May 25, 2017

Season Finale!

This is the last episode of the third season, in which I reflect on the many wonderful conversations I had and wisdom I was able to share with you since January. I'm taking a sabbatical but you can keep up with my blog and other projects through my website www.kaitlynschatch.com —where you can sign up to my monthly wrap-up email and leave a tip to support the show. 

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This episode is with Lyn Langille, one of my dearest friends and a great source of wisdom and reflection. In this episode she shares the profound statement: 

“If you don’t take care of the source of everything you want to give, you will have nothing to give.” This insight comes out of her dedicated practice of cultivating mindfulness, kindness and curiosity—three tools she describes as intrinsically linked. Each informs the others and supports her in her daily life from relationships with others, to the relationship she has with herself and her experience of chronic pain.

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This episode is with my wonderful and wise aunt Juanita. She began drinking in her teens, first seeking sobriety when she was 26. At that time she stayed sober for six years. Now armed with new tools and a stronger recovery plan, she is enjoying sobriety once again, as of January 1st, 2015. In our conversation, she shares with me insights gained from her recovery from alcoholism—from taking personal responsibility to cultivating gratitude by seeing all there is to appreciate in life.

She recommends soberrecovery.com as a wonderful resource for support, especially if you happen to be introverted.

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Today’s episode is with artist, Buddhist practitioner and faculty member at Naropa University, Cynthia Moku. Her work has spanned decades and styles, from traditional Thangka paintings to contemporary pieces, including performance art through her Indelible Presence group retreat environmental pieces, and most recently, The Dakini Map, an integral part of her Pilgrimage Series. It was an absolute delight and honour to speak with her, to hear her insights on creativity, practice and the never-ending exploration of what it means to be human.To see her work visit cynthiamoku.com.

To support Everything is Workable and see more of what I do, visit www.KaitlynSCHatch.com

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April 27, 2017

Belonging with Erin Lane

Today’s episode is with Erin Lane, a Jesus follower and feminist, as well as an author, editor and the Assistant Program Director for Clergy and People of Faith Programs at the Center for Courage & Renewal. We discuss her book, ‘Lessons in Belonging from a Church-going commitment-phobe’ and the importance of contemplative practice, self-reflection and intention. She also shares what it means to ‘move at the speed of her soul’, a concept and practice I have already added to my own toolkit’. You can find out more about her work at www.erinslane.com.

To support Everything is Workable and see more of what I do, visit www.KaitlynSCHatch.com

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Today’s episode is with my wife, Gretchen Wagner. Gretchen is a long-time Buddhist practitioner and alumna of Naropa University. She’s worked in tech on and off since the mid-nineties—as an engineer, a manager and most recently, an Information Architect. She and I have often talked about how she integrates what she learns on the cushion into her professional life. In this episode we bring that conversation into the public realm, sharing it with you, the listener. Gretchen talks about the simplicity of mindfulness as a practice, and we examine what it means to be a leader, be it spiritually or in a professional context—hint: There are a lot of similarities.

Resources from this show include shambhala.org and lionsroar.com

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Today’s episode is with Nicole Byers, a longtime friend and kindred spirit. In this conversation, she shares how a challenging home life while growing up helped her to develop an appreciation for self-reflection as well as strong, supportive friendships. Our fur-babies also chime in on occasion.

Content notification: There’s some punny swearing.

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Today I share my conversation with Michelle Puckett, a queer feminist lay-leader at First Congregational Church in Oakland with a Buddhist mindfulness and Earth based spirituality practice and follower of the radical Jesus. She shares with us the importance of embodying love as an activist and how self-care is about care for a wider community and an essential element to enact the radical change we need to see if we’re going to save life on this planet.

Visit firstoakland.org to connect with the church Michelle attends and boggscenter.org to learn more about the legacy and work of Grace Lee Boggs. Visit KaitlynSCHatch.com to find out about and support the work I do.

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Today’s episode is with Lou Florez, practitioner of a rich collection of indigenous spirituality, including Orisha, Bacongo, Hoodoo and various pagan traditions, to name but a few. Let me dispell any thoughts that this might be an airy fairy episode—Lou is a spiritual warrior with a solid, down-to-Earth approach to life. He shares the importance of honouring and understanding lineage and the root of these traditions, as well as not taking yourself too seriously. You can check out his website at www.louflorez.com and his shop at www.bbcmagick.com. You can see my artwork, read my blog and leave a tip to support the show at www.kaitlynschatch.com

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This episode is part two with Heather Ordover, who was my guest last week. Because she’s was an American Lit teacher and through what she does with CraftLit, she has a lot of book recommendations, and it felt best to just do an entire show on these! 

Visit www.craftlit.com to hear Heather’s podcast and www.kaitlynschatch.com to see more of my work in the world.

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