Embracing Your Life: Tara Brach is a psychologist, Buddhist meditation teacher, and author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha.
The Gift of Silence: Parker Palmer is a Quaker writer, educator, activist, and author of Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation.
Alone in a Cave: Tenzin Palmo was one of the first Western women ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun.
Divine Music: Jazz singer Kurt Elling talks about reaching for the divine through his music.
In Praise of the Wild: Pattiann Rogers tells Jim Fleming that naming things is the way to notice and appreciate them.
Evening Blessings: M.J. Ryan wants to revive the custom of saying grace before meals.
The Path of Gratitude: Gregg Krech talks about the Japanese tradition of Naikan-conscious thankfulness for everything that positively impacts your life.
The Town that Talks to the Dead: Christine Wicker talks about the small upstate NY town that has the world's largest community of Spiritualists.
Love Never Dies: Justine Picardie's book chronicles her efforts to contact her sister Ruth's spirit in the year after Ruth's death from breast cancer.
Life Without God: Novelist Jim Crace (Being Dead) says he's an atheist and wanted to find a way of talking about death that doesn't depend on God.
A Leap of Faith: Yann Martel (Life of Pi) says researching his book turned him into a churchgoer.
Redemption: Jimmy Santiago Baca was illiterate and in a maximum security prison when he fell in love with poetry.
Living a Good Life: Rabbi Harold Kushner says that people need to believe their lives are meaningful.
Then, hear Being Dead by Jim Crace.
Also, check out titles by Yann Martel.
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This was a smorgasbord of fascinating interviews on a variety of "soul searching" topics. Fleming is an excellent interviewer - his voice is very pleasant without putting the listener to sleep, and the other interviewers are top rate too. I found myself wanting to explore more about these topics and the authors that were mentioned and I was sorry when the recording ended...so I listened again (something that I rarely do). This was a real pleasure to own!
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