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Our first 2021 episode explores the intentional mindset we want to embody and how we hope to grow in the coming year. We’ll talk choosing a one-word theme to help us focus on our intentions, and what we envision it providing for us over the year. We also share personal goals for 2021and healthy paths towards acheiving those goals. We’re all about i…
 
This year we've practiced, prayed, tried, failed, and tried again. Let's pause to acknowledge our growth and integration. By integration, we mean how we've incorporated new tools, behaviors, habits, perceptions, intentions over this year. As we integrate, we merge the old and new to become ever more whole. As the year ends, we look back, recognize,…
 
In our newest episode, we are waking up to our mental exhaustion and applying tools to find rest in all areas: spiritual, mental, creative, and sensory. We are hopeful to untuck the idea that there are moments of rest we haven’t tapped into yet . We are going to ask the question, where are we not resting? Where are we tiring ourselves out in moment…
 
Welcome! Let's talk affirmations for cultivating self love. Hurray, right? We talk the science of affirmations, recognizing and counteracting negative self talk, and filling our self-love well when it’s running empty. You read that right, we're talking mind magic. We share about our previous skepticism with the practice of affirmations, how emotion…
 
Struggling with stress in 2020? This podcast episode shares practical tips and spiritual tools for easing anxiety in a year filled with stressors. We have a very special guest, Anika, who along with Annie and Lindsay discusses her current experience with stress and tools we all can use right now to reduce stress in our lives. Be gentle with yoursel…
 
Dear Diary! Journals aren't just archives of our junior high crushes. They're also amazing tools for self reflection, spiritual connection, anxiety relief, and tracking personal growth over time. We share our experiences with journaling over the years and practical ways to use journals on your spiritual journey. BONUS! We share journaling technique…
 
Today we have our first guest, Kelly! In this episode we discuss not knowing your own power, giving away your power, and finally learning tools to help own your power. In a world where so many people struggle for power, we explore what it means to connect with and reclaim our own inner power. From somatic experiencing to body scans to breathing and…
 
2020 changed things. From global pandemic to Black Lives Matter to shifts in this sweet podcast. We've been on pause for months as Pretty Spiritual Podcast reflected on our role in this new landscape. Dear Ella will not be participating in Season 2 of the podcast, but Annie and Lindsay Poni are here for you—sometimes with guests—to share experience…
 
How are you feeling today? Are you grateful, in fear, overwhelmed, feeling anxious, depressed, happy? Or maybe some other list of feelings entirely! Identifying emotions is the first step in making space for them. The more we allow our feelings and emotions to be here the less power they have to control and overwhelm us. Can we allow our feelings t…
 
How To Be Courageous This week on Pretty Spiritual Podcast, we're talking about how to be courageous. For so many of us, the idea of courage makes us think of alliance and bravery, the absence of fear. But it turns out in practice, it looks pretty different. So, what is courage? It's not the absence of fear. Courage means we do what we need to do d…
 
Find soothing from within. There's a current of anxiety in the larger world and maybe in our own homes. From covid and systemic racism to fear and disconnection, we share our current fears and unmet needs and wants. Then, we discuss the spiritual tools we’re experimenting with to address our unmet needs. Many of us notice an impulse to reach for so…
 
Sweet friends, today we offer grounding techniques for uncertain times. It's natural to feel anxious or ungrounded at times, and especially during coronavirus. Here we talk about how to calm down when the world is topsy turvy. We share our own experiences with feeling anxious, scared, or ungrounded—and then we share practical tips and spiritual too…
 
How To Deal With Loneliness These are some weird and stressful times! What better topic for our newest episode than feeling lonely. We recorded this episode about a month before the coronavirus reality started impacting our lives in the United States, but we’re hoping that it can still be helpful, especially if you’re feeling alone with fear or anx…
 
How To Heal A Broken Heart Wanting to know how to heal a broken heart? We’re with you friends. Turns out, how to get over heartbreak is something everyone deals with, sooner or later. In this very sweet and very tender episode, your spiritual best friends dive into the topic of getting over a breakup. We may not have a magic potion for you, but we …
 
Why So Serious? On the special one year anniversary of Pretty Spiritual Podcast, we are talking about how to have fun in life. Yes, even when it feels like the end times. Even in times of global pandemic, presidential elections, and whatever other fun stuff might be happening in your personal life. Smile! But seriously, life is hard enough. How can…
 
The Benefits Of Self Awareness Welcome back to Pretty Spiritual Podcast. So glad we can be together for today’s topic: self awareness. First off, what is self awareness? We love this simple definition: being self aware means knowing what we’re doing when we’re doing it. We’re going to look at questions like, why is self awareness important? What ha…
 
The Pains Of Spiritual Healing Welcome back to Pretty Spiritual Podcast. We’re so happy to be back together. Today, we’re talking about spiritual healing and spiritual growing pains. Okay, wait what does that even mean? Truth is, we’re not totally sure. But here’s what it feels like to us to have these emotional growing pains. We’re not who we were…
 
How To Deal With Overwhelm Today on Pretty Spiritual Podcast, we’re talking about what it's like to be stuck in a state of anxious overwhelm when it comes to daily life. Feeling overwhelmed with yours? Firstly, we want to say that you’re not alone! We all have times where we are caught up in obsessive thinking or we’re barely coping with anxiety. S…
 
How To Create Healthy Relationships On a special episode of Pretty Spiritual Podcast, we’re talking about spiritual tools in love relationships. It’s only in really intimate relationships that we are seen in all our moods and aspects. In other words? There’s no hiding the parts of ourselves that we don’t like or that we’d rather other people not se…
 
What Is Spiritual Bypassing? This time on Pretty Spiritual Podcast, we’re going to dig into a topic close to our hearts: spiritual bypassing. First off, what is a spiritual bypass? John Welwood coined this term to talk about a trend he observed in spiritual communities. Spiritual bypassing is when we “use spiritual ideas and concepts to sidestep or…
 
What Is Emotional Regulation? This time on Pretty Spiritual Podcast we’re delving into the topic of emotional regulation. How do we make sense of and work with huge feelings without hurting ourselves? Can we start by dipping our toes into the unfelt feelings we think might destroy us? Rather than getting swept up helplessly by the big feelings, how…
 
How To Have A Spiritual Experience Today on Pretty Spiritual Podcast, we’re talking about spiritual awakenings. If you feel overwhelmed or confused or intimidated, we can totally understand. We weren’t sure what people meant when they talked about spiritual experiences until it happened to us. No, a spiritual awakening doesn’t necessarily involve a…
 
How To Stop Being Jealous This time on Pretty Spiritual Podcast, we tackle the swamplands of jealousy. (Remember how we felt about self-pity?) It's going to be a little cringey. Don’t worry, us too! In episode 39, we’ll look at this feeling, investigate its common causes, and see what it has to teach us about ourselves. Wondering how to overcome je…
 
How To Stop Blaming Others This week on Pretty Spiritual Podcast, we’re looking at all the reasons we play the blame game. Some of us are really quick to place the blame on others (do the words it’s all your fault mean anything to you?). For others, it can feel natural to pick up the blame that others are putting down. Don’t worry, though. We’ve go…
 
Money Matters This week your spiritual bffs are talking about money. We’ll give you all a moment to stampede away and then another moment to let the dust settle. Anyone still with us? To those of you who are still here, get ready for the uncomfortable fun ahead! Though it’s often something we’d rather deny or avoid, we’re looking at our relationshi…
 
Sensitive Material Ahead Sweet friends, we want to let you know that today’s episode is a sensitive one. We’re talking about self destructive behavior and this content may be triggering for some listeners. If this episode starts to feel overwhelming or triggering, we’ve got plenty of other episodes you can check out. All we have to offer is our own…
 
Going Through Changes This time on Pretty Spiritual Podcast, we’re talking about how to find our way through difficult changes in our lives. How flexible and emotionally resilient are we when adapting to change? How can we meet the small ups and downs, as well as the big life transitions, with perspective and a positive outlook? Welcome to the in-b…
 
Find Your Spiritual BFFs This week on Pretty Spiritual Podcast we’re talking about lifesaving moments of spiritual friendship and encouragement. Thought we invented the term “spiritual friendies”? We actually borrowed it from the Pali phrase kalyana mitta or spiritual friend. Today, we’re lucky to have a strong sense of spiritual community in our l…
 
How to Build Self Confidence This week your spiritual besties are taking on the topic of self confidence. Whether you’re overly confident or tend toward lack of confidence, we hope you’ll join in. If you’re anything like us, you might vacillate wildly between the two. Or better yet, feel like both at once. Are you the most amazing piece of dumpster…
 
Happiness Is A Choice… Wait, What? This week your spiritual besties are talking about what it’s like to choose an… attitude of gratitude. Did you just vomit a little bit in your mouth and have to swallow it? Don’t worry, we can relate. If talk of gratefulness still makes you a little queasy, we made episode 32 just for you! If you’re struggling wit…
 
Let Go Of Those Painfully High Expectations Are you someone who has really high expectations of yourself and others? We can totes relate. But what happens when people don’t live up to them? If you’re anything like us (and if you’re reading this, we’re starting to suspect you are), the answer is suffering. That’s why this episode is all about notici…
 
What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual? This week’s episode is about what spirituality looks like when life just shows up. Instead of our usual episode routine, we're letting go into the moment and just sharing where each of us is on our spiritual path right now. In other words? We're going to relax and trust the process of spiritual growth and developm…
 
This time your spiritual best friends are talking about misguided emotional dependency. It’s a word we’ve all heard before, so what does codependent mean? And more importantly, how do we notice this pattern and shift it in our lives? Wondering, what is codependency? Here are a couple of definitions we like: your mood, happiness, and identity are de…
 
What Causes Fear? Today we’re talking about how to overcome fear. To start, what is fear? We’ll borrow this definition: an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. How does it look different in our minds and bodies? How do our bodies respond physically to threats? And what do we add in terms of mental anxiety,…
 
This time, we’re taking a nice, long look at avoidance behavior and tools for overcoming procrastination. Rather put off listening to this episode until later? We get it! So, what is procrastination? James Clear defines it as “the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks” and calls it “the force that prevents you from following through …
 
Get Off Your Phones This week, we’re looking at cell phone addiction (or dependency?). What’s happening for us when we’re watching TV while scrolling through our phones and generally not wanting to be present in actual reality? We all know the feeling of picking up our phones to perform a discrete task and then remembering, as we put them down half…
 
How to Set Boundaries This time your spiritual bffs are talking boundaries. First off, what are boundaries? Why do we need to talk about them? And how could something so uncomfortable actually help take care of us? First, we’ll talk about how we started learning to communicate needs. We’ll focus on how to set boundaries, especially when we feel the…
 
Not quite sure how to trust yourself? Does the phrase, ‘trust yourself,’ seem laughable or downright dangerous? We feel ya. Many of us don’t know how to hear our gut feeling or tap into our innate intuitiveness. As a result, we spend years shoving that quiet heart whisper down and attempting to drown it out with cell phone obsession, spending money…
 
We hear a lot these days about the benefits of meditation. But if you’re new to the practice, you might be wondering, does meditation actually work? If you’ve been at it for a while, maybe you’re a little jaded with your mindfulness routine. What does meditation do? And why meditate, when it can be so terrifying, uncomfortable, or just plain meh to…
 
Do you get annoyed when people say that you should just let go of something that’s bothering you? It’s that little word *just.* If letting go were a matter of just doing it, surely we’d have done it by now. Heaven knows we’ve tried hard and long enough to control that process ourselves! That’s right, spiritual friendies, episode 22 is all about how…
 
Dealing with Anger Grrr! In episode 21, we’re taking a look at what causes anger and what messages this intelligent emotion might have for us. Above all, we believe feelings are a healthy and normal part of the human experience. So how can we let anger be our spiritual teacher? What would be different if we could let our anger be... spiritual? Yup,…
 
Finding Yourself & Loving What You Find Today we’re talking about experience and how we relate to it. What is experience, anyway? How do we relate to what we’re thinking and to our state of mind? And is it possible to bring mindfulness and love to our relationship with self and our direct experience so that we can be okay no matter what life looks …
 
Can people change? Yes, according to neuroplasticity. And, yup, it involves a lot of work and plenty of patience. Today we’re looking at how to use spiritual tools for changing habits, patterns and behaviors that no longer serve us. Many of us who are wondering how to change a habit can get stuck in self-loathing and aversion in the process. So nor…
 
Today we’re talking about how to live in the moment. There’s a lot of talk about how to be present and live in the now. Is this just some new agey, feel-good jargon or is it an actual spiritual reality that’s possible for each of us to practice with moment by moment? (We’re sure hoping for the latter!) If we believe that living in the present is a …
 
This week, we’re grappling with acceptance. Wondering, “what is acceptance?” We’ll start off episode 17 by sharing how we make sense of this spiritual principle, what we think it is and what we’re pretty sure it’s not. Then we’ll each share our personal struggles with how to accept things as they are. We’ll dig in and talk about the reasons accepta…
 
We talk about prayer kind of a lot. So if you’re wondering why, what is prayer, or how to pray, we made episode 16 to start a conversation with you! We want to open up the conversation about prayer so that it can include everyone. Whether you use prayer to talk to god or consider yourself an atheist or agnostic, we’ll share how we believe this spir…
 
Stop Self Victimization We’re looking at the weird and sticky topic of self-pity. We’ll start by asking: what is self pity? If you’ve been stuck in a chronic cycle and want to learn how to stop feeling sorry for yourself, come join our spiritual pity party. We’ve got a whole bunch of experience with this topic. More importantly, we have suggestions…
 
Wondering how to calm anxiety and stress in your life? In episode 14 your spiritual bffs dive into the topic headfirst. Most of us have stress in our lives, so how can we learn to make friends with it? We’ll talk about ways to deal with stress and let you know about our most effective stress management techniques. We’ll focus on in-the-moment medit…
 
In Episode 13, your spiritual bffs dive into the topic of forgiveness. What is forgiveness? Many of us struggle with the misconception that forgiving someone who’s hurt us means we condone what they did. But is it as simple as forgive and forget? We’ll share about our personal experiences with how to let go of anger and heal from resentment or chro…
 
Feeling blue? This time we’re talking about depression. What does depression feel like? We’ll share our personal experiences with feeling lost, hopeless, and sad. Then we’ll look at how to overcome depression, or at least make peace with it, using spiritual tools. If you’re wondering how to get out of depression or struggling with it in any way, pl…
 
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