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Hosted by Karen Hawkins and Katie Morell, writers and longtime friends, this podcast explores how people are faring in this global pandemic. Get ready for real talk with levity sprinkled in. The goal: to help people feel less alone, share stores and create connection.
Hello, Listeners and welcome to the launch of SEASON 6!! In today’s episode, Karen and Katie discuss how shifting our perspectives on life events can really make us feel differently (and often in the best possible ways). The pair then gets into a wide reaching convo about everything from cats shitting to Agent Orange to leaves falling off the trees as winter descends upon us. Trust us, though, this episode is FUN and there are some surprises, so be sure to tune in.
What does it mean to cultivate community? How are we all thinking about community as we enter our second COVID winter? In this week’s episode, Karen & Katie chat about how being in community positively impacts their lives, and how there are a myriad of ways to think about the topic. The show also starts off with Katie’s story about babysitting a cat named Guillermo.
Hello, Listeners! Karen & Katie have a great episode for you this week, one about the acronym G.L.A.D. Developed by mindfulness expert Donald Altman, the acronym is designed to help reduce ruminating thoughts that can lead to negative self-talk.
G = Gratitude
L = Learning
A = Achievement
D = Delight
The pair talk about how to use this tool and how it can help each one of us live happier lives. They also talk about Karen’s fabulous new glasses, and Katie’s fun time visiting San Francisco.
Listeners – great news! The great Dr. Tania Israel is BAAACCCCKKKK and chatting with Karen and Katie for this week’s pod. What’s more: she’s brought along her dear friend Karma Yeshe Chödrön to talk all about their podcast Prajna Sparks. The pair started their podcast around the same time as Karen and Katie did, so in today’s podcast they discuss the creative process, the mental health benefits of being creative, and how wonderful it is to pursue projects with friends. Yet there is SO MUCH MORE to this conversation. Yeshe explains her path from litigator to Buddhist translator and teacher, and how she and Tania are putting something gorgeous into the world in every episode of Prajna Sparks with Dharma talks, original songs (lyrics written by Tania), and guided meditations.
The group also discusses meditation, how to talk about the issue of vaccinations without getting triggered(!!), and more. We really hope you enjoy this one.
Oooh, Listeners, you are in for a TREAT today! In this week’s episode, Karen and Katie chat about how it can be challenging to excavate the WHY behind our feelings in any given moment. And then the pair go into an in-depth discussion on anger (it is JUICY!). The convo is also peppered with fun stories about Karen as a wine competition judge and Katie’s recent success at manifesting a housing swap. You won’t want to miss this one.
Enjoy and thanks for listening – we appreciate all of you!