crying in my jacuzzi

crying in my jacuzzi

a podcast exploring the ebbs & flows of living an examined life. hosted by transformational coach, dana balicki. expect deep dives into the weird magic of humaning together, guided by dana's 11 years of coaching experience and her special brand of reverent irreverence, high woo, and searing practicality.


December 7, 2023 11 mins

message of support from dana in these complex times: 

"this is a simple guided meditation/visualization that i've used for years in my own energetic practices, with clients to support their presence, and i'm honored to share this with you. use when you're feeling scattered, overwhelmed, spread-thin, depleted, uncertain, dissociated, or any other time of day you need a dose of slowdown medicine to ground...

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in this last episode of season 1, meet the love of dana's life. no, not her husband (sorry, ray ray). and not baby honey biscuits the cat (like she cares). but slowdown medicine, the entity that chose her so many years ago and continues to radically guide her (and now you) through our world saturated with urgency, pathologizing, and unhinged hustling. gather 'round! and hear the tale of how a UTI transformed our dear dana...

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in this episode, infused with the sweetness of desire, abundance, and huzzah!, we're going to dig into CELEBRATION AS THE SERIOUS FRIGGIN' BUSINESS THAT IT IS. 

in our dominant (westernized) culture, CELEBRATION gets a bad/twisty wrap. it's the thing that you have to hold out for, only do on very special occasions, only do at the end of a journey, and only have if you've won or achieved the intended goa...

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humans have never been very good at uncertainty — the impermanence of existence is uncomfortable for us. so while we can't actually do anything about the groundless nature of reality we've learned to do some things about the discomfort. namely avoid, conflate comfort with safety and a bevy of other ineffectual approaches to living in the world! there are costs too — creativity, vision, curiosity, acceptance, and DESIRE.

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welcome back, brave souls — to the cave we go! with ADVICE DOM leading the way! in today's journey we explore the complexity of embarking on bold, new ventures, while tending to heavy, old patterns. where's the real growth happening? what do you do when you inevitably fall back into the old patterns? who are you becoming as you emerge through the uncertainty? 

we talk about the super power of softness, the life l...

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as a rebellious girl-child of the '80s, dana had zero dreams of marriage. and yet, a surprise(ish) marriage proposal from her long-time no-marriage sweetheart became a portal of profound transformation in her relationship with herself, to change — oh, and him too.  we live in a relational world, we change each other all the time! in this ep we explore discomfort, clinging to identities, getting in our own way of change, and ho...

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buckle up, buttercup! join dana on another trip to the magical library, where we engage in the ancient wisdom of bibliomancy -- using texts as tools for divination. the library (and THE LIBRARIAN OMGGGG)  serves up a well-worn copy of Rebecca Solnit's, "a field guide to getting lost," a reflection on curiosity, mystery, desire, and exploring all our relationship to the unknown. so, get ready for a field trip like no ...

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this episode is part 2 on self-centeredness. and it's a coaching exercise! in these 30 minutes, we'll look at your relationship to your relationships, your patterns of stretching yourself too thin in efforts to maintain connections at your own expense, and how to come back to (or visit for the first time!) your healthy middle and cultivate relationships without sacrificing your own well-being. ta-dah!

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let's dive into the unexpected power of self-centeredness. seeing it not as a negative trait — dominant culture narrative be damned! — but as a liberatory tool that can help dissolve (and uphold! oh, the brilliant paradox!) personal boundaries and cultivate deeper connections.  introspection as a catalyst for personal and collective transformation. dana shares her story as a burned-out activist, full up with punk damage, and h...

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in ep #5, we (dana, with help from the lesson minions) dig into the weird world of therapeutic service that can pressure us to transform every life experience into a marketable service offering. health & wellness or wealth & hellness?

let's play with mindfulness, gender socialization, perfectionism, the specter of neoliberalism, self-trust vs self-sacrifice, boundary-setting, cultural programming around "...

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like a magic schoolbus for grownups ~ ~ join dana on a little adventure from your daily hustle & flow into the wonder & mystery of living! we've got oracular books, divination, sea creatures, slowdown medicine, the art of knowing your heart, and more.

/// podcast art ~ natalee miller, theme song ~ kat ottosen, sound editing/design ~ rose blakelock,  podcast support ~ softer sounds studio ///

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not your typical "how-to" in easy peasy steps... more of a how-to-feel-and-trust-your-desires-in-order-to-create-a-life-of-resonance. here's a guide to making your biggest life decisions through the story of dana and ryan's move from nyc to the mojave desert (almost 9 years ago, eeep!). we'll discuss owning your desires, connecting with your intuition, and the realities of wanting in late-stage capitalism. ...

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May 26, 2023 33 mins

in episode #2, dana explores a universal experience — your oldest, most painful pattern shows what the heck do you do? you'll get an insight into dana's recent dance with one of her oldest and stickiest core patterns and how she worked her way through it. dana shares step-by-step practices that she teaches all of her clients, along with compassion practices that you can use with any of your "go eat worms"...

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welcome, welcome, to crying in my jacuzzi: the ebbs and flows of living an examined life! in this first episode, you'll:

  • meet dana, your reverently irreverent host & guide (+ seasoned life coach & former radical political organizer), as well as robot cohost alex, robot co-producer janet, and the advice dom (it's a real party over here); 
  • learn why we're in a jacuzzi and why we're crying in it; 
  • figure o...
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