Filling your life with hope and your glass with wine
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Link to Ep. 25 show
Dannielle begins this episode with an explanation about how being in nature has a calming, healing and restorative effect on our overall well being. Kirsten mentions studies that back this up. They also discuss how even nature photos and faux plants can produce the same effect as being in nature.
Kirsten pairs a 2,000-year-old wine making method that is seeing a resurgence of popularity called pétillant naturel wines to the fun discussion of how getting outside helps us all.
Dannielle's company: Shamanic Twist
Kirsten's companies: Fox School of Wine and Uplift Gift
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In this episode, Kirsten and Dannielle discuss the tradition of fire ceremonies, what they are and how to create one. When would you use a fire ceremony? Why would you use a fire ceremony? And what are we actually doing at a fire ceremony?
Having used fire ceremonies personally for letting go, Kirsten pairs the U.S. government's letting go of alcohol regulations to a boutique Napa Pinot Noir.
Dannielle's website: www.shamanictwist.com
The website for the wine paired with this episode is
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Kirsten interviews Dannielle about shamanism as a practice in modern society. What is shamanism? Who are shamans? Can anybody become a shaman? They discuss where it came from over the thousands of years it has been practiced, and how shamanism can fit into our lives today.
Then Kirsten tells the story of Vinho Verde from Portugal, a wine that is perfect for a spring or summer cocktail hour.
Dannielle's website: www.shamanictwist.com
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In this episode, Dannielle and Kirsten talk through what repeating patterns are in our lives, why we get stuck in them and how we can break free. Discover questions to ask yourself to help you figure out what may be underneath your decisions to repeat behavior you don't actually like.
Kirsten pairs this discussion with walking into the liquor store and always buying the same two or three wines. How can you figure out a new wine to buy that you will probably like? It's not difficult and will expose you to amazing new wines!
Tips from Dannielle to recognize a repeating pattern or belief system at work in your life:
1. Are you saying to yourself, "I told you _____ would happen," or "This always happens to me."?
2. What was happening when you started to say this? Where else does this happen?
3. What must I believe to be true to allow this to happen? What does this say about me? This hopefully will get you closer to the bottom line of why you keep on the same course.
4. Ask yourself, "What have I learned from this? What benefit has believing this has this provided?"
Tips from Kirsten to stop buying the same wine:
1. Search online for your favorite wine's characteristics, like "What are the characteristics of Chardonnay?" You'll see general info about your type of wine, ie: medium to heavy weight, low acid, higher alcohol, etc.
2. Search the phrase "Wine type similar to '_your favorite wine_'" See what pops up and put the one or two types that sound most appealing on a list and look for them at the liquor store.
Listen to episode 4.5 here
In this episode, Kirsten and Dannielle discuss the final week of Sandy's life, as her body fails. They discuss what is both happening to Sandy and to the family around her, and what dynamics are changing.
They share the books that they both feel are helpful for both the family and the dying person to hear. Kirsten shares a funny story about her mom and the firefighters who came to the house to help carry her to the living room.
Then, Kirsten pairs the episode with a Hook & Ladder Petite Sirah from the Russian River Valley in California. Discover both the history of the winery and why Petite Sirah is anything but meek and small.
Hook & Ladder Winery
The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, by Annie Kagen
Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander
Listen to episode 4.4 here
In this episode Kirsten and Dannielle discuss when we have a plan for the death process of a loved one - we get more quality time together. We get to hear from Kirsten's sister as she shares stories of helping their mom move into her new assisted living home.
Dannielle discusses and highlights how staying ahead of the emergencies absolutely opens the space for a more meaningful connection with our loved ones as they move into this next phase of life.
Kirsten pairs a wine from a country that is getting ahead of the end as they shift up their vines due to the changing weather and climate patterns of the growing region.
Listen to episode 4.3 here
In this episode, Kirsten and Dannielle delve into discussion and statistics that highlight the difficulty the elderly and their loved ones have with admitting it is time to move an elderly person into less risky environments. Dannielle provides suggestions for exercises to help a child begin to care for a parent.
Then, Kirsten pairs their discussion to a unique wine found in South Africa called Pinotage, a wine she pairs with any BBQ on her plate.
Join us for another episode in our Ahead of the End season.
MAN Family Wines Pinotage
Listen here to episode 4.2
Join Dannielle and Kirsten as they discuss a hot topic in current history as US states and other countries debate how or if someone can be involved in the timing of their end of life. They highlight many of the laws that currently govern this choice. Dannielle dives into what happens energetically when you have the option of determining your date of death.
Then, Kirsten pairs the episode to a French Chablis, honoring her mom's favorite grape.
Listen to episode 4.1
Join Dannielle and Kirsten for the first show of Season 4, which offers discussion on what we go through as we approach our end of life here on earth. The discussion begins with Kirsten's mom being diagnosed with early onset dementia. What were some of her mom's immediate reactions? How did Kirsten deal with hearing this as her mom's healthcare agent? Dannielle explains what happens to us when we hear news of our upcoming end of life.
Kirsten pairs this unexpected situation with the aging of red wine. Discover why reds evolve in an unusual way.
Listen to 3:5 Wines & Wonders here
Kirsten and Dannielle have their final discussion of time to wrap up Season 3 and this time it's a doozy. They focus on a study done in 2000 where prayer was used to retroactively heal patients four to 10 years before. Dannielle explains the concept of past, present and future happening at the same instance, therefore we are able to affect the outcomes in the past. Kirsten takes the subject and pairs the discussion to a Chilean Carmenere, a grape that until the 1990's was thought to be something else. Join them to fill your life with hope and your glass with wine!
Alka Carmenère by Francois Lurton, Lolol, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Are you looking for some hope and inspiration for your day? Co-hosts Kirsten Fox, executive sommelier, and Dannielle Bryan, shamanic healer, and their guests share powerful, true, inspiring stories, which Kirsten then pairs to a wine. Filling your life with hope and your glass with wine.