Shaking It Up

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September 1, 2015

Bradford Keeney is an internationally renowned scholar, therapist, speaker, and teacher. In addition to being the author of several classics in the field of psychotherapy, including Aesthetics of Change and Shaking Medicine, Brad has a deep connection to elders of numerous indigenous cultures and is a recognized spokesperson for the old ways of ecstatic shaking. He is the author of the Sounds True audio learning course Shaking, and coauthor of the book Shamans of the World. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon and Bradford have an intriguing conversation about being “struck by lightning” on the path to awakening, the value of both arousal and relaxation in our practice, and the vital role of absurdity in our spiritual journey. (56 minutes)

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Bradford Keeney is an internationally renowned scholar and therapist. He has conducted some of the most extensive field studies of healing and shamanism, and is recognized in cultures worldwide as an elder shaman. Keeney is the founder of Life Force Theatre and Shamanic Conversation. His many books include the psychotherapy classic Aesthetics of Change and, more recently, Shaking Medicine.

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Shaking It Up

Bradford Keeney is an internationally renowned scholar, therapist, speaker, and teacher. In addition to being the author of several classics in the field of psychotherapy, including Aesthetics of Change and Shaking Medicine, Brad has a deep connection to elders of numerous indigenous cultures and is a recognized spokesperson for the old ways of ecstatic shaking. He is the author of the Sounds True audio learning course Shaking, and coauthor of the book Shamans of the World. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon and Bradford have an intriguing conversation about being “struck by lightning” on the path to awakening, the value of both arousal and relaxation in our practice, and the vital role of absurdity in our spiritual journey. (56 minutes)

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Chianti Lomax is a sought-after international speaker, certified mindset coach, and leadership trainer who thrives at the intersection of mindfulness, technology, and transformative coaching. As a registered yoga instructor, certified personal and executive coach, certified workplace mindfulness facilitator, and positive psychology practitioner, Chianti teaches doable habit changes to help increase our well-being and elevate the overall human experience. For more, visit chiantilomax.com.

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