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The Peaceful Life Podcast

The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series of stories, inspiration, and affirmations to help return your life to peace and joy.

I just recently learned about the concept of Wabi Sabi - a Japanese term that means embracing the beauty of imperfection, impermanence, and being incomplete. A discussion on the philosophy of these concepts.

You must discover the impermanent art of Andy Goldsworthy. You'll be glad you did!

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series of stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

If you'd like to make a contribution to the show and help keep it going, it's easy! Just use PayPal:

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I asked my podcast group "What do you do for Self Care?" People define self care in different ways. I discuss the answers I received, talk about self care misconceptions, and why self care is so important to living a peaceful life.

My self care strategies:

  • Make my bed every morning
  • Shower/Bathe
  • Clean house, DIY, clear out clutter every quarter
  • Cook dinner for myself
  • Hang with friends
  • Make sure to call friends and check in with them and their lives
  • Manage my finances & budget
  • Get regular dental and medical checkups
  • Take walks with my pup
  • Play with the cats
  • Curl up on the couch and watch "my programs"
  • Work in the garden
  • Create: Write, Photograph, Code
  • Do this podcast!
  • Give selflessly

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series of stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

If you'd like to make a contribution to the show and help keep it going, it's easy! Just use PayPal:

paypal.me/peacefullife

 

This year for me is chock full of projects and I’m about to embark on a vacation out of the country. I have therefore decided to take some time off of the Peaceful Life Podcast. 

I’ll be keeping the show online on all podcast apps and on my website, so please stay subscribed to the peaceful life podcast so you get the new episodes when they’re created. 

In the meantime, go back and relisten to some of the previous shows. Keep the affirmation episodes on your device and try to do them when you need them.

You can always reach me via email at Laura@ThePeaceful.lifeand find the full archive of episodes at www.thepeaceful.life.

May every sunrise bring you promise and every sunset bring you peace.

~ Laura

I talk about what goes into creating a PLP episode, give an update on the state of my own healing, describe a day without my cell phone, and read three letters from my listeners. Including this loaded question: "If you believe everyone is a spectacular human being, does that include Donald Trump?"

Thank you for tuning in and being on the other end of the Peaceful Life Podcast! I love each and every one of you and your joy brings me joy.

Have chronic pain? Use The Healing Table Visualization

Having trouble sleeping? Check out Go to Sleep - a relaxation episode

Have feedback? Email me at laura@thepeaceful.life

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series of stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

If you're human you've probably gone through a bad breakup some time during your life. Sometimes the hurt stays with us for years. In this episode, I discuss good and bad relationships, how relationships break, and how you can avoid it breaking you.

When a mate breaks up with you, you will mourn three things:

1. The Person

2. The Companionship - sharing of experiences

3. Your Future Fantasy

Listen as I discuss how to get through a breakup, heal, and bring peace back into your life.

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series of stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

 

I talk about how music has always been a part of my life, my musical journey through college, and welcome another guest talking about music and healing. Lauren Mullinax is an extraordinary musician, composer, and vocalist, and has devoted her time to using music to soothe those in trauma, with illness, and at end of life.

Lauren's website: http://lumidmusic.com

Music in this episode:

Alpha Centauri - by Lauren Mullinax, featured in the NASA documentary Dawn of Orion.

Piano Man by Billy Joel

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

We've all turned to music to help heal us emotionally. But did you know music and sound can heal us physically, as well? In this first of a two-part series, I speak with Bill Protzmann, a man whose mission is to heal and teach self-care through music. 

Sunshine on my Shoulders  by John Denver

Annie's Song  by John Denver

Reverie  by Claude Debussy

Bill can be contacted through his website, BillProtzmann.com.

Make sure you listen to the second part of this series when I demonstrate how music can make you feel and have a conversation with Lauren Mullinax, a music therapy specialist.

Smithsonian Magazine, The Oracle Chamber

Music as a cure for PTSD and ADHD

INC: The Benefits of Playing Music Help Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

This is a visualization that you can use daily to help your body naturally heal what ails you. It's best to listen to this episode in bed, lying on your back, but if that's not comfortable for you then use a soft recliner or chair. This visualization technique is not meant to be used instead or in place of professional medical treatment, but to enhance your body's healing process.

Keep this episode on your device and listen daily, or as needed. 

Music by Clemens Wijers

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

 

What is pain, exactly? Do you believe that we can think our way out of pain? I do. This episode covers techniques to manage chronic and acute pain, what pain means to you, and how to handle it.

Listen to Carly Simon's "I Haven't Got Time for the Pain" from the 1974 album Hotcakes.

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

If you are living with illness, chronic disease, or pain, there are many steps you can take to start healing yourself.

In this day and age, we cannot count on the food industry, medical industry, or food industry to help us. We must be in charge of our own bodies. In this episode I go over a few strategies to start helping you heal yourself in this second season of The Peaceful Life Podcast on healing.

Steps to start healing yourself:

  • Mind your thoughts and self-talk
  • Let go of past negativity
  • Remove toxic people from your life
  • Don't participate in verbal negativity
  • Get physical
  • Understand the food you put into your body
  • Laugh and love

Recommended reading:

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Usby Michael Moss

How do Thoughts and Emotions Affect Health? - University of Minnesota

The Impact of Psychological Stress on Wound Healing - U.S.National Library of Medicine

Mind-Body Connection: Understanding the Psycho-Emotional Roots of Disease - The Chopra Center

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

How we can change our perception of New Year's resolutions. A guided visualization to recap your previous year and look ahead with positivity and gratitude. 

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

In this, the anniversary show, I tell a story of how I'm ending this year with broken bones, how I get through it (peacefully), and do a short review of the first season of The Peaceful Life Podcast. Thank you to all of my listeners and guests who have made the show a success!

Season two of the peaceful life podcast will start after the first of the year. During this hiatus please take some time to go back and listen to season one episodes that you might have missed. To view the show index go to http://thepeaceful.life.

I would also like to thank my friends, my family, and all of the members of the Cut the Bullsh!t Podcasting  group on Facebook for helping me sustain this show.

Much Love and Light,

Laura

An episode on how negative or positive thoughts can affect you, your body, your soul, the people and the world around you. You have the choice how to react to people and situations, and your life becomes so much better, happier, and more peaceful when you choose the positive.

Nobody is perfect. Being "judgy" has been ingrained in our upbringing. But we can catch these thoughts and reframe them. Redirect. You'll be glad you did.

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

 

 

 

In this episode, you'll hear some tips on how to incorporate relaxation throughout your day. It's a stressful world! But you don't have to internalize it at all. Here are some quick things you can do to relax:

  • Stretch
  • Close your eyes
  • Look out a Window
  • Work out, do yoga!
  • Connect with Nature
  • Eat chocolate!
  • Listen to music!
  • Read a book
  • Take a bath
  • Chew gum
  • Pet your pets!
  • Set your devices to switch to "Night Shift" or night mode in the evenings
  • Stop negative self-talk
  • Don't put unreasonable expectations on yourself
  • Listen to more episodes of The Peaceful Life Podcast!

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

 

Thou Art God

Who or what is your god? I talk about the different definitions of god, the evolution of my belief system and how I personally feel god is a part of all of us. I do not impose my beliefs on others, and this episode is not meant to answer any questions. In fact, you can view this show this as a question in itself.

And toward the end of the episode, listen for how I received a kind-of "divine surprise!" 

Some things mentioned in this episode:

The Pew Research Study: Americans' Belief in God

YouTube Video: Kids of Different Religions Describe God

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

The history of the Pledge of Allegiance

"On this Night" is sung by me and my daughter, Miranda.

In this episode I discuss all the wonderful presentations I attended at the Yosemite Peace Symposium - practical ways we can take action to better our part of the world. I then lead listeners through a visualization/affirmation to heal the hatred, violence, and injustice that is prevalent in the United States at this time.

This is an important week for us here in the U.S. Please exercise your right to vote.

Mentioned in this episode:

Olive Foundation- Assisting individuals working in the sex industry, as well as victims of human trafficking, to overcome their limitations by encouraging them to learn their value and empowering them to live a life they are proud of.

123 Missing Children Found in Michigan during Sex Trafficking Operation

The Kern Family Farm - an organic family farm that has started a community garden at the local elementary school

The Worldwide Opportunities for Organic Farming(Wwoof) - Working an organic farm in exchange for room, board, experience, and education.

The Peace Pole Project - Customizable language Peace Poles for schools, organizations, and homes

And Then They Came for Us - a documentary film about the Japanese concentration camps in the United States during WWII.

Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist by David Hartsough

The Yosemite Peace Symposium

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

 

 

Memory

About memory and how it can hinder or help you have a peaceful life. 

Mentioned in this episode:

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Revisionist History podcast with Malcolm Gladwell

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

 

In this episode I read a short story I wrote a couple of years ago called "Fire Came Out" about a scary memory from when I was just three years old. 

Are we responsible for what happens when we're kids? Should we just get over it? This is the first of a two-part episode about childhood, memories, and interpretation.

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

 

Belinda Farrell has been an actress, elementary school teacher, TV news reporter, professional stunt car driver, hypnotherapist, healer, and almost a CIA agent! 

But tragedy struck when she lost her son and her entire life savings within the same year. Being as resilient as she is, Belinda sought a new life in an ancient Hawaiian healing practice called Huna. Listen to Belinda's story about her practice, how she heals others (and herself) and found her own path to a peaceful and friggin' joyous life.

You can find Belinda Farrell's book here: Find Your Friggin' Joy: Discover Missing Links from Ancient Hawaiian Teachings to Clean the Plaque of your Soul and Reach Your Higher Self.

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

One of the paths to living a peaceful life is the ability to mindfully control your own thoughts…and work to manage and eliminate those which are non-productive or harmful. 

In this episode we break down the different thoughts that we have on a daily basis–which work for us and which don’t, and finish with a practice mindful meditation to keep your attention on the present.

Other episodes mentioned in this podcast:

Go to Sleep

Go to Sleep for Kids

Release the Darts

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The Peaceful Life Podcast is a series with stories, inspiration, and affirmations to return your life to peace and joy.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

For more information and episodes visit the website: ThePeaceful.life

 

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