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Episode 65 Lou Del Bianco, actor, singer, author

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

Release Date: 04/01/2019

Episode 174 Summer Rain show art Episode 174 Summer Rain

Enlighten: Uplift & Inspire

In this week’s episode I share my recent surprise and delight in being immersed in a Summer Rain. Have you yet enjoyed being in and present to a summer rain? I highly recommend it! Summer rain offers its own version of a spiritual practice. I discovered the calming, playful peace when I embraced the joy of a summer rain. I know for sure that summer rain is a visceral, embodied experience. Try it out for yourself. I encourage you to dare to stand or sit or walk or better yet, dance in the rain this summer. If it helps, have an underpants party - it might be just what your soul is longing...

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Episode 173, Known By Name show art Episode 173, Known By Name

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In this week’s episode, I explore the importance of knowing something by name. I acknowledge my own experience that knowing an object, plant, tree, bird or person by name, not only demonstrates respect and value, but deepens the connection. Like Juliet, I ask: “What is in a name?” The answer is PLENTY!! I reflect on how much knowing something or someone by name truly matters. I highlight the lines: “We name it to tame it!” “We name it to claim it to our heart!” and “Say Her Name”. May we write one another in the palm of our hands, honor and hold each other close. May...

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Episode 172 Shelby Willeitner, canyoneer and adventure guide show art Episode 172 Shelby Willeitner, canyoneer and adventure guide

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My guest today is Shelby Willeitner. Shelby is my third Utah podcast guest, joining the trio of and - all inspiring women I recently met in Utah who have their unique ways of embracing wilderness and adventure. From recreation management, adventure guide, to passionate voyager, Shelby opens up the world of canyoneering to me: the descending exploration of deep canyons in the Southwest. A combination of hiking, repelling, sliding, swimming, scrambling, and jumping are used to navigate the obstacles within these magnificent hidden canyon treasures. Shelby fell in love with canyoneering 10...

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Episode 171 Mary McCourt, adventure guide show art Episode 171 Mary McCourt, adventure guide

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My guest today is Mary McCourt. Mary is an adventure guide in a Wilderness Therapy Program in Utah. I met Mary a couple of weeks ago in Utah when my dear friend, Elizabeth Van Meter hosted an Awards Night for an inspiring group of outdoor enthusiasts. I was drawn to Mary’s calm, compassionate energy and knew she was the first person I personally met working as a guide in a Wilderness Therapy Program. Her own personal experience with outdoor adventure was so healing for her mental health that she re-directed her path from clinical nutritionist to becoming an adventure guide. A post from her...

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Episode 170 The Things We Carry show art Episode 170 The Things We Carry

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This week I reflect on the things we carry, the energy of objects and how we charge our ‘things’ with memories, emotions, stories, both negatively and positively. We all have countless objects that have energy, meaning and rich stories infused with emotional charges. It’s actually a spiritual practice to learn to be an observer to the meaning and emotional charge we project onto our objects. Questions bubble up for me as I pay attention to the things we carry. Can we honor the meaning we’ve projected onto the object? Can we carry the meaning without being weighed down by the things...

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Episode 169 Marla McPherson, conservationist, river runner show art Episode 169 Marla McPherson, conservationist, river runner

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Episode 168 Reminder From A Snail show art Episode 168 Reminder From A Snail

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I’m trying something new today! This week’s episode is a recording from a TikTok Live I did over the weekend. I wanted to be more spontaneous and offer a natural live interaction with some of my TikTok followers. I had been asked to explain what I mean when I call myself a psycho-spiritual therapist, so my Healing Angel poster and a snail help me address that here. I also felt led to end with a simple guided meditation. Delighted to join my podcast circle with my TikTok soul family. Check the show notes for a link to my TikTok account. Enjoy the podcast. Links: TikTok :

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Episode 167 Peter Fish, A Remembrance show art Episode 167 Peter Fish, A Remembrance

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While hiking through the ancient, majestic landscape of the southwest last week, we learned that Peter Fish, a dear friend of ours, died of a heart attack. We were shocked, distraught and so very sad. We walked a labyrinth in Peter’s honor, we built cairns to pay tribute to Peter, we held him and his beloved Tracey Anarella in meditation and shared stories of my husband’s 35 year friendship, recalling all the various musical projects with Peter. We are deeply grateful for the positive, healing impact Tracey had on Peter’s life in the past 10 years, softening his intensity, expanding his...

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Episode 166 A Whole New World show art Episode 166 A Whole New World

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The song “It’s a Whole New World” from the Disney movie Aladdin keeps wiggling its way into my mind these days. My beloved spiritual son, Joel Cross introduced me to TikTok last week and he and TikTok have truly opened me up to a whole new world!! From one who never opened a Facebook account and keeps her Instagram account at arms length, I have a lukewarm relationship with social media platforms. My account is to specifically promote my weekly podcast episodes. It took a couple of years to build 200 followers on Instagram and now in my 4th year of hosting this podcast, I have a...

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Episode 165 Joel Cross, musician, poet, change-maker show art Episode 165 Joel Cross, musician, poet, change-maker

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My guest today is Joel Cross. Joel was when I launched the podcast in January of 2018 and he also wrote the beautiful theme song for my podcast “Shine Your Light”. You can also find a on my website for those of you who want to download it for meditation or your yoga playlist. Joel is a beloved spiritual soul, who I both treasure and feel deeply grateful to have in my life.  I know that his open-heart, self-reflection and clarity will inspire you. I am eager for all my listeners to hear the clear vision Joel has claimed for himself: to be a conduit of grounding, healing and...

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My guest today is Lou Del Bianco. Lou is a storyteller, actor, singer and author. Lou has been an artist-in-residence, he's created after-school programs, developed character education programs, facilitated mutli-cultural programs, and performed at assemblies, theaters, libraries, community centers & senior living facilities. His children’s music album from the early 90s was a favorite in our home when our daughter and son were little. His charismatic, playful energy has won the hearts of audiences of all ages.

In addition to publishing an illustrated children’s book about Abraham Lincoln, Lou has recently published a book about his grandfather,
“Out of the Shadow of Mount Rushmore: The Luigi Del Bianco Story, An Italian Immigrant’s Unsung Role”.

Lou’s grandfather was originally not given credit for the tremendous role he played in creating this national monument. Lou took it upon himself to make sure the world knew Luigi’s story. Finally in 2017, Mount Rushmore acknowledged the unique and critical role his grandfather played in refining the faces of Mount Rushmore; giving them humanity, soul and even a twinkle in their eyes. Lou’s book documents the odyssey that Lou endured to honor his grandfather.

Check the links below for Lou’s website to see his performance schedule, awards, and video clips. You’ll also find a link to to order Lou’s book and learn more about the compelling story of Lou’s once unsung hero grandfather.

Enjoy the podcast!

Links:

Lou's Web Site
luigimountrushmore.com
Through Lincoln's Eyes: A Fight for Luigi Del Bianco's Legacy (video)