Stretched Between Gratitude and Grief- A Conversation with Francis Weller

In this episode we speak with Francis about what it means to live a soulful life, about the importance and value of grief, and about the challenges we face living in a culture fixated on constant ascension, growth, and improvement. We also explore how human beings are, by nature, ritually articulate, and discuss the value of rituals and of connecting with what Francis calls “primary satisfactions,” the ways that the human soul has been nourished for thousands of years. We also talk about the longing to “do it right,” the tenuousness of our sense of belonging which gives rise to such a longing, and the difference between taking healthy risks and living calculated lives. We trust you’ll enjoy it!


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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.