47 episodes

Storytelling and conversations about mental health, navigating the difficult bits of life and what it really means to be human

Ministry of Change Marcus Pibworth

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Storytelling and conversations about mental health, navigating the difficult bits of life and what it really means to be human

    Story: Depression and a Cat Called Doris

    Story: Depression and a Cat Called Doris

    In this short episode I tell an autobiographical story about depression and a cat called Doris. 

    As humans we like to share stories, and when it comes to mental health and wellbeing being able to share our stories is so valuable. When we can discover the gift in seemingly negative experiences (trust me, there is always a gift buried in there somewhere) and share our story it becomes a powerful healing tool, not only for us as the storyteller but also for those listening. It stops being our own story and reenters the sea of human experience. It helps people to feel less alone in their experience and to realise that we all experience life in a different way. 

    I hope you enjoy the story...

    If you enjoy the podcasts then please do support me on Patreon to enable me to continue to create.

    The music during the intro and outro was made especially for me by the very talented Graeme Walker

    To find out more about my journey with storytelling and mental health visit the Ministry of Change website

    You can now also leave me voice mails directly through the Anchor App - if you'd like to share a short story about yourself, some feedback or anything else relating to the show then please do. I'd love to feature some on the show if all goes well.

    • 13 min
    Liz Slade: Spirituality, Community and Collective Wellbeing

    Liz Slade: Spirituality, Community and Collective Wellbeing

    In this episode I chatted with Liz Slade - the Chief Officer of the Unitarian Churches in the UK - about different interpretations of spirituality, being supported to find our own way in the world and the power of mixing with people with different beliefs to your own.

    If you enjoy the podcasts then please do support me on Patreon to enable me to continue to create.

    The music during the intro and outro was made especially for me by the very talented Graeme Walker

    To find out more about my journey with storytelling and mental health visit the Ministry of Change website

    You can now also leave me voice mails directly through the Anchor App - if you'd like to share a short story about yourself, some feedback or anything else relating to the show then please do. I'd love to feature some on the show if all goes well.

    • 49 min
    Ani Lhamo: Buddhism, Compassion and Loving Kindness

    Ani Lhamo: Buddhism, Compassion and Loving Kindness

    This episode features a conversation I had with Ani Lhamo, who has been a Tibetan Buddhist nun for over 30 years and who is also the secretary of Lama Yeshe the abbot of the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Scotland (featured in the previous episode - I'd recommend listening to that one first if you haven't already). We talk about Ani Lhamo's path from Glaswegian Computer Programmer to Tibetan Buddhist Nun, the importance of training the mind and the importance of the down as well as the up parts of life. 

    If you enjoy the podcasts then please do support me on Patreon to enable me to continue to create.

    I first heard the spider story from the fabulous storyteller Janet Goring

    The music during the intro and outro was made especially for me by the very talented Graeme Walker

    To find out more about my journey with storytelling and mental health visit the Ministry of Change website

    You can now also leave me voice mails directly through the Anchor App - if you'd like to share a short story about yourself, some feedback or anything else relating to the show then please do. I'd love to feature some on the show if all goes well. 

    • 34 min
    Lama Yeshe: Tibetan Buddhism and Compassionate Change

    Lama Yeshe: Tibetan Buddhism and Compassionate Change

    For this episode I traveled up to Scotland to meet Lama Yeshe, the head abbot of the Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery to talk to him about the role of Buddhism and spirituality in connection with mental health, environmental and social change. 

    If you enjoyed the podcast and would like to support me to make more please do take a look at my Patreon Page

    Read the transcript here

    To find out more about my journey visit the Ministry of Change website

    Thanks to the talented Graeme Walker for making the music for the show.

    Please do leave voice messages for me via the Anchor app, with your personal stories - I'd love to feature some in future episodes if all goes well

    with love, 

    Marcus

    • 38 min
    Radha Mohan Das: Hare Krishna and Social Change

    Radha Mohan Das: Hare Krishna and Social Change

    In my on going exploration into how we can navigate the difficult bits of life and what it means to be human, I have been searching out people who have dedicated their lives to answering these questions through walking a spiritual path. This episode is a conversation I had recently at the Hare Krishna Bhaktivedanta Temple with Krishna Devotee Radha Mohan Das. 

    If you like what I'm doing then please do support me via Patreon

    To stay up to date with my journey visit the Ministry of Change website

    Thank you to Graeme Walker for creating the background music for me, visit his bandcamp page for more excellent audio adventures

    Read the Episode Transcript

    • 46 min
    38 Remembering Polly Higgins: Ecocide and Protecting the Earth

    38 Remembering Polly Higgins: Ecocide and Protecting the Earth

    A conversation recored in 2017 with Ecocide Lawyer, Polly Higgins, who sadly passed away at the weekend

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Doolallysally ,

Enlightening

Marcus speaks in a totally open and heart felt way which enabled me to connect easily with what he was talking about.

Hilsgaby ,

Scott's story

An eloquent and insightful narrative.

AdamBatesAdamBates ,

Enlightening, Reassuring, Inspiring

In a society that is so troubled by mental health problems and the stigma associated, it’s so refreshing to find there’s a good-hearted person on a mission to get to the heart of the issue and share what he’s finding out.

It’s so great that Marcus is looking at it from all different types of angles and in a very genuine way. He’s not preaching or being condescending. He’s just his good, humble, talented self and it’s a privilege to be let in on his journey.

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