BOO279 – Choosing To Be Free

We are not truly free when we are trapped by hatred and prejudice.  What supports us being more free of reactions, blaming and instead choose our...

BOO273 – Fumbling Forward

Conversations about politics, race, the environment or other heated topics are hard to have.  How do we create an agreement that allows us to fum...

BOO272 – Owning Our Story

To become fully free, we need to learn how to own the whole of our story with compassion.  We need to integrate all of our experience, even the c...

BOO269 – Come Out Wherever You Are

We need to heal to create joy in our lives. We need to heal to make social justice possible.  But first, we need to stop hiding… Resources ...

BOO268 – Puzzling Times

Anne Swallow Gillis is a recently retired Protestant Pastor, aspiring writer and jigsaw puzzle fan. In this edition of Best of Ourselves, she shares h...

BOO267 – ENCORE- Acceptance

The paradox of sustainable change is learning to truly accept the parts of ourselves we want to “fix”. Resources Reacting Podcast Christop...

BOO266 – Women

Is there still an issue with women’s voices?  Sure. But the trick is to notice when it’s happening. Resources Whe We Aren’t Mak...

BOO265- Thriving

We can support our thriving by avoiding negativity and managing our energy.  We all need a bit more TLC right now. Resources How to Thrive When E...

BOO264 – Enoughness

It is radical to imagine we don’t have to fix, acquire or change ourselves to access what Sonya Renee Taylor calls our innate enoughness. Resour...

BOO262 – Imprisoned in Our Story

We breath in a worldview from our culture and families.  But, unless examined, it is just the way things are. Resources Brené Brown with Sonya R...

BOO261 – Facts and Faith

You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose —with the disciplineto confront the most brutal f...

BOO258 – Change is Always Possible

You can teach an old dog new tricks. Our brains are malleable and change with every interaction.  Yes, we are wired to operate from habit but we ...

BOO255 – Intentionality

We have a lot more choice than we remember. It is so easy to spend the day being reactive.  And if we pause, and reflect on what we would like to...

BOO244 – Exploring Race

If we are kind and well intentioned people, how could we be racist?  Isn’t that the label for hateful and cruel people?  In this episo...

BOO242 – Acceptance

The paradox of sustainable change is learning to truly accept the parts of ourselves we want to “fix”. Resources Reacting Podcast Christop...

BOO237 Encore- Using My Voice

I notice how I stay comfortable and how that can keep me stuck.    In this case, I noticed how I wouldn’t speak up, especially if I fa...

BOO236 – Listening Between the Words

If we are going to have productive conversations and build community, we need to grow our capacity to listen. And we need to reduce our capacity to ge...

BOO235 Encore – Breathe

Learning how to get grounded helps us access more of our intelligence; we are not our brightest selves when we are reactive. Resources An Interview wi...

BOO234 – Suffocating

If we want to create a more beautiful world, we need to start with what is present.  The brutal murder of George Floyd has become a wake up call for ...

BOO229- Olympic Level Challenges

Challenging times invite us to grow and change.  But what actually supports us to change? Resources Change is Possible Podcast Feeling Into Change Po...

BOO227 – Navigating White Water

We can learn practices that increase our resilience in times of increasing white water levels of change.  A few things you can do each day to sup...

BOO225 – How Not to Become Brittle

In challenging times, it is hard staying resilient.  What have we learned about what supports us staying nimble in uncertain and complex times? R...

BOO224 – Living in Interesting Times

How do we navigate these uncertain times with grace?  A reflection on moving beyond my reactive self and finding away to access my best self. Res...

BOO222- Reacting

Over the past 20 years, we have had a handy excuse for being reactive – my amygdala was hijacked.  Turns out that isn’t the case, our...

BOO220 – Change is Possible

We sculpt our brain by what we pay attention to – therefore to be more intentional, we need to be aware of what we focus on.  Moment by mom...

BOO217- Intentional Change

Why is it so hard to do the things you know are good for you?  Some of the latest thinking about what supports change. Resources Brain science an...

BOO216 – Remembering Gratitude

A gratitude practice has proven results, so why don’t I (we) do it more regularly? Resources The Benefits of Gratitude – Dr Robert Emmons ...

BOO212- Using My Voice

I notice how I stay comfortable and how that can keep me stuck.    In this case, I noticed how I wouldn’t speak up, especially if I fa...

BOO211- Old Patterns

Old patterns are quite persistent. Even if we can see our behavior is no longer working for us, it is hard to change.  Noticing is an important f...

BOO210 – Stepping Away

There are times when you need to step away from a situation to see it more clearly.  Retreats have been an important part of the process of seein...

BOO208- The Mindtrap of Ego – ENCORE

Our hard wiring response to change is exactly the wrong thing we need to thrive in turbulence, uncertainty and complexity.  In Jennifer Garvey Be...