About the podcast Ripples
Inspired Voices, Treasured Stillness
EPISODE 28: RUOK DAY 2021 – In Conversation with Paul Field (Part 2)
In this Second Episode Paul Field shares the story of his time as the Manager of the Wiggles and his newly emerging solo music career. He delves more deeply into some of the barriers in asking RUOK? and he shares some of the life-giving ways he has learnt to connect with people in his own life. It is a powerful and engaging story and one that reminds us all of the value of connection and community and of pursuing those things in life that bring us joy. “Do things that are positive and that bring you joy. That’s kind of a theme in my life.” Paul Field To listen to the new solo album “Love Songs for Lonely People” check out Paul Field’s official YouTube channel.
EPISODE 27: RUOK DAY 2021 – In Conversation with Paul Field (Part 1)
Paul Field is a renowned musician and author and is our special guest in support of RUOK Day 2021. Paul was the lead singer for the Cockroaches, the Manager of the Wiggles for almost 25 years and more recently released his first solo album. Paul is married to Pauline and they have five children. In this first of two Episodes Paul shares his own story, both his professional career as well as the tragic death of his daughter Bernadette who died from SIDS when she was eight months old. He speaks about the impact of people checking in on him at critical times and of the value of reconnecting with those things that bring you life. Paul highlights how his music, family, friends and faith have all played such an important part in his wellbeing. It is a moving and authentic story and one that reminds us all of the value of a single conversation. Are they really OK? Ask them today. "There's nothing like a human voice." Paul Field Please note that there are some references to death in this Episode. If you feel uncomfortable or distressed at any point during the Episode please reach out to someone for help, connect with one of the support agencies like Beyond Blue or contact a medical practitioner directly.
MEDITATION 28: A MEDITATION FOR CENTERING AND CONNECTION - RUOK DAY 2021
This program includes a 5 minute introduction and a 10 minute guided reflection entitled “A Meditation for Centering and Connection”. It has been created in support of RUOK Day 2021. It is a day that reminds us of the value of connection. This time of COVID-19 and lockdown is effecting us all in different ways. Many have expressed that they are feeling disorientated and disconnected. This guided meditation seeks to create a space where you can feel centered and connected. The first part of the meditation involves a grounding exercise. Even simple grounding exercises can be very helpful when we are feeling disorientated. In the second part of the meditation you will be invited to reflect on a series of quotes. Each quote is an invitation to connect with yourself, with others and with our compassionate God. "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind always." Brad Meltzer
EPISODE 26: SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS DURING COVID-19 - In Conversation with Patricia Thomas from Grief Care (Part 2)
Patricia Thomas currently works for Grief Care which is an ecclesial Pastoral Care agency of the Church at Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria. In the first episode (Episode 25) Patricia reflected on the challenges our students are facing in this time of COVID-19. In this second episode Patricia explores some strategies which can assist with emotional regulation and agility for both students and adults. She also explores some of more healthy and helpful ways to express or offer support. Patricia delves deeply into the human experience of pain or struggle and the place of God in this time of great turmoil and uncertainty. “If our children develop the skills of emotional agility, acceptance and mobility they’ll become our greatest prophets.” Patricia Thomas
EPISODE 25: SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS DURING COVID-19 - In Conversation with Patricia Thomas from Grief Care (Part 1)
Patricia Thomas currently works for Grief Care which is an ecclesial Pastoral Care agency of the Church at Catholic Cemeteries & Crematoria. Grief Care supports individuals, families and communities during times of loss, grief, bereavement and trauma offering accompaniment and a range of programs and resources in preparing for funerals. In this first episode Patricia reflects on the challenges our students are facing in this time of COVID-19 and some of the ways they may react to these challenges (Flight, Fight, Fright and Fawn). She also speaks about the great value of putting language around these experiences and of the need to create spaces where feelings can be heard and held. “Every grief, every loss of something that we value, is traumatising.” Patricia Thomas “Not everything can be fixed or cured, but it should be named properly.” Richard Rohr
EPISODE 24: STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY - In Conversation with Matthew Ames (Part 2)
In this Second Episode Matthew Ames speaks about some of the practices that have sustained him over the years since surviving streptococcal toxic shock and the loss of his four limbs. He speaks about the value of gratitude, mindfulness, prayer and acceptance. Matthew reminds us all that a journey such as this is, is not entered into alone. That behind any story like his are remarkable people like his wife Diane offering love, practical support and positive encouragement every step of the way. Following times of deep reflection Matthew has a perspective on life that is both refreshing and unique. “Gratitude just brought me back to this moment and made me realise that everything would be OK.” Matthew Ames Back Story shared in Part 1: Matthew Ames was 39 years old in 2012 when what started as a sore throat developed into streptococcal resulting in toxic shock. Matthew was placed into an induced coma and it was Matthew’s wife Diane who needed to make the heart-wrenching decision to remove Matthew’s four limbs in order to save his life. In the first Episode Matthew shared the challenges, the breakthroughs and the insights that he has gained over the years as he has adjusted to this new reality.
EPISODE 23: STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY - In Conversation with Matthew Ames (Part 1)
Matthew Ames was 39 years old in 2012 when what started as a sore throat developed into streptococcal resulting in toxic shock. At the time there was great concern for Matthew, as he was given 1% chance of survival. Matthew was placed into an induced coma and it was Matthew’s wife Diane who needed to make the heart-wrenching decision to remove Matthew’s four limbs in order to save his life. In our conversation Matthew shares the story of his remarkable journey. Through the support of Diane, their four children, their extended family, many friends and a team of talented medical experts Matthew has come such a long way. In this first Episode Matthew shares the challenges, the breakthroughs and the insights that he has gained over the years as he has adjusted to this new reality. Inevitably you will witness Matthew’s extraordinary strength and hear his message regarding the value of purpose and flexibility. In the Second Episode, to be released next week, Matthew will speak about some of the practices that have sustained him over the years. He speaks about the value of gratitude, mindfulness, prayer and acceptance. Following times of deep reflection Matthew has a perspective on life that is both refreshing and unique. This is a conversation that can change the way you look at life! “I have been extremely dogged in my determination for my purpose, but extraordinarily flexible in the way that I might get there.” Matthew Ames
EPISODE 22: MIDNIGHT FEAST: THEATRE THAT UNITES - In Conversation with Kylie Harris (Part 2)
In this week’s Episode Kylie Harris continues to share the extraordinary story of Midnight Feast: Theatre that Unites (Part 2). Over the past ten years Kylie has been working in the Performing Arts making theatre with people with significant disabilities. She is currently the founder and artistic director of Midnight Feast, the first theatre company in residence at NIDA. In this Episode we hear about the evolution of performances at the Opera House and the life-changing impact of this theatre company on the actors, the families and on Kylie's own life. Kylie expresses that this theatre company “brings life to all”, which is the deepest desire that God has for each one of us. Through sharing the story of this theatre company, Kylie encourages us to become more aware of those in our communities who are not present in different forums by asking the question, “Who’s not there?” And through this awareness and action we can move towards greater inclusion. This is an inspiring story and one that is on the wave of great change. Look around at the start line and ask, “Who’s not there?” Kylie Harris Founder and Artistic Director of Midnight Feast Theatre Company in Residence at NIDA
About the podcast Ripples
Inspired Voices, Treasured Stillness