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(Dream) Practice Makes Perfect

Dreamwork Podcast CoverWhat would it mean to have a dream practice, the same way some people have a yoga or meditation practice? (Hint: You don’t need a sticky mat, but prepare to fluff up your pillow!)  Listen in to learn more:

IMG_4811This episode of my podcast, DreamWork, was recorded at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau, Bahamas, during my stay there in November, 2014.

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Want to learn more about your dreams? Contact me to find out about upcoming dream groups in western Massachusetts, or individual dream sessions by phone, Skype, or in person.

Have a Dream Question? Send it along! I’d love to hear from you.


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Music inspired by dreams: A Conversation with Ted Murray Jones

You won’t be surprised to learn that one of the highlights of my year is attending the International Study of Dreams annual conference. At these gatherings several hundred people from around the world–including neuroscientists, psychologists, mystics, and artists spend several days together attending lectures, workshops, and symposia examining the topic of dreams from various angles.

During one of these conferences some five years ago, a gentleman with a warm southern accent invited my friends and me to sit outside, sip whiskey, and read tarot cards. (Yes, that’s how we dreamers have fun.)

Sharing music, poetry, and dreams with Ted Murray Jones.

Sharing music, poetry, and dreams with Ted Murray Jones.

That was how I met Ted Murray Jones, who I later learned was a talented musician and songwriter from just outside Nashville. Over the years I’ve become a fan of Ted’s dream-inspired songs. Top on my playlist these days is his album: Life and the Hereafter, which I hope you’ll listen to — but first, listen to our conversation about dreams, music, poetry and inspiration, which was recorded recently when Ted was a guest on my podcast, DreamWork.

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In 2000, Ted Jones founded Dream Train Music and produced albums for Jonathan Singleton and Josh Smith. After recording the acclaimed “Poet, Soldier, Wise Man, King”, a collaborative effort with Jonathan Singleton, Sergio Webb, and Bruce Wallace, he embarked on his solo career with the RM Series. Ted is a philanthropist whose gift to the world is a fresh, clever, sublime interpretation of the joy, hope, pain, and sorrow of life that each of us is so familiar with. With each new album, Ted approaches his art with renewed vigor and unwavering devotion to his cause. Indeed, writing is the life force which drives this modern day knight on a quest for truth, beauty, loyalty, and elegant simplicity.

 

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Listen Up: A Conversation about Dreams & Diaries

Do you remember when you first started keeping a diary?

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I do. I was 12 years old and my mother’s friend gave me a little plaid diary with a gold lock and key for my birthday. I’ve kept a diary ever since!

I’m jealous of 12-year old girls today, because when their mom or aunt or friend of the family gives them a diary, it might just be a copy of The Oasis Pages, which was dreamed up by Grace Welker, and it happens to be the most beautiful and engaging diary I’ve ever seen for girls.  (Okay, I admit, I use it, too, even though I’m not quite a teen anymore.)

Talking to Grace Welker, creator of the Oasis Pages Diary for Girls, about  our dreams.

Talking to Grace Welker, creator of the Oasis Pages Diary for Girls, about our dreams.

I recently sat down and talked with Grace about the diary, how she dreamed up the idea to publish a journal for teen girls, and where inner guidance comes from. Our conversation is recorded on DreamWork, my podcast about how dreams work in our lives. Listen in here:

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One of my students writing in her copy of the Oasis Pages Diary for Teen Girls.

 

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A Podcast by Any Other Name …

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My pet rabbit’s name is Honey Bunny. Yes, I know, that’s kind of like naming a restaurant “Restaurant,” or titling a book, “Story.” I generally explain that my daughter gave the bunny that pragmatic moniker; I’d have given her a more creative name. Or so I claim.

After all, I recently started a podcast, and given the opportunity to name a new entity I came up with something quite utilitarian. My program about dreams and dreamwork is called: DreamWork.Dreamwork Podcast Cover

You see, I’ve come around to the idea of choosing a descriptive name. Our rabbit is indeed a honey of a bunny. Her name fits. As for the title of my podcast, I wanted to let people know right from the outset that dreams work. While many people write dreams off as bizarre or useless, many others mine their dreams for ideas for songs, stories, books, businesses, scientific innovation and invention. Dreams do work. So the title DreamWork fits for my series of interviews and lessons on how dreaming is useful in the lives of artists, musicians, publishers, and more. If you give them a chance, your dreams can do some heavy lifting for you, too.

So, I stand by my decision to give my podcast about the magical world of dreams a straightforward, no-nonsense title.

I invite you to take a listen. And if you like what you hear, please leave a rating or review on iTunes.

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(My daughter’s name, by the way is Miranda, which means: Wonderful, worthy of admiration, and miraculous. And I must say, the name suits her quite nicely.)

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My first guest on DreamWork is my fabulous friend, the author Lesléa Newman. You can listen to our conversation here:

How to Find Inspiration in Your Dreams: An Interview with Author Leslea Newman

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Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages including the poetry collections, Still Life with Buddy, Nobody’s Mother, and Signs of Love. In 2012, her novel-in-verse, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, received a Stonewall Honor from the American Library Association and was named a “Must Read” title by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Ms. Newman has won many literary awards including poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation; the Burning Bush Poetry Prize; and second place runner-up in the Solstice Literary Journal poetry competition. Her poetry has been published in Spoon River Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Evergreen Chronicles, Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, Lilith Magazine, Kalliope, The Sun, Bark Magazine, Sow’s Ear Poetry ReviewSeventeen Magazine and others. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award Finalists. From 2008-2010 she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. Currently she is a faculty member of Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing program. Her newest poetry collection, I Carry My Mother will be published in January 2015 by Headmistress Press. Visit her website at www.lesleanewman.com

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