Mediocre Mystic

Mediocre Mystic

Welcome to Mediocre Mystic - the podcast where we explore how mediocre makes the world go round and how mediocre works in mysterious ways. Join host Grace as she talks about all things messy, muddled, and mystic. Once a month, join James of The Quieted Mind as he brings us back home to the present moment with meditations, dharma talks, and selected readings.

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May 25, 2022 10 min

In this dharma talk, James discusses the significance of identifying as the Universe and how it can expand our capacity for love and compassion.

Referenced in this episode:
Thich Nhat Hanh: Please Call Me By My True Names
Bayard Rustin
Ram Dass

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In this edition of The Quieted Mind, James offers reflections on Spring as a marker and reminder of renewal and rebirth and leads a guided meditation.

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 Y’all know I love a holiday episode, sharing with you the highlights of history and connecting what we can cherry pick today that works for us continuing these celebrations. On today’s episode we’re talking about my very favorite holiday St Paddy’s - and, It ain’t for the green beer as tasty as it might be.

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March 10, 2022 42 min

On today’s show I’m talking with Meliea Black. A person I’ve known all my life on one hand and I’m just getting to know on the other. She’s the queer, ex-vangelical, mystic, midwife, moon maven, intuition activist - And, she’s here with us today helping to smash oppressive influences and build up radical self-trust.

Work with Meliea Black:
Lunar Aligned

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March 4, 2022 10 min

A year ago I dropped the inaugural episode of Mediocre Mystic as part of a network. It was first conceived as a seasonal project. Today, I celebrate the transition from seasonal to full time passion project for the podcast. It fills me with joy to also let you know that The Quieted Mind will continue to join us monthly with a meditation. 

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March 2, 2022 10 min

James shares thoughts on the recent passing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist teaching on impermanence, and leads a guided meditation.

Thich Nhat Hanh quotes in this episode come from:
No Death, No Fear
At Home in the World

Watch Thich Nhat Hanh's memorial ceremonies on YouTube

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February 14, 2022 32 min

On this Valentine’s edition Dani is sharing her "How To Romance Yourself" series with us. Today we’re going to talk about how to love yourself radically - with the food artist herself. Its not all Michelin stars - y’all don’t want to miss out on our Taco Bell secrets!

Dani and I both know the pain of food insecurity. I would like to encourage those of us who are able to love with action on this Valentines Day. In addition t...

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February 7, 2022 12 min

Grace and James talk about a major Shift in the show's focus.

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January 24, 2022 22 min

James returns in The Quieted Mind to set an intention for 2022: widening the circle of our compassion and love for those around us.

Links:
The Power of Metta: A Buddhist Story — from MountainHermitage.org

How to Expand Love: Widening the Circle of Loving Relationships by H.H. Dalai Lama

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December 21, 2021 7 min

Grace returns in this Holiday edition of Mediocre Mystic

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Our own Mediocre Mystic, Grace, talks about all things Samhain, Halloween, All Saints/Souls, and offers a live tarot reading in this special episode!

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October 28, 2021 39 min

Grace and James reminisce about Halloweens past, sharing fun stories and some horror stories about what Halloween was like for evangelical Christians growing up in the '80s and '90s.

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October 25, 2021 7 min

Grace and James discuss the new direction of Season 3, your comments about the premiere episode, and what Fundamental Shift is all about.

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October 13, 2021 69 min

Fundamental Shift returns with a video edition on YouTube. Subscribe there to get our video content! This is the Audio edition. Grace and James talk about the shifts that have been going on with the pod and in their own lives.

Referenced in this Episode:
Krishna Das: Web | Facebook| YouTube

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    This episode is Part 2 of a series. If you haven’t yet, check out Part 1, which is the episode immediately prior to this one in our podcast feed.

    Today we’re continuing the conversation on Toxic Masculinity with justice advocate Darren Calhoun. We’ll also talk about some of your responses to our online survey about your vision of the Ultimate Man. You don’t want to miss it.

    Referenced and Recommended in this Episode:
    Darren Calhoun
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    June 7, 2021 21 min

    Today James is talking about the controversial and often divisive topic of Toxic Masculinity. Will this be the episode that finally unlocks the Hate Mail achievement for our show?

    Take our survey about your Ultimate Man at http://bit.ly/fundamentalman

    Referenced and Recommended in this Episode:
    Good Men Project
    What's Good, Man?
    Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

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    The response to our series on Purity Culture has been overwhelming. We've heard from so many of you about your experiences, survival stories, and ongoing struggles that arose from the impact Purity Culture and dogma had in your life.

    In this episode, we will delve into a few of those stories, and Grace and James will share from their experiences as well.

    Although we weren't able to include the stories of everyone who spoke ...

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    What feeds the consciousness of someone who becomes so hateful and fearful of his own sexual desire that he would turn against those whom he has been led to believe are the source of his sinful desires and temptation? How many more out there are subject to the same influences? In this episode we are taking a closer look at the doctrines and teachings that fed the consciousness of a murderer.

    We’re talking about the dangers of purit...

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    In our everyday lives, we spend so much of our waking hours running away from the present moment. We run around making ourselves busy, chasing whatever’s next. When we have a chance to stop this rushing and running, our thoughts are often consumed with fears about the future or regrets about the past. 

    The practice of conscious breathing is a way for us to stop running, quiet our minds for a moment, and fully inhabit the present mom...

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    "I'm at my best in a messy middle-of-the-road muddle," said Harold Wilson, 2x Prime Minister of England. In this introductory episode, Grace talks about all things messy, muddled, and mystic.

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