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Active Listening: fully bought in and aware of others so they can be heard and understood. Scott and Ariana invite you to join them in actively listening to their friends’ and families’ stories so we can discover more about each other and learn how to love well. We may not always agree, but that’s part of the fun!

Active Listening Ariana deVries

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.4 • 16 Ratings

Active Listening: fully bought in and aware of others so they can be heard and understood. Scott and Ariana invite you to join them in actively listening to their friends’ and families’ stories so we can discover more about each other and learn how to love well. We may not always agree, but that’s part of the fun!

    Bad Vibes: A New Voice - introducing Alicia deVries

    Bad Vibes: A New Voice - introducing Alicia deVries

    In this episode, Ariana welcomes Alicia deVries as a co-host to the show! They chat about Alicia's story and her journey to becoming who she is now. They discuss how their views have changed over the years, and dive into what shaped them growing up. There are passion buttons pressed and we get to hear what makes Alicia get riled up. Alicia will be a regular voice on the show and you will get to be a part of the thoughts and discussions her and Ariana have regularly.

    Ariana and Alicia both grew up in and around Kitchener-Waterloo, went to the same church for much of their growing up lives, were both homeschooled, are both Enneagram type 9s, married brothers, and love spending time with people having meaningful conversations.

    Alicia is a mom to three beautiful children and a gentle soul. She is learning to speak up against harmful belief systems and is bravely joining the Active Listening team!

    If you have any questions or comments on this episode, or need further clarification on anything you’ve heard, please don’t hesitate to reach out in person or contact us at activelistening.life@gmail.com. You can also find us on Instagram, and reviews on iTunes are always welcome! Thanks for listening!

    • 55 min
    Bad Vibes: Challenging the Systems - with Selam Debs

    Bad Vibes: Challenging the Systems - with Selam Debs

    In this episode, Ariana chats with Selam Debs about how racism is affecting our brothers and sisters of colour, how we as white folks are a part of perpetuating problematic systems, how she is using her voice to speak truth to power, and how we can all raise anti-racist children.


    Selam was born in Amman, Jordan, and grew up around Toronto, Ontario. She is a single mom, active in the community fighting for Black liberation and justice, owns the Juici Yoga studio teaching wellness, and is a singer, poet, and writer. Selam has created several workshops where she speaks about anti-racism and provides insight to those searching.

    You can find Selam on Twitter and Instagram.
    If you are interested to learn more, you can find her courses and workshops here.

    If you have any questions or comments on this episode, or need further clarification on anything you’ve heard, please don’t hesitate to reach out in person or contact us at activelistening.life@gmail.com. You can also find us on Instagram, and reviews on iTunes are always welcome! Thanks for listening!

    • 45 min
    Bad Vibes: Losing the Silence - with Matthew Mikkelsen

    Bad Vibes: Losing the Silence - with Matthew Mikkelsen

    In this episode, Ariana talks with Matthew Mikkelsen about the ways in which modernization is affecting our world and us as individuals; causing a noise pollution crisis. There are few places on Earth which are untouched by manmade sounds for extended periods of time.


    Matt is a sound recordist, audio engineer, and documentary filmmaker. He is the co-founder of Spruce Tone Films, serves as the Executive Director of Wilderness Quiet Parks, and is on the board for One Square Inch, which works to protect Olympic National Park from noise pollution. He loves the outdoors and hopes to inspire others to care for the earth; preserving natural soundscapes.

    If you have any questions or comments regarding this episode, please don't hesitate to contact us at activelistening.life@gmail.com OR you can find us on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 54 min
    Bad Vibes: Video Games Aren't Bad - with Dr. Rachel Kowert

    Bad Vibes: Video Games Aren't Bad - with Dr. Rachel Kowert

    In this episode, Ariana chats with Dr. Rachel Kowert, a psychologist studying the science of gaming. Rachel works to debunk many of the myths surrounding video games. We deep dive into all of the stereotypes, misconceptions, and questions that today’s online world presents. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to video gaming.

    Rachel is the Research Director for Take This (a non-profit providing mental health awareness), and the Founder of Your Own Castle. She is the mastermind and face behind the Psychgeist youtube channel, and actively works to bring more awareness about the world of online gaming; especially for parents.


    If you have any questions or comments regarding this episode, please don't hesitate to contact us at activelistening.life@gmail.com OR you can find us on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 48 min
    Bad Vibes: The Enemy We Can't See - with Cynthia Carr

    Bad Vibes: The Enemy We Can't See - with Cynthia Carr

    *We recorded this conversation several months ago, and we've come a long way with the progression of a vaccine. However, our numbers are still climbing and the need for vigilance is even greater! Take care and follow the guidelines set in place for the protection of everyone so we can get on top of this.*

    In this episode, Ariana chats with Cynthia Carr, an Epidemiologist from Winnipeg, on the Coronavirus pandemic. She shares great insight into how to fight the virus as well as why this year has been so hard. Please listen carefully!

    We know Christmas is just around the corner, and it's not going to a normal or easy year of celebrations. However, it's up to all of us as individuals and communities to stop the spread, create new memories and traditions, and care for others as this crazy year comes to a close.


    If you'd like further information on COVID-19, start off by visiting your public health website. You can visit Cynthia’s Facebook page or her website to find out more. The links listed below also provide great information.


    Public Health CanadaCenter for Disease Control & Prevention
    How Science Beat the VirusCNN PodcastDr. Tom Frieden Public HealthCoronavirus Explained - KurzgesagtAdditionally, if you have any questions or comments regarding this episode, please don't hesitate to contact us at activelistening.life@gmail.com OR you can find us on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 40 min
    Bad Vibes: The Deep Story - with Arlie Hochschild

    Bad Vibes: The Deep Story - with Arlie Hochschild

    In this episode, Ariana discusses something we are all being greatly affected by right now - whether we live in the United States or not - politics.

    Arlie Hochschild is our guest today and she offers great insights into the role human emotion plays in our politics. She is a sociologist and seeks to understand people beyond the decisions they make or the words they say.

    She wrote a deeply impacting book called Strangers in Their Own Land which helped to bring understanding to the stories of anger and mourning of those on the American right. If you would like to read more by Arlie, there's a great article here and an interview here. She also wrote another book called The Managed Heart.

    If you have any questions or comments regarding this episode, please don't hesitate to contact us at activelistening.life@gmail.com OR you can find us on Instagram and Twitter.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

megroes ,

So good!

I’m grateful for a podcast that isn’t afraid to have tough conversations. It’s cool to see it develop into having educated people talking about tough topics. Love it!

jonathantravis ,

Love this podcast!

I love how the hosts are digging into tough topics with a heart to grow community and relationships. The most recent podcast with Sarah and Beth was challening, interesting and fun to listen to. Love it!

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