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  • 02:51

    Happy Hour Variety Radio: Wildlife, Cuba, Music

    in Entertainment

    Join Nancy Reid & Lisa D. Smith, mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, for Big Blend Radio, that airs live from the historic Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma, Arizona, the hotel headquarters for the Big Blend Spirit of America Tour of all 409 National Park units.
    On This Episode:
    - Adam Roberts ‘The Compassionate Conservationist’, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation in the UK, talks about the recent Elephant Ivory Crush in Sri Lanka.
    - Jay Seldin, internationally acclaimed and award-winning photographer, talks about the people and places portrayed in his new photo book ‘The Cuban’s’.
    - Americana songstress Laney Jones talks about her new self-titled album, produced by Grammy-nominated David Plakon.
    - Victoria Chick, artist and early 19th/20th century print collector, talks about acclaimed artist Milford Zornes.
    Plus, mixologist Heather Witherington of Yuma Landing Bar & Grill, explains how to make her Mardi Gras inspired Pineapple Party Cocktail.

  • 00:14

    Converting post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth with your warrior soul

    in Lifestyle

    Those who have managed to heal and liberate themselves from their trauma with great resiliency have something in common - they all have converted post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth. It’s now a vital part of trauma-informed therapy and healing - this idea that one’s trauma can actually be a source of strength and resiliency, rather than just pain and suffering.


    It also happens to be something that humanity has practiced for as long as it has existed.


    It’s a life practice that is not very easy to digest at first in a society where we expect life to be pristine and perfect. But once acknowledged, it can provide measures of strength and resiliency that you never thought you had and (this is the hard part) might never have found had you not faced the trauma you faced. When you face the fiery gates of hell that your trauma has led you to, no doubt you burn with pain and suffering, but in that raging heat, the inner steel in you cures and toughens. It becomes far stronger than it ever would have been had you not gone through that experience.


    In today's episode we explore the healing process of post-traumatic growth using our warrior souls.


    We're back with yet another day in the life of the happiest guy...my name is Sri. I'm a healer, wannabe writer, failed activist turned stand up comedian, and aspiring mama elephant. And I can't stop talking...

  • Converting post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth with your warrior soul

    in Lifestyle

    There is a well known fact among those who have managed to heal and liberate themselves from their trauma with great resiliency. A common thread is that they all converted post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth - the idea that one’s trauma can actually be a source of strength and resiliency, rather than just pain and suffering.


    It also happens to be something that humanity has practiced for as long as it has existed.


    It’s a life practice that is not very easy to digest at first in a society where we expect life to be pristine and perfect. But once acknowledged, it can provide measures of strength and resiliency that you never thought you had and (this is the hard part) might never have found had you not faced the trauma you faced. When you face the fiery gates of hell that your trauma has led you to, no doubt you burn with pain and suffering, but in that raging heat, the inner steel in you cures and toughens. It becomes far stronger than it ever would have been had you not gone through that experience. In today's podcast we explore the idea of post-traumatic growth...


    We're back with yet another day in the life of the happiest guy...my name is Sri. I'm a healer, wannabe writer, failed activist turned stand up comedian, and aspiring mama elephant. And I can't stop talking...

  • 03:00

    Alien Contact Org Presents Bret Sheppard Lunar Anomalist Researcher

    in Entertainment

    Bret C. Sheppard (Founder of the Lunar Anomaly Research Society)


    In 1982, Bret Colin Sheppard was 15 years of age and an aspiring art student, when he was asked to stay after school with another art student and view a slide show presentation of some very strange art. The woman who showed him this art was from SRI, Stanford Research Institute and Bret felt a strange sense of deja’ vu as he was shown the images and he never forgot the experience. Bret went on to have a professional career in art, his art style being of a surrealistic type, a dream scape of the mind.


    Years later, Bret is strangely compelled to pursue research into space images of the moon. He founds the Lunar Anomaly Research Society and, along with other anomalists, peruses lunar imagery looking for structures, unnatural architecture and other types of anomalies. Then, he is confronted with an image that stirs his memory and he is seeing an image that he remembers seeing as a teenager in that darkened room. This sends him on a quest, looking for more of this surreal, embedded imagery that is found in hundreds of space mission photography. Over time, Bret becomes convinced he is seeing what may be extraterrestrial or extradimensional (ET/ED) beings in contact with humanity by embedding imagery into space photographs using advanced holographic technique. He has not created the imagery but rather finds it and highlights it as a unique art form. He discovered the subject matter this art is based on, visualizes it, and then colorizes it to share with others. At first, he shares this with his Lunar Anomaly Research Society (LARS) cohorts. Now this fascinating imagery is available in this volume for others to enjoy.


     

  • 00:16

    Healing from the trauma of injustice and dehumanization with a liberated soul

    in Lifestyle

    It is a unique trauma when it is inflicted upon one human by another, or by another group of humans. It can be particularly devastating when a human being is violated by others of the same species. And we are pretty much singularly unique as a species in terms of perpetrating evil and conducting heinous acts with no other purpose other than dehumanization.


    Rape. Murder. Abuse. Humiliation. Torture. Brutality. Heartlessness. Cruel authoritarianism. Misogyny. Mass violence. And countless other forms of anthropocentric evil; countless other types of vile dehumanization; countless other ways humans have learnt to inflict suffering upon each other and upon our non-human family.


    The resulting trauma lasts a lifetime.


    The pain and hurt is even tougher to deal with if we feel like justice, however we might define it, has not been served. 


    Considering how few of these incidents of trauma come to light and how most forms of “justice” are in the hands of some of the most unjust, traumatizing institutions this world has ever seen, such as the authoritarian state and its armed mercenaries, it’s safe to say that the overwhelming majority of trauma inflicted by humans upon other humans does not see true justice being served.


    But that doesn’t mean we cannot heal. It doesn’t mean we cannot liberate ourselves. And it certainly doesn’t mean that your trauma has defeated you.


    This piece is aimed at taking a step towards healing and liberating oneself from such trauma...


    We're back with yet another day in the life of the happiest guy...my name is Sri. I'm a healer, wannabe writer, failed activist turned stand up comedian, and aspiring mama elephant. And I can't stop talking...

  • 00:41

    The Power of the Language You Use with Motivational Speaker, Niurka

    in Self Help

    Niurka is a transformational leader, and author who inspires and empowers people to live purposefully and powerfully. Since establishing her company in 2000, Niurka has worked with people from all walks of life - from CEOs of major corporations, to community leaders, to entrepreneurs, to artists, to kids labeled as “troubled.”


    For two decades she has researched and synthesized the most effective strategies in leadership and peak performance. Many of the finest company’s in the world, including Mercedes-Benz, Prudential, and Marriott, have reported record-breaking results by applying her teachings.


    She has shared the stage with many of the greatest teachers including Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, and Marianne Williamson to name a few, and she’s been featured in films alongside luminaries such as the Dalai Lama and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She is the author of “Supreme Influence: Change Your Life with the Power of the Language You Use.”  


    Visit http://www.niurkainc.com & http://www.supremeinfluence.com.


    Get the Off the Grid Into the Heart CD by Sister Jenna. Like America Meditating, Download our free Pause for Peace App for Apple or Android.

  • 01:01

    Author James Rollins, Kenya, America's Whiskey Trail and Founders' Homes

    in Travel

    Kenya is called the "Heart of Africa" and is considered to be the cradle of civilization.  With history that rich and a diverse community of tribes and natural resources, Jacinta Zioka from Kenya Tourism, says that everyone should visit her country at least once in their lifetime. 


    For action-adventure author James Rollins, his travels, adventures and interests play a critical role in the development of his thrillers.  In his new book, The Bone Labyrinth, James used his training as a veternarian to explore the question of human development and intelligence.  He takes us to mankind's next leap and presents the question of our fate as a species.


    Accordingly to Saturday Evening Post contributor, Todd Pitock, we can learn a lot about American history through understanding the progresssion of whiskey.  Todd takes us along America's multi-state Whiskey Trail and gives us a history lesson between sips.


    American history can also be understood through the perspective of our Founders homes, accordingly to author Myron Magnet.  In his book, "The Founders at Home:  The Building of America" Myron says that the architectural styles of our Founders reflects their social consciousness and their ideals for America's future at the time.


    We walked along the floor of the New York Times Travel Show (#NYTTravelShow) and spoke to representatives from Sri Lanka and Belize.

  • 00:16

    An ode to my warrior goddess of a partner and soulmate

    in Lifestyle

    I often speak about my soulmate (and mother of our soon-to-be little one) in many of my posts. Today I'd like to dedicate a piece to her because she liberates me, herself, and others in ways that I can only dream of achieving.


    Being in love with this brilliant freedom fighter has been the greatest experience of my life. Sus brings love, light, and liberation to a world easily consumed by hatred, darkness, and oppression. And she does so disarmingly, as if it's the easiest thing to her.


    We're back with yet another day in the life of the happiest guy...my name is Sri. I'm a healer, wannabe writer, failed activist turned stand up comedian, and aspiring mama elephant. And I can't stop talking...

  • 00:48

    Holistic Natural Therapies: Treating and Preventing Disease

    in Business

    On January 13, my guest will be Dr. Christopher Trahan from Olympus Center.  Dr. Trahan holds a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine, is a Licensed Acupuncturist, and is nationally board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine; he is a classically trained Homeopathic physician registered with the National Center for Homeopathy. He integrates Chinese and Western herbs, homeopathy, and nutrition with his practice of Acupuncture in the Flatiron district of Manhattan.


    He has over thirty years of clinical practice and trained in China and Sri Lanka, as well as in the United States (California, New Mexico, and New York). Dr. Trahan has served on the faculty of the International Institute of Chinese Medicine (Santa Fe, NM) and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (NYC).  He has also taught courses in Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine, Classical Homeopathy, and Acupressure and Tui Na at the Olympus Center. 


    He served as lead acupuncturist in an asthma research study headed by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona in association with Beth-Israel Hospital. Dr. Trahan has appeared on TV, radio, in print, and continues to lecture.


    The Olympus Center in New York City maintains a comprehensive  western and Chinese herbal and homeopathic pharmacy along with three treatment rooms for acupuncture and other therapies.

  • 00:16

    Upholding responsibilities towards loved ones - fighting internalized patriarchy

    in Lifestyle

    As my partner and I enter our gorgeous tryst with parenting, it has led me on some self-reflective explorations, the kinds of which I have never done at such a deep level before.


    One of the most important ones has been this core life value of upholding my responsibilities towards loved ones, having their backs to the best of my ability, and grounding care in the craziness of real life.


    It's actually pretty simple and quite beautiful. We care deeply for our people and we want to be there for them to the best of our abilities, and we want them to be there for us to the best of theirs.


    I think it might also be called love or something, but let's not get mushy here.


    Now, being a cis-male, i.e. a dude (and a self-hating one at that), this life value also comes with shitty baggage around patriarchy. It's so very easy to go into gender-oppressive modalities when it comes to upholding responsibilities. Social and cultural values the world over abound with extremely problematic  frameworks for the way men uphold their responsibilities towards their loved ones and their children.


    Make no mistake, I believe that we all have very, very important responsibilities towards our community and family. I just think it has to begin with the fight against internalized patriarchy and it has to be done in egalitarian partnership with our loved ones. It makes it far easier to prevent regressive, sexist frameworks from taking root...I explore all this and more in this podcast


    It is 2016 and we're back with yet another day in the life of the happiest guy...my name is Sri. I'm a healer, wannabe writer, failed activist turned stand up comedian, and aspiring mama elephant. And I can't stop talking...

  • 00:32

    Episode 3: Adventures in Sri Lanka & More on Ayurveda with the Amazing Dr. Jay!

    in Health

    In this episode, Kimberly shares more about her adventures through Sri Lanka and some of the delicious foods she ate. She also follows up with renown Ayurvedic doctor, Parla Jayagopal, B.A.M.S—or Dr. Jay—as they further explore ways to correct imbalances in your body and create beauty from the inside out.

    Discover:


    More on the delicious, native cuisine of Sri Lanka and recipe ideas you can use in your own home…
    A protein-rich plant food that is amazing for recovery, stamina and muscle tone…
    Native super foods that you can use to accelerate your weight loss…
    More on the different types of doshas and some of the specific beauty issues that arise from imbalances in each one…
    Which foods to eat in order to correct specific imbalances, whether you are a Kapha, Pitta or Vata…
    And so much more!

    Featured Guest: 

    About Parla Jayagopal, B.A.M.S.

    http://www.aucm.org/facultydetail.asp?Id=138

    Dr. Parla S Jayagopal BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), MAOM (C)—or Doctor Jay as we affectionately call him—received his Bachelors Degree in Ayurvedic medicine and surgery (BAMS) after completing five and a half years of training from Bangalore University. He also pursued three years of education to receive a Masters degree in Ayurvedic herbology from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Bangalore.

     Dr. Jayagopal completed Yoga teacher’s training course from the Atma Darshan, Bihar school of Yoga. In addition to his twelve years of clinical experience, Dr. Jayagopal has traveled to Europe and Japan to propagate the science of Ayurveda. Currently, he is teaching as Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Ayurveda at the American University of Complementary Medicine, Beverly Hills, which offers Clinical Doctorate in Ayurved