Podcast Discussion : Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations with Mariel Hemingway & Bobby Williams
Our first podcast/book club post yay! So (for those who didn’t listen) the podcast we are talking about today is Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday podcast and this one was the episode with Mariel Hemingway and her husband! Mariel is the granddaughter to Ernest Hemingway. Ernest and six other family members were drawn to addiction and ended their lives in suicide. So Mariel talks with Oprah about how she dealt with it all and created a new life for herself.
My Thoughts on this Weeks Podcast
The reason I really loved this episode is because I know all of us either are from or know someone who is from a long line of depression or addiction or abuse or maybe its even just a long line of poverty or unhealthy lifestyles or complacency. And I really love that she chose to every day live consciously to make sure she can do the opposite, learn from their mistakes and make a better life for her family. Because could you imagine SEVEN suicides in your family? I can’t even comprehend it. So I really admire her strength. When she says she felt like the baton was being passed to her, I think I would feel the same way!
She acknowledges that you need to tell your story, but I loved when she said “tell your story – move on – and make a new story for yourself.” What I took from that is don’t dwell in your past and blame your problems on your childhood or what happened to you, acknowledge it happened and that it hurt and then find a way to make your life better.
My Favorite Moment on the Podcast
Do you guys have morning rituals? I loved Mariele talking about her daily rituals and it had me wishing I drank tea every morning in the same slippers or something ha. She said she believes daily rituals or ceremonies bring mindfulness to your day. I was trying to think if I have any rituals .. I don’t really start my morning with any rituals except cuddling my babies on the couch for a few minutes before we start our day. And we end our day with song and prayer. I loved how she ends her day.. specifically how she said she does her daily reviews and asks herself “did I accomplish what I wanted? Was I kind? Could I have done anything different?” because I do think its important to evaluate our days even if it just takes a couple minutes. And my favorite part was how she said she visualizes what she wants her day to look like when she wakes up and visualizes how she wants to feel and she said she will wake up feeling those exact feelings. I for sure believe in the power of the mind and how our emotions and mood reflect what we tell it so I loved this. I don’t think I have ever done this so I want to start trying it.
What I Learned After Listening
“To learn when technology is serving you and when it is working against you.” This one I think 99% of us probably need to be mindful of. And to be aware of everything around us especially in nature. Even if it is just paying attention as the sun sets. And to use the 6 Dr’s .. Dr. Air, Dr. Sun, Dr. Nutrition, Dr. Rest, Dr. Water, Dr. Exercise (I had never heard this before had you?) And I definitely need to go enjoy nature more — I seriously feel like I was in nature more in NYC because we were so close to Central Park! We definitely need to make more of an effort to go appreciate it. What did you love about the podcast? Or maybe nothing and you didn’t like it – which is fine too. Leave any thoughts in the comments!
The next podcast we will be discussing is Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversation with Cheryl Strayed. Keep an eye on the calendar to make sure you show up for our podcast & book discussions this month.