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What is hope all about? What does it mean to each of us, how does it manifest in our lives, and how can we strengthen our hope during difficult times.  Stash, Ellen and Dan discuss this deep and powerful topic.

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We have encountered health professionals who have made statements implying "You can't really recover" from mental health issues arising HankEstrada.jpgfrom abuse.  We discuss this difficult subject with our special guest, Hank Estrada, a nationally recognized spokesman on abuse healing for men.  One person reported that "Medical professionals have told me that there is no cure for PTSD," and we ask the question: Is that an accurate statement?  Do we really believe that with faith, there is hope of healing, or not?  Join us for this most thought provoking dialogue!

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Dan, Ellen and Stash try to zero in on what healthy closure looks like to each of them.  Is it about having a talk with the other person, or reconciling the end of a relationship to be at peace about it?  Both are possible.  What if the other person has no interest in closure?  What happens if the other party has passed away, as happened with Dan's Dad.  He talks about the healing journey he went on, seeking that peaceful closure.  A very thought provoking discussion!

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Today we are joined by one of our favorite friends Randi G. Fine, as we talk about supportive people.  First, how do we recognize the difference between someone who says they are supportive and really isn't, and someone who is really there for us.  How do we let those unsupportive relationships go, and embrace more supportive people in our world? It is a lively and thought-provoking dialogue you don't want to miss!RandiGFine.jpg

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How do we learn to love ourselves more fully? Doesn't it start with a deep acceptance of who we are? How does that translate to the actual events of our lives? Sometimes it's reclaiming the childlike wonder and joy of living - whether dancing, skating or even just exercising to stay in good shape.  We are joined by our great friend Patricia Singleton for this lively and entertaining discussion!PatriciaSingleton.jpg

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How do we handle feeling good? What if others around us aren't?  Do we take on the feelings of others.  Do we give ourselves permission to feel good? Is there a sense of "obligation" that keeps us from feeling good? We discuss all these thoughts in a very lively and thought provoking discussion.

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Ellen leads us in a lively and thought provoking discussion about listening.  How do we listen to our Higher Power/God for direction in our lives?  How do we listen to others when they might be sending us signals but not communicating directly?   How do we listen more effectively to ourselves, when our intuition or "gut" might be trying to tell us something?  We cover all of these thoughts in an enlightening dialogue!

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A close cousin to patience, how do we wait without "thrashing around?" How do we use the time to our advantage when waiting for events to unfold.  The word peaceful also comes to mind.  Join Stash, Ellen and Dan as we discuss this subtle subject.

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At those critical times of our lives, how do we believe that things are going to work out for the best?  How do we ask for direction, then relax?  How do we trust and turn things over to a Higher Power?  Stash, Ellen and Dan tackle these challenging questions in a deep and thoughtful dialogue.

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How do we know the timing is right for something we desire in our lives? How do we let go of trying to control or force the timing, and allow events to unfold naturally?  How do we stay patient when the timing doesn't seem to be working out (fast enough to suit us)?  Ellen, Stash and Dan discuss all of this in a lively and thought provoking dialogue.

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Have you ever thought about direction, prayed about it, and then maybe wondered - am I getting the answer?  Am I seeing signs for a direction I should go and just don't recognize them.  Stash, Ellen and Dan discuss that issue today.

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How do we let go of trying to be perfect, and just keep trying to move forward? We are joined by our good friend Patricia Singleton for this lively discussion.  Expectations, trying versus doing, being gentle, and the origins of our perfectionist tendencies are all discussed.PatriciaSingleton.jpg

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What concepts came up in our dialogue today? Peace, resistance, control, trust, intuition, fear, gentleness, forcing solutions, mindfulness - and scuba diving. See how it all came together! :)

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Stash, Ellen and Dan talk about blessings. Gratitude as a perspective and attitude on life.  What is it like when you're not in that frame of mind? Sometimes it takes time to see current events as a blessing.  Join us for this lively and thought provoking discussion!

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We are joined by our good friend Margaret Moore as we discuss our experience of prayer.  Why are we praying - to ask, beg, bargain, or just to commune with a God of our understanding? Anger at God - can we be that honest? A very thought provoking discussion.

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We take a look at what constitutes healthy compromise.  We discuss listening, mutual respect, boundaries, fluidity.  This was a most engaging discussion, and went many directions we would not have predicted!

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RandiGFine.jpgThis was an incredible discussion.  We were joined by our good friend Randi Fine as we dug deeply into what comprises intuition and how it manifests.  How do we hear our intuition, and then how do we honor it.  One of our most enlightening and thought provoking discussions to date.

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Ellen led us in a wonderful and lively discussion.  How to make healthy choices about our lifestyle, the people we choose to be around and our healing process.  How does intuition play a part in helping us make those choices?

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What are the choices when traditional methods might not give the relief we seek? We discuss methods we have used in our healing journeys, from bee pollen for allergies, to reiki healing, acupuncture, guided imagery, writing and prayer.

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Sometimes doing the same old familiar things isn't beneficial for us.  How to determine when that's happening, and change behaviors to something more comfortable, healthy and safe for us.

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Creativity

We are joined by our good friend Gil Namur from Life As A Human magazine as we talk about creativity.  How does it manifest for each of us, how it is connected to spirituality, and very importantly, how do we access that creativity! gilnamur.jpg

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We were joined by our good friend Patricia Singleton as we discussed the difficult and complex topic of reconciliation.  What if the other person is still potentially harmful? Do we really want to put ourself at risk in that case?  What if they are unrepentant or see no need to reconcile?  Tough questions we address in this thoughtful dialogue.PatriciaSingleton.jpg

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Sometimes in our healing and growth process, we need to rest. It seems like society doesn't encourage rest - either at all, or sufficiently. But to properly rest as we change and grow is vital to the process. The show is now available online! Enjoy!

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We were joined on this show by our good friend Randi G. Fine, author of the book Fine-ly. When is it time to back off and allow things to unfold? Sometimes we get in the middle of events and try to control outcomes.RandiGFine.jpg

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Affirmations are a powerful method for releasing and reprogramming negative and limiting messages from our past. We discuss how we use them and how effective affirmations have been for us.  It was an incredible and informative show - hope you can give it a listen! :)

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We were joined by Gil Namur, the publisher of Life As A Human magazine, to talk about the foibles and frailties of our humanity. Gil is the ultimate renaissance man, so this was a very entertaining show!

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On this show we were joined by special guest Diana Keough, the founder of Sharewik.comDianaKeough.jpg. We talked about how forgiveness has been for us a process, not a one time event. This was a very thought provoking discussion.

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Amazing discussion on tonight's show!  We really got into wanting to ask for help versus having to ask for help, and how we've learned from that process.

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Boy, was this a fun discussion!  Cats to rabbits to funny tarantula stories!  We covered it all - even with a tech problem at the beginning - with our wonderful friend Kat TanseyKatTansey.jpg!

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"Skating Through Life" A wonderful interview of Stash Serafin by Edie Weinstein.  You've got to read this!stashDWD.jpg

We were joined by special guest Edie Galley as we discussed what empowerment feels like and how it affects our daily lives!  Be sure to join us as we talk about empowering others, vision boarding, affirmations, flying dreams, spirituality.  We played special music by Pamala Stanley! Great talk!

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We explore embracing our gratitude, blessings, and an attitude of abundance.  Wonderful show!

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We had an amazing and wide ranging conversation tonight about different aspects of faith.  Obstacles to faith, intuition and faith, learning to trust, the fluctuating nature of faith.  We read several poems about faith, and left a lot on the table to think about!

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By Ellen Brown

This blog post on thriving originally appeared on my blog, Stepping Stones: http://ellen-brown.com/blog/2010/08/24/are-you-surviving-or-thriving/

And since we recently discussed the issue of Thriving on Dialogues with Dignity, I wanted to link to the post. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to leave your comments on our Dialogues with Dignity blog site, or on Stepping Stones.

Ellen

RebelBrown.jpgWow, what a wonderful discussion we had tonight.  We were joined by special guest Rebel Brown, and had some fantastic music by Pamala Stanley!  An amazing dialogue!

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After we talked about Being Gentle With Yourself on “Dialogues with Dignity,” I wrote this post for my blog, Stepping Stones:

http://ellen-brown.com/blog/2010/08/18/dealing-with-job-loss-divorce-or-loss-of-a-loved-one-be-gentle-with-yourself/

I hope you find it helpful!

Ellen

"The Anger Contract" - this came up in our last radio show on Thriving With Dignity.  It was a technique I used to try to let go of old anger, but without hurting anyone else.  I had gotten to the source of the deep anger, and knew I had to release it.  But I didn't want to hurt someone in the process, so I imposed limitations on myself.  As it came out in the show, I was talking about the violence my Dad acted out on me as a teenager.   One result had been that I carried a lot of anger and rage.  I had a dream about a tiger - that it was my rage and would eventually destroy me.  I had watched my Dad die early because he never confronted his tiger.  So releasing that old anger was hugely important to me.

"Servants From The Inside Out" is a thoughtful reflection on being a servant by Stash Serafin.  Wonderful thoughts for all of us!

How we move from surviving to thriving in our world, and do it with dignity toward ourselves and others around us!

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Sometimes we need to be gentle with ourselves, and sometimes we need to work hard to grow.  How do we balance the two?  During this show, we play an excerpt from Karen Drucker's beautiful song, "Gentle With Myself."

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