and grief counselor Mirabai Starr, who uses poetic and passionate language to make the timeless wisdom of the mystics accessible to us in our modern day life.

Together they discuss inter-spirituality, the gathering of wisdom, the transformation of loss and more!


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Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of the mystics, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich. She is the award-winning author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and IslamCaravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, and Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols.  Her latest book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, is forthcoming Spring 2019. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

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Visit Mirabai’s website for more information,

or connect with her on

Facebook, Instagram, or on Twitter @MirabaiStarr!

Check out her latest book: Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics here!

Find Your Own Story: Dr. Claudia Luiz on the New Psychoanalysis

Susan talks with psychoanalyst Dr. Claudia Luiz about finding our own stories through therapy. She believes the core and effectiveness of the therapeutic process is delving into the unconscious - to uncover it, explore it, and make it less intimidating and mysterious. “Listen for what is still unsaid,” she tells us, as a way to connect with those thoughts and feelings that drive us. Join her and Susan as they talk about using psychoanalysis to go on an emotional journey to find ourselves and our own stories. 


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Dr. Claudia Luiz

Dr. Claudia Sheftel-Luiz, Ed.M, Harvard University (1982), PsyaD, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (1997) has been in private practice and serving as a consultant to profit and non-profit corporations for over 35 years.  A frequent contributor to news and radio shows, Dr. Luiz is the first-place winner of the 2006 Phyllis W. Meadow Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Writing (published in Modern Psychoanalysis) and first place winner of the 2008 Reader's Digest Best Writer's Website Award.  

Dr. Luiz’s latest book is an introductory textbook in psychoanalysis, written as a set of stories about treatment, called: "The Making of a Psychoanalyst: Studies in Emotional Education" (2018 Routledge Press.)   

New Books in Psychoanalysis called the book “a tour de-force poised to create a shift in the cultural consciousness” and the Journal of Modern Psychoanalysis called it “arguably the best lay book written about Modern Psychoanalysis.”

Dr. Luiz is on the faculty of the Academy for Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in New Jersey, and lives in Tarrytown, NY with her husband John Luiz, a writer, with whom she shares two college-age daughters. 

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Dr. Claudia Luiz can be reached at cluiz@post.harvard.edu.

Visit her website or connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn!


Practical Spirituality with Urban Priestess Barbara Biziou

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2018 has officially drawn to a close and we are welcoming and embracing 2019 with Barbara Biziou, a modern day “urban priestess.” In this insightful episode, she discusses powerful rituals, setting intentions, gathering tools, and opening our hearts as we go through our endings and beginnings. 


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Barbara Biziou

Barbara Biziou is a former television and fashion executive who left her corporate career nearly 20 years ago, when she realized her larger calling was to enrich others with the intelligence she amassed from her global travels and deep, meaningful work with gurus and spiritual masters. Something of an “urban priestess,” her practice as a transfomational catalyst, leader, and spiritual life coach motivates clients to live to their fullest potential and drives seismic makeovers, inside and out.

The two-time author (The Joy of Ritual and The Joy of Family Rituals) has synthesized the perfect mix of ancient modalities and neuropsychology with a contemporary point of view. “I call my work ritual fusion,” explains Biziou, whose offerings include immersive workshops, one-on-one guidance, custom rituals (weddings, fertility, finding love, healing, space clearings, theater blessings and prosperity & success), and corporate consulting, where she brings meditation, spirituality, communication exercises and emotional intelligence to offices around the world.

Barbara’s client roster includes the International Red Cross, Coca-Cola, Equinox Gym, Morgan Stanley, Lord & Taylor, Daryl Roth Productions, Eleven Eleven Wellness Center and Weight Watchers. She has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Oprah.com. She has also appeared on television shows on CBS, NBC, FX and the Hallmark Channel.

Her personal spiritual practice and studies began over 30 years ago with Native American elders, who taught her traditions that transcend time. From India, Bali and Hawaii to South America, the Celtic lands of Northern Europe and more, Barbara Biziou has woven together a mélange of belief systems and techniques with a personal touch that gives others the tools to bring their desires to life.

Barbara Biziou lives in New York City and works around the world.

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Find our more about Barbara and her work on her website!

Parenting in the Present: Teodora Pavkovic on Technology, Family, & Relationships

Teodora Pavkovich is an international traveler and a voracious learner. She is a person who strives to build community wherever she goes through connection, healing, teaching, and being 100% present. Currently her work is centered around the world of parents and children, and how they can thrive in this modern world of technology.


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Teodora Pavkovic

Teodora Pavkovic is a New York-Singapore-based psychologist and parenting coach with over a decade of international experience helping both children and adults improve their emotional and mental well-being.

Her unique approach draws from the fields of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)emotional intelligencepositive neuroplasticity,interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory as well as Strategic Intervention Coaching, and she uses research-based tools to help her clients lead fulfilling and intentional lives.

Teodora’s mission is to ensure that children have available at least one parent or guardian who can satisfy their needs for safety, connection, attention and encouragement - the pillars of healthy child development. Parenting is the ultimate challenge a person can face, but parenting in the age of technology is a whole other endeavor!

Visit Teodora’s website for more information!

 
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