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What is Wisdom? What does that word even mean? How can we implement wisdom in our everyday lives? Psychiatrist and executive coach Dr Sunil Raheja invites you to join us on a transformational and sacred quest to experience meaning, purpose and fun in both your life and work. Our ultimate goal to have us all dancing with wisdom. Or to put it another way:

Life's challenges can diminish, define or develop you. The choice is yours! Which will it be? Make sure you hunger for the wise one!

Dancing With Wisdo‪m‬ Dr Sunil Raheja

    • Self-Improvement

What is Wisdom? What does that word even mean? How can we implement wisdom in our everyday lives? Psychiatrist and executive coach Dr Sunil Raheja invites you to join us on a transformational and sacred quest to experience meaning, purpose and fun in both your life and work. Our ultimate goal to have us all dancing with wisdom. Or to put it another way:

Life's challenges can diminish, define or develop you. The choice is yours! Which will it be? Make sure you hunger for the wise one!

    01 Dancing With Wisdom: Why Wisdom?

    01 Dancing With Wisdom: Why Wisdom?

    From Making Sense of Life to Dancing With Wisdom! I'm delighted to announce Season 2 Episode 1! 



    On Series 2 Episode 1 of the Dancing With Wisdom Podcast we explore the question of Why Wisdom?

    Do come and join my new podcast host, Elliott Frisby and I as we explore this question in detail.



    Elliott gives us the dictionary definition of wisdom as "The ability to make sensible decisions and give good advice because of the experience and knowledge that you have."

    In our conversation we explore why wisdom is much more than that simple definition. Instead wisdom is about connecting us to timeless truths in a world which we find is increasingly cynical, confusing, complex and chaotic. The explosion of choices around us only adds to this. Indeed it could be argued that we are the most over-informed and under-reflective civilisation in human history.



    There are three questions we are going to seek to unpack in this and future conversations:



    Why do some people grow and develop in their lives in incredible ways?

    How are some people not just productive, but able to be at peace with themselves and others?

    How do such people think, feel and behave to flourish so well in their lives?



    We unpack wisdom as timeless truths that can connect you with the ultimate best version of who you are and who you long to be. It is about making sense of life in the fullest sense.



    You can access the podcast on iTunes, your favourite podcast platform or watch on YouTube!



    For the iTunes link see here



    For the 26 minute YouTube video see here



    If you haven't yet downloaded the introduction to the book then you can do so from the home page. Who could you share that with?



    Do feel free to leave your comments or questions.



     



     

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    Podcast #066: Peter Kerridge and his vision for the church in the next 25 years

    Podcast #066: Peter Kerridge and his vision for the church in the next 25 years

    What makes this interview particularly fascinating is that it was recorded in January 2020 before the start of the global pandemic that has turned all of our lives upside down. In that time churches have had to go from being based in buildings to being forced to present their services online as there has been no other option. When we recorded this interview we had little idea how much our world was going to change in such a short span of time. While this has created significant challenges it has also led to unprecedented opportunities to present the unchanging message of the Gospel to the world.



    Peter and I discuss how technology is becoming more and more an integral part of our lives. Indeed we are just seeing the beginning of a huge revolution in digital technology, which the pandemic has only accelerated at a faster pace than we had imagined. That uneven distribution around the world is becoming rapidly less uneven. We are entering the age of "The Internet of Things" where there is a greater blurring between the physical and virtual worlds. We are going to see a lot of the things previously done by humans replaced by artificial intelligence. Moore's Law that says the power of the microchip doubles and its size halves every 18 months is creating at an ever increasing rate unprecedented changes in the ways that we live. COVID has only further accelerated those changes.



    Before the COVID pandemic Premier Christian Radio, of which Peter is CEO since 1995 had grown to over 1.2 million listeners and 8 million website visitors. Since the pandemic that has grown even further and faster.



    How does this changing world impact the unchanging truths of the Biblical Gospel message? Do join us in this conversation as Peter and I discuss:



    How technology can be a tool to ensure that faith stays at the heart of a disciple's life to bring Christ to others.

    How churches are going to need to grow in confidence in the use of technology to bring timeless truths to the world.

    How Premier has used its reach to galvanise Christian disciples to engage with pressing issues of our time.

    How mobile devices are the tools by which the unchanging truths of the Christian Gospel can spread far and wide

    With people generally reading less and auditory communication through technology more prevalent the opportunity that is growing to bring more personalised content tailored to the needs of individuals through their mobile phones.

    Premier's Leap of Faith to expand the vision of a clear, confident voice for the Christian faith in the UK and around the world.



    You can connect directly with Peter at peter.kerridge@premier.org.uk



    For a 4 minute video on how Premier has pivoted its influence and outreach during 2020 with the pandemic see this 4 minute video here



    You may also find of interest:



    Podcast #064: Peter Kerridge and the story behind Premier Christian Radio



    Podcast #065: Leadership lessons from Peter Kerridge



    Podcast #036: Virtually Human



    Podcast #037: Making Sense of Technology



    Podcast #038 How technology impacts time and sex



    Podcast #048: Finding meaning and direction



     



     

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    Podcast #065: Leadership lessons from Peter Kerridge

    Podcast #065: Leadership lessons from Peter Kerridge

    As we continue our conversation with Peter Kerridge, chief executive of Premier Christian Communications, we ask him a variety of questions around his life and leadership. Peter is well qualified to answer such questions as he has guided the development over the last 25 years of Premier Christian Radio from its humble beginnings to become the largest Christian Radio station in the world.



    In particular we explore:



    How God has guided Peter as a continual worrier about where he is supposed to be and what he is supposed to do.

    The greatest lessons he has has learnt in his life.

    His greatest successes and why.

    How failure has shaped his life.

    What he sees as his greatest strengths.

    His mentors and role models.

    What these days makes his heart beat faster.

    What he enjoys reading.

    Specific life shaping experiences.

    How his understanding of God has grown.

    What he would want to do if he had unlimited time and money with no responsibilities.



    The link to Premier Christian Radio is here



    You may also find of interest Podcast #015: Why your leadership matters.



    Our previous interview with Peter is at Podcast #064: Peter Kerridge and the story behind Premier Christian Radio

    • 28 min
    Podcast #064: Peter Kerridge and the story behind Premier Christian Radio

    Podcast #064: Peter Kerridge and the story behind Premier Christian Radio

    How does God guide an insurance salesman, self-confessed worrier and part time radio commentator to start what would become one of the largest Christian radio stations in the world?



    Do join us on the first of three conversations with Peter Kerridge, CEO of what has become Premier Christian Communications, Europe's largest Christian multimedia group. It works with a wide range of Christian churches and organisations across the UK through radio, Internet, video and magazine platforms. Its mission is to help the UK by enabling people to put their faith at the heart of daily life and to bring Christ to their communities.







    It is an impressive vision, but what is even more impressive is how over 25 years that vision has been implemented and brought to life.



    Peter's leadership has been a pivotal factor in getting the vision off the ground to become reality and then to grow and develop in a sustainable way over more than two decades.



    As the UK's largest Christian media organisation its reach is significant. In 2019 (before the impact of COVID which will have dramatically increased even these figures), there have been:

    - over 8 million website visits per year

    - 6.6 million YouTube video views in 2018

    - over 1.5 million tune into Premier Christian radio programmes every week

    - over 1.2 million calls are received each year into Premier Lifeline, the National Christian Helpline

    - 560,000 copies of Christianity magazine, Voice of Hope and Premier Hope and Premier Youth and Children's Work were published in 2019.



    2020 has been a challenging year for us all, but it is also remarkable as the 25th year anniversary of Premier Christian Radio.



    Peter is married to Karen, has two sons and enjoys reading, following Newcastle United football club and sleeping!



    On this podcast we delve into Peter's life including:



    Coming to faith as a 7 year old boy

    Learning about being a football commentator

    Working as an insurance salesmen and night club DJ

    Resisting the call to full time Christian work, but also experiencing the clear guidance of God

    Going to Oxford University to study theology and training for the baptist ministry

    Becoming associate minister at Avenue Baptist Church in Southend-on-Sea while at the same time doing freelance presenting at Essex Radio Station

    Peter's ongoing fascination with radio programmes as a way of bringing spiritual truth and encouragement to others.



    We also explore Peter's growing vision for a Christian radio station at a time in the mid 1980s when the mainstream media was beginning to sideline and ignore religious programming. This was at a time when there were only four main TV stations and as many as 16 million people watched religious programmes. Peter discusses:



    Campaigning during 1989 for the law to change to allow a Christian radio station

    The lonely journey this was with very few within the church having a vision for the potential

    How when a proposed change in the law was debated it was opposed by every bishop in the House of Lords

    The 1990 Broadcasting Act allowing specialist radio and TV licenses for niche areas, including pornography

    The launch of Christian radio in 1995 with no money, no church leadership support, no clear management structure and no identifiable presenters

    A very different form of technology to contend with at the time and Premier being given the worst frequency and lowest reach of any radio station

    To keep tuned to the radio station at the time you would need to keep changing the medium wave channel as you drove around the M25 that circles London!

    Keeping the business sustainable over 25 years with every year presenting financial challenges.

    • 37 min
    Podcast #063: Life lessons from a remarkable cookbook

    Podcast #063: Life lessons from a remarkable cookbook

    On this podcast we continue our conversation with Amanda Clegg about her book co-written with Victoria Byrne, “Hope and Spice: Authentic recipes and stories of transformation from the slums of Delhi.”







    Its one thing to have a good idea, but its another to see that idea through to completion. That is even more so for a cook book that combines not only authentic recipes, but inspiring stories of the slum dwellers themselves.



    Do join us in this conversation with Amanda as we explore:



    Why she could have the audacity to write an Indian cook book!

    The logistical challenges of visiting  100 homes in 12 slum communities over 17 days to sample recipes, listen with the help of an interpreter and collate the stories of some remarkable men and women.

    The power of food to bring down barriers of race and caste.

    The story of Rajwati who in 2010 overnight lost her slum dwelling to make way for building for the Commonwealth Games.

    How lobbying by the charity Asha eventually led after 3 months to Rajwati and the rest of her community being found new homes.

    The story of Gyanwati who twenty years ago lost her son from dehydration at the age of two years old. Since then she has trained as a community health visitor and is determined that no other family will lose a child through dehydration.

    Secrets and surprises of Indian cooking that Amanda has learnt.



    If you have not listened to my previous conversation with Amanda that can be accessed here at Podcast #62: Much more than your average cookbook!

    Hope & Spice has been named a double Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2020 winner, winning Best Indian Charity Cookbook, and gaining a second award for People Cuisine (India)!



    The Hope and Spice website is here



    The Asha charity that works in Delhi's website is here



    You can order the book from the link below:









    The podcast is below or can be accessed at Making Sense of Life on iTunes



    After you have listened to the podcast do let me know by telling me what you found helpful or inspiring or any feedback you have. 



     

    • 45 min
    Podcast #062: Much more than your average cook book!

    Podcast #062: Much more than your average cook book!

    Cook books are hugely popular the world over. Amanda Clegg and Victoria Byrne have together written a cook book that is unique in so many ways to the vast number that are out there.



    On this podcast I have the privilege of interviewing Amanda about her book "Hope and Spice: Authentic recipes and stories of transformation from the slums of Delhi." Here is a short video recorded with Amanda and Victoria at the launch of the book back in November 2018:





    Do come and join us on the podcast for this fascinating conversation with Amanda as we explore:



     How Amanda's passion for India, food and encouraging those in slum communities in Delhi came together with an idea of an Indian cookbook.

    The work of the charity Asha started by Dr Kiran Martin in a slum in Delhi in 1988 has dramatically grown and multiplied to bring holistic health and wellbeing to greatly disadvantaged individuals and famillies.

    The story of Samina who has been empowered to be a community health volunteer to other women in her slum.

    Chandan who not only has been able to complete a degree in Mathematics, but has also been granted a scholarship to do a Masters degree in the UK.

    The evolution of the idea of a cookbook to combine recipes with inspiring stories of changed lives from the Delhi slums.



    Hope & Spice has been named a double Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2020 winner, winning Best Indian Charity Cookbook, and gaining a second award for People Cuisine (India)!



    The Hope and Spice website is here



    The Asha charity that works in Delhi's website is here



    You can order the book from the link below:









    The podcast is below or can be accessed at Making Sense of Life on iTunes



    After you have listened to the podcast do let me know by telling me what you found helpful or inspiring or any feedback you have. 



    Thank you!

    • 35 min

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