The Urban Grief Shamans

The Urban Grief Shamans

Welcome to ‘The Urban Grief Shamans’ podcast. I'm your host, John Moir, a retired paramedic and a fellow traveller through the landscape of loss and personal struggles. Here, we embrace the transformative power of our experiences to find wisdom and healing. In this podcast, we merge the ancient teachings of shamanism with the realities of modern urban life, offering you a path through the challenges of loss and personal struggles. Each episode is a deep dive into the healing process, where we share our personal stories and the enlightening perspectives of our guests from the mystical realms beyond. Our conversations are journeys of discovery, blending spiritual insights with practical guidance. You'll find solace, understanding, and a sense of companionship as you listen. We aim to empower you with tools and wisdom to navigate your own path of healing, making it feel more relatable and accessible. Join us as we explore the transformative journey of loss and personal growth, uncovering strength and insight. This is ‘The Urban Grief Shamans’, your guide to finding healing and transformation in the heart of life's challenges.

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May 17, 2024 33 mins

In this inspiring episode, we sit down with Bob Martin, a man whose life story reads like a film script, transitioning from a mob lawyer during Miami's tumultuous "Cocaine Cowboy" days to a serene meditation teacher and Mindfulness Coordinator at Elon University. Bob shares the riveting details of his past and the profound spiritual awakening that reshaped his future. Guided by the teachings of a 72nd-generation Taoi...

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In this enlightening episode, a native New Yorker and urban shaman, shares his deeply personal journey into shamanism sparked by a significant loss in 1996. He recounts how a spiritual workshop helped him rediscover laughter and joy amidst grief, leading him to explore shamanism's rich practices. Tony describes the serendipity of his spiritual awakening through various workshops in New York City and the lasting connections he ...

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An insightful dialogue between host John Moir and his guest, Diane Puchbauer, discussing the integration of psychology, shamanism, and the profound impact of horses on healing and personal growth. Diane shares her journey from a troubled relationship with horses in her youth to embracing shamanism and energy psychology, revealing how these el...

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Jen Frey's grandparents' garden was more than just a patch of earth—it was a sanctuary where plants spoke and the heart could heal. As she walks you through her family's legacy of organic gardening and the profound wisdom that plants offer, we'll uncover the intertwined dynamics of nature and nurture. Discover the shamanic paths, herbal remedies that have shaped Jen's journey.

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Have you ever faced a shattering moment that reshaped your entire existence? Meet Ashmeeta Madhav, a beacon of strength in the turmoil of loss, who joins us to share her transformative journey through grief. She brings a reservoir of resilience as an educator, author, and grief support advocate, teaching us that our darkest times can lead to profound personal growth. Ashmee...

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In this episode of our podcast, we delve into the transformative journey of blending shamanic practices with traditional psychotherapy. Our guest, Alex Solomon, a seasoned therapist with a rich background in both realms, shares their insights on the challenges and revelations encountered when integrating these seemingly distinct approaches to healing. They discuss the initi...

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February 24, 2024 40 mins

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This compelling episode delves into the seldom-discussed realm of men’s grief and the cultural silence around their emotional expressions. Our guest, Carl Rabke, a seasoned practitioner in somatics, embodiment work, and grief rituals, shares his profound insights into the intersections of physical embodiment and soul work. Through his journey of healing and discovery, Carl ...

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February 10, 2024 35 mins

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Personal Reflections and Insights on Forest Therapy Walks

Feel the pulsing heartbeat of the earth and the whisper of leaves as Brenda Martin, a forest therapy guide, leads us on a quest for tranquillity amid the forests' embrace. Her insights promise more than just a walk among trees; they offer a doorway to the soul's unspoken dialogue with nature. In to...

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When Mora File, a teacher and healer with a background in shamanic practices, joined us, she shared valuable insights about the stages of womanhood. She spoke about the transition from maiden to mother, and then to crone, emphasizing the crone's role in embodying wisdom and life's cycles. Mora highlighted the importance of recognizing and celebrating the transitio...

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Have you ever felt like you've lost a part of yourself due to life's challenges? Elaine Egidio, an experienced practitioner in shamanic healing, joins us to discuss how soul retrieval can help regain one's complete sense of self. She shares her insights on recognizing when parts of our essence may be concealed due to past traumas and the healing process invol...

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In our latest discussion, we were joined by Catherine Grey Hughes, a teacher and shaman practitioner with a deep understanding of psychopomp, the practice of guiding souls after death. Catherine shared her insights on how soul transitions affect both the living and the deceased. We talked about the reasons why some souls may stay behind and how their journey to the afterlif...

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December 20, 2023 31 mins

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In our latest episode, we talk with Kathy Gleason from “As I Live and Grieve” about the relationship between grief and creativity. We explore how historical periods, from the Renaissance to the Blues Era, have shown that sorrow can inspire great art. Kathy shares her own stories from childhood, explaining how these early encounters with grief shaped her later work.

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