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Finding Hope

Finding Hope

By Mandy Bird
Welcome to Finding Hope where we take a deep dive into how grief is our great teacher on the way to finding hope and discovering our passion. Mandy Bird, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and grief expert with over 28 years of experience and known endearingly as Counselor Mandy, has REAL conversations with people who have experienced grief, in a myriad of ways, and taken the grief journey to discover their own authenticity and use their passion to make a difference in the world.
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18. “A new approach to Migraine pain” with guest Chris Saade
Author Chris Saade joins Counselor Mandy once again to offer hope and tools for those suffering with migraines and/or chronic pain. After battling with acute chronic migraines for 10 years now, Chris knows first-hand how debilitating they can be. In addition to using various integrative medicine approaches, he and Mandy talk about three tools that have been life-saving in dealing with this pain: Authenticity and Stress, Pleasure, and Love! Chris says “People with migraines often feel misunderstood and devalued, when actually, the simple act of showing up each day is heroic! I hope that these tools I’m offering, and have used myself, will give them a new perspective on dealing with physical pain.” Chris Saade is an author, a psychological and philosophical teacher, trainer of professionals, and a life coach. After years serving as a psychotherapist in private practice, Chris spent two decades training therapists, coaches, and the general public in two of his models: Integra: 6 Keys for Heart-Centered Living, and The Quest for Individual Authenticity and Global Solidarity. To date, Chris has led nearly 250 multi-day cutting-edge workshops. Born in Beirut, he was involved in peace and humanitarian work for 14 years before and during the Lebanese war. The difficulty of those times led him to develop a great respect for freedom, authenticity, diversity, peace, and a passion for justice and solidarity, especially for children. Chris recently published his 5th book, Rebellion of the Heart, which is available on Amazon, along with is other books: https://amzn.to/2NvPgIM You can find out more about Chris on his FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSaadeAuthor CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
39:23
April 29, 2021
17. “A modern day mystic poet” with guest Chelan Harkin
We are starting Season 3 of Finding Hope with a budding heart-centered mystic poet, Chelan Harkin. I was captured by Chelan’s poetry because she reminds me of a modern day feminine Hafiz and Rumi. In my interview with Chelan she revealed that growing up and in her early 20s she suffered from acute loneliness and an eating disorder. When this became too painful she sought out ways to become more authentic and to feel good again. Poetry has become one of her tools. She shared that she has learned to “receive” the poetry that comes to her and tries not to do much editing to them. Chelan graced us by reading her poem “Say Wow.” Listen in to hear these profound words about the choices we are presented with each day to say “WOW!” Chelan Harkin recently published her first book of poetry, Susceptible to Light. This process has been the most satisfying, door opening, and wildly rewarding and encouraging of her life. Shalan’s path is somewhat direct. She feels, she heals, she accesses new insights and inspiration through living on her growth edge and moving through shadows into new horizons of understanding. Then she writes about it. She cares about living truthfully, open heartedly and honoring the authentic self. You can find out more about Chelan and her book on Facebook at Chelan Harkin Poetry and on Amazon.  CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
35:47
April 14, 2021
16. “Back to the Basics of Self-Care” with guest Elizabeth Catignani
In our final episode of Season 2 of Finding Hope, Counselor Mandy talks with author/coach and mother Elizabeth Catignani about how she used her grief tools and self-care during the pandemic. After several unexpected losses at the age of 27, Elizabeth passionately dedicated her life to helping others experience healing, joy, and purpose after loss. During the pandemic she, like many others, have been isolated at home with children (her daughters are ages 4 and 12). “I felt like I was on a hamster wheel and knew something HAD to change” says Elizabeth. What she did is what she has taught others to do…go back to the basics of self-care. Her and Mandy talk about these practical tools, as well as the importance of giving ourselves grace. Living in this time in history is new territory for all of us. Do the small things and they will add up and remember you are not alone. Elizabeth is a Certified Creative Grief Coach, Health Coach and author of Creative Grieving: A Hip Chick’s Path from Loss to Hope. She established Her Creative Wellness, a blog and online platform as a supportive space for women to become empowered on their journey in healing and wellness, from grief to hope. She believes in the transformative power of the human journey and our sacred stories. Through sharing her own story, she hopes to light the way for others seeking a healthy, heart-centered, and fulfilling life. You can find out more about Elizabeth and her book at www.hercreativewellness.com. CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
34:06
March 31, 2021
15. “Asking the big questions is key” with guest Nicholas Collura
In this episode of Finding Hope, Counselor Mandy talks with spiritual director and interfaith chaplain Nicholas Collura about the importance of coming back home into our authentic nature. As a young child, Nicholas had a sense that he wanted to help people and asked a lot of big questions…that, sometimes, weren’t met with enthusiasm. He now sees that asking those “life” questions led him to his current profession. He also talks about how using the tools of gratitude and mindfulness have helped during this time of the pandemic. Nicholas Collura is a board-certified interfaith healthcare chaplain, as well as a spiritual director and retreat director affiliated with St. Raphaela Center outside of Philadelphia. He studied film and literature at Yale University and the University of Paris before earning a Master of Divinity from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Beyond his work in health care, Nicholas spent three years of his life as a Jesuit on the West Coast, and has worked as a chaplain on college campuses, in juvenile halls and state prisons, and at a shared life community for people with and without developmental disabilities. You can find out more about Nicholas and the Spiritual Direction he offers to individuals as well as in retreats at: www.nicholascollura.com CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
29:58
March 17, 2021
Replay of “Hope is a Verb” with guest Andrew Harvey
By popular demand I’ve decided to re-post the Finding Hope episode where I spoke with internationally known author Andrew Harvey!  Internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, teacher, and the author of more than 40 books, Andrew Harvey, joins Counselor Mandy in this episode of Finding Hope. Andrew shares what’s on his heart as we are in the midst of this “global dark night of the soul” saying that this is an opportunity for old systems that have not been serving us to die. It is also a time for birth, which is exploding in all sorts of ways. AND, that it’s SO important to be radiating hope in action – “Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up!” He offers listeners a simple sacred practice to help stay grounded and connected to the Divine (in whatever tradition you come from). Andrew Harvey was born in south India in 1952 and has devoted much of his life to studying the world's mystical traditions, including intensive study of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufi mysticism. To find out about Andrew's latest offerings, visit his website at: https://www.andrewharvey.net CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
33:41
March 3, 2021
14. “Healing Grief through Poetry” with guest Neil Beresin
In this episode of Finding Hope, Counselor Mandy talks with counselor and interfaith chaplain Neil Beresin about how the loss of his parents, just five weeks apart, led him to shift his career path to becoming a Chaplain and discovering how poetry can be an integral piece in the grief process. Neil shared “When I would visit patients in the hospital, after I got to know them, I would select a poem from the collection I had put together and read it to them. I found that it opened up a space for feelings and reflection, and was a wonderful tool into their world to help them grieve or provide a respite from their worry.” In Neil’s private practice he specializes in helping individuals navigate the unstable and disorienting waters of grief and loss. He may use poetry to provide additional comfort, deepen the space, and encourage reflection and opening. Neil moved into chaplaincy work as an encore pathway following the death of his parents five weeks apart in 2014. The experience of caring for and companioning them in their final nine months of life was profound and life-changing. Neil’s article, “A Chaplain’s Notebook: Poetry as Spiritual Nourishment” was published by the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling in March of 2020. You can also find him at: · @griefandpoetry (Instagram) · www.facebook.com/griefandpoetry (Facebook) · www.linkedin.com/in/griefandpoetry (LinkedIn) · www.griefandpoetry.com (website) CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
33:47
February 11, 2021
Replay of “Choosing Authenticity & Getting Back to the Heart” with guest Jeff Brown
By popular demand I’ve decided to re-post the Finding Hope episode where I spoke with best-selling author and teacher Jeff Brown! Jeff’s life work is bringing people back into their bodies and their hearts to the authentic self. In our candid (and lively) conversation Jeff said “We must dive into our bodies and FEEL the feelings. Getting inside the heart is essential to finding our path in the world. I believe this path is encoded in us and to find it we have to excavate and clear the emotional armor that is held in our body.” Counselor Mandy and Jeff speak candidly about “patriarchal spirituality” and other movements that he feels are harmful rather than helpful. He offers tools for getting to our authentic selves, as well as hope for where we are today in light of world affairs. Jeff is the author of 6 best-selling books: Soul-shaping, Ascending with Both Feet on the Ground, Love It Forward, An Uncommon Bond, Spiritual Graffiti and Grounded Spirituality. He is also the founder of the Soul-shaping Institute and Enrealment Press. You can connect with his work at jeffbrown.co and soulshapinginstitute.com CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bird_mandy
29:16
January 27, 2021
13. "A Necessary Separation" with guest Angela M. Haigler
Along our life journey there will be times when we encounter “a necessary separation,” as our guest Angela Haigler coins it. In this episode of Finding Hope, Counselor Mandy and Angela talk about how these “separations” can lead to hope because they quite possibility have been holding us back from our dreams. Angela shares her story of her “necessary separation” from a job which then led to her writing and coaching career taking off. “If this separation hadn’t happened, the other things I REALLY wanted to do wouldn’t have opened up in the way they have.” Angela M. Haigler obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2003 and has been teaching Creative Writing for the past 17 years. Her online courses help diverse writers build community while completing their books or writing projects. Her work can be found in publications such as CourierNewsroom.com, Beautiful Truths literary magazine, Change Seven literary magazine and Charlotte's African American magazine, Pride where she is the Book Reviewer. Most recently, her essays are featured in two upcoming books: "The Image in the Mirror" by Victorious You Press and "Unspoken" by L10 Press. You can find out more at: www.AngelaMHaigler.com CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
31:16
January 6, 2021
Replay of "Hope for the Holidays" with guest Tammy Starling
The  holidays can be extremely hard when you aren’t in the “holly jolly”  mood. And this year, especially due to the loss of lives from the  pandemic, there will be a lot of people facing their first holiday  season without a loved one. Counselor Mandy’s guest on this episode of  Finding Hope, grief specialist and licensed professional counselor Tammy  Starling, has experienced this first-hand. She shares her story, as  well as offers tools for both honoring the grief and finding moments of  peace and celebration during this time. “It’s so important to  acknowledge your grief, take care of yourself, and have a plan” says  Tammy. For many years Tammy and Mandy held Hope for the Holidays events  where people gathered to share about the grief they were experiencing as  the holidays approached. “It is rare to find a space where grief is  actually honored and listened to at this time of the year” says Mandy.  This year they are hoping to offer a virtual Hope for the Holidays in  December. (Watch Mandy’s FB and Insta pages for details.) Tammy Starling is a grief specialist and licensed professional  counselor in Nashville, Tennessee. She was in private practice for 22  years, 16 of which she and Counselor Mandy were business partners  together in Charlotte, NC. Over the years, Tammy has taught numerous  classes on grief and led many large and small groups around living with  loss. Currently, she administers behavioral health grant programs for a  large managed care organization in TN. She is the mother of two adult  children and has two grandsons. CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
30:59
December 16, 2020
12. "Expert Support for Difficult Days" with guest Chris Saade
Author Chris Saade joins Counselor Mandy once again to offer hope and tools for how we can survive these turbulent times in a way that we can be centered, and not crushed, by all that is occurring in our world as we near the end of 2020. Chris uses the metaphor of growing a garden to illustrate how we have the ability to focus our minds on what we are cultivating in our own personal lives (our garden). Every garden represents the authenticity of our being. Saade encourages us to ask this question everyday: “What beauty and love, in these times, does my heart desire to create?” He invites us to let go of  “should, must, HAVE to” and instead focus on the small and specific gifts we can bring to the world. Chris Saade is an author, a psychological and philosophical teacher, trainer of professionals, and a life coach. After years serving as a psychotherapist in private practice, Chris spent two decades training therapists, coaches, and the general public in two of his models: Integra: 6 Keys for Heart-Centered Living, and The Quest for Individual Authenticity and Global Solidarity. To date, Chris has led nearly 250 multi-day cutting-edge workshops. Born in Beirut, he was involved in peace and humanitarian work for 14 years before and during the Lebanese war. The difficulty of those times led him to develop a great respect for freedom, authenticity, diversity, peace, and a passion for justice and solidarity, especially for children. Chris recently published his 5th book, Rebellion of the Heart, which is available on Amazon, along with is other books: https://amzn.to/2NvPgIM You can find out more about Chris on his FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSaadeAuthor CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
34:00
December 2, 2020
11. "Hope for the Holidays" with guest Tammy Starling
The holidays can be extremely hard when you aren’t in the “holly jolly” mood. And this year, especially due to the loss of lives from the pandemic, there will be a lot of people facing their first holiday season without a loved one. Counselor Mandy’s guest on this episode of Finding Hope, grief specialist and licensed professional counselor Tammy Starling, has experienced this first-hand. She shares her story, as well as offers tools for both honoring the grief and finding moments of peace and celebration during this time. “It’s so important to acknowledge your grief, take care of yourself, and have a plan” says Tammy. For many years Tammy and Mandy held Hope for the Holidays events where people gathered to share about the grief they were experiencing as the holidays approached. “It is rare to find a space where grief is actually honored and listened to at this time of the year” says Mandy. This year they are hoping to offer a virtual Hope for the Holidays in December. (Watch Mandy’s FB and Insta pages for details.) Tammy Starling is a grief specialist and licensed professional counselor in Nashville, Tennessee. She was in private practice for 22 years, 16 of which she and Counselor Mandy were business partners together in Charlotte, NC. Over the years, Tammy has taught numerous classes on grief and led many large and small groups around living with loss. Currently, she administers behavioral health grant programs for a large managed care organization in TN. She is the mother of two adult children and has two grandsons. CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
30:59
November 18, 2020
10. "Passion, Perseverance and Creativity are the Keys” with guest Jess McMullen
This is a very special episode of Finding Hope because our guest is none other than Counselor Mandy’s brother Jess McMullen. Jess is a restaurant/brewery entrepreneur who has faced and conquered challenges in both his business and personal life. One of his favorite quotes is “great crisis brings seeds of opportunities” and that was the case when COVID hit just when he was about to open his newest venture, a gastropub. “We knew we had to keep the passion alive and be open to creative ideas” says Jess. So his “Flyway family” got together and came up with new ways of opening a restaurant during a pandemic – new ways that were even better than what they had originally planned! Jess has also done the same thing in his personal life with his special needs son. He firmly believes “it’s never too late” and “never give up.” Amazing things CAN happen! Jess is the owner of Flyway Brewing Company in Little Rock, AK which will celebrate its 5 year anniversary in December 2020 and  Brood & Barley Gastropub. He is married to his awesome wife Tina, and dad to three amazing kids, Cora, Kinsell, and Hayes. To learn more visit: https://flywaybrewing.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/BroodAndBarley CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
29:37
November 12, 2020
Replay of Ep8: Hope and Big Support for “pandemic grief” with guest Chris Saade
Counselor Mandy: I felt like this was such an impactful episode that I wanted to republish it for those who may have missed it. I hope it offers you great support for the times we are living in today. Author Chris Saade joins Counselor Mandy to offer hope and big support as we all move through this “pandemic grief.” Both speak about how important it is to honor the grief that is  happening, personally and globally. Saade says “when we minimize our  grief, we minimize ourselves.” He also offers the tools of being  authentic and self-nurturing as ways to thrive right now. And he poses  the question “How can I give more love than I’ve ever given?” because  this will allow our hearts to expand. Perhaps this is one of the gifts  that can come from the grief during this unprecedented time in our  history. Chris Saade is an author, a psychological and philosophical teacher,  trainer of professionals, and a life coach. After years serving as a  psychotherapist in private practice, Chris spent two decades training  therapists, coaches, and the general public in two of his models:  Integra: 6 Keys for Heart-Centered Living, and The Quest for Individual  Authenticity and Global Solidarity. To date, Chris has led nearly 250  multi-day cutting-edge workshops. Born in Beirut, he was involved in peace and humanitarian work for 14  years before and during the Lebanese war. The difficulty of those times  led him to develop a great respect for freedom, authenticity,  diversity, peace, and a passion for justice and solidarity, especially  for children. Chris recently published his 5th book, Rebellion of the Heart, which is available on Amazon, along with is other books: https://amzn.to/2NvPgIM You can find out more about Chris on his FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSaadeAuthor CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
28:59
October 28, 2020
9. “Choosing Authenticity & Getting Back to the Heart” with guest Jeff Brown
We kick off our 2ndSeason of Finding Hope with best-selling author and teacher Jeff Brown. Jeff’s life work is bringing people back into their bodies and their hearts to the authentic self. “We must dive into our bodies and FEEL the feelings. Getting inside the heart is essential to finding our path in the world. I believe this path is encoded in us and to find it we have to excavate and clear the emotional armor that is held in our body” says Brown. Counselor Mandy and Jeff speak candidly about “patriarchal spirituality” and other movements that he feels are harmful rather than helpful. He offers tools for getting to our authentic selves, as well as hope for where we are today in light of world affairs. Jeff is the author of 6 best-selling books: Soul-shaping, Ascending with Both Feet on the Ground, Love It Forward, An Uncommon Bond, Spiritual Graffiti and Grounded Spirituality. He is also the founder of the Soul-shaping Institute and Enrealment Press. You can connect with his work at jeffbrown.co and soulshapinginstitute.com. CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: · https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy/
29:16
October 14, 2020
8. Hope and Big Support for “pandemic grief” with guest Chris Saade
Author Chris Saade joins Counselor Mandy to offer hope and big support as we all move through this “pandemic grief.” Both speak about how important it is to honor the grief that is happening, personally and globally. Saade says “when we minimize our grief, we minimize ourselves.” He also offers the tools of being authentic and self-nurturing as ways to thrive right now. And he poses the question “How can I give more love than I’ve ever given?” because this will allow our hearts to expand. Perhaps this is one of the gifts that can come from the grief during this unprecedented time in our history. Chris Saadeis an author, a psychological and philosophical teacher, trainer of professionals, and a life coach. After years serving as a psychotherapist in private practice, Chris spent two decades training therapists, coaches, and the general public in two of his models: Integra: 6 Keys for Heart-Centered Living, and The Quest for Individual Authenticity and Global Solidarity. To date, Chris has led nearly 250 multi-day cutting-edge workshops. Born in Beirut, he was involved in peace and humanitarian work for 14 years before and during the Lebanese war. The difficulty of those times led him to develop a great respect for freedom, authenticity, diversity, peace, and a passion for justice and solidarity, especially for children. Chris recently published his 5th book, Rebellion of the Heart, which is available on Amazon, along with is other books: https://amzn.to/2NvPgIM You can find out more about Chris on his FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSaadeAuthor CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/counselormandy
29:45
September 29, 2020
7. "Spread Love" with guest Shakira Woodberry
Joining Counselor Mandy for this episode of Finding Hope is Social Worker, Veteran and Mother, Shakira Woodberry…a woman who never gives up! Even though she has experienced many periods of grief, abuse and prejudice in her life, she holds to her belief that there is only one race – the human race! Shakira shares her story of the trials she faced while getting her masters degree in Social Work and how she was able to refine her purpose in life through that process. Her message is to “spread love” and that we are all connected. Shakira proudly served in the US Army during the Bosnian war, is mother to twin girls, and is an MSW working in the Charlotte community in various capacities including working with homeless veterans and their families. You can find her at: FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/shakira.elliottwoodberry Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/key2carolina CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bird_mandy
29:16
September 16, 2020
6. “How Art Can Heal” with guest Maureen Muldoon
Actress, Playwright, shameless Storyteller and Spiritual Pied Piper, Maureen Muldoon, joins Counselor Mandy in this episode of Finding Hope. She talks about the different “classrooms of grief” she has been in, including losing her mother to breast cancer when she was a child. Maureen found that art – writing and performing plays about her experiences – was her way to heal, and it also was a way for her to offer a “souvenir” to the world that could help others heal as well. She shares that “now is the time to move back into our artisan life, no matter what that art form is, or how good (or not) you are at it.” And her message for our listeners is to nurture and open mind, stay curious, and be willing to step into the other person’s shoes. Maureen runs several Facebook communities, Miracles LIVE 365 that teaches A Course in Miracles, and the Speakeasy Spiritual Community. She is the author of several books, including The Life of a Sand Castle, that helps children understand the vast topic of life and death. Maureen celebrates the miracles that live beneath the mundane and is devoted to helping you CREATE your most engaged and unapologetic life. Find out more on her website. CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bird_mandy
29:40
September 2, 2020
5. "Hope is a VERB!" with guest Andrew Harvey
Internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, teacher, and the author of more than 40 books, Andrew Harvey, joins Counselor Mandy in this episode of Finding Hope. Andrew shares what’s on his heart as we are in the midst of this “global dark night of the soul” saying that this is an opportunity for old systems that have not been serving us to die. It is also a time for birth, which is exploding in all sorts of ways. AND, that it’s SO important to be radiating hope in action – “Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up!” He offers listeners a simple sacred practice to help stay grounded and connected to the Divine (in whatever tradition you come from). Join Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker for their newest online course: Radical Regeneration: Navigating These Dangerous Times launching Thursday August 20 at 2pm PT, 5pm ET. They draw on the deepest discoveries of modern science... and the most profound wisdom of the mystical traditions... to offer radical guidance for navigating this global dark night crisis, and the evolution of a whole new human species. To learn more go to: https://www.andrewharvey.net/radical-regeneration Andrew Harvey was born in south India in 1952 and has devoted much of his life to studying the world's mystical traditions, including intensive study of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufi mysticism. CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bird_mandy
33:41
August 18, 2020
4: Becoming more authentic through Grace and Grit with guest Dr. Matt Lyon
Internationally known healer and teacher of health, vitality, energy balance and self-actualization, Dr. Matt Lyon, joins Counselor Mandy in this episode of Finding Hope. Dr. Matt describes his latest experience with grief, letting go of a thriving integrative medicine practice due to physical pain he suffered with for over two years, as a process of “waking up, growing up, cleaning up and showing up.” And how both GRACE, which comes from our life-source/God, and GRIT – becoming totally willing to admit that you need help no matter where you are on your leadership journey – are needed to grow and become even more authentically ourselves. Dr. Matt is an intuitive healer with mastery of chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Energy Medicine. He has taught wellness and meditation for 27 years. Visit his website Diamond Heart Dojo to download a free meditation and to schedule a free consultation. CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bird_mandy
38:35
August 5, 2020
3. Hope is a Teachable Skill with guest Kathryn Goetzke
Entrepreneur, Author, and “Hope Champion” Kathryn Goetzke joins Counselor Mandy in this episode of Finding Hope. Wanting to get to the bottom of what was the root cause of suicide, Kathryn went on a mission to find this answer. After gathering extensive research she determined that Hopelessness and Despair are the #1 predictors. This answer then fueled her fire to create ways to increase hope – discovering that Hope IS a teachable skill! Listen in to find out all the ways she is helping to do this…including a free online program called Hopeful Minds. Kathryn says “Hope and happiness are proven constructs for improving engagement, productivity, safety, performance, and sales, and both are measurable. And what we can measure, we can improve.” Kathryn’s award winning program, Hopeful Minds, teaches hope to kids (and adults) free globally. She is author of The Biggest Little Book About Hope, launched her own brand, Mood-scents with her company The Mood Factory, and through her company teaches how to create more hope and happiness in the workplace and life. To download the free curriculum for Hopeful Minds go to: www.hopefulminds.org Her book is available on Amazon at: https://amzn.to/3hmmkjl You are invited to join her Mood Makers group on FaceBook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MoodMakers And to learn more about de-stigmatizing depression go to her non-profit website iFred at: https://www.ifred.org CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bird_mandy
30:39
July 21, 2020
2. Rebellion of the Heart with guest Chris Saade
Author Chris Saade joins us again as he and Counselor Mandy talk about his newest book Rebellion of the Heart in the  second episode of Finding Hope. Saade’s fifth book, in progress for 10 years and considered his legacy, is a combination of a beautiful art book - full of original paintings by Katie Cassette - and rich philosophical nuggets by Chris. Through its inspiring words and art, Rebellion of the Heart takes the reader on a decent into the heart – helping them to claim more of their unique personality and wounds – individually and collectively. Chris reminds us that “Our true unique authenticity is the well of strength within us. And part of our authenticity is that we are beings of solidarity. My hope is that the wounds we are ALL feeling will be honored and transmuted into creative passion.” “This magnificent book, from one of our most lucid and passionate thinkers and seekers, will inspire all who long for and want to build a more authentic and just world” states Andrew Harvey, Founder-Director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. Rebellion of the Heart is available on Amazon, along with is other books: https://amzn.to/2NvPgIM Chris Saadeis an author, a psychological and philosophical teacher, trainer of professionals, and a life coach. After years serving as a psychotherapist in private practice, Chris spent two decades training therapists, coaches, and the general public in two of his models: Integra: 6 Keys for Heart-Centered Living, and The Quest for Individual Authenticity and Global Solidarity. To date, Chris has led nearly 250 multi-day cutting-edge workshops. Born in Beirut, he was involved in peace and humanitarian work for 14 years before and during the Lebanese war. The difficulty of those times led him to develop a great respect for freedom, authenticity, diversity, peace, and a passion for justice and solidarity, especially for children. You can find out more about Chris on his FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSaadeAuthor CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com/ FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bird_mandy
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July 9, 2020
1. Exploring Unchartered Times with guest Chris Saade
Author Chris Saade is Counselor Mandy’s first guest on her new podcast Finding Hope. Enraged and concerned about the racial unjust happening in our country right now, Chris and Mandy speak about how honoring the grief, individually and collectively, in the Black Lives Matter movement is critical to transformation. “When grief is held with love, compassion and solidarity it can become an amazing source of blessings,” states Chris, “these are unchartered times we are living in…grief can either sink us or propel us into change and hope.” In this episode Chris and Mandy share tools for how to honor our grief and how it is through the grief journey that it’s possible to find hope. Chris Saade is an author, a psychological and philosophical teacher, trainer of professionals, and a life coach. After years serving as a psychotherapist in private practice, Chris spent two decades training therapists, coaches, and the general public in two of his models: Integra: 6 Keys for Heart-Centered Living, and The Quest for Individual Authenticity and Global Solidarity. To date, Chris has led nearly 250 multi-day cutting-edge workshops. Born in Beirut, he was involved in peace and humanitarian work for 14 years before and during the Lebanese war. The difficulty of those times led him to develop a great respect for freedom, authenticity, diversity, peace, and a passion for justice and solidarity, especially for children. Chris recently published his 5th book, Rebellion of the Heart, which is available on Amazon, along with is other books: https://amzn.to/2NvPgIM You can find out more about Chris on his FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSaadeAuthor CONNECT WITH MANDY: Website: http://mandybird.com FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/counselormandybird Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bird_mandy
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June 25, 2020
Intro to Finding Hope Podcast
Mandy Bird gives a brief overview of why she started this podcast and what her mission is with it.
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June 22, 2020