Spiritual Teachings, where Tami Simon, Founder and Publisher of Sounds True interviews spiritual teachers, visionary writers, and living luminaries about their newest work and current challenges—the growing edge of their inner inquiry and outer contribution to the world.
The Art of Holding Space
Matt Kahn is a spiritual teacher and highly attuned empathic healer who has become a YouTube sensation with his healing and often humorous videos. More than 20 million YouTube channel viewers are finding comfort, inspiration, and relief from the challenges of daily life through his intuitive updates and helpful, uplifting, heart-centered messages. Matt is the author of the books Whatever Arises, Love That: A Love Revolution That Begins with You, Everything Is Here to Help You: Finding the Gift in Life’s Greatest Challenges, The Universe Always Has a Plan: The 10 Golden Rules of Letting Go, and most recently, All for Love: The Transformative Power of Holding Space.
In this podcast, Sounds True’s founder, Tami Simon, speaks with Matt Kahn about his new book and how it emerged as part of his own journey of healing and integration. Tami and Matt discuss heart-centered consciousness and “how truth moves,” the healing work of processing our past, how we are at once human and divine beings, gratitude for all of our experiences, speaking from a place of wholeness, the power of mercy, validating our own feelings, dialoguing with our fear, the practice of dynamic listening, a challenge for “advice-givers,” the difference between holding space and spacing out, and more.
In this podcast, Michael joins Sounds True’s founder, Tami Simon, to speak about his latest book. Tami and Michael discuss the first question for the spiritual journey, “Are you in there?”; the “three-ring circus” of the outside world, the thoughts in your head, and the emotions that emanate from your heart; the energy of Shakti; removing the samskaras (or energy blockages) within you; resistance, will, and accepting reality; practicing the little things—the “low-hanging fruit”—on the path of surrender; the proper use of positive thinking; the mantra “I can handle this”; witness consciousness and the practice of “relax and release”; the art of transmutation; piercing the spiritual heart; and more.
The Life-Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing
In this eye-opening, hope-giving podcast, Sounds True founder Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Rediger about his personal journey—from an upbringing in a traditional Amish household, to how he “ran away to college” and began a deep exploration of the connection between faith and medicine, and what is truly possible on the journey toward health and healing. Tami and Dr. Rediger discuss the sometimes competing, sometimes cooperating worldviews of science and spirituality; the unfortunate absence of curiosity in so much of science and medicine; lifestyle illnesses as the root cause of most health challenges in the Western world; his four pillars of health: nutrition, immunity, stress response, and what he calls “healing your identity”; retraining the beliefs that are holding us back; understanding and healing trauma; facing our shadows and waking up to our own inherent value and dignity; and much more.
No Struggle, No Swag
In this podcast, George speaks with Sounds True founder, Tami Simon, about seeing clearly, loving greatly, and "finding your swag" through the struggles we encounter in pursuit of our goals. George and Tami discuss: His personal journey from the basketball court to the path of meditation and mindfulness; the Four A's: awareness, acceptance, action, and assessment; right effort and balance, or how "slow is smooth and smooth is fast"; generating hope and optimism instead of falling into fear and negativity; uncovering the "masterpiece" of your inner nature; the importance of self-honesty; "pure performance" in business or athletics; and more.
Becoming a Trauma-Informed Spiritual Explorer
Mindfulness meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices bring many benefits, but for those struggling with trauma, those practices can actually amplify their symptoms. That doesn’t mean they should avoid these practices. By adopting trauma-sensitive principles, those healing from trauma often have the most to gain.
In this episode, Sounds True founder Tami Simon speaks with Dr. David Treleaven, a leading voice in Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM), to explore the five principles of TSM, why the breath is not always a neutral or safe object of attention, how to tell if an intense meditation experience is helping or not, when to lean in to your practice and when to change direction, techniques to re-ground and regulate, guidance for meditation teachers, the importance of supportive relationships in TSM, and much more.
Let Us Make Sanctuary
In this podcast, Sounds True founder Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Akomolafe about how sanctuary is where slowing down and healing happens. They discuss: how the function of slowing down in urgent times is not about simply resting so that we can continue forward in the same direction, but about how to engage in deep inquiry about where we are going; pouring drink to earth—an African spiritual technology that expresses our indebtedness to our ancestors and all that makes life possible; standing at the crossroads—how the ground underneath us is going through a seismic shift that is allowing the unsaid to now be spoken and intelligible; the invitation of the slave ship as a place of spiritual contemplation and as a site of renewing our connections with grief, loss, trauma, and tragedy; grieving as a form of activism; and more.
Wonderful conversations for heart and mind (but I wish the episode summaries were less bewildering!)
I love listening to Insights at the Edge. Tami Simon creates space for beautiful, rich, surprising things to happen between her and her guests, striking that very difficult balance between shaping/steering the conversation and simply letting it unfold. Her interviews are fiercely focused, but still ‘alive’(and her voice, as many others have said, is a balm).
My only frustration is that the episode summaries are so hit-and-miss (and sometimes just bizarre) that it can be hard to know who you’ll be listening to, or why you should listen at all, e.g. ‘In this podcast, George speaks with Sounds True Founder, Tami Simon…’ Who the heck is ‘George’?? Nothing in the preview I can see in my feed leaves me any the wiser as to who this person is; and when I click on the episode to read its full description… Nope, he’s still just ‘George’. It reads like Tami is a guest on ‘George’s’ podcast, not the other way around.
I can’t be the only person who loves listening to podcasts, but doesn’t always have time to listen to every episode of every podcast I subscribe to. When all I can see in my feed is the first part of the episode description, and all that tells me is ‘In this episode/podcast, Sounds True founder Tami Simon speaks with…’, it doesn’t give me a reason to dive in - it just tells me I have to go to the podcast/episode page to glean any useful information. Even then, taking that extra step - which I don’t always have time for/remember to do - can leave me scratching my head, wondering who ‘George’ (or ‘Shannon’, or ‘Michael’) is. And so I never prioritise listening to that conversation - when it’s probably wonderful.
Please help us listeners out, Sounds True? Begin each episode description with the interviewee’s full name, and the key information we need to know about them, so that even the preview text is enough for us to understand essentially who/what it’s about. Make each episode title clearer and more descriptive (ideally including the interviewee’s name, too). Cut the stuff that’s self-evident or redundant (‘In this podcast/episode, Sounds True founder Tami Simon talks to…’), and which belongs in the *podcast* description, not every single *episode* description. It would make such a difference.
I value and admire what you do, and I’m grateful for the force that is Sounds True. I’d simply love it if you made it much easier for your listeners to understand who you’re talking to, and why we should tune in. Thank you for your hard work. : )
Fantastically down to earth interviewer
I just came across this podcast series while searching for links between quantum physics and spiritual healing. I listened to Tami interview Chamonix (sp?) about the biofield and just loved how down your earth she was. She managed to ask the hard questions without being confrontational which isn’t easy to do and she wasn’t afraid to say “I have no idea what you are talking about!” I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast and look forward to more.
Inspiring and informative
Thanks for bringing us this wonderful and inspiring information to help healing and growth.