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Dear Kindred Reader,
For millennia, human beings gathered around campfires and fireplaces to tell each other their stories. It is still by this act, of taking time to tell and listen to one another’s stories, that we make sense of our world. As research for my forthcoming book, in these fireside chats I am honored to talk with dynamic and insightful authors and activists about how their work is contributing to the creation of a New Story for the human family. Please join our e-newsletter, to the right, for notifications for upcoming events and new fireside chats here. Thank you for joining us,
Lisa Reagan, Kindred Editor
The Honeymoon Effect with Bruce Lipton, PhD
In this LIVE Q&A, Bruce Lipton covers his initial discoveries of the connections of biology to beliefs as a stem cell biologist, to the epic era of evolution we find ourselves in as the human race to his latest book, The Honeymoon Effect, which shows us how to override our unconscious programming to create heaven on earth. Read the transcript of Bruce’s presentation here.
About Bruce’s New Book, The Honeymoon Effect:
With authority, eloquence, and an easy-to-read style, Lipton asserts that if we use the 50 trillion cells that live harmoniously in every healthy human body as a model, we can create not just honeymoon relationships for couples but also a “super organism” called humanity that can heal our planet.
Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He is a stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution, as well as the recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award. Visit Bruce at www.brucelipton.com.
Same Planet, Different Worlds: How Cultural Creatives Are Transcending Alienation and Isolation in an Industrial World and Bringing Forward the Practical Wisdom of Conscious Living
AN INTERVIEW WITH SOCIAL SCIENTIST, PAUL RAY, PHD
In this interview with social scientist, Paul Ray, PhD, Lisa Reagan connects the dots between her insights from 15 years of holistic family wellness advocacy and Ray’s investigation of a growing segment of Western population that is transforming mainstream culture through their ability to synthesize vast amounts of information with an inner vision of wholeness, make counter-culture choices for sustainability and wellness, and ultimately bring forward a missing but critically needed worldview for 21st century living: practical wisdom.
Paul Ray presented his research findings in the book, Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World in 2000, with his wife and co-author, Sherry Anderson, PhD. In this interview, Ray shares his updated findings from a 2008 study of Cultural Creatives and peeks into his forthcoming book on the missing element of practical wisdom that Cultural Creatives bring to the current, failing industrial culture.
Paul shares why it is vital that they connect with one another and recognize they are participating in a consciousness-raising movement whose impact will not be reported in the mainstream media, but is measurable by any social scientist who cares to look (and whose job is not dependent on him not looking). Read the interview here.
Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, with Evolutionary Psychologist, Peter Gray, PhD
About the Book:
Our children spend their days being passively instructed, and made to sit still and take tests—often against their will. We call this imprisonment schooling, yet wonder why kids become bored and misbehave. Even outside of school children today seldom play and explore without adult supervision, and are afforded few opportunities to control their own lives. The result: anxious, unfocused children who see schooling—and life—as a series of hoops to struggle through.
In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion. Children come into this world burning to learn, equipped with the curiosity, playfulness, and sociability to direct their own education. Yet we have squelched such instincts in a school model originally developed to indoctrinate, not to promote intellectual growth.
To foster children who will thrive in today’s constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development. Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, Gray demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient. This capacity to learn through play evolved long ago, in hunter-gatherer bands where children acquired the skills of the culture through their own initiatives. And these instincts still operate remarkably well today, as studies at alternative, democratically administered schools show. When children are in charge of their own education, they learn better—and at lower cost than the traditional model of coercive schooling.
A brave, counterintuitive proposal for freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we call school, Free to Learn suggests that it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong with our children, and start asking what’s wrong with the system. It shows how we can act—both as parents and as members of society—to improve children’s lives and promote their happiness and learning.
The Healing Power of Breastfeeding for Mothers with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD
In this interview, Lisa Reagan talks with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett about the responses to the Kindred’s video series featuring the latest science and researching supporting the healing powers of breastfeeding. Kendall-Tackett says that the science is there in spades, but the cultural support for breastfeeding is not. Despite the abysmal support for breastfeeding and many parents’ guilt and resentment over the lack of basic social support, like family leave, Kendall-Tackett says from her vantage point things are improving. She shares her insights in the audio interview above.
Read the transcript here.
Watch the video series here.
Dr. Kendall-Tackett covers: breastfeeding’s ability to protect maternal mental health, “significantly” decrease child abuse, aid sexual assault recovery and heal birth trauma.
As Kendall-Tackett says, “By being able to turn off the chronic stress response, breastfeeding helps women cope with new motherhood… It’s like Nature knew we didn’t lead perfect lives and provided a built-on system to handle trauma. Breastfeeding does this beautifully and really helped to restore health to women.”
She also answers the perennial question, “Do breastfeeding mother’s get more sleep?” But the answers to this question and others depends upon the recognition that breastmilk – a nutrient-dense, living product – and breastfeeding – a millions of years old process supporting bonding and brain development, “do not produce the same results”.
Where are mothers in industrialized countries to turn for support when, as she says in her video interviews, “We don’t even know what support looks like?” Kendall-Tackett presents her recommendations below for addressing the postpartum weeks and months with advice from other cultures who are successfully supporting new mothers.
Sure, we know as conscious parents that nursing our children is one way to express our bodies’ innate intelligence while bringing forth our children’s, but it’s nice to have so much new research to back up our heart wisdom! Please share these powerful insights and practical breastfeeding wisdom with your friends and family and help us improve cultural knowledge and support of breastfeeding!
Reclaiming Our Sustainable Future: An Interview with Shannon Hayes, Author of Radical Homemaking
Celebrate Earth Day 2013 with an inspirational discussion with Shannon Hayes and Lisa Reagan. Hayes shares her research and interviews with families who are making the switch to sustainable, holistic lifestyles that are consistent with their values. In this interview Hayes shares:
1- The seven skills of a radical homemaker
2- How to create a values and dreams board with your partner so you can support each other on decision making
3- How becoming sustainable does not mean going to live in log cabins and eating bark
4- How Radical Homemakers, aka Cultural Creatives, are changing the world just by being themselves and living fearlessly.
5- The practical details of living sustainably, including living without health insurance
Shannon Hayes writes and farms with three generations of her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in West Fulton, NY, where she grew up. The family raises all-natural grassfed lamb, beef, pork, and poultry. She holds a BA in creative writing from Binghamton University, and a Masters and PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and Community Development from Cornell.
Shannon is the author of four books: The Grassfed Gourmet, The Farmer and the Grill, Radical Homemakers and Long Way on a Little: An Earth Lover’s Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously. All are published by Left to Write Press, a company that Shannon and her husband Bob started as a way to enable them to live in Schoharie County without having to sell-out to corporate media.
Visit her at www.radicalhomemakers.com
Parenting for Social Change: Transform Childhood, Transform the World
Teresa Graham Brett, J.D., lives her passion for creating social change by combining her work in social justice education with parenting. As a professional, she has spent over 20 years working in and with universities and colleges as an educator, leader, administrator and consultant committed to advancing social change and social justice. Her own life was transformed after becoming a mom to two boys, who challenge her to live the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent everyday.
As a result of this personal journey she founded the website Parenting for Social Change and authored the book Parenting for Social Change: Transform Childhood, Transform the World. Teresa continues to work as a consultant to universities and more importantly works with parents, who like her, want to let go of control and domination as a parenting model and create relationships with children based on trust and respect.
Parenting for Social Change is a powerful parenting book that is not about children, but about the harmful cultural messages adults perpetuate in their relationships with children. Using current research, she debunks the myth that controlling children is necessary to ensure that they grow into healthy and responsible adults. She also shares her own parenting journey away from controlling and dominating children and provides strategies for letting go of harmful control. Through her experiences as a social justice educator, she demonstrates how changing our parent-child relationships plays a critical role in creating social change.
Death Makes Life Possible, New Documentary, an Interview with Filmmaker Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD
In this fireside chat with Lisa Reagan, Dr. Schlitz shares the inspiration for her upcoming documentary, Death Makes Life Possible, created with co-producer, Deepak Chopra. You can read a feature article and interview with Dr. Schlitz and Dr. Chopra in LILIPOH magazine’s winter 2013 issue at www.lilipoh.com. See a trailer for the documentary, due to be released in 2013, at www.noetic.org/deathmakeslifepossible/home/.
Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD, is a social anthropologist, researcher, writer, trainer, educator, and charismatic public speaker. She is currently the Ambassador for Creative Projects at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she has also served as President and CEO. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing.
TIME Magazine Cover Mom, Jamie Grumet, Talks About Being a Revolutionary Activist for Attachment Parenting
As a passionate activist for breastfeeding and attachment parenting, Jamie Grumet posed on the cover of Time magazine in May 2012 nursing her almost four year-old son. Lisa Reagan called Jamie in May and asked if she knew the cover was going to be used to divide mothers with its inflammatory headline, “Are You Mom Enough?”
In this interview, Jamie tells Lisa about the Time magazine shoot, feeling blindsided by its cover headline and how she and her family have survived a media firestorm. Jamie and her family posed for a new cover on the fall 2012 magazine issue of Pathways to Family Wellness. (The print version of this interview also appears in the Pathways fall issue.) Jamie talks about her desire to represent attachment parenting ideally. She also shares her nonprofit work in Ethiopia through her Fayye Foundation.
The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: Keys to the Motherbaby Bond, a New Book on Epigenetics in Pregnancy, An Interview with the Authors
Lisa Reagan talks with the authors of the new book, The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: The Keys to the Mother Baby Bond, Tracey Wilson Peters and Laurel Wilson. Keys to the MotherBaby Bond. Tracy is the CEO of CAPPA, the worlds largest childbirth organization. Laurel owns and manages MotherJourney in Centennial, Colorado.
The Greatest Pregnancy Ever is about transforming your pregnancy through thought and awareness. Offering keys to creating a peaceful, joyful and positive beginning to your family, it offers insights and tips on conscious parenting, being present, managing stress and creating a way of life that will transform you, your baby and ultimately the world you live in.
Ina May Gaskin, The Godmother of Modern Midwifery on The Farm, Homebirth and Conscious Choice
Ina May Gaskin talks with Lisa Reagan about the rising homebirth rates, why this doesn’t mean much to her, her history of advocacy for intervention-free birth, including being booed by women students at Yale University in the 1970s, and her hopes for all mothers and babies seeking an empowering and healthy birth.
Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. Founded in 1971, by 1996, the Farm Midwifery Center had handled more than 2600 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition.
Cultural and Institutionalized Violence Against Women, with Suzanne Arms, a Teleconference with Audience Q&A
Note to Listener: As Suzanne Arms says to the listener at the beginning of this teleconference in August 2012, this is an adult discussion and you will want to ask your inner child to go play outdoors while your adult self hears some very disturbing facts and information about violence against women in our culture.
Suzanne recently attended two national conferences on violence against women and presents reports from those conferences while integrating her experience and expertise as a birth activist. Suzanne is the founder of Birthing the Future and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Immaculate Deception: Myth, Magic and Birth.
This nearly two hour teleconference includes participants asking Suzanne questions about the connections between culturally accepted and “normative” abuse toward women and hospital and even birth center birthing practices. Lisa Reagan moderates the discussion.
Understanding the Works of Joseph Chilton Pearce, with Michael Mendizza
Michael Mendizza talks with Lisa Reagan about the significance of the works of Joseph Chilton Pearce. Mendizza is compiling Joe’s works and biography into an anthology. He also wrote Magical Parent, Magical Child: The Joyful Art of Parenting with Joe. Michael gives the listener an overview of Joe’s works and how they examined one central issue in human development: Our Amazing Capacities and Self-Limiting Beliefs.
Mendizza helps listeners to understand key concepts in Joe’s work like the model imperative and the bio-cultural conflict. Why is parenting from a place of joy not only possible, but our natural birthright? How do parents rise above cultural conditioning and fearful beliefs? What does it mean to parent consciously and to make “conscious” choices?
Visit Michael at his nonprofit website, Touch the Future, for a 30 year collection of Joe’s works, including essays, video and audio recordings.
Here is a selection of Joseph Chilton Pearce’s works:
Strange Loops and Gestures of Creation – Autographed copies available through Kindred.
The Connected Baby, a Documentary by Researcher, Suzanne Zeedyk, PhD
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, is a neuroscientist from the University of Dundee, and producer of the new documentary film, The Connected Baby. The film shows the magnificent and overlooked nuanced ways babies are constantly communicating and trying to connect with caretakers. The neuroscience presented in the film shows that this need for interaction in the first three years is the basis for proper brain development. The consequences of babies not getting their need for connection to grow and thrive are well documented in the skyrocketing rates of depression and dysfunction in industrialized cultures. As Dr. Zeedyk shares, The Connected Baby has been used as the basis for communities to rethink their approach to child development, childcare and social violence prevention, as well as for mothers in post-partum recovery groups. Visit the film at www.theconnectedbaby.org.
Why Dads Leave: Insights for When Partners Become Parents, Author Interview
When John W. Travis, MD, lauded as one of the founding fathers of the wellness movement, became a parent, he was shocked to discover how unprepared he was for coping with the emotional challenges of parenthood.
Here, his wife and colleague, Meryn Callander, shares the story of their confident plunge into parenthood and the subsequent unraveling of that confidence, as they discovered themselves floundering, exhausted, and struggling to deal with the challenges confronting them.
Why Dads Leave reveals the cultural and generational forces that are colluding to create an unacknowledged epidemic of disappearing dads—fathers leaving their families, physically or emotionally, soon after the birth of a child. Nearly twenty years in the making, this book provides insights and practical ways of preventing and healing the insidious and devastating impact of this dynamic.
Robin Grille, Author of Parenting for a Peaceful World
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Robin Grill is a Sydney based psychologist and the author of Parenting for a Peaceful World and Heart to Heart Parenting: Nurturing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence from Conception to School Age. Robin Grille is a father, psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published in Australia and overseas. Robin’s articles and books have received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA and New Zealand.
Visit Robin at Our Emotional Health.
About Leslie Manookian, Writer and Producer of the Award-Winning Documentary, The Greater Good
As a Wall Street insider in the booming 1990s, Leslie Manookian witnessed the routine prioritization of pharmaceutical profits over public and individual health. In 2003, wrestling with a crisis of conscience, she left her lucrative and high-powered career at its peak to pursue a documentary investigation into the imploding vaccine safety issue. In this candid interview, Leslie shares her journey from confusion to clarity through a labyrinth of interviews with players on both sides of the issue, ignored research gaps, marketing tactics she recognized from her Wall Street days, and intimate, bedside views of the wreckage families with vaccine-injured and killed children face every day. Leslie believes the vaccine safety issue is a “sleeping dog now awakening” as part of a larger, global movement away from industry dictated choices and toward the more scientifically and ethically defensible respect for individual choice.
While the film’s stated goal is to educate and spur rational discussion, its final impact will not only lead the viewer to a greater understanding of the vaccine safety issue, but to the discovery of what and who is sacrificed when informed choice is exchanged for the promise of The Greater Good.