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For most of her life, Pace Smith defined life through the lens of science and rationality. Until... she didn't. In episode 6 of The Sacred Podcast, Pace and I talked about transitioning from science geek to spiritual Sufi, enjoying the variety of the spiritual buffet vs choosing a single path to devote to, having conversations with people who don't share your spiritual beliefs, creating your own spiritual ceremonies + much more!

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The choir was seated behind him, all dressed in primary colors. I remember a royal blue dashiki and a bright red pant suit, with gold earrings. Even though the camera wasn't focused on them, I could still see that they were nodding and shifting in their seats.

The man standing a few feet in front of them shook his dreadlocks and laughed. Then he raised his arms, palms up, looked out into the crowd and shouted, "How does it get better than this?"

His name is Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, and he was speaking to the congregation at the Agape Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. And the question he asked... That question could change it all.

When it feels like the grand dreams for your future have been crushed, when the grief of saying farewell to a love, or a pet, or an identity, rips you down the middle, this is the question to ask: So how does it get better than this?

A person of faith, a person rooted in the truth that the Universe is always expanding and you are here to unfold into the fullness of your YOU, asks this question.

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Episode 5: Theresa Reed

I held a healthy skepticism of tarot for many years. Until I met Theresa Reed. In episode 5 of The Sacred Podcast, Theresa and I talked about what tarot is exactly, how astrology helped her begin to understand herself, why she prefers looser connections with her friendships / community, and much more!

For some people, their anxiety is triggered by social or performance-related situations. Being asked to speak at a staff meeting. Walking through the mall. On a Saturday. Paying taxes. Family gatherings. For others, their anxiety is more often stimulated by a specific person. That person. You know the one... You read their latest Facebook post and immediately, your mood sours. Their name appears on your caller ID and your palms start to sweat. You see their car in the driveway and your chest tightens. For most of the people I know who struggle with anxiety (heads-up: to some degree, that would be all humans on the planet), their anxiety appears in patterns. The same person or situation triggers their anxious behavior, time and time again.

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Episode 4: L’Erin Alta

L'Erin Alta has always been a self-described rebel. As a young kid in Sunday School, she demanded an explanation when told that women should obey their husbands. "My mom is a single mom. She doesn't obey anyone." Then came her exploration of Rastafarianism, Islam, the [...]

For the past 3 decades, I haven't quite felt "at home". I've been moving (or thinking about moving), for most of my life. When I moved somewhere new, I'd give the place a chance (not for too long, though - I'm a show-me-results-FAST kinda gal) and if my expectations weren't met, I'd pack up my pots and pans and buy a plane ticket somewhere else. Back on the hunt for that nestled-in, cozy-in-my-heart feeling that only your true home gives you. The questioning was constant: "Where is MY place? Where is my true home?" The place where I will (mostly) feel Rooted. Like a tree planted in the perfect, sunny spot. Safe. Like a hug from your favorite person on the planet. Powerful. Like a spine whose vertebrae have finally clicked into place, after years of...