Season 2

Season 2, Episode 3: Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience

EPISODE 3: Invitation 3: Bring Your Whole Self To The Experience



This week we continue into the 3rd of Frank’s Invitations, Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience. In this episode we continue sharing our personal experiences around each invitation, as well as challenging the application.

Our conversation returns to two basic questions: 1) what leads to a good death? and 2) what leads to a good life? Listen in!


Ostaseski, Frank, The Five Invitations (Flatiron Books, 2017). Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Meritocracy  Merriam-Webster defines this a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement. The only problem is that our country doesn’t run this like, instead there is a racial, cultural, and class bias.

Alan & Gem Fadling founded a series of retreats that focus on personal reflection and deep contemplative space with the Divine from a progressive Christian approach. Jessica has learned so much from their journey and wisdom.

Personal Retreat Day This was a groundbreaking leadership tool Jessica adopted from Wayne Cordeiro’s book Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion (Bethany House Publishers; April 1, 2010). While this is another evangelical approach, it is an echo of ancient ritual from many sacred traditions.

Therapy. If you’re wrestling with your sexuality, or how to love your self, or whether God can love you, please find a good therapist. The root in the greek actually means to create space where there is healing or relief. HINT: if your ‘counselor’ is trying to fix you or feels like they’re trying to convert you…. RUN. Seriously.

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