What is empathy? What is empathy NOT? What does it mean to be an empath? How can empaths manage their gift (and curse) so that it serves them and those around them positively? Lucca and Rebecca take time to explore the meaning and application and exercise of this word that is used more frequently today than it has been at any time in human history.

 

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In Khenpo’s words, “… Life is only the love we share … the only enduring happiness is to truly know the job of making others happy … the meditation at every moment: … how to be ‘best’ useful, while cultivating skillful means to be ‘best’ useful.” He has spent four decades as a Wandering Artist, news media supplier, motion picture production artist, tennis player, teacher and executive producer with Fake Digital Entertainment (and more). Khenpo is happy to be sucking air somewhere, as we have to enjoy dancing to whatever crazy orchestra is playing and we never get to pick the songs!

Lucca and Rebecca dive into the fascinating background and fascinating stories that make up Khenpo’s life and experiences so far! We peruse a rare book with him, learn about the country of his heart: Bhutan, and discover what is up with Hummingbird Children’s TV!

 

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Craig Addy holds a Performer’s A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and a B.Mus. from the University of British Columbia. At UBC, Craig studied piano with Marjorie Hougham and composition with Stephen Chatman and Cortland Hultberg. Craig is the creative director of Under the Piano which is a musical performance of improvised music enjoyed by individuals and couples as they lie under his grand piano. He teaches piano, with a special focus in reviving the lost art of improvising in the classical music genre. Craig is of two ensembles. The Amicus Music Duo and The Quiet Hearts Ensemble. Amicus specializes in performances that combine tradition classical music and improvisation in unique and intimate locations. The Quiet Hearts Ensemble currently provides a weekly performance of spontaneously composed music called Music Oasis at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in Vancouver.

Lucca and Rebecca explore Craig’s creative muse, tracking its inspiration and turning points. Listen in to hear Craig’s own spontaneous composition “Meditation in a Storm”!

 

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Since her women’s initiation in 2012, Elisa has been studying, training in, and leading rites of passage. She completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Education & Communication focusing on women’s rites of passage, did vision quest guide training with The School of Lost Borders, and helped lead youth rites of passage with Rites of Passage Journeys. Her own women’s ceremony brought such incredible, positive changes to her life that she created Fire & Flower, a girls rites of passage program, as her gratitude project to give back for all that she received.

Elisa has been a teacher and youth wilderness guide for well over a decade, and currently teaches at Fresh Air Learning forest school and facilitates the Self-Care Project. Her focus is on personal and gender empowerment through supportive relationships to self, others, and the natural world. She is a lifelong student of conscious communication and personal development, continually facing her own shadow and fears to bring more and more of her gifts into the world.

Lucca and Rebecca dive into the influences that have shaped Elisa, and learn more about the rituals she is now creating for young women!

 

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After 20 years of working in the field of human resources, and on the cusp of turning 50, Maxine decided to listen to her heart’s yearning and hang up her HR shingle to become a professional YES sayer. She’s now saying a resounding “yes” to all things that feel good, fill her with joy, stretch her creative talents, delight her senses, and heal her body and soul. These pursuits include international travel, painting, writing, hand drumming, photography, participating in singing circles and meditation classes, and hanging out with old friends and new.

Maxine has lived in Vancouver almost all of her life. However, many years ago, she started travelling around the world and got hooked. Travelling allows her to honour and fulfill all her “yeses”. And while Vancouver still remains home (for now), her heart home is in Bali where she continues to return to every year. She lives for authenticity, beauty, pleasure and freedom (4 of her core values). And she’s come to believe that her goal (and possibly, her purpose) in life is to encourage and inspire others to live a full and meaningful and authentic life.

Lucca and Rebecca explore with Maxine how “beauty” speaks to her, what she finds when she’s in Bali, and what she’s eager to create in this next phase of her life!

 

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Tara Leduc is creating the world we all want to see. Yes, World Peace is her final aim, she’s starting by helping you to create peace right where you are. You see, as we find peace within ourselves, we begin to emit Peace to those closest to us – our family, our friends and our community. We begin to be like cell towers emanating a signal of peace, and we are going toward global coverage. Can you hear me now?

She is the host and producer of the Inner Peace Summit 2.0 – THE place to keep your head on, your heart open, and your BLEEP together.

This is Tara’s second time on Essencetial Conversations, and Lucca and Rebecca are thrilled to check in with her to see how her peace projects are growing! The joy is contagious!

 

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Mercedes is a psychotherapist and a theatre artist. She worked in the performing arts for 25 years as a writer, director, producer, teacher, actor and performance poet. Mercedes develops and leads experiential groups that incorporate elements of theatre practice and the creative process with her clinical training where creative expression becomes a forum for self-expression, personal exploration, healing, and strengthening connection. Through the use of breath work, body awareness, movement, voice, writing and drama exercises, she encourages folks to deepen their understanding of their life experiences and use creativity to envision change and elicit insight.

Her areas of practice include: body image; trauma; grief and loss; living with a life altering/life threatening illness, disordered eating; depression; anxiety; low self-esteem; relationships; communication; identity; sexuality, and issues related to race and culture.

She believes that the embodied experience is central to deepening self-awareness, healing and insight. She views our minds/bodies/spirits as an interconnected whole and encourages fully embodied living. She has found that her training in the performing arts and her professional work as a writer, director, producer, teacher, actor and performance poet has strongly influenced her approach to psychotherapy and her understanding of the healing process.

Lucca and Rebecca explore with Mercedes how she first connected with her healing work, how theatre weaves through it all, and what she is at work creating right now!

 

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