Michelle Choi

Episode 34: The Gift of Love

We have Monica Martinez, MPA, on the show today, to talk about her family’s experiences with foster care and adoption. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Community Services, Santa Cruz County’s largest health and human services nonprofit, where she provides vision for large-scale change at the local level. Being a parent is not easy, and being a parent of a child who has experienced trauma has its own challenges. Monica speaks with us today about her own family. Creating a safe, nurturing family environment is our topic of conversation today: feeling safe with our feelings, feeling accepted, having a sense of security, reducing the symptoms of trauma, and blossoming. Join us for this insightful conversation.

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Episode 33: Cocooning with Oriana Gliessman

On today’s episode, my friend Oriana Gliessman talks to us about her life, as she has been separated from her husband for over a year, and they have decided to end their marriage. In this thoughtful, insightful, and honest conversation, she uses the caterpillar metaphor of cocooning to describe her life right now: focusing her energy on getting to know herself again, discovering her own needs and wants, forging her path to her happiness. Cocooning is the process of enveloping or surrounding yourself in a protective and comforting way, insulated from perceived danger. Who would you become?

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Staying Together for the Kids

I’m not a Psychologist. But when I hear “Staying together for the kids,” it gives me PTSD.

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Episode 32: Improving Your Fertility, Naturally

Infertility is fairly common in the United States, as it impacts about 15% of couples. Fertility is also known to steadily decline with age. Infertility can affect one or both partners- about a third of the time, infertility can be traced to the woman, a third of the cases can be traced to the man, and in the remaining cases, there are issues in both partners or no cause can be found. On today’s show, Dana Ramsey, CNM, MSN, talks about blending holistic, integrative care with modern medicine, to naturally improve fertility and conception. It is known that lifestyle factors, ways of life, can greatly influence overall health and well-being, including fertility. And on today’s show, we talk about healthy habits to optimize fertility. You can find Dana at nurturesantacruz.com.

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Reincarnation

The first book in spirituality I ever read was Dr. Brian Weiss’ book- Many Lives, Many Masters. ⁠

I was so shocked by this book that I read it in half a day. It freaked me out so much, that I couldn’t sleep for 2 weeks. My thinking changed.

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Asian Sleeping @ Fenway

I’m not sure if he knows this, but I’ve dozed off at so many games, AT the stadium.

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Episode 31: Reincarnation with Dr. Jim Tucker, MD

Is it possible for our consciousness to survive physical death? On this episode, I speak with Dr. Jim Tucker, MD, who is a Psychiatrist and a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia, and is the director of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies, as he discusses his work with children who report memories of previous lives. He is the author of Life before LIfe, and NY Times Bestseller, Return to Life. And as we discuss his work evaluating the evidence, we can’t help but also wonder- What happens after death? Could there be the survival of the soul after death? Join us in this fascinating conversation, as we discuss reincarnation. You can find Dr. Tucker at jimbtucker.com.

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Episode 30: Addiction with Jane Dawson

Addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain’s reward, motivation, and memory functions. While alcohol or drug use is initially voluntary, and sometimes socially acceptable, some can stop with continued usage, and many cannot. The truth about addiction is that it is pervasive in our society. Mental health issues, emotional and physical pain, and stressors, are also recognized as driving factors behind a person’s misuse of drugs and alcohol. Self-medication suggests that there is an underlying cause that leads someone to use drugs, and the intention may be more to relieve dysphoria than to seek euphoria. Join us in this thoughtful conversation, as Jane Dawson, M.A., MFT, and I discuss addiction.

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Episode 29: Fear is an Illusion

Most of us spend a lot of energy organizing our lives around steering clear of what we fear most. What if fear isn’t something to avoid, fight, or feel badly about? What if fear exists to actually help you? When we ignore the message that our fears have for us, fear can become a health risk. On today’s show, Josie Teresi and I talk about our fears, and the important message it may have in our lives, as we talk about shifting our thinking to improve our overall health and well-being. Join us in this fascinating conversation! You can find Josie at josieteresi.com.

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Episode 28: Near-Death Experiences with Kimberly Clark Sharp

This week, we have Kimberly Clark Sharp on the show, to talk about near-death experiences. Near-death experiences occur when one is briefly dead or almost to the point of dying, and these experiences are often life changing. And having these experiences can dramatically transform people’s attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors. It brings up the possibility that some part of us may survive bodily death and also makes us wonder about the true nature of death. Ms. Sharp is the author of After the Light: The Spiritual Path to Purpose, and is the founder of Seattle International Association of Near-Death Studies. She was featured in the inaugural episode of the Netflix series Surviving Death. You can find her at www.seattleiands.org.

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