Uplifted Uplifted is a podcast and a journey, from stories of adversity to new insights for a better life. Each short episode begins with a story of a personal challenge that, through awareness, leads to new insights and calmer, more positive ways of responding.
Uplifted

Uplifted

From Prairie Public Broadcasting

Uplifted is a podcast and a journey, from stories of adversity to new insights for a better life. Each short episode begins with a story of a personal challenge that, through awareness, leads to new insights and calmer, more positive ways of responding.

Most Recent Episodes

Spider Webs

How can meditation help us transform the worries that spin in our minds into images of beauty? How do we transform our worries into more peaceful abiding? How do spiders build their webs? What are sundogs?

Ode to My Therapist

Trying to understand certain experiences in the abstract, like therapy, doesn't really work. Sometimes it takes falling into the same pit of failure repeatedly to open up the door. And when I did new insights emerged that changed my life.

Learning from Trees

Many people have thought and written about what humans can learn from trees Here are some links: https://blog.tentree.com/10-life-lessons-you-can-learn-from-trees/ https://www.outofstress.com/12-life-lessons-you-can-learn-from-trees/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/creativity-without-borders/202002/what-we-can-learn-trees

Meditating on The Pain of This World

Meditation is a practice that helps us sit quietly with what is. Sometimes that means connecting with the pain and suffering of this world. We needn't recoil from tragedy. We can rather offer thoughts of hope and care to those at the center of tragedy. This practice is called Tonglen meditation. Tonglen is also known as exchanging self with other. You can hear Tibetan Master Pema Chodron talk about Tonglen here.

Seeing Myself Through My Son

Anger can seem justified. We want our children to do better. But our reasoning can obscure the negative and harmful effects of our critical words. Here are some ways to manage anger.

The Power of Nature

Sometimes it's hard to be present in the here and now. Yet Mother Nature sometimes helps awaken the mind and the spirit. A gentle rainshower can be all it takes. And sometimes this message from nature feels like a form of divine intervention

Becoming a Mountain

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Letting Go With Social Media

This episode talks about how we can practice letting go with social media. We can let the number of likes we get on our social media posts define how we feel about ourselves. Or we can let go of our expectations and post what we want (maintaining respect for others in the process). Like drawing pictures in the sand that the waves wash away we can let our social media posts go and create new ones. We can learn from the example of Pablo Picasso.

Taming the Monkey Mind

You know when the mind races from one thought to the next making it hard to focus? Meditation can help. Pssst - it's ok to have thoughts while meditating.

I Hear You

When I got angry as a little girl my father never listened to why I was so upset. He always expected me to claim guilt and apologize. Recently, amidst so many polarized attitudes, I have come to savor the value of saying those three all-important words: I hear you.

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