Spark My Muse

Spark My Muse
By Lisa DeLay
About this podcast
If you enjoy the likes of Krista Tippett, Maria Popova, John O Donohue, Parker Palmer, and podcasts like The Liturgists, Deconstructionists, and the One you Feed–podcasts full of engaging conversation and thoughtful topics, you'll appreciate what happens each week on Spark My Muse.

Enjoy a range of fascinating themes and guests like Krista Tippett, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Mike McHargue, AJ Levine, Erik Vance, Ryan J. Bell, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Dr Steven Porter, Dr Vinod Goel, Peter Enns, Rolf Potts, Peter Rollins, and plenty to spark your intellect, ignite your inner life, and add fuel to feed your relationships, to better your work in the world, sustain you for the long haul.

Listen in as your host, Lisa DeLay, engages in meaningful conversation with best-selling authors, influencers, luminaries, leaders, unique thinkers, spiritual teachers, and ordinary people who lead interesting lives and do good in their own way.

Guest Episodes alternate each week with shorter Episodes that focus on your interior world, our common life and betterment called Soul School Lessons. Spark what can be with a listening tribe of curious and courageous people who enjoy a deeper dive each week.

Listeners support the program at Patreon.com/sparkmymuse and get Bonus Features each week and other goodies.

Visit the official website SparkMyMuse.com for all the details, to visit the SPARK STORE, to contact Lisa, or sign up for the update letter.

May you enjoy what you hear!
Latest episodes
Dec. 6, 2017
The darkest days lead to new light. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice marks the shortest time of daylight of the year, and then the sun begins to reveal more of itself in the days ahead. For ages this has been celebrated with feasting and the marking of a new year. For Christians, who can pull back from the consumerism of the culture and era, these dark days of December are a time to reflect deeply on the themes of Advent that are also reflected in the season of darker days. A pregnant young women, Mary, depicted in the books of Luke and Matthew in the New Testament Bible, awaits the birth of the promised Savior, the Messiah of her people. Herein lies many conflicting emotions including faith and doubt, mystery and understanding, light and darkness, hope and fear, joy and sorrow and more. Today, I share some of what the season's richness means to me as well as share three short and inspiring poems that speak to the obscurity of our inner world and the need to make preparations in the dark and persist nonetheless, for a time of new light in our hearts, that awaits us. They are FREE to all patron supporters of the show. Access them here.. To find out when the show notes are being released FREE to the public go here. The Official Spark My Muse Website is here. There is plenty to hear, watch, and read. Plus, you can with or get more information about Lisa DeLay, (that's me, your host,) visit the Spark Store (t-shirts, hats, socks, and more), get on my newsletter/update list (which gets you a $5 coupon for the Spark Store too), AND check out lots of my archived articles, audio episodes, and my books here! Will you please share this episode with someone today?
Nov. 29, 2017
What happens if we ask our pain questions? What occurs when we offer ourselves witness? Teacher, coach and host of Best of Ourselves podcast, Marcia Hyatt joins me today to converse about something few of us do: hold our pain and learn from the discomfort and the questions we ask of it. We cover topics I've enjoyed from her fantastic podcast and what they can mean for growth, increased compassion, and wholeness in our lives and toward others: • Spiritual Hospitality with the kind of Listening (witness) that makes space for the other • The steps to sitting with pain instead of numbing or "turning the channel" • Noticing and subduing the Inner Critic • Creating spaciousness when we need it most • Habits and practices that keep us aware and improving (and more...but you already knew that!) The show notes are quite valuable this episode and contain all the authors and books and ways to the resources that Marcia mentions during our talk. They are FREE to all patron supporters of the show. Access them here.. To find out when the sow notes are being released FREE to the public go here. And please enjoy a stop at the Official Spark My Muse Websitehere. There you can get more information about Lisa DeLay, (that's me, your host,) visit the Spark Store, get on the newsletter list (and get a $5 coupon for the store too), and check out lots of archived articles and audio episodes here! Please share this episode with someone today.
Nov. 22, 2017
Enjoy a short reflection on what it means to set a place at the table...of your heart. If you celebrate Thanksgiving Day - May you enjoy your holiday this week. If you don't have an Official National Holiday for it (or you are listening to this later), I hope you will enjoy a time of gratitude and space-making, too. Please be aware, I am thankful for YOU for being there and tuning in. Are family gatherings hard for you? You can share your thoughts at the supporter page and unlock BONUS FEATURES to every episode, right now here.
Nov. 15, 2017
Do you help your co-workers THRIVE? Have you ever had to leave a job because of BURNOUT? A lot of environments require that we work very hard, but only certain settings will create burnout. Today I welcome Alessandra Pigni who is a humanitarian psychologist. She's served with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in Palestine and China and has been ELAC Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford where her work has a wide following among humanitarian practitioners, activists, and academics. Today we converse about her experiences and the book she has written to a wider audience. Her book is "The Idealists' Survival Kit: 75 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout" and is published by Parallax Press which was founded by Thich Nhat Hanh a Vietnamese monk, renowned Zen master, poet, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967. The Idealists' Survival Kit was written to help people thrive, by better understanding the connection between meaningful work and burnout; and was done in 75 beautifully-written, bite-size sections. I met Alessandra as I starting looking to see who else was selected for the On Being Gathering in February 2018; and I know you will enjoy what we discuss. Get BONUS FEATURES to this episode right now here. And please enjoy a stop at the Official Spark My Muse Website. There you can get more information about Lisa DeLay, your host, visit the Spark Store, get on the newsletter list (and get a $5 coupon for the store too), and check out lots of archived articles and audio episodes here! Thank you for listening - please share the show with a friend!
Nov. 8, 2017
Personhood dynamics play into who gets agency and who does not; who gets treated humanly (or even kindly) and who does not; whose voice gets be authoritative and whose does not. What are the 3 degrees and which affect you the most and why? Today, is a short but incisive dive into connectedness and how humans (usually unconsciously) bestow degrees of personhood onto other humans and what the results are. This is likely more unconscious and culturally driven than we may suspect, and challenging our ways of relating can blaze new trails of opportunity, growth, learning, respect, and mutuality. It's something we must challenge if we are to make the world a better place for everyone. Show Notes and BONUS FEATURES today will have the journal article I reference and many other helpful information and links. These are FREE to the public after 10 days from the audio release day and FREE to supporters of the show immediately here. (Use that link to begin supporting the show or to unlock today's features.) Your support means a lot to me. Enjoy the episode. -Lisa
Nov. 1, 2017
How much can we change? What’s “baked in” and what’s not? That's a bit of what today's show explores with my charming guest Anne Bogel. Anne Bogel is behind the popular blog, beloved by avid readers, called "Modern Mrs Darcy". She's also the creator of the hit podcast "What Should I Read Next". Now she's written a book called "Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything". Today we have a fascinating conversation about knowing ourselves and we get a taste of some of the 7 personality frameworks she has found the most helpful to her on her own journey of self-awareness. Are you afraid of your shadow side? Come along with us for a great conversation. A treasure trove Bonus Features, Book Links and Extras to this episode can be found here Stop by the newly designed Spark My Muse website with the Spark Store too. Check out the new, vintage-inspired logo. Go here for that. [Get $5 off store items when you sign up for the newsletter. To do that go here.] Thank you for sharing the program, and may you enjoy the show!
Oct. 25, 2017
Today I am featuring author Mark Nepo's writing and his insights on Wholeness and Traveling Together. It's a message we all crave in chaotic times when we long for well being. Bonus Features and Extras to this episode here Stop by the newly designed website that now includes the Spark Store with items that sport the new vintage-inspired logo. Go here for that. You can get $5 off store items when you sign up for the newsletter. To do that go here. Thanks for supporting the episodes and work of Spark My Muse. The best is yet to come. Feel free to get in touch by email at [email protected] or link up on Twitter @sparkmymuse
Oct. 18, 2017
It is rare that a person will be brave enough to traverse the whole painful path of writing the book and having the hards conversations that could help themselves and so many people along the way, and that is just what Hillary McBride did. She is my guest today. With an potent, authentic and tender conversation, we cover some important aspect of what Hillary has created within her book "Mothers, Daughters & Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves As We Are". We cover a range of subjects that include body image, insecurity, self worth, mothers, daughters, generational perspectives, becoming an authentic self, the false mind and body divide, eating disorders, trauma, self-criticism, spiritual and religious abuse, being enough, and MUCH more. Please be sure to pass this episode on to as many people as you can, and get your hands on her book immediately! You can snap up the extras to this episode here Stop by the newly designed website that now includes the Spark Store with items that sport the new vintage-inspired logo. Go here for that. You can get $5 off store items when you sign up for the newsletter. To do that go here. Thanks for supporting the episodes and work of Spark My Muse. The best is yet to come. Feel free to get in touch by email at [email protected] or link up on Twitter @sparkmymuse
Oct. 11, 2017
Today, I announce several big news items and the Soul School Lessons revolves around the idea of experiencing time as both an abstraction and concrete reality as we relate to others and ourselves. This is done with the help of what is elucidated through some of my reflections and the reading one of T.S. Eliot's most famous poems of the nature of time, "Burnt Norton". As we experience the seasons, age, and remember, time has its way with us and twists more strangely than we expect that it might. How might this affect how we connect with others or experience the present, which is timeless? Make sure to snap up the extras here If you haven't checked out the newly revamped website that now includes the Spark Store with items that sport the new vintage-inspired logo be sure to check that out soon. Go here for that. You can get $5 off store items when you sign up for the newsletter. To do that go here. Thank you for being a part of all that is Spark My Muse. Wonderful things are in store and the best is yet to come. Feel free to get in touch by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @sparkmymuse Until next TIME. xo
Oct. 4, 2017
How can you discern a new call to service? How can you tell if you're in a (subtly) spiritually abusive situation where your acts of service will lead to a debilitating burnout? Do you do service work or ministry to hide from something? In this fascinating episode with Meredith Gould about her field guide to Service as a Spiritual Practice called "Deliberate Acts of Kindness", we touch on all these topics and more. In troubled times, many of us want to help, and should help, but HOW we help and what we decide to do should be entered into with thoughtful consideration, reflection, prayer, and not through any coercion or guilt. Here is a roadmap for that. Enjoy the show and be sure to jump in for the extras and help the show out for just $1 HERE: . When you do, you will ALSO see the NEW LOGO that has not been seen by the public yet. It will be unveiled when t-shirts are ready and the new website. Support at $9.99 and get a t-shirt when they are ready!! Please pass this show on to others who need to recover from or avoid burnout. AND follow the podcast on TWITTER @sparkmymuse