#31 [MINI] – Reflections on Priorities

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The Thirty-First episode of the Great Deep Podcast Series reflects on a key question – what anchors you? Put another way, what are the main priorities in your life?

As the world starts coming to grips with the effects of lockdown and a global pandemic, mental health is probably the biggest issue we’re faced with.

A consistent therapeutic intervention is (you guessed it) exercise.

The blog on the benefits of mental health from exercise lists these five things:

  1. Help for depression and anxiety.
  2. Decreased stress.
  3. Increased self-esteem and self-confidence.
  4. Better sleep.
  5. Brain boost.

You can read the whole thing here.

If you have thoughts on the ordering of priorities, feel free to post your suggestions below to add to the discussion.

#30 – How Do We Fight In A Relationship?

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Amidst Valentine’s Day and the month of love, here’s a question: how do we fight in a relationship? How should we do it in a way that esteems, rather than vanquishes?

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I’m at a stage where I think this stuff needs more discussion. There’s a host of information out there, but herein is my experience.

The podcast references the song Loving Every Day. You can read the story behind the song here.

And the Facebook discussion thread is available here.

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Here are some of my marriage reflections, 15 years in.

As usual, leave a comment and join the discussion below.

#29 – Health and Fitness

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It’s February. How are your new year resolutions holding up? I always enjoy the health and fitness surge in the population around January. Continue reading #29 – Health and Fitness

#28 – Growing Your Mindset

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Have you heard of the term fixed mindset or growth mindset? Here’s what happened to me… Continue reading #28 – Growing Your Mindset

#27 – Fathering Stories

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Some anecdotes on fatherhood and questions to chew on as we look in the mirror daily. Continue reading #27 – Fathering Stories

#26 – Music Therapy

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Looking ahead, here are some thoughts into the world of music therapy.

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I wrote a blog post about six ways in which music can help you, which you can read here.

Many of the benefits of music have been well documented and scientifically proven over the years. “But of course!” you say. You’ve read all this stuff before.

As I look into the kind of work I do – both as a musician and as a teacher – this has my attention right now, and I’m intrigued by the benefits, as well as the fact that the RCB has been down this road instinctively already.

Music, and music instruments, become co-therapists in bridging and mending broken relationships.

As usual, leave a comment and join the discussion below.

#25 – Reflections at the end of 2020

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A snapshot of thoughts at the end of 2020. The Twenty-Fifth episode of the Great Deep Podcast Series explores some reflections.

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I wrote a blog post about all of this, which you can read here.

I remember listening to a podcast about the Sabbath. Interesting insight is that in the Bible when God created man, Adam’s first full day in the garden – day number 7 – was the Father’s Sabbath. His Creator had a clear diary.

I wonder if Adam woke up on his first day ready to do some stuff? I mean, here he is – freshly made by God with the kiss of life – and he’s got some gardening to do. Tasks ahead of him. Things that need to get done.

Our own mindsets work like this: we wind our way through the week towards the weekend at a frenetic pace, and then collapse in a heap. Then hopefully we get rested enough to do it all over again.

But God’s design is different: we work FROM a day of rest, not TOWARDS it. We work FROM pleasure, not FOR pleasure.

As usual, leave a comment and join the discussion below.

#24 – Releasing an album in 2020

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Release an album? In 2020? The Twenty-Fourth episode of the Great Deep Podcast Series explores this. Continue reading #24 – Releasing an album in 2020

#23 – “Tea Bags For Tears” and dealing with tough times

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The Twenty-Third episode of the Great Deep Podcast Series looks at going through tough times, linked in with the song, Tea Bags For Tears.

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There’s also two blog posts on the subject:

Tea Bags For Tears; and

Temporary Troubles In A Marathon.

This episode’s Favourite Movie Quote segment comes from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in which the main protagonist gets put in his place by his Muslim place after complaining that he nearly got killed because he wasn’t helped.

As usual, leave a comment and join the discussion below.

#22 – “Dear God” – the lost art of a lament

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The Twenty-Second episode of the Great Deep Podcast Series looks at the lost art of being able to lament when things are tough, linked in with the song, Dear God. Continue reading #22 – “Dear God” – the lost art of a lament