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Hello, I am a marital therapist, communications trainer and author. I have thirty-five years helping couples and individuals make better relationships. I have written twenty-plus self-help books which include the international best-sellers ‘I love you but I’m not in love with you’ and ‘How can I ever trust you again?’ My books have been translated into twenty languages. I trained with RELATE the UK’s largest counselling charity.

Perhaps it has been turning sixty but I have become interested in spiritual as well as psychological questions. Who am I? What are my values – as opposed to my parents, my teachers and the wider society? What makes my life meaningful? What do I believe about life, the universe and everything? Although my clients might come to me because of destructive arguments, falling out of love and infidelity, they are also interested in having more meaningful relationships and a more meaningful life.

So what is the meaningful life? Why do we so easily lose our way and get lost in depression, anxiety, doubt, addictions and obsessions: the swamplands of the soul? One thing I know for sure is that there is not one answer. Each of us has to find out for ourselves what makes our life meaningful. But we can learn from each other, share our experiences of how to navigate the journey, how to endure and learn from the swamp, and finally how to find solid ground.

I have decided to use my original training in radio and journalism to interview witnesses for what makes life meaningful. Each week, I invite someone who is a therapist, academic, self-help coach or who has an enlightening personal story to share their knowledge or experiences. I hope our discussions will help you discover what makes your life meaningful and find more purpose and contentment.

The Meaningful Life with Andrew G. Marshall The Meaningful Life

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Hello, I am a marital therapist, communications trainer and author. I have thirty-five years helping couples and individuals make better relationships. I have written twenty-plus self-help books which include the international best-sellers ‘I love you but I’m not in love with you’ and ‘How can I ever trust you again?’ My books have been translated into twenty languages. I trained with RELATE the UK’s largest counselling charity.

Perhaps it has been turning sixty but I have become interested in spiritual as well as psychological questions. Who am I? What are my values – as opposed to my parents, my teachers and the wider society? What makes my life meaningful? What do I believe about life, the universe and everything? Although my clients might come to me because of destructive arguments, falling out of love and infidelity, they are also interested in having more meaningful relationships and a more meaningful life.

So what is the meaningful life? Why do we so easily lose our way and get lost in depression, anxiety, doubt, addictions and obsessions: the swamplands of the soul? One thing I know for sure is that there is not one answer. Each of us has to find out for ourselves what makes our life meaningful. But we can learn from each other, share our experiences of how to navigate the journey, how to endure and learn from the swamp, and finally how to find solid ground.

I have decided to use my original training in radio and journalism to interview witnesses for what makes life meaningful. Each week, I invite someone who is a therapist, academic, self-help coach or who has an enlightening personal story to share their knowledge or experiences. I hope our discussions will help you discover what makes your life meaningful and find more purpose and contentment.

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Creating a daily ritual for a deeper connection to life

    Creating a daily ritual for a deeper connection to life

    What do you know to be true? Deep down? The older I get, the less I feel I know but there are a few things that I know are truly, profoundly true. I think these truths say a lot about us. So for every guest, I ask them to share three things that they know to be true and we discuss them. For most guests, we also discuss what I learned from our interview, and I ask what being a witness on The Meaningful Life has been like for them…

    William Ayot: Healing Men’s Souls

    William Ayot: Healing Men’s Souls

    Today, the four pale horsemen of war, famine, pestilence and death, have broken into our comfortable lives once again. 
    As the climate emergency and shortage become normalised, how do we live through crisis after crisis without falling into fear and anxiety on the one hand, or agitated reaction and rage on the other? 
    Do we face the horsemen, go into denial or settle for the dull throb of numbness? And how do we maintain contact with the heart, with soul, with love and compassion?
    This week Andrew speaks with award-winning poet, author and teacher William Ayot about:
    The burdens men carry
    The healing power of ritual
    Male loneliness and how men’s groups help
    Confronting shame and anger
    As well as his writing and poetry, William Ayot leads workshops and seminars on personal development topics and creates and conducts private rituals and ceremonies. 
    Andrew will be attending William’s Feb/Mar 2023 workshop on Male Mysteries through Times of Change & Crisis , which is co-hosted with Simon Roe (a previous guest - see  Are You Leading a Life of Quiet Desperation?).
    William Ayot is also the co-founding director of Olivier Mythodrama and worked around the world for ten years, teaching leadership through story, theatre practice and ritual. He founded NaCOT- The National Centre for the Oral Tradition, and hosts the poetry series On the Border. 
    If You’re Looking for More….
    You can subscribe to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts) and hear a bonus mini-episode every week. Or you can join our Supporters Club on Patreon to also access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests  and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50. 
    This week supporters will hear:
    ⭐️ Creating a daily ritual for a deeper connection to life.
    ⭐️Three things William Ayot knows to be true.
    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.
    Follow Up
    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there 
    Attend William Ayot and Simon Roe’s upcoming workshop in Feb/Mar 2023, Facing the Four Horsemen: Exploring Male Mysteries through Times of Change & Crisis
    Visit William Ayot’s website for information on bespoke rituals, poetry etc.
    Visit William Ayot and Juliet Grayson’s online library of poetry and talks on shame, men’s issues and relationships.
    Listen to Andrew’s interview with Simon Roe on Are You Leading a Life of Quiet Desperation? 
    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier. 
    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall 
     

    • 56 min
    The troublemaking twins: Pride and Shame

    The troublemaking twins: Pride and Shame

    What do you know to be true? Deep down? The older I get, the less I feel I know but there are a few things that I know are truly, profoundly true. I think these truths say a lot about us. So for every guest, I ask them to share three things that they know to be true and we discuss them. For most guests, we also discuss what I learned from our interview, and I ask what being a witness on The Meaningful Life has been like for them…

    Charlotte Fox Weber: What Do You Really Want? Why We Are Frightened of Answering This Question.

    Charlotte Fox Weber: What Do You Really Want? Why We Are Frightened of Answering This Question.

    Life brings to all of us long periods where we feel lost or confused. We don't know how to get what we want, or even what it is that we want. 
    The struggle to articulate the thing that might really make us “come alive” can be profound, even if we enter therapy.
    Charlotte Fox Weber is the author of Tell Me What You Want, a new book that explores how to identify and navigate our deepest longings. 
    Andrew and Charlotte discuss the idea that we have 12 fundamental desires: to love and be loved; understanding, power, attention, freedom; to create, to belong, to win, to connect, to control; and to want what we shouldn't. 
    Identifying how these desires play out in your life can be liberating and beautiful, even if you also realise that acting on them is impossible. 
    Charlotte Fox Weber is a psychotherapist, author and the founding head of The School of Life Psychotherapy.
     
    Subscriber Content This Week
    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:
    ⭐️ The troublemaking twins: pride and shame.
    ⭐️Three things Charlotte Fox Weber knows to be true.
    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.
     
    Follow Up
    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there. 
    Read Charlotte Fox Weber’s new book, Tell Me What You Want 
    Visit Charlotte Fox Weber’s website
    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier. 
    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.
    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall 

    • 46 min
    Running to improve your anger management

    Running to improve your anger management

    What do you know to be true? Deep down? The older I get, the less I feel I know but there are a few things that I know are truly, profoundly true. I think these truths say a lot about us. So for every guest, I ask them to share three things that they know to be true and we discuss them. For most guests, we also discuss what I learned from our interview, and I ask what being a witness on The Meaningful Life has been like for them…

    William Pullen: Run (or Walk) Your Way to Better Mental Health

    William Pullen: Run (or Walk) Your Way to Better Mental Health

    Throw away your FitBit, stop counting your daily steps, and instead learn to run mindfully. If you can find the three key elements of space, silence and patience, you’ll be far more able to tackle big problems at work and at home.
    William Pullen is a psychotherapist who helps clients using his revolutionary method of Dynamic Running Therapy. His work combines movement and talk therapy to harness the synergy of mind, body and spirit.
    In this episode Andrew and William discuss
    🏃🏾‍♂️How a good walk is different from a good run
    🏃🏽‍♀️The practice of “asking your run/walk a question”
    🏃🏻What the way someone walks can tell us about them. 
    William also tackles a particularly thorny reader’s letter about what to do if you find that your smartphone use is taking over your life and spoiling your relationships.
     
    Subscriber Content This Week
    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:
     
    ⭐️Running to improve your anger management
    ⭐️ Three things William Pullen knows to be true.
    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.
     
    Follow Up
    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there. 
    Buy William Pullen’s book Run for Your Life: Mindful Running for a Happy Life
    Visit William Pullen’s website 
    Watch William Pullen’s TEDx talk “Movement is Medicine” 
    Follow William Pullen on Instagram @dynamicrunningtherapy and on Twitter @pullentherapy
    Get William Pullen’s iPhone app for Dynamic Running Therapy
    Listen to Andrew’s interview with Machiel Klerk on how to Ask Your Dreams for Help 
    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.
    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall 

    • 53 min

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