Children, Yoga, Meditation and Drug Abuse

YogaOstrolenk discusses ideas on teaching children to manage their nervous systems and brain/mind via various mind/body practices in order to increase health, well-being and interpersonal connection. Having this ability as the foundation of one’s life would reduce the ‘need’ for drugs and change one’s relationship to drugs , perhaps making them part of a particular ritual and not needed to just function in one’s life.

Tina M. Benson, SoulWhisperer and Transpersonal/Jungian-oriented coach

Tina M. Benson, M.A., is a modern-day SoulWhisperer and Transpersonal/Jungian-oriented coach. She has over 30 years experience teaching, leading, and facilitating individuals, couples, large and small groups in the United States and abroad in consciousness explorations, chakra initiation/meditation retreats, couples and women’s retreats, ecstatic dancing, Voice Dialogue, Enneagram, chanting, ritual, and travel to sacred sites around the world.

She is the founder and creater of the SoulSpeaks Project, and is also a non-denominational ordained minister, officiating at weddings, birth, death and other life-passages and celebrations.

on the show we discuss:

  • Tina’s spiritual awakenings
  • What is a SoulWhisperer
  • Working with couples
  • Using ecstatic dance, meditation, chanting and rituals to help the soul’s voice be heard
  • Spiritual travels; India, Bali, & Mexico

Rob McNamara on Creating the Elegant Self

Rob McNamara is the author of The Elegant Self and Strength to Awaken. He specializes in helping people resolve their persistent painful limitations to become more powerful, proficient and aligned with what matters most in life.

Rob is a skilled Psychotherapist, leading Performance Coach, Psychology Professor at Naropa University and an Integral Zen Practitioner. He runs his private practice in Boulder Colorado serving clients world wide. Rob works with a broad range of executives and professionals, undergraduate and graduate students and athletes ranging from high school to Olympic and professional world champions.

On the show we discuss:

  • From Astronaut to Neuronaut
  • From conventional psychology to higher reaches of human development
  • Transpersonal and developmental psychology
  • Adult psychological development
  • Socialized Mind
  • Self-Authoring Mind
  • Self-Transforming Mind
  • Meditation as tool for self-transformation
  • States and Stages of Consciousness

Understanding Happiness and Human Well-Being at the Center for Consciousness and Transformation

with Nance Lucas, PhD and Sara Oliveri, BA, MAPP

Nance Lucas, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Center for Consciousness & Transformation, Associate Professor, and former Associate Dean of New Century College, at George Mason University.  Her teaching and scholarship interests focus on positive psychology and leadership, well-being, and ethics.  She is co-author of, Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want To Make A Difference (1st , 2nd, and 3rd  editions)

Sara Oliveri, BA, MAPP, is a life coach, speaker, and business owner. She is one of fewer than 300 people in the world to earn a master’s degree in positive psychology. Sara is the founder of a coaching & consulting firm in Washington, D.C. where she offers life coaching and organizational training. As a life coach Sara works one-on-one with individuals to help them maximize joy and fulfillment in their lives.

On the show we discuss;

  • Positive psychology- from an illness paradigm to thriving paradigm
  • The Center for Consciousness & Transformation at George Mason University
  • George Mason University as the Well-Being U.
  • Creation a culture of well-being
  • Understanding Happiness and Human Well-Being: an informative and experiential class
  • Social and economic benefits of implementing positive psychology in the work place

The choreography of holistic thinking and right brain aerobics

Are you neglecting your right brain? Modern society generally financially rewards left brain analytical thinking over right brain creativity. But Dr. Craig Weiner sees a “rightward turn” coming as the 21st century workplace is demanding more creative and outside-the-box thinking in synthesis with the left brain’s linear and logical skill set. In Part 3 of “Transformational Pathways: Integrating mind body approaches to thriving not just surviving” Michael and Dr. Craig Weiner discuss how you can achieve a more “right brain activated state” with right brain aerobics and the improvements this change can make in your health, career, and personal life.

Creating an Unbeatable Mind

Retired Navy SEAL, Commander Mark Divine, is the founder of SEALFit, a training academy to help aspiring special-ops candidates (and diehard civilians) develop the physical and mental skills of a warrior. For those who can’t devote the time or money to attend in person, Commander Divine has launched an online, “on-demand” resource – The Unbeatable Mind Academy – This academy focuses on cultivating the core values of a warrior to build mental toughness and the grit to succeed. Listen to this podcast hosted by Michael Ostrolenk and learn from Commander Divine how you too can start down the road to a transformed life.

Consciousness and its extraordinary healing capacities

The human mind and body are inseparably integrated; and, in this podcast, Elliott S. Dacher, M.D. discusses the profound repercussions our mental state has on our physical health and how western medicine has largely forgotten this link. After establishing, in 1984, a private practice where he synthesized allopathic medicine with conscious expanding traditions from the east, Dr. Dacher traveled to Asia to further develop his knowledge of how body mind practices, such as yoga and meditation, aid the healing process and regulate the body. After listening to the podcast you can learn more at as well as by reading Dr. Dacher’s book, Integral Health, the Path to Human Flourishing.