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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!


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

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. 


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

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. 


Meet This Episode's Guest

 

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!

Fit Mind, Fit Body, Fit Spirit: With Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor Lou Ritter

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Lou Ritter is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in NYC. She was initially drawn to fitness in childhood, where she was “overweight and nerdy” and therefore ostracized at those sensitive crucial ages when kids can be especially mean. In wanting to feel better about herself, to feel lighter, she took up dancing and singing and discovered she loved the feeling of creating art with her body. And she discovered she loved being able to help other people get fit and strong so they could have the energy and the body to do whatever they wanted in their life. An enthusiastic natural teacher was born!

Lou shares her perspective on fitness, injury prevention, self care, the class vs. the private experience; she has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom gained from working with all kinds of people and all kinds of bodies. “The body is the fundamental springboard for everything we do,” Lou tells us, “Fitness is holistic - mind, body and spirit - the Whole Being comes together so you can experience life in the fullest way possible.” And Lou is here to help us get on track to do that!


Meet This Episode's Guest

Lou Ritter

 Lou Ritter is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer in New York City. Her perspective on fitness:  "Working out is one of the fundamental things we do to take care of ourselves. You can create a body you feel good in. A strong, healthy body enhances your connection to yourself and gives you the energy to pursue your passions and everything you want to do.

     I spend a lot of time in gyms, and I see all these people spending considerable time and effort to try to get in shape, but so often they're using exercises or training strategies that are not that effective, sometimes not even safe. One of my biggest goals as a trainer and instructor is to design workouts that are going to be tough, but extremely productive, balanced, and ergonomically sound.

And fun!! It's so exciting that we can do this; we can get ourselves in shape.

   Then ideally, you take what's healthy - physically and emotionally, make it a habit, and you're primed to experience life with all systems go!"

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Check out Lou's website for more information or to work with her in New York City!