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Pondering Life Adventures

Author: Maurie Lung & Bobbi Beale

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Two seasoned mental health therapists ponder this wild and precious life while integrating their experiences in adventure therapy, social justice, nature, parenting, and relationships. Grab a cup of coffee and eavesdrop on the sometimes funny, sometimes serious, genuinely realistic adventures of life. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
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Grab that cup of coffee or tea and dive into the joy of savoring and spend just a few moments to pause. We aren’t talking about toxic positivity, we are talking about combating the fatigue that is occurring from the chronic stress in our world right now. Everybody is exhausted. Everyone is overwhelmed. Take that deep breath and explore with use right now. Gift yourself this moment to just be. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab that cup of coffee or tea and join us as we chat about how we are all dealing with the chronic stress and chaos of our world today, most of us are also experiencing burnout. Many of us are looking for some hacks to make us feel better because we are exhausted. As we learned, the conscious mind is the bottleneck for our brain. We experience fog, decision fatigue, agitation, and so much more. However, habits help reduce exhaustion and burnout because they automate our processes for us. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab that cub of coffee or tea and join us from way back in September of 2021 as we discuss a variety of ideas around parenting supervision, generational drama, and the influence that both chronic trauma and situational trauma have over time on ourselves and our families. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Our nervous systems are contagious! Hold on tight to that cup of coffee or tea, as Dr. Denise Mitten jumps right in to invite us to think about everything that we do, and what are the ethical ends, and how do we want to use our gifts and education to further humanity. We talk about the Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi concept of flow, which he explains, “a meaningful life is one where the person spends his time in a state of optimal experience called flow… when the best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. These experiences are universal to all cultures and time periods.” Listen in as Denise ties this to self-esteem, how it connects to value, belonging, and competence, as well as what we can do to improve this for ourselves as an adult. Denise Mitten, PhD, describes herself as, “Using systems thinking, I combine my background in sustainability, ecology, corporate and non-profit management, counseling, complementary medicine, higher education, and adventure trip leading to help people discover the knowledge, tools, and skills they need to continue passionate, high-quality work that positively contributes to the global community.” --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab your coffee or tea and settle in for a throwback episode from September where, even through their colds and cat bites and Halloween, Maurie and Bobbi still have energy to chat about pets, parenting – from nighttime rituals, to middle school transitions, to learning to play a musical instrument - and even tackle the tough topic of talking about death with children. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab that coffee (or tea) and join Maurie and Bobbi as they talk about decision-making in our current world, including when we become wishy-washy. Dive into exploring what we do when what we thought was true before after we have new information. Hint, is not a sign of inconsistency, it is a sign of intelligence. A flip-flop can actually be the way you update your ways of being when you have new information, and how all of that (plus trauma and marginalization) ties into our resiliency strategies, such as tiny changes, a double shot of dopamine, and instilling hope. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab that coffee or tea and settle down to find out what we have been up to lately and the upcoming plans we have for the podcast. Plus, have you been introduced to Polly Bagel yet?! Find out what a bagel has to do with neuroscience or just take a few minutes to listen to chat about the world around us.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab your coffee and settle in to hear all about parenting during a family reunion! And, add in the complexity that all of the children are "diblings" (donor siblings). Hold on tight for this ride! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Listen in as Bobbi Beale and Maurie Lung chat about our recent activities, including travel, parenting challenges, and re-connecting with others.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab yourself a drink and settle in for our conversation with Dr. Christine Norton as we chat about stress, parenting, and the concerns of the world around us right now. Dr. Christine Lynn Norton is a Professor of Social Work at Texas State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Level III Certified Experiential Therapist with the International Society for Experiential Professionals. Christine is also a Research Scientist with the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center and a Fulbright Scholar. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Season 2 Teaser

Season 2 Teaser

2021-05-1300:37

Hear what happened during our little break AND what's coming for season 2! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab a drink, settle back, and listen in on our conversation with Sky Gray. We delve into the heart of resilience, through our careers in mental health, our challenges and success with our families, and our own personal curiosities. Enjoy! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab your coffee and listen in as we talk about that feeling of overwhelm by so much that is happening in our lives so quickly! We explore responsibility and blame. We remind ourselves that a calm nervous system calms nervous systems. But little did we know what was to come shortly after this January 2021 recording.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab that cup of coffee or tea and settle in with our guest, Lise Brown, from Winnipeg, Canada, and Bobbi (while Maurie is still recovering). Lise is  co-owner of Momenta (https://experiencemomenta.com) as well as a parent and fellow adventurer. They talk about navigating this past year, impacts on their families, and their hopes for the coming year.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Listen in on the interview as Bobbi was a guest on the podcast "Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy." Stories from the field is dedicated to demystifying wilderness therapy and is hosted by Dr. Will White. In this podcast Will interviews various wilderness therapy researchers, program founders, writers, executive directors, guide staff, clinicians, critics and more. He educates the listener to the long history of the field and different trends related to this evolving treatment option. Will has worked in the wilderness therapy field for over 30 years and co-founded Summit Achievement (a wilderness therapy program) located in Maine in the 1990's. He wrote the book, "Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy" and his doctoral dissertation traced the history of the field and is titled, “Stories from the Elders: Chronicles and Narratives from the Early Years of Wilderness Therapy”. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab your coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) and join us as we chat up Bobbi’s partner Dani just a day before her surgery, then we dive into some theory about relationship roles and being a primary caregiver, before we take a little jaunt off road into baking shows, cooking for kids, and backcountry kitchens. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and pull up a chair to listen in as we chat about our holiday traditions, how this looks during a pandemic, and the ordinary struggles of our everyday lives as we navigate our exciting work and lively families. Be sure to check out our Facebook page, Pondering Life Adventures, if you want to see the photo we are referencing in this segment! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Check this bonus episode out! Maurie was interviewed by Emma Stein. Here is how she describes this episode: "In the second interview of this podcast, Emma welcomes a seasoned leader in the field of adventure therapy to the show, Maurie Lung. Maurie discusses her work at Life Adventures Counseling and Life Adventures For All and shares how she integrates her work into her own life and her life experience into her work. She gives valuable advice to anyone new to the field of mental healthcare." Emma's podcast, Graduate to Guide: On the Other Side of Therapy, can be found at https://graduatetoguideontheothersideoftherapy.buzzsprout.com if you are interested in more stories like this one. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Listen in on our conversation with Dr. Tina Bhargava, an Associate Professor at Kent State University. She has been studying how bandwidth (a term she uses for our brain resources) relates to human behavior for the last 10 years and has discovered that truly understanding it can provide a life-changing perspective on why people do what they do—AND what we can do about it. Check out her website at www.everydaybandwidth.com! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
Grab that cup of coffee and listen in as we wander about in our fog, directly experiencing the influence of the vagus nerve that is overseeing our parasympathetic nervous system and its vast range of crucial functions, such as communicating motor and sensory impulses to every organ in our body. From the common cold to sleep deprivation, we unpack what happens when we get overwhelmed with our world and we share a few strategies that will help to mitigate this stress that we are all experiencing in some form or another. (Visit our Facebook page, Pondering Life Adventures, to see the slide we are referring to in this episode!) --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ponderinglifeadventures/support
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