Join creator/host Joey as they create space for all persons to show up authentically and receive spiritual care for a few minutes. It’s a 3 days a week podcast made for you. Warm the kettle. Take some deep breaths. Listen. All are welcome. No exceptions.
Joey helps us unpack "guard your heart" language found in the Christian scriptures. What does it mean? Is it helpful? Should we use it at all?
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We reflect on what we mean when we say “pride” and why real, helpful pride comes from the fire inside. Also, listen to The Life She Wrote podcast wherever podcasts are found! Contact Joey at email@example.com or on Twitter @earthmakerspod
CW: suicide, terrorism, transphobia. Joey is back and she is filled with passion and ire today! You are not mistaken and you are not a mistake. Don’t forget that. Check out QuakerSpeak on YouTube and the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts ch. 8 in the Christian Bible.
Joey invites us to wrestle with the spiritual concept of Resurrection as we approach the pagan and Christian holy feast day of Easter Sunday 2021. What is the difference between resuscitation and resurrection? What has been dead and lost to you that needs to be made new? What do transgender folx know about Resurrection, anyways??
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Joey invites us to wrestle with the word "sin" and the teachings, philosophies, and theologies behind it and why it seems to have "staying power" in the culture. Do you actually believe sin is a real thing? If so, is this belief helping or harming you and others?
CW: Mass shootings, white supremacy, toxic masculinity. Joey finishes the series on the Five Precepts of Buddhism by reflecting on where we find toxins in the culture, including in the recent shooting in Atlanta, GA.
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Joey continues the series on the Five Precepts and discusses how lying is not necessarily always the opposite of the Truth. We also reflect on lying as violence and forgiving those who have lied to us.
The quotes come from
Bhikkhu, Thanissaro. "Ethical North Star: The Five Buddhist Precepts for Modern Times, 4. Tell the truth." Lion's Roar, March 2021.
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Earth Makers is so excited to welcome David Hayward aka The Naked Pastor to the podcast! David is an Earth Maker who expresses his spiritual care for others primarily through cartooning, painting, and writing. David shares his story of deconstruction and why he does what he does for the world and Joey tries not to faint from excitement over interviewing one of their heroes!
The audio cuts out a few times for some God awful reason! Our apologies!
You can find David's work and follow him on Twitter @nakedpastor
Content Warning: sex, rape, sexual assault, sexual harrassment, etc. are discussed.
Joey talks about a difficult and powerful topic today and shares a little of their own wounds and scars around sex and relationships.
The quote comes from
Goodman, Trudy. "Ethical North Star: The Five Buddhist Precepts for Modern Times: 3. Don't Stereotype, Exploit, or Harm Others Sexually."
Lion's Roar Magazine, March 2021.
Joey shares their reflections on the complications and complexities of the human experience of love on this Valentine's Day 2021. Follow Joey on Twitter @earthmakerspod or email Joey with any questions or thoughts at email@example.com.
We continue our series on the Five Precepts of Buddhism. We wrestle with the role "theft" plays in our day to day lives and how to manage our relationship to it. The quotes comes from:
Li, Rebecca. "Ethical North Star: The Five Buddhist Precepts for Modern Times: Don't Steal." Lion's Roar. March, 2021.
Joey begins their series on the Five Precepts of Buddhism with a look at our engagement with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence. The quote comes from Jan Willis and her article "Ethical North Star: The Five Buddhist Precepts for Modern Times: 1. Don't kill." Published on pg. 46 of Lion's Roar magazine, Vol. 6, Number 1 in January 2021.
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Joey explains the #100daysofmeditation challenge and invites us to reflect on a meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh found in Peace is Every Step, published by Bantam Books in New York in 1991. The excerpt is found on pgs. 5 and 6.
CW: suicidal ideation/intent, addiction, drug use, alcohol use, trauma. Joey gets real with everyone about why they are grateful for life. The National Suicide Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255 and The Emily Program: 1 (888) 364-5977
CW: physical and emotional abuse. Political abuse. Alcohol consumption. Racism. Joshua Berwald of the Bread. Wine. Movies. podcast joins us and shares his story of moving on from domestic abuse and national politics abuse into a new life of healing.
The blessing today comes from Jan Richardson’s book Circle of Grace published by Wanton Gospeller Press in Orlando in 2015. Please reach out to email@example.com should you need some safe space. This election doesn’t determine your worth.
Day 1 of spiritual care during the Election. The quote is found in The World According to Mr. Rogers by Fred Rogers, pg. 161, published by Hachette Books in New York in 2003. Email Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @RevJoBear.
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We reflect on how we respond to demeaning behavior and the temptation to act out in a demeaning way. The selections come from: 1. The Mister Rogers Effect by Dr. Anita Knight Kuhnley, published by BakerBooks in Grand Rapids in 2020, pg. 15. 2. The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers, published by Hachette Books in New York in 2003, pg. 79.
Joey reflects on their hard day and takes the time to be transparent with you. The meditation is found on pgs. 112 & 113 in Circle of Grace by Jan Richardson, published by Wanton Gospeller Press in Orlando in 2015. Email Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Twitter @RevJoBear
A response to Wednesday’s episode on waiting through a simple reflection on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s poem. Interested in exploring amazing, quality, heartfelt spiritual direction? Check out Zanny Johnson’s work at www.trueplacespiritualdirection.com
We talk about what it means for the inside to show on the outside. Joey shares their story of coming out as trans and non-binary. 💙🌈 email Joey at email@example.com or on Twitter @RevJoBear if you feel alone today.
CW: reflections on eating disorders, body image distress, gender dysphoria, self harm, addiction, and suicidal ideation and intent. We practice being in our beautiful bodies, mindfully. Are you grateful for what your body does?
Joey’s sponsor and dear friend, Patrick Hendricks, recovering addict, gay spiritual leader on the spectrum and volunteer service warrior talks about why recovery and being “a whole person” are key to the spiritual life. On Twitter: You can find Patrick @pjhendricks and All God’s Children MCC Minneapolis @agcmetrochurch
Before you judge your neighbor’s job and way of life, what does yours look like? The selections are found in https://tricycle.org/magazine/noble-eightfold-path/ and https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_832298
CW: references to racist policing and the murder of George Floyd. How are we doing the least amount of harm as possible? How are we leaving no trace? The selections can be found at https://tricycle.org/magazine/noble-eightfold-path/ and https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sacca/sacca4/samma-kammanto/index.html
Let’s practice thinking before we speak, together and engaging in helpful listening practices. Let’s abolish the violence of gossip together. The reading is found in Tricycle at https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/family-dharma-right-speech-reconsidered/
We begin our series on The Noble Eightfold Path taught in Buddhist spiritual traditions w/examining accurate vs. inaccurate perception. The quote from the Kaccayanagotta Sutta is found in “What is Right View?,” an article from Tricycle found at https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/right-view/
CW: there is talk of abuse, suicide, addiction, self harm, and eating disorders. We continue our series in Internal Family Systems by examining our reactive protectors. The selection was found on pg. 25 in High Magick by Damien Echols, published by Sounds True in Boulder in 2018.
We begin our series on The 12 Steps, a sacred text of recovery, with the spiritual principle of honesty. Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions, that our lives had become unmanageable.”
We reflect on bodies and embodied thought and practice through the work of Jane Vennard in her book Fully Awake and Truly Alive. Published by Skylight Paths Publishing in Woodstock in 2013. The selection is found on pg. 3.
We take a short pause to hear from BIPOC voices on anger and rage as a path of liberation. Happy Juneteenth! The quotes are found in Love and Rage by Lama Rod Owens, published by North Atlantic books in Berkeley in 2020. The quotes are found on pgs. 1 and 3.
Trigger Warning: There are discussions of suicide in this episode. See you next season! Thanks for all the support! If you use Apple Podcasts please help Josiah out by writing a review and leaving a star rating! Today, we reflect on the power of letting go through a reflection by Mechtild of Magdeburg found in Christian Mystics by Matthew Fox, published by New World Library in Novato in 2011. The selection is found on pg. 16.
We reflect on our problems with words and how we can reframe words like Christ through Richard Rohr and Caryll Houselander’s work. The selection is found in The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr, published by Convergent Books in New York in 2019, on pgs. 2 and 3.
We reflect on the word and concept “God” and meditate on the words of 13th century mystic Meister Eckhart through Meditations with Meister Eckhart by Matthew Fox and published by Bear & Company in Rochester, VT in 1983. The selection is found on pgs. 12-16.
We reflect on the racist violence of white policing that murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN on 05/26/2020. What can we do? 1. Make space for and listen to black voices. 2. If you’re white, Promote voices of color before your own 3. Ask POC how you can help 4. Make the Bodhisattva Vow
We reflect on the flow of spirituality and the things that we allow to block the flow. This: Becoming Free is by Michael Gungor and it was published by Roundtree Press in Petaluma in 2019. The quote is found on pg. v.
We reflect on yoga as a spiritual practice that helps us connect to our bodies, God, and all beings with the guidance and teaching of Cari Armstrong. Josiah is lucky to be married to her. You can find Cari and her yoga classes at www.caritasyoga.com and Caritas Yoga on Facebook. Namaste.
We reflect on the rejection of cruelty and the value of being wrong. Please check out the interview with Mitch Horowitz on The Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast and check out Hail Satan? A film by Penny Lane available on Hulu.
Trigger warning: there are discussions of eating disorders, self harm, and sexual assault in this episode. We reflect on masks and laying them down. We meditate on the poem “Lucha Libre” by Esteban Rodriguez. The full poem can be found at https://poems.com/todays-poem/
We reflect on words like “God” and “higher power” and embrace the mystery of it all. The article is called “Richard Rohr Reorders the Universe” and it was written by Eliza Griswold and published by The New Yorker on Feb. 2, 2020.
We reflect on spirituality and how we connect with ourselves, first. Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr was published by Sounds True in Boulder in 2019. The quote is found on pgs. 9 and 10. You can learn more by visiting www.mirabaistarr.com
We reflect on facing mortality and death and our avoidance. Content warning: if death and loss are too challenging for you in this season, you may want to skip this one for now. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty was published by W. W. Norton & Company in New York in 2014. The quote is found on pgs. ix and x.
We reflect on attachment to belief through Christian Wiman’s poem, All My Friends Are Finding New Beliefs. The full text of the poem can be found at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/151735/all-my-friends-are-finding-new-beliefs
We reflect on “communing with the sublime” through walking meditation via A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros. The New York Times review can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/books/review/a-philosophy-of-walking-by-frdric-gros.html
A new introduction and a reflection on practicing mourning and comfort. The book Unsubscribe is by Josh Korda and is available wherever books are sold. Some swears in this one. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a space for comfort and care.
We explore sitting with our anger, fear, and sadness with Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and psychologist, Cheryl Giles. The essay is called Beyond the Color Line: Cultivating Fearlessness In Contemplative Care and is found on pg. 41 with the selection on pg. 43. The essay is included in The Arts of Contemplative Care ed. by Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller and published by Wisdom Publications in Boston in 2012.
Part 4: Hildegard of Bingen. We reflect on Hildegard’s thoughts through the devotional Christian Mystics by Matthew Fox, published by New World Library in Novato in 2011. The reading is found on pg. 20.
We reflect on perfectionism, overthinking, and physical intuition through a selection from The Barn At the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd by Mary Rose O’Reilly, published by Milkweed Editions in Minneapolis in 2000. The selection is found on pg. 11.
Trigger warning: There is discussion of eating disorders, addiction, self harm, and trauma in this episode. We continue our reflection on the Trinity through the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer. Today, part 2: The Pain Bearer. The reading comes from Images of Pastoral Care, an anthology edited by Robert Dykstra and published by Chalice Press in St. Louis in 2005 and is found on pg. 77. The selection is written by the late Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) from his book The Wounded Healer (1972).
We reflect on a reading from Kathleen Deignan’s compilation of Thomas Merton’s meditations on nature, When the Trees Say Nothing, published in 2003 by Sorin Books in Notre Dame. The reflection is number 4 on pg. 46.
We reflect on gratitude practice through Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem, Every Day. This poem can be found on p. 25 of Nye’s poetry collection, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, published in 2005 in New York by HarperCollins with illustrations by Terre Maher.
We offer up lament through Psalm 88 during this difficult season. Warning: there are lots of swear words in this episode. Ask the kiddos to leave the room. Email Josiah at email@example.com and send him your lament.
We reflect on a question asked by Sufjan Stevens and an answer from a systematic theologian in these chaotic and anxious times. Song - “Oh God, Where Are You Now? (In Pickerel Lake? Pigeon? Marquette? Mackinaw?)” from Greetings from Michigan, The Great Lake State (Asthmatic Kitty Records, 2003)
Manly’s first guest, Stephen Johnson, describes the value of humanness over manliness. Watch out...there’s a lot of movie and TV references! The following are links from the episode: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/06/imagining-a-better-boyhood/562232/ https://hedgehogreview.com/issues/identitieswhat-are-they-good-for/articles/what-is-it-like-to-be-a-man