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Pondering Life Adventures

Pondering Life Adventures

By Maurie Lung & Bobbi Beale
Two seasoned mental health therapists ponder this wild and precious life while integrating their experiences in adventure therapy, social justice, nature, parenting, and relationships. Grab a cup of coffee and eavesdrop on the sometimes funny, sometimes serious, genuinely realistic adventures of life.
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Episode 1: It all begins with pondering stress in our daily lives

Pondering Life Adventures

Episode 1: It all begins with pondering stress in our daily lives

Pondering Life Adventures

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Episode 20: Welcome Back! Catch up with Bobbi and Maurie
Grab that coffee or tea and settle down to find out what we have been up to lately and the upcoming plans we have for the podcast. Plus, have you been introduced to Polly Bagel yet?! Find out what a bagel has to do with neuroscience or just take a few minutes to listen to chat about the world around us. 
44:59
November 29, 2021
Episode 18: Parenting Among Friends
Grab your coffee and settle in to hear all about parenting during a family reunion! And, add in the complexity that all of the children are "diblings" (donor siblings). Hold on tight for this ride!
42:48
August 24, 2021
Episode 17: Emerging and Reconnecting
Listen in as Bobbi Beale and Maurie Lung chat about our recent activities, including travel, parenting challenges, and re-connecting with others. 
21:52
July 27, 2021
Episode 12: The Perils of Parenting in the Pandemic (throwback)
Grab your coffee and listen in as we talk about that feeling of overwhelm by so much that is happening in our lives so quickly! We explore responsibility and blame. We remind ourselves that a calm nervous system calms nervous systems. But little did we know what was to come shortly after this January 2021 recording. 
19:24
June 16, 2021
Episode 16: Calmly Building Bridges
Grab yourself a drink and settle in for our conversation with Dr. Christine Norton as we chat about stress, parenting, and the concerns of the world around us right now. Dr. Christine Lynn Norton is a Professor of Social Work at Texas State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Level III Certified Experiential Therapist with the International Society for Experiential Professionals. Christine is also a Research Scientist with the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center and a Fulbright Scholar.
53:00
June 8, 2021
Season 2 Teaser
Hear what happened during our little break AND what's coming for season 2!
00:37
May 13, 2021
Episode 15: Heart-centered and Inspirational Conversation with Sky Gray
Grab a drink, settle back, and listen in on our conversation with Sky Gray. We delve into the heart of resilience, through our careers in mental health, our challenges and success with our families, and our own personal curiosities. Enjoy!
56:06
May 13, 2021
Episode 14: Pause and Pivot with Lise and Bobbi
Grab that cup of coffee or tea and settle in with our guest, Lise Brown, from Winnipeg, Canada, and Bobbi (while Maurie is still recovering). Lise is  co-owner of Momenta (https://experiencemomenta.com) as well as a parent and fellow adventurer. They talk about navigating this past year, impacts on their families, and their hopes for the coming year. 
35:12
March 6, 2021
Episode 13: Friends, Colleagues, and Quantoids
Grab your cup of coffee or tea and dive into t-tests, ANOVA, and chi-squares. Don’t worry, you don’t really need to know this vocabulary to enjoy this episode of how Bobbi met UNH researcher and professor, Dr. Anita Tucker as they dive into how a collegial relationship was forged, the work of a researcher in mental health, and the importance of women supporting each other in the workplace.
59:23
March 2, 2021
Episode 11: Seasoning Day
Grab your coffee and settle in for our conversation with Jesse, Bobbi's 23 year old son, as we have a candid conversation - including the infamous seasoning day. Jesse shares thoughtfully about what it is like to have a parent who is a mental health practitioner, how adventure therapy ideas were integrated during childhood, how Montessori education reinforced these values, and on growing up with moms who are lesbians. (Also included is a brief update after surgery with Dani.)
59:48
January 20, 2021
Bonus Episode: Stories from the Field Interviews Bobbi
Listen in on the interview as Bobbi was a guest on the podcast "Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy." Stories from the field is dedicated to demystifying wilderness therapy and is hosted by Dr. Will White. In this podcast Will interviews various wilderness therapy researchers, program founders, writers, executive directors, guide staff, clinicians, critics and more. He educates the listener to the long history of the field and different trends related to this evolving treatment option. Will has worked in the wilderness therapy field for over 30 years and co-founded Summit Achievement (a wilderness therapy program) located in Maine in the 1990's. He wrote the book, "Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy" and his doctoral dissertation traced the history of the field and is titled, “Stories from the Elders: Chronicles and Narratives from the Early Years of Wilderness Therapy”.
47:00
January 15, 2021
Episode 10: Ksporking, Cooking, & Caregiving
Grab your coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) and join us as we chat up Bobbi’s partner Dani just a day before her surgery, then we dive into some theory about relationship roles and being a primary caregiver, before we take a little jaunt off road into baking shows, cooking for kids, and backcountry kitchens.
43:13
January 6, 2021
Episode 9: All I Want for Christmas is... Reinforced Titanium?!
Grab your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and pull up a chair to listen in as we chat about our holiday traditions, how this looks during a pandemic, and the ordinary struggles of our everyday lives as we navigate our exciting work and lively families. Be sure to check out our Facebook page, Pondering Life Adventures, if you want to see the photo we are referencing in this segment!
35:47
December 23, 2020
Bonus: "Graduate to Guide: On the Other Side of Therapy" Interviews Maurie
Check this bonus episode out! Maurie was interviewed by Emma Stein. Here is how she describes this episode: "In the second interview of this podcast, Emma welcomes a seasoned leader in the field of adventure therapy to the show, Maurie Lung. Maurie discusses her work at Life Adventures Counseling and Life Adventures For All and shares how she integrates her work into her own life and her life experience into her work. She gives valuable advice to anyone new to the field of mental healthcare." Emma's podcast, Graduate to Guide: On the Other Side of Therapy, can be found at https://graduatetoguideontheothersideoftherapy.buzzsprout.com if you are interested in more stories like this one.
35:58
December 18, 2020
Episode 8: Bandwidth Exhaustion? Eat, Move, Breathe, Sleep!
Listen in on our conversation with Dr. Tina Bhargava, an Associate Professor at Kent State University. She has been studying how bandwidth (a term she uses for our brain resources) relates to human behavior for the last 10 years and has discovered that truly understanding it can provide a life-changing perspective on why people do what they do—AND what we can do about it. Check out her website at www.everydaybandwidth.com!
50:53
December 15, 2020
Episode 7: What Happens in Vagus (the nerve), Doesn't Really Stay in Vagus
Grab that cup of coffee and listen in as we wander about in our fog, directly experiencing the influence of the vagus nerve that is overseeing our parasympathetic nervous system and its vast range of crucial functions, such as communicating motor and sensory impulses to every organ in our body. From the common cold to sleep deprivation, we unpack what happens when we get overwhelmed with our world and we share a few strategies that will help to mitigate this stress that we are all experiencing in some form or another. (Visit our Facebook page, Pondering Life Adventures, to see the slide we are referring to in this episode!)
33:21
November 22, 2020
Episode 6: It's Okay to Play Ball in the House
Listen in on our chat as we navigate our stressful world while still trying to hold onto some of the routines that help our families thrive. We somehow link current events, with Halloween, gun sales, and the Olympic Biathlon. Finally settling on discussing regulating, family rules, the difference between tattling and telling, and the most important rule of all...to have fun. Don't miss the mindful moment at the end, as we are certainly in need of those these days!
49:57
November 9, 2020
Bonus Episode: Stories from the Field Interviews Maurie
Listen in on the interview as Maurie was a guest on the podcast "Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy." Stories from the field is dedicated to demystifying wilderness therapy and is hosted by Dr. Will White. In this podcast Will interviews various wilderness therapy researchers, program founders, writers, executive directors, guide staff, clinicians, critics and more. He educates the listener to the long history of the field and different trends related to this evolving treatment option. Will has worked in the wilderness therapy field for over 30 years and co-founded Summit Achievement (a wilderness therapy program) located in Maine in the 1990's. He wrote the book, "Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy" and his doctoral dissertation traced the history of the field and is titled, “Stories from the Elders: Chronicles and Narratives from the Early Years of Wilderness Therapy”.
58:59
October 29, 2020
Episode 5: What if the virus was hot pink?
Grab that coffee and sit back to listen in on our conversation about our experiences during the pandemic, such as our observations about mask wearing, our children interrupting our working from home, and how we are trying to find solid sleep and helpful mindfulness. Savoring seems to be the key. Enjoy!
27:52
October 18, 2020
Episode 4: Our Camping Roots Are Showing
Grab your coffee and sit back for a stroll down memory lane as we chat about our career paths into adventure therapy, camping with our families, and how our personal bandwidth is feeling a bit restricted these days. All of which is being mitigated with some good doses of playfulness and mindfulness.
25:11
October 12, 2020
Episode 3: Replenishing Your Surge Capacity
We typically access our surge capacity, our collection of our mental and physical adaptive systems, for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations. However, when we try to access it for long-term survival, it can become depleted, causing our bandwidth to become pinched and our compartmentalizing to leak. With the end of the pandemic not yet in sight, listen in as we share our struggles and our ideas of how we resource ourselves through connecting with people and sharing the gifts of laughter.
37:24
October 3, 2020
Episode 2: Who We Are As Parents
Grab your cup of coffee, relax, and listen in on our conversation about parenting, some of our struggles, some of our successes, and just what we think about when we try to answer the question of who we are as a parent. One thing became clear, that throughout our parenting journey, we both aim to focus on our values, while juggling our responsibilities to our family, our work, our friends – all while trying not to lose ourselves in the process.
41:12
September 26, 2020
Episode 1: It all begins with pondering stress in our daily lives
Grab your cup of coffee and listen in as we chat about some very real life situations we are navigating, sprinkled in with some research about resiliency, tips to mitigate the impacts of the stress, and a tiny bit of mindfulness to reorient your day. This episode dives into how the stress of the pandemic is impacting our families and ourselves during what seemed to be more mundane moments.
36:34
September 18, 2020