Season 2

Episode #15 – Depression

In this episode Vernice and Adi talk about depression, the seemingly increasing number of people who struggle with depression, the surfacing of more and more personal stories about depression from famous people we wouldn’t expect them to have similar struggles. They share their personal experiences with it and also some ideas of how they dealt with their own depressions and the depressions of others.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

National Suicide Hotlines USA

1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433 / 1-800-273-TALK / 1-800-273-8255

Japan Suicide Hotlines

Befrienders International, Tokyo 
Contact by: Face to Face  – Phone  – Letter: 
Hotline: +81 (0) 3 5286 9090
 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun: 20:00 – 06:00

BI Suicide Prevention Centre, Osaka 
Contact by: Face to Face  – Phone  – Letter: 
Hotline: +81 (0) 6 4395 4343
 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun: 00:00 – 23:00

Tokyo English Lifeline 
5-4 22 rm 302, Minami Aoyama
Minao Ku
Contact by: Face to Face  – Phone 
Hotline: Counselling: 03 5774 0992
Hotline: Face to Face: 03 3498 0231

Episode #14 – Vernice and Adi Reconnect

After 7 months of absence from podcasting Vernice and Adi reconnect and talk about their experiences and learnings of the past months since January. They discuss the challenge of giving all of your heart to someone who is crushing their bike in slow motion. They talk about the loss and the upside that can come with a 50th birthday and wrap up with the mouth watering description of Vernice’s secret ribs and Adi’s vegetarian burgers.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

Rib rub: Williams Sonoma Smokehouse Rub

Vegetarian Restaurant in Vancouver: MeeT in Yaletown

Episode #13 – Part 3 with Andres Fossas

This is the final part of our trilogy of Adult Stages of Development with our insightful guest Andres Fossas. In this episode we go deeper in our exploration and discussion of forms of mind. We are going to look at the Self-authored and the Self-transforming mind.

Andres is a constructive-developmental psychologist and mixed-methods researcher. His primary interests are (1) the ways in which the human mind matures and evolves in one lifespan, and (2) the subjective experience of such growth. These interests emerged during his time as a graduate student at Harvard University, where he conducted a research study co-designed with developmental psychologist Robert Kegan. The study explored the relationship between psychological maturity and happiness, and found that maturity predicts changes in form, but not quantity, of happiness. Andres has provided a range of research services to individuals and organizations including qualitative and quantitative assessment of organizational culture, personality assessment, developmental coaching, conducting and scoring of Subject-Object Interviews, and a host of research services. He conducted research for the book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion by Sam Harris, and for the first edition of Spiritualize as a Senior Researcher at the RSA. Andres’s general approach to life has been shaped by contemplative practices, particularly insight meditation as taught by the historical Buddha. He currently teaches insight meditation pro-bono and has served as the Buddhist Prison Chaplain for Broadmoor Hospital in the UK.

Links to sources we mention in this podcast:

Books – Robert Kegan – The Evolving Self

Books – Robert Kegan – Immunity to Change

Books – Jennifer Garvey Berger – Changing on the Job

Books – William Torbert, Susanne Cook-Greuter et all – Action Inquiry