049: Planting God Oct12

049: Planting God

https://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/medeor.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/49-Planting-God-with-Derek-Schoenhoff.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 52:02 — 47.6MB)Derek Schoenhoff talks about his just-released book, Planting God, an attempt to make God more accessible to everyone. Dedicated to rethinking stereotypical concepts of God, many of which are inconsistent with the bible and nature, Derek loves to talk about the nature and character of God, reconciliation, and the future of the church. His fun and simple approach to difficult issues make him relevant for all generations. Check out the website PlantingGod.com for more information about the book. The book is available at in various formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other...

All That Jazz

April is jazz appreciation month, which the Smithsonian (a U.S. National Museum) calls both a historic and living American art form. Since jazz is the most free and flexible of all musical genres, this seems like a good time to examine those characteristics in our lives. Acclaimed trumpet musician, Herbie Hancock said, “The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.” I think that’s what many people find so fascinating about the musical form. It is by nature, open. It’s open to ideas, changes, improvisation, expression, collaboration, and creativity. I find it interesting that in playing jazz, a musician can be both part of something, yet unique at the same time. There is the whole, but there is the distinctiveness of individuals. But some people don’t like freethinking, creative expression, or new ideas. No wonder jazz was outlawed in various times and places like Nazi Germany. The Soviets didn’t outlaw it, but they openly criticized it. Even in the U.S., at least 60 communities banned jazz from being played in public dance halls in the 1920s. One has to ask what people were afraid of! Which begs the question, what you YOU afraid of? Like much great art, jazz came out of tremendous suffering. It is the product of slavery, oppression, and struggle. Sounds like the great themes of life, doesn’t it? Sometimes we are tempted to let the hard knocks of life close us down and make us hard. But if we let tough times change us, we can actually become more open, honest and trusting, and graduate to a new level of personal maturity. If musicians had been satisfied to maintain the status quo, we would never have experienced jazz. Rather, many transformed their pain and struggle into life, beauty, and openness; they continue...

026: Going Nowhere in Every Direction Apr22

026: Going Nowhere in Every Direction...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/26-Going_Howhere_with_MJ_.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:12 — 17.6MB)Lacking a sense of direction can cause us to wander aimlessly. In this episode, you’ll learn from Dr. MelindaJoy Mingo about living with purpose and intention. She uses Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz to describe key principles we can implement to get growing. MJ is a life-changer. Whether she’s teaching, preaching, coaching or consulting,  she always brings a fresh, inspiring and articulate message. “There is no comfort when we are in a growth place. And there is no growth if we choose to remain in the comfort...

Magic Eraser

Mr. Clean has a whole line of “Magic Erasers” that promise to remove dirt, scuffs, soap scum and other nastiness of life. But what if there was a product to erase a particularly difficult or painful time in your life? Would you use it? Would you use a magic eraser to make it as though the thing never happened? The past five years were very painful for me. It was filled with misunderstandings between working groups, relationship breakdowns, mistakes and regrettable moments. I hate those memories and wish they would go away. However, if I used a magic eraser to make them disappear, I would also lose the valuable lessons and personal growth I experienced. What about you? Would you implement a magic eraser if you could? Would you trade the pain-free memories AND the growth opportunities you experienced for the peace of mind that it never happened? Life is a series of changes, events, disappointments and pain. Shit happens. But life is also a journey of growth, faith, change and new opportunities. Think about this next time you wish an event or period of you life would just go away.   Mr. Clean® is a registered trademark of Proctor and Gamble. The name and image used in this article is used without permission and is neither an endorsement nor a criticism of the Magic Eraser of any of the P&G...

002: Living With Purpose Aug20

002: Living With Purpose...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/GCOYL-002.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 11:27 — 10.5MB)In episode 002, Dr. Deb interviews John Henry about Living With Purpose. John is the director of student mobilization at University of the Nations. He introduces students to overseas volunteer projects. They both make a difference in peoples’ life and experience personal transformation. John invites you to explore a lifestyle of generosity to make a difference in the lives of people around you. It’s a reminder that you bring things to the world no one else does! Be yourself and give of yourself! This episode was recorded in Hawaii, so you’ll get to hear some of the ambience of the islands! For more information on John’s work,...

001: Getting Beyond The Zombie Life Aug13

001: Getting Beyond The Zombie Life...

http://media.blubrry.com/gcoyl/p/media.medeor.co/gcoyl/GCOYL-001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 14:13 — 13.0MB)In this premier episode, we bring a conversation between Dr. Deb and lifecoach Jeannette Slater. We all get stuck and start living life on auto-pilot. In a sense, we start acting like zombie. This dialogue is a call to wake up from the zombie life, try new things, and breathe new life into your...

Vulnerability

In addition to sharing thoughts with you, I like to share resources that I find to be helpful. Here is a video on The Power of Vulnerability by Sociologist Brené Brown. It’s 20-minutes, so you’ll need some time. Take it; I think you’ll be glad you...

Fear of Freedom

Many things speak to us. Nature. Music. A glance. Words. Art. While searching the web for art reproductions, I came across this piece, titled, Fear of Freedom, by photographer and surrealist artist, Jordi Elias. I found it very provoking Look at it. The person under the boat is hanging on for dear life, but his actions are not going to save him. Are you caught under a boat? Are you afraid of freedom? Are you holding on to something that will ultimately be your demise? What will it take to get free?   Prints of this painting are available from the following sources: http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Fear-of-Freedom-Posters_i8651871_.htm http://www.art.com/products/p12818089875-sa-i6401691/jordi-elias-fear-of-freedom.htm?sorig=cat&sorigid=0&dimvals=0&ui=984e8a61a0984082a55674e7abcf323c&searchstring=fear+of+freedom&ssk=fear+of+freedom&sby=all http://www.illustrationworks.com/index.php...

Do You Need A Life Coach?...

Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” During the past year I have been training to be a lay life coach. In addition to studying, I’ve also had the privileged of being coached myself; It’s been an incredibly life-giving and transformational experience, one that’s taken me to the next level in several aspects of my life. So I asked my own coach, Jeannette Slater, if she would write an article on this strategy in hopes that you might look for your own coach and give it a try. – Dr Deb. How many times have you come away from a conversation, a seminar, a good book or any other learning event thinking, “Wow, I would love to implement that in my life! It would make all the difference!”…and then the phone rings with the latest urgency and months later something is tickling in the back of your mind….”Oh yeah, I had good intentions…oh well…” Perhaps you need a personal life coach. A life coach is one who comes alongside you to help you clarify what your goals are. Then the coach helps you discern the next steps to reach your goals. They’re also there to cheer you on as you live out your plan. Coaching is all about helping you take what you hope for, dream, or imagine and making it become a reality. A life coach doesn’t come with direction or the answers.  Their role is not to tell you what to do, but to help you find the answers that are in you that you don’t know are there! They are more like a midwife than a counselor. The coach’s role is to listen and ask good questions that uncover the keys...