Series 1

The Power of Mantra

The Power of Mantra

Have you ever heard someone repetitively chanting or singing words such as, ‘Om Made Padme Hum’, ‘Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha’ or even ‘Hare Krishna’ and wondered why and what it all means?

Well these mantras (and there are many many others) are formulas of sacred syllables, which were originally revealed to the Rishis (seers or sages) in the deepest states of meditation. They are the earliest components of yoga and are quite possibly the first type of meditation that was developed. Often times these mantras are untranslatable but it is believed that our souls remember the meaning of the sounds and they can help us express feelings that ordinary language is unable to contact.

This Wyse Woman podcast is with Ellen Arthur, a yoga teacher and **Kirtan leader who lives in Bali. In our chat she talks about how mantra has helped and continues to help her access the deepest dimensions of her being. 

**Kirtan or Kirtana is a Sanskrit word that means “narrating, reciting, telling, describing” an idea or story. Usually delivered as a devotional ‘call and response’ song by a leader to a community.  

Further Reading

If you enjoyed Elle’s episode, click on the links below to find out more about her song, book and inspirational woman choices.

The Divorce

The Divorce

Ending a marriage is tough for anyone but imagine having to go through it when you have built a home and raised three children with your Australian husband on the other side of the world (after being in a relationship with him for over 18 years.)

My Wyse Woman guest on this podcast is Alice Revell from Bristol and in this episode (called The Divorce) she talks about the deep soul searching she had to do when her marriage broke down in 2016.

The Slow Healer

The Slow Healer

My Wyse Woman guest this month was a self confessed ‘on-the-go’ CEO and no words of warning from others about the importance of slowing down could stop her … she only really started to listen after badly damaging her knee on the ski slopes.

Justine Clement’s injury, subsequent operation and slow recovery invited her to learn how to ‘be’ rather than ‘do’ … and she found some powerful lessons in those enforced moments of stillness.

Lessons she shares now on her podcast ‘The Slow Healer.’ 

The Stillbirth

The Stillbirth

Stillbirth is much more common than people might think, with around one in 9 babies born sleeping every day, however it is a subject rarely talked about maybe because pregnancy is usually a time of joy and hope.

In this Wyse Woman podcast I talk to artist Zara Kolasinska who was 40 years old, 40 weeks pregnant and 4 days overdue when she lost her daughter Ginger.

Zara speaks so openly in our conversation about what happened to her and her husband and how she is continuing to grieve for and honour Ginger. She would also like to acknowledge the help she received from SANDS (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity) who guided her through the early days of her bereavement. 

If you have been affected by any part of Zara’s story, you may like to contact them.  ,

The Creativity

The Creativity

Are you someone who longs to express yourself creatively but perhaps you worry about not being talented enough, not being able to support yourself financially or what people will think of you if you choose a life less ordinary?

In this month’s podcast I speak to singer/songwriter Anna Krantz about the challenges she has found in putting her creativity proudly out into the world and the wisdom she has found by doing so.

Anna talks about working with people like Ed Sheeran, having her music recorded by Cliff Richard and we also discuss how she accesses her creativity and what she does when that sacred connection isn’t there …

(The ultimate inspiration probably comes at the end of this podcast though when we play one of Anna’s amazing songs.) 

Further Reading

The Lambs

The Lambs ...

It is estimated that around 1 in 7 couples in the UK will have difficulties conceiving which is a heartbreaking statistic for anyone who has a strong desire to have a family of their own.

In this Wyse Women episode, Jamie Linegar a natural health practitioner from Bristol talks about her challenges to become pregnant after being diagnosed with a condition that effects the way her ovaries work. She also talks about the treatment she went through with her husband and how they ended up going through the process of adoption when their attempts to get pregnant failed.

Of course Jamie also shares the wisdom she found on her journey to becoming a Mum – making this podcast a ‘must-listen’ for any women who has ever longed for a child.

 

Further Reading ...

If you enjoyed Jamie’s episode, click on the links below to find out more about her song, book and inspirational woman choices