Robert Gill, Jr. wrote the book Happiness Power: How to Unleash Your Power and Lead a More Joyful Life, which he published on Teaching Press. He joined host Rev. Xolani Kacela for a lively conversation. Robert Gill, Jr. shared many important insights about happiness and the research he’s gathered in response to recognizing how many Americans experience unhappiness. He talked about the various “powers” that happiness creates for people. Much of it, he shared, originates from being an optimist. Also, Gill discussed the benefits of optimism and how people can learn how to be happy. He explained the relationship between happiness and gratitude. Furthermore, explored how things, including money, related to happiness. Gill got into self-kindness and generosity as paths to joy and happiness.
Dr. Matthew Welsh founded the Spiritual Media Blog, which hosts interviews and resources for readers and communities. He joined host Rev. Xolani Kacela for a lively conversation, sharing his story of leaving his law career, earning a Ph.D. in psychology, and going into practice. He also sees patients at the Veteran Affairs Center in Indianapolis. Importantly, the interview covered how mental health and spirituality merge. Surprisingly, Matt Welsh revealed half of his blog’s content is targeted to people seeking resources for a better life. Most of his guests practice non-traditional spirituality. Dr. Welsh shared how writing his novel helped him deal with important life issues and discover his purpose.
Rev. Carolyn Wilkins hosted guest Rev. Doris Davis, an Interfaith Minister and sacred activist. Rev. Doris shared highlights of a fascinating life’s journey from growing up in a home without religion to being entrusted with a sacred staff for the Indigenous Women of North America.
Justin Miles serves as a Black Buddhist teacher who also identifies as a Christian. He joined host Xolani Kacela on Take On Faith for a discussion about his spiritual work. He is a licensed mental health provider, hip-hop artist, and martial arts expert. He shared his journey to Buddhism and how he lives as Black person on many levels. He unpacked the challenges of living true to himself and being among an all-white spiritual community.
Dravon James is the author of Freedom is Your Birthright. She joined host, Rev. Xolani Kacela, for a multi-faceted conversation on Take On Faith. Dravon James is known as an inspirational speaker, radio host, and life coach. Moreover, she is the founder of Everyday Peace. EP serves as her platform for helping and inspiring others to build the life of their dreams. A pharmacist by training, she uses her pharmacist skills for bringing light into other peoples’ lives. Plus, it’s on the show, where she shares her Everyday Peace message.
Daniel Simpson discussed his new book, The Truth About Yoga. His book provides an in-depth look at yoga. The book is available on Amazon and wherever you buy your books. Simpson joined host Xolani Kacela from his home in Oxford, England. It was his first appearance on Take On Faith. He shared his story about how he discovered yoga. Also, he talked about how he became a yoga expert. He discussed yoga’s roots and its early texts. Importantly, he explained yoga evolved from Hindu practice to modern day exercise. He broke down how politics, religion, and culture changed yoga practice. Originally, it was a way to ease suffering. An established author, he updated listeners on the current state of yoga in the world.
Rev. Carolyn Wilkins, our host, speaks with Rev. Kelli Jareaux, a minister, attorney and author. They discuss Rev. Kelli's newly released book I AM @ WORK including the true purpose of work, how work can be more fulfilling and tips on how to move beyond challenges.
Host Xolani Kacela and Janice Marie Johnson, Co-Director of Ministries and Faith Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), explore many topics of high priority for liberal religious faith leaders. Johnson discussed her grief following her twin sister's death and the collective grief experienced around the globe due to the pandemic. She offered prophetic words regarding healing our nation and world by adhering to virtues of love, compassion, listening, and empathy.
The Revs. Carolyn Wilkins and Xolani Kacela, co-hosts of Take On Faith, had a spirited conversation that updated listeners on the developments in their ministries during the pandemic. They also discussed contemporary concerns on the spiritual landscape and their hopes for the coming time post-pandemic.
Rev. Terri White joined Rev. Carolyn Wilkins, our host, for a lively conversation. White serves as the founder of A Labor Of Love Elder Care. White and Wilkins discussed faith, health and geriatric care management and ways to improve communications around planning healthcare for your spouse or elder family members.
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