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How do you create a life filled with passion and purpose? How do you navigate through challenging times? This ad-free podcast features conversations with artists, thinkers, healers, and seekers of all sorts. "Living from the soul means thinking, speaking, and acting in accordance with your truth. When you connect with the soul and allow it to shine through all that you say and do, you’ll become fully and truly yourself" (from the book "Living from the Soul" by Sam Torode). www.samtorode.com

Living from the Soul with Sam Torode Sam Torode

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

How do you create a life filled with passion and purpose? How do you navigate through challenging times? This ad-free podcast features conversations with artists, thinkers, healers, and seekers of all sorts. "Living from the soul means thinking, speaking, and acting in accordance with your truth. When you connect with the soul and allow it to shine through all that you say and do, you’ll become fully and truly yourself" (from the book "Living from the Soul" by Sam Torode). www.samtorode.com

    Nathan Landis Funk — Navigating Change with Music

    Nathan Landis Funk — Navigating Change with Music

    This week I’m speaking with singer/songwriter Nathan Landis Funk, who has just released his debut album, Here’s to the Sojourners.

    Nathan talks about his years as a Pentecostal faith-healer-in-training, how experience and doubt left him disillusioned, and how music and theater helped him find a new version of faith and community.

    A couple stand-out quotes from this conversation: “Music is a vehicle that allows us to reach a higher plane.” And, “Art can help us glue the pieces of our life together.”

    Stream Nathan’s album: distrokid.com/hyperfollow/nathanlandisfunk/heres-to-the-sojourners

    Visit his website: nathanlandisfunk.com

    Follow him on Facebook: facebook.com/nathanlandisfunk

    And Instagram: instagram.com/nathanlandisfunk

    This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s Torode’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at samtorode.com.

    • 59 min
    Coach MJ — Hope in Hard Times

    Coach MJ — Hope in Hard Times

    Need some help managing anxiety, overwhelm, and depression about politics?

    I do!

    So I called up MJ, a California-based life coach who specializes in coaching LGBTQ+ persons and also political activists.

    In addition to talking politics, MJ shares the faith journey of a nonbinary & queer Christian. She talks about joining and leaving the evangelical church, living as an Episcopal monk for 3 years, what she learned from being a jail chaplain, and—just recently—becoming an ordained priest.

    Here are a few of MJ’s comments in our conversation that stood out to me:

    “The reason—or one of the reasons—my soul is incarnated in this human form is to learn to love and be loved.”

    “Even the worst case scenario—death—is not a bad thing. It’s just a transition to another state of existence.”

    “You are making a difference if you’re making a difference in one person’s life, because that has a ripple effect.”

    “If my goal is to make the world a better place, that has to involve everyone—including the people I disagree with and that I feel are really doing harm.”

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    This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s Torode’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at samtorode.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Sam Torode — The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Sam Torode — The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In this reverse episode, I’m interviewed by Omural Ates. We talk about my book Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stoic philosophy, creating a life vision statement, and more.

    Omural is a school teacher, fitness instructor, and personal development coach in Texas. He's the creator of Recoding Behavior, www.recodingbehavior.com.

    The book Living from the Soul is available at www.samtorode.com.

    THE 7 PRINCIPLES:   

    1. Trust Yourself  
    All that you need for growth and guidance in life is already present inside you.  

    2. As You Sow, You Will Reap  
    Your thoughts and actions shape your character, and your character determines your destiny.  

    3. Nothing Outside You Can Harm You
    Circumstances and events don’t matter as much as what you do with them.  

    4. The Universe Is Inside You
    The world around you is a reflection of the world within you.  

    5. Identify with the Infinite
    Center your identity on the soul and your life’s purpose will unfold.  

    6. Live in the Present  
    The present moment is your point of power. Eternity is now.  

    7. Seek God Within
    The highest revelation is the divinity of the soul.

    • 42 min
    Ryan J. Rhoades — Stoicism & Creativity

    Ryan J. Rhoades — Stoicism & Creativity

    This week I’m happy to be speaking with my friend Ryan Rhoades. Ryan is a writer, visual artist, musician, podcaster, website designer, videographer—anything creative, Ryan does it. 

    He’s also a student of Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that advises us to focus our attention only on what is within our control. 

    I’ve published two books of Stoic writings: The Manual of Epictetus and The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Ryan reached out to me after reading these books several years ago, and our friendship grew from there. 

    This week I wanted to talk with Ryan about what drew us to Stoicism, and both the benefits and struggles of applying this philosophy to our lives. 

    Follow Ryan on Instagram: instagram.com/ryan.j.rhoades
    and Facebook: facebook.com/RyanJRhoades
    Visit the Reformation Designs shop for everything from clothing to coffee mugs: rdshop.biz
    Visit his Amazon author page: amazon.com/Ryan-J-Rhoades/e/B00PJ1W9UO
    Listen to his podcast, “The Creative Revolution”, on all platforms + YouTube: youtube.com/user/ReformationDesigns 

    This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s Torode’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at samtorode.com.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Sarah Hempel Irani — Sculpting Public Ideals

    Sarah Hempel Irani — Sculpting Public Ideals

    Today I’m happy to be speaking with my longtime friend Sarah Hempel Irani. 

    Sarah and I both studied art at Hillsdale College in Michigan. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and to become a very accomplished sculptor. 

    Sarah’s sculptures have been included in many national shows and have won several awards, including one in a competition judged by Sister Wendy Beckett. 

    Her most recent work is a 7-foot-tall bronze statue of fashion designer Claire McCardell for her town of Frederick, Maryland. 

    I wanted to talk with Sarah about what goes into creating these monumental works, as well as the values they represent. Sarah has great insights on the need for more women to be celebrated in public art, and the controversy over Confederate monuments. 

    We also discuss how our political and religious beliefs have shifted over the years, and Sarah shares her experience with ovarian cancer and how it changed her perspective. 

    Visit Sarah’s website: hempelstudios.com
    Follow her on Instagram: instagram.com/sarahhi
    and Facebook: facebook.com/HempelStudios
    Read Baltimore Magazine's article on Sarah’s sculpture of Claire McCardell: baltimoremagazine.com

    This ad-free podcast is supported by Sam’s Torode’s books, including “Living from the Soul: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson,” available at samtorode.com.

    • 59 min
    Charles Granata — Preserving Sinatra’s Legacy

    Charles Granata — Preserving Sinatra’s Legacy

    As a lifelong Frank Sinatra fan, today I’m excited to be speaking with Charles Granata. 

    Chuck is the producer and co-host of Nancy Sinatra’s weekly radio show on SiriusXM, “Nancy for Frank,” which recently concluded after 14 years and over 500 episodes. “The Best of Nancy for Frank” continues to air every week. 

    He has worked on several Frank Sinatra box sets, including “A Voice on Air: 1935–1955” and “Sinatra in Hollywood: 1940–1964.” Most recently he oversaw the restoration and reissue of the 1950 LP “Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra” (Impex Records, 2020). 

    Chuck is the author of two acclaimed books, “Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson and the Making of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds.” And he assisted music legends Phil Ramone and Johnny Mandel in writing their memoirs. 

    I loved hearing how Chuck’s childhood passion eventually became a fulfilling career, thanks to many serendipitous connections along the way. Near the end of our conversation, he also shares his personal thoughts on spirituality, which I found very moving. 

    Read “Sessions with Sinatra”: amazon.com/dp/B005HF4DGK
    Follow Chuck on Facebook: facebook.com/chuckgranata
    Get his latest Sinatra legacy release: impexrecords.com/sing-and-dance-with-frank-sinatra 

    At the end of this episode, instead of the usual closing music, I’m including a track from my own Sinatra-inspired album, “Someone to Watch Over Me,” which is available on most music platforms. 

    • 1 hr 10 min

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