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The Stumbling Spirit

Season 1 Retrospective

Season 1, Ep. 18

This is a special retrospective episode of Season 1 of The Stumbling Spirit Podcast. It was hard for me to choose clips for this retrospective because all of my guests had such a profound impact on me with their teachings and stories of resilience. That being said, I have grouped this audio selection into six categories of resilience (which all intersect): Practical, Mindful, Professional, Community, Health and Spiritual. 

I also share my thoughts on the meaning of resilience.

Thank you for listening. I'll be back soon with Season 2.

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