39 episodes

Contemplation. Embodiment. Mysticism. Mischief. Join former nun and neuroscience aficionado Kelly Deutsch as she interviews contemplative teachers, embodiment experts, psychologists, and mystics about the untamed frontiers of interior life. Each episode is jam packed with life-changing stories, spiritual practices, and powerful insight to support your journey toward wholeness and divine intimacy.

Spiritual Wanderlust Kelly Deutsch

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Contemplation. Embodiment. Mysticism. Mischief. Join former nun and neuroscience aficionado Kelly Deutsch as she interviews contemplative teachers, embodiment experts, psychologists, and mystics about the untamed frontiers of interior life. Each episode is jam packed with life-changing stories, spiritual practices, and powerful insight to support your journey toward wholeness and divine intimacy.

    Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide - with Adam Bucko

    Let Your Heartbreak Be Your Guide - with Adam Bucko

    Get ready for a real deep dive, ya’ll. From his childhood in oppressed Poland, to being an undocumented immigrant in the US, meeting Christ in India, and founding a new monastic community, Father Adam Bucko’s story has given him a razor-sharp vision into the meaning of life.

    Join us to learn:

    🔸 What gives Adam hope in the midst of so much suffering and pain
    🔹 What it means to travel into our despair–and how that can provide us a “container in which grace can descend”
    🔸 The role of the Black Madonna in Eastern Europe
    🔹 How meeting a homeless child in India changed his entire life path
    🔸 His top 6 favorite Eastern European saints–and why we need Saint Faustina more than ever

    Join us as we navigate some of life’s most tender paths.

    Father Adam Bucko is a spiritual director, activist, and Episcopal priest (with dreads!). After growing up in Eastern Europe, Adam went on to spend many years working with homeless youth in New York, through his award winning organization, the Reciprocity Foundation.

    He has long been dedicated to a life of engaged contemplation, and is remembered for being a founding father of the New Monastic movement.

    He currently serves as a director of The Center for Spiritual Imagination, and is a member of The Community of the Incarnation, a ‘new monastic’ community dedicated to democratizing the gifts of monastic spirituality. He is the author of several books, including his latest, Let Your Heartbreak be Your Guide: Lessons in Engaged Contemplation.

    To learn more about Father Adam, visit FatherAdamBucko.com, or check out his Center’s webpage, spiritualimagination.org.

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    WELCOME TO SPIRITUAL WANDERLUST.
    Contemplation. Embodiment. Mysticism. Mischief. Join former nun and neuroscience aficionado Kelly Deutsch as she interviews contemplative teachers, embodiment experts, psychologists, and mystics about the untamed frontiers of interior life. Each episode is jam packed with life-changing stories, spiritual practices, and powerful insight to support your journey toward wholeness and divine intimacy.

    For FREE resources for your own spiritual journey (like the Psycho-Spritual Maturity Assessment!) - check out www.spiritualwanderlust.org.

    • 50 min
    Birthing the Holy - with Christine Valters Paintner

    Birthing the Holy - with Christine Valters Paintner

    During this time of Advent - of darkness and winter in the northern hemisphere - our bodies are inclined to hibernate. We curl up by the hearth and wait, attentive to the life pregnant in the darkness.

    During such a season, what does it mean to give birth to the Holy?

    In this episode, we are joined by author and bestselling author, Christine Valters Paintner. Together we dive into:

    🔸 Why Mary has so many names
    🔹 Christine’s favorite name of Mary at this season in her life (it may surprise you!)
    🔸 How Christine ended up the abbess of an online monastery
    🔹How her love for Jungian thought intersects with her Catholic spirituality
    🔸 How the passing of her own mother birthed a book on Mary
    🔹Mary as warrior (an image in stark contrast to the placid woman in blue we usually see!)
    🔸 What was Hildegard’s favorite name for Mary, and what it has to do with the divine spark!

    Join us for a delightful conversation about Christine’s latest book, Birthing the Holy. And coming in January, her full Masterclass on the wildly versatile Hildegard in our Women Mystics School! Join us at womenmystics.org.

    Christine Valters Paintner is the abbess of an online monastery called for Abbey of the Arts, which offers classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expression. A poet, spiritual director, and part-time hermit, she now resides in Galway, Ireland, with her husband, John.

    Her several books include Earth, Our Original Monastery; The Artist’s Rule; The Soul’s Slow Ripening; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire; The Wisdom of the Body; and her latest, Birthing the Holy.
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    WELCOME TO SPIRITUAL WANDERLUST.
    Contemplation. Embodiment. Mysticism. Mischief. Join former nun and neuroscience aficionado Kelly Deutsch as she interviews contemplative teachers, embodiment experts, psychologists, and mystics about the untamed frontiers of interior life. Each episode is jam packed with life-changing stories, spiritual practices, and powerful insight to support your journey toward wholeness and divine intimacy.

    For FREE resources for your own spiritual journey (like the Psycho-Spritual Maturity Assessment!) - check out www.spiritualwanderlust.org.

    • 45 min
    Life as Poetry - with Kathy Henderson Staudt

    Life as Poetry - with Kathy Henderson Staudt

    Poetry and the Contemplative life share a lot in common. Both require an attentiveness to life, a depth of presence, a sort of immersion in reality.
    Kathy Henderson Staudt is a poet, spiritual director, teacher, and retreat leader who specializes in this overlap.
    In today’s episode, we’ll talk about:
    🔸 How to see the world like a poet (and contemplative!)
    🔹 What single experience taught this academic how to live in her body
    🔸 The female version of Richard Rohr that lived 100 years ago
    🔹 And immerse yourself in some sensual, embodied poetry!

    Learn more about Kathy, her books, and her retreats at www.kathleenstaudtpoet.com.

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    WELCOME TO SPIRITUAL WANDERLUST.
    Contemplation. Embodiment. Mysticism. Mischief. Join former nun and neuroscience aficionado Kelly Deutsch as she interviews contemplative teachers, embodiment experts, psychologists, and mystics about the untamed frontiers of interior life. Each episode is jam packed with life-changing stories, spiritual practices, and powerful insight to support your journey toward wholeness and divine intimacy.
    For FREE resources for your own spiritual journey (like the Psycho-Spritual Maturity Assessment!) - check out www.spiritualwanderlust.org.

    • 56 min
    Mysticism & Longing

    Mysticism & Longing

    In this episode, we turn the tables! Our guest host Karl Thienes puts Kelly in the hot seat to ask her all sorts of burning questions about the interior life.
    Join us to discover:
    🔸 What Kelly considers the best kept secret of Christianity
    🔹 The role of suffering in the spiritual life
    🔸 How we can use inner work to respond to fear (or anger, or judgment, or…)
    🔹 What Kelly recommends as the best starting place for contemplative practice
    🔸 Why the mystics say community life is critical - even the hermits!
    🔹 What our deepest longings can reveal
    🔸 The two defining qualities of the mystical life

    Join us for our first ever interview of Kelly!

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    WELCOME TO SPIRITUAL WANDERLUST.
    Contemplation. Embodiment. Mysticism. Mischief. Join former nun and neuroscience aficionado Kelly Deutsch as she interviews contemplative teachers, embodiment experts, psychologists, and mystics about the untamed frontiers of interior life. Each episode is jam packed with life-changing stories, spiritual practices, and powerful insight to support your journey toward wholeness and divine intimacy.

    For FREE resources for your own spiritual journey (like the Psycho-Spritual Maturity Assessment!) - check out www.spiritualwanderlust.org.

    • 59 min
    A Female Rumi - with Chelan Harkin

    A Female Rumi - with Chelan Harkin

    I’m excited to introduce to you a little-known poet, whose work deserves wide attention. (I’ve been sharing her writing with all of my friends!)  She reminds me of a modern day Rumi or Hafiz. –And if you haven’t read Rumi or Hafiz, start there, and then pick up the work of our guest, Chelan Harkin!

    In her writing and in her life, Chelan has two goals: to bring acceptance, belonging, and worth to all of those uncomfortable emotions we’ve been taught to hate; and to make room for our hearts in a heady world, and allowing our heartful wisdom, truth and inspiration to flow.

    She has a pretty wild publishing story, filled with what she calls “prayer experiments gone right.” Her first two books are called Susceptible to Light and Let Us Dance! The Stumble and Whirl with The Beloved. Her third book, Wild Grace, is on the way. 

    Today we’re going to discuss her poetry (and let her read some–it’s wild magic!!), how to accept our occasional asshole-ness, what it was like growing up Baha’i in a small town, and what all of that has to do with mysticism.

    Learn more about Chelan at www.chelanharkin.com.

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    WELCOME TO SPIRITUAL WANDERLUST.
    Contemplation. Embodiment. Mysticism. Mischief. Join former nun and neuroscience aficionado Kelly Deutsch as she interviews contemplative teachers, embodiment experts, psychologists, and mystics about the untamed frontiers of interior life. Each episode is jam packed with life-changing stories, spiritual practices, and powerful insight to support your journey toward wholeness and divine intimacy.

    For FREE resources for your own spiritual journey (like the Psycho-Spritual Maturity Assessment!) - check out www.spiritualwanderlust.org.

    • 48 min
    “The infinite is inside of us” - with Ronald Rolheiser

    “The infinite is inside of us” - with Ronald Rolheiser

    What do the mystics mean by “divine union”? Why is suffering such a big deal for them - and what role does it play in our contemplative path?

    Today I have joining me a fellow spiritual Wanderluster, Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. Fr. Ron is a professor, retreat leader, award-winning author, and serves as president of the Oblate School of Theology. One reason why his writings are so popular is that he is able to speak in very human language, which I deeply appreciate. His books include The Holy Longing, The Restless Heart, Sacred Fire, and Wrestling with God.

    Join us for a conversation about mysticism, longing, divine union, the role of asceticism, and what a true contemplative looks like. 

    To learn more about Ron, visit  www.ronrolheiser.com

    • 58 min

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I have been following Kelly for years keeping up with her journey severing the poor, moving to Europe, becoming a spiritual director and coach! Kelly is a wise woman and shares humbly from a place of curiosity and genteelness. I am excited to continue to learn from her though this podcast.

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