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Podcast #062: Much more than your average cook book!

Cook books are hugely popular the world over. Amanda Clegg and Victoria Byrne have together written a cook book that is unique in so many ways to the vast number that are out there. On this podcast I have the privilege of interviewing Amanda about her book “Hope and Spice: Authentic recipes and stories of transformation from the slums of Delhi.” Here is a short video recorded with Amanda and Victoria at the launch of the book back in November 2018: Do come and join us on the podcast for
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Podcast #061: How 2020 can be your year of wisdom

Welcome to a new year and a new decade! What will 2020 hold in store for you? While there are many unanswered questions, and the year before us is at this point a somewhat blank slate, what we are most definitely going to need is wisdom. Do join my co-host Andrew Horton and I on this third and final podcast as we continue to unpack this subject of wisdom. Also my book on wisdom is scheduled to release in 2020! Wisdom comes from a daily discipline but not in a
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Podcast #060: Why you should hunger for wisdom

Wisdom. What is it? Why do you and I really need it? What do we mean by the word wisdom?  Do join my cohost Andrew Horton and I on this podcast as we unpack some of the ideas from the book on wisdom I am currently working on. In our conversation we unpack the following  draft quote from the book: “Wisdom comes not to the most fortunate or intelligent, but to those who are most determined to find it. We should hunger and thirst for wisdom above everything else and what that can mean for
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Podcast #059: How is Sunil’s book on wisdom going?

“Don’t wish it was easier. Wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems. Wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” If you have been a regular follower of the blog and podcast you will be aware that over the last year  I have significantly reduced my online activity. The main reason is to find more time to write the book on wisdom that I have been developing. So how is it going? While it is certainly not yet finished I am pleased to
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Podcast #055: How to talk about dying well

Now that sounds like a difficult subject! We all shy away from talking about it and yet what could actually be more important? On this podcast we return to our conversation with the author John Wyatt and explore the subject of what it means to die well. Do join us in this 35 minute conversation when we explore: How to prepare the space to talk The importance of asking open-ended questions such as ‘What is your understanding of what is going on medically?’… ‘What are you afraid of?’…..’What are your
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Podcast #048: Finding meaning and direction

The pace and rate of technological change over the last few decades has been extraordinary. We have the potential to be  and do things faster, better and more efficiently in ways previous generations could never have dreamed possible. But there is also a sense that there has to be something more than just what we see around us. One writer, Tom Wright puts it in terms of four areas of concern in our culture. In these areas just being or doing faster, better or more efficiently is inadequate: – the
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Podcast #047: Healthy relationships

As we continue in our conversation with the author Andy Parnham we come to the subject of healthy relationships. How do they work and how do we restore them when they go wrong? We know from our own experience that relationships are important, but the research of the psychiatrist Robert Waldinger goes as far as to say it is the number one strongest predictor of good health. Do come and join Andy Parnham and I as we look at: The following 5 principles for healthy relationships: 1. Prioritising people over things
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Podcast #046: The problem of longing and wanting more

Longing. Its something we all experience at one time or another, but find so hard to explain or define. On this podcast Andy Parnham and I discuss this “reaching out towards or yearning for something that you can’t describe but which draws you very powerfully with a mixture of joy and sadness.” The writer C. S. Lewis put it even more potently when he called this longing  ‘joy’ and described it as ‘an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction…… anyone who has experienced it will
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Podcast #045 Do you want to be happy?

That seems an almost ridiculous question. Of course you want to be happy! Our world is obsessed with wanting to be happy. But what do we actually mean by happiness? Especially in our complex, challenging and chaotic world where we have so many things that promise happiness, but often fail to deliver what they promise. Do join Andrew Parnham and I as we continue to unpack this important subject from his book, “Lasting Happiness: In Search of Deeper Meaning and Fulfilment.” Together we explore: Health and wellbeing as a means
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I’m taking a break!

Thank you for receiving and interacting with my regular blog posts. They have been coming weekly for almost six years! It’s incredible to think of all the areas we have explored and discussed in this time. We also started the podcast in May 2015. So much has happened in that time and its encouraging to see how far we have come. Also over the last few years I have seen a significant change in my roles and responsibilities. I am challenged to stop and pause for a period of time
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