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  • If you’re feeling stuck in your life, could the way forward be found in your dreams? Your dreams are direct messages from your subconscious, and can tell you a huge amount if you pay them a little attention.

    This week’s guest, Machiel Klerk, is a Jungian analyst and the founder of the Jung Platform. He is also the author of Dream Guidance, a guide to connecting with and finding guidance from the soul through your dreams.

    Andrew and Machiel discuss Machiel’s dream incubation techniques: Machiel provides guidance on how to ask your subconscious a question relating to a specific situation in your life, and have the answer offered by your dreams.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️Four techniques to better interpret your dreams.

    ⭐️3 things Machiel knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Read Machiel Klerk’s book Dream Guidance

    Visit Machiel Klerk’s website

    Visit the Jung Platform

    Follow Machiel Klerk on Facebook and Instagram

    Listen to some of our other episodes featuring Jungian analysts, including James Hollis on Resilience, Lisa Marchiano on Motherhood, Susan Schwartz on Fathers and Daughters and Robert Hopcke on Meaningful Coincidence.

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • If we know anything for sure about love, it’s that our beloved will change as time passes. They will look different, believe new things and feel new sorrows and joys.

    Psychologist and author Dr Matthew McKay has written a new book on how we can keep love alive in an age of impermanence. He talks with Andrew about five ways to keep loving in the face of change, loss or disappointment:

    ⭐️Truly knowing the people we love

    ⭐️Actively caring for loved ones

    ⭐️Cultivating compassion

    ⭐️Setting a daily intention to act with love

    ⭐️Turning toward the pain of impermanence, not away from it.

    Matthew has a strong belief that the power of love continues after life is over, and he and Andrew also discuss how to keep loving and communicating with those who are gone.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️Matthew discussing his “navigation principle” - a way to see more clearly how we approach life’s big decisions.

    ⭐️Matthew’s gratitude meditation to help you clean out the wounds of life.

    ⭐️3 things Matthew knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Buy Dr Matthew McKay’s new book Love in the Time of Impermanence

    Read Dr Matthew McKay’s book on the transition to the afterlife: The Luminous Landscape of the Afterlife

    Take a look at Dr Matthew McKay’s author page on the Inner Traditions website.

    Read some of Dr Matthew McKay’s other books

    You might also enjoy Andrew’s interviews with Paul Gilbert on Compassion and Self-Acceptance and with Terry Real on the Five Traps that Undermine Your Love.

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  • How can we cope when life turns very dark? The culture tends to suggest we fix ourselves, work through the grief, and get back to normal as quickly as possible.

    If we accept the challenge to go deeper, though, getting up close with the darkness of life can be enriching and freeing.

    Ancient and non-Western cultures tend to offer more routes into the “underworld”. Jungian psychotherapist Dr Joanna LaPrade is the author of a new book called Forged In Darkness, in which she explores how myth and stories can help us navigate our way through the shadows.

    In this episode Joanna shares stories and real-life examples to help you understand your own darkness. She and Andrew discuss:

    Creating your own rituals to deal with darknessGenerational darkness: millennials and failure, babyboomers and shame.The transformative experience of suffering

    Dr Joanna LaPrade is an author, educator and Jungian psychotherapist. She has a private practice in Colorado U.S.A.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️The mythical gods and heroes who can best help us understand suffering.

    ⭐️3 things Joanna knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Read Dr Joanna LaPrade’s book Forged In Darkness

    Visit Dr Joanna LaPrade’s website

    Read Andrew’s memoir about the loss of his partner, My Mourning Year.

    Listen to some of our other episodes on grief, such as David Kessler on the Sixth Stage of Grief, or to other Jungian guests such as James Hollis on Resilience.

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • Is it possible to fall in love with your partner over and over again? Can you hope to hold onto passionate sex as you grow older together?

    This week Andrew is joined by Dr Cheryl Fraser, an author, Buddhist teacher, psychologist and sex therapist. They explore the nature and longevity of passion, including:

    ⭐️Libido and why it can wane over time

    ⭐️How mindfulness works in the bedroom

    ⭐️The “passion triangle” - intimacy, thrill, sensuality.

    Dr Cheryl Fraser is the author of Buddha’s Bedroom, and the host of the Sex, Love and Elephants podcast. She also runs an online programme for couples, Become Passion.

    Dr Cheryl has helped thousands of couples jump-start their love life and create passion that lasts a lifetime. She lives in Vancouver, where she has a thriving private practice in sex and couples therapy. She is regularly featured in Mindful and Best Health magazines. Dr Cheryl was also a Fulbright scholar, and has studied meditation and Buddhism for twenty-five years, in both the Tibetan and Theravaden traditions.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️Cheryl & Andrew on 3 big relationship myths

    ⭐️How Buddhism’s 4 Noble Truths can lead to a more loving, connected relationships.

    ⭐️3 things Cheryl knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack publication, The Meaningful Life

    Learn more about Dr Cheryl’s online immersion program for couples, Become Passion. It will be offered only once in 2022, in October. Join the waitlist here.

    Sign up to receive Lovebytes, Dr Cheryl’s tips and techniques to help you create love that lasts a lifetime.

    Read Dr Cheryl’s book, Buddha’s Bedroom

    Listen to Dr Cheryl’s podcast Sex, Love and Elephants

    Follow Dr Cheryl on Facebook and YouTube

    Read Andrew’s book I Love You But I’m Not In Love With You

    Read Andrew’s blog Seven Secrets for Making Marriage Last

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • This week we are celebrating our 100th episode. To mark the occasion, we have a very special guest: Julia Samuel MBE, who is one of the UK’s foremost psychotherapists, as well as an author and an expert on grief.

    Julia and Andrew discuss:

    ⭐️How grief and loss pass from generation to generation

    ⭐️How you can protect your own children from generational trauma

    ⭐️Using boundaries, rituals and positive conflict techniques to help your family heal.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️Julia’s 12 touchstones for the wellbeing of a family.

    ⭐️3 things Julia knows to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there

    Read Julia Samuel’s book Every Family has a Story: How We Inherit Love and Loss

    Read Julia Samuel’s other books This Too Shall Pass : Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings and Grief Works : Stories of Life, Death and Surviving

    Take a look at Julia Samuel’s website

    Follow Julia Samuel on Facebook and Instagram @JuliaSamuelMBE

    Listen to other episodes dealing with generational inheritances: Terry Real on Five Traps that Undermine Your Love, Jed Diamond on Your Personal Creation Story and Philippa Perry on What You Wish Your Parents Knew.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • Some of us spend years having the same arguments with our partner, on repeat. Others drift into a state of lonely togetherness where we don’t bother to talk about discontents, because it just feels pointless.

    Joanna Harrison is a marital therapist who has identified five arguments that all couples need to have. If you can work through these issues, your chances of building a healthy, happy relationship are much stronger.

    In this week’s episode, Andrew and Joanna discuss basic skills for productive conflict, why we try to avoid arguments, and how therapy can help.

    Subscriber Content This Week

    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:

    ⭐️Joanna’s examples of practical strategies that have worked best for the couples she sees.

    ⭐️Andrew and Joanna’s best piece of advice for couples struggling to disagree productively.

    ⭐️3 things Joanna KNOWS to be true.

    ⭐️AND subscribers can also explore a rich trove of bonus material on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and all his previous guests.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there

    Get Joanna Harrison’s book Five Arguments All Couples (Need to) Have and Why the Washing-Up Matters

    Take a look at Joanna Harrison’s website https://joannaharrison.co.uk

    Follow Joanna Harrison on Twitter @JoCoupleTherapy and on Instagram @joannaharrisoncoupletherapist

    Listen to other The Meaningful Life episodes on marriage and relationships: Dr Terry Real on Five Traps that Undermine Your Love and Matthew Fray on How Good People Mess Up Their Marriages

    Read Andrew’s book I Love You But I’m Not In Love With You: Seven Steps to Saving Your Relationship

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • Society encourages us to focus hard on “doing, achieving and having”. According to Professor Paul Gilbert, though, we would likely be much happier if we instead worked on being more compassionate to ourselves and others.

    In this episode Andrew and Paul discuss:

    ⭐️Why being compassionate ISN’T being weak

    ⭐️Three key pillars of compassion: assertiveness, forgiveness & apology

    ⭐️Why compassion increases feelings of contentment and wellbeing.

    ⭐️Exercises you can do to become more compassionate

    ⭐️The vagus nerve and its role in regulating anxiety and moods.

    Professor Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert FBPsS, PhD, OBE is the Founder and President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation. He is also Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and honorary visiting Prof at the University of Queensland. Paul was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993, president of the BABCP for 2002-2004, and was a member of the first British Government’s NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 23 books and over 300 papers and book chapters. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in March 2011 for services to mental health.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there.

    Read Paul Gilbert’s book The Compassionate Mind

    See Paul Gilbert’s other books

    Paul Gilbert is the Founder and President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation

    Follow the Compassionate Mind Foundation on Facebook @CompMindFound, on Twitter @CompMindFound, on Instagram @compassionatemind_foundation and on LinkedIn.

    Learn more about the vagus nerve - “Everything you need to know about the vagus nerve” in Medical News Today and “This Nerve Influences Nearly Every Internal Organ. Can It Improve Our Mental State, Too?” in The New York Times.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • What if divorce were not the end? This week’s podcast guests, Tommy and Gina Mulligan, share their journey from acrimonious divorce back to happy coupledom.

    Tommy and Gina started out as high school sweethearts and grew up together to create a happy life and family. As Tommy’s career accelerated, however, they encountered problems with work/life balance, gendered relationship stereotypes and a problematic dynamic that sometimes felt more like a parent and child than a married couple.

    Later, however, they were able to rediscover their spark and develop their own unique approach to starting over. This involved working on communication skills, but also agreeing to parcel away the bad times and start again from the point where there had been harmony.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there

    Follow Tommy and Gina on Twitter @2ndtimearound22

    Read Andrew’s book The Happy Couple’s Handbook – Powerful Life Hacks for a Successful Relationship

    Listen to some of our other episodes on marriage and relationships - including Irene Fehr on Why Desire Disappears in Committed Relationships and Terry Real on The Five Traps that Undermine Your Love .

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • Do you fall too easily into the role of rescuer in your relationships? Being the eternal rescuer is exhausting, and it tends to cast those around you in the roles of victim and persecutor.

    Or, often, you and your partner will switch between the roles, caught in an eternal and unproductive “drama triangle”. None of the three roles are likely to allow true self-expression, and getting stuck in this cycle is draining and dispiriting.

    This week Andrew talks with psychotherapist, spiritual teacher and author Chris Partridge about escaping the rescuer role, and developing the spiritual muscle to be able to really understand what your emotions are telling you.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there

    Buy Chris Partridge’s book Wake Up: What Are Your Emotions Really Telling You?

    Visit Chris Partridge’s website

    Follow Chris Partridge on Facebook @WakeUpGuideBook and on Instagram @wakeupguide

    Read Andrew’s book The Happy Couple’s Handbook – Powerful Life Hacks for a Successful Relationship

    Listen to some of our other episodes on marriage and relationships - including Irene Fehr on Why Desire Disappears in Committed Relationships and Terry Real on The Five Traps that Undermine Your Love .

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • To forgive is one of the biggest choices we can make. It can allow us to let go of painful suffering, to move on and to find peace for ourselves.

    Yet forgiveness tends to be something of a minefield. Many feel that it means letting people who have hurt them back into their lives (which definitely need not be the case). Nor is forgiveness the same thing as saying that historic mistreatment was OK. And if forgiveness is compelled by religion or a strict sense of morality, it may not bring the same easing of hurt and suffering.

    In this episode Andrew and forgiveness expert Dr Frederic Luskin discuss how to go about the task of forgiving someone, and the impact this can have on the rest of your life. Whether it is infidelity, financial dishonesty or parental failings, forgiving someone who has wronged you can ultimately mean that you can be “a hero instead of a victim in the story you tell”.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there

    Buy Dr Frederic Luskin’s book Forgive for Good

    Explore Dr Frederic Luskin’s work on forgiveness at the Forgive for Good website

    Take a look at the Stanford University Forgiveness Project

    Get Andrew’s advice on creating real change in your life and relationships in his book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    Listen to our episodes on infidelity - How to Rebuild Trust with Dr Caroline Madden and Lessons from My Recovery with infidelity survivors Lisa Arends and Helen Tower.

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • After nearly dying from an ectopic pregnancy, writer Georgina Scull confronted some of life’s big questions:

    Why do we drift through life, planning for tomorrow but not living for today? Why do we stay in relationships that no longer make us content, or in jobs that fill us with dread? Why do we allow our doubts to stop us trying new things, or let people treat us badly?

    Georgina chose to answer these questions in a unique way: she created a podcast and then a book in which she interviewed people who were dying. She asked each interviewee about their regrets, which ranged from long-lost love never pursued, to leaving behind children too young to remember their mother.

    In this episode, Andrew and Georgina discuss what we can learn from the dying, and the many reasons for living in the moment rather than chasing the perfect body, the next promotion or a bigger house.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there.

    Read Georgina Scull’s new book Regrets of the Dying: Stories and Wisdom That Remind Us How to Live

    Listen to Georgina Scull’s podcast Regrets of the Dying

    Follow Georgina Scull on Twitter @georginascull

    Listen to other episodes including Dr Kathryn Mannix on What You’ve Been Told About Death Might be Wrong, and David Kessler on Finding Meaning: the Sixth Stage of Grief.

    Get Andrew’s advice on creating real change in your life and relationships in his book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • Why do women stop wanting sex? Why is it so hard to recapture the intoxicating desire of those wonderful early weeks and months of your relationship?

    Irene Fehr has spent a decade working with couples as a sex and intimacy coach. Her specialty is women’s libido and sexual desire in long-term relationships.

    In this episode Andrew and Irene discuss the nature of desire. Unless we understand what compels and creates desire at different life stages, we will not be able to create a passionate, connected sexual life that meets both partner’s needs.

    As well as understanding desire, there are also practical steps you can take to rekindle your connection. Fencing off time away from your children (including the controversial act of locking the bedroom door) is key; as is taking small amounts of time each day (rather than weekly date nights) to spend in complete, uninterrupted togetherness.

    And if you are one of our wonderful Apple, Spotify or Patreon paying subscribers, this week’s bonus material sees Andrew and Irene discussing Seven Common Traps for Couples Making Love.

    Irene Fehr is a sex and intimacy coach. Her articles and advice on sex, female libido and sexual pleasure are regularly featured in publications including Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and Thought Catalog.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there

    Take Irene Fehr’s free video course on How to Want to Have Sex Again

    Learn more about Feed Your Libido, Irene Fehr’s signature online program for women.

    Visit Irene Fehr’s website

    Follow Irene Fehr on Twitter and YouTube @ignitedwoman and on LinkedIn.

    Read the books discussed in this episode: Women’s Anatomy of Arousal by Sherrie Winston, and The New Male Sexuality by Bernie Zilbergeld.

    Find out more about Betty Martin’s Wheel of Consent

    Listen to other The Meaningful Life episodes on sex and relationships: Tracey Cox on Great Sex After Fifty and Dr Terry Real on Five Traps that Undermine Your Love

    Read Andrew’s book Can We Start Again Please? Twenty Questions to Fall Back in Love

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • Creating a more meaningful life does not have to happen indoors. Whether it’s writing, meditating, repairing relationships or planning a big life change, doing the work outside surrounded by nature can be calming and inspiring.

    Psychotherapist Dr Patricia Hasbach is a specialist in ecotherapy. She sees clients outside and also incorporates nature into her therapeutic work indoors. She is a lifelong lover of nature and a profound believer in its power in treating anxiety and depression, and fostering health and wellness.

    Patricia has recently published Grounded: A Guided Journal to Help You Reconnect with the Power of Nature—and Yourself , an interactive journal designed to engage all of the reader’s five senses, and to deepen our experience of nature.

    In this episode Andrew and Patricia discuss nature, awe, the power of green, and how to bring nature inside as part of the therapeutic journey.

    Dr. Patricia H. Hasbach is a licensed psychotherapist, consultant, author, and college educator. As one of the media’s go-to ecotherapists, she and her work have appeared in numerous outlets including Time, Vogue, Outside Magazine, the Utne Reader, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and Sierra Magazine. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Oregon, USA.

    Follow Up

    The Meaningful Life has been nominated for a British Podcast Award in the category of Sex and Relationships Podcast. Please do vote for us in the Listeners’ Choice category here.

    Read Dr Patricia Hasbach’s new book Grounded: A Guided Journal to Help You Reconnect with the Power of Nature—and Yourself

    Visit Dr Patricia Hasbach’s website

    Follow Dr Patricia Hasbach on Facebook or on LinkedIn

    You might also enjoy Andrew’s interview with “joyful environmentalist” Isabel Losada on How to Bring Joy Into Your Life AND Save the Planet

    Get Andrew’s advice on creating real change in your life and relationships in his book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Women often spend many hours considering their relationship with their mothers; but far less attention goes to the impact of fathers.

    For some, the reason for this is that their mothers were there, making wrong and right decisions (which they remember in the starkest possible light) whilst their fathers were absent.

    Jungian psychotherapist Dr Susan Schwartz has spent many hours guiding her women clients in thinking about how they were shaped by physically or emotionally absent fathers.

    These daughters relate feeling an insecurity of self, a splintering and disintegration of their personality and a silencing of their voice.

    In this episode Andrew and Susan explore the different ways we are shaped by our fathers, how this comes up in therapy and the ways in which we can start to fill the holes left by absent fathers.

    Susan and Andrew also analyse a recent dream of Andrew’s in which themes of family legacies and therapeutic work are drawn out.

    Dr Susan Schwartz is a Jungian analyst who trained in Switzerland and lives in the USA. She teaches in numerous Jungian programs, workshops, and lectures in the USA and worldwide. She is also a clinical psychologist and member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology.

    Follow Up

    The Meaningful Life has been nominated for a British Podcast Award in the category of Sex and Relationships Podcast. Please do vote for us in the Listeners’ Choice category here.

    Read Dr Susan Schwartz’s new book The Absent Father Effect on Daughters, Father Desire, Father Wounds.

    Visit Dr Susan Schwartz’s website https://susanschwartzphd.com

    Follow Dr Susan Schwartz on Facebook and Instagram

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    You might also be interested in Andrew’s other interviews with Jungian psychotherapists James Hollis (How to be Resilient), Connie Zweig (“From Role to Soul”) and Lisa Marchiano (Being a Mother).

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

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    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

  • Do you think about drinking alcohol more than you think about eating sandwiches? Do you spend significant amounts of time thinking about NOT drinking (Dry January, for example)? Or are you one of the many with an uneasy feeling that alcohol is no longer bringing anything good into your life, and may well be holding you back?

    Therapist and sobriety expert Veronica Valli had a problematic relationship with alcohol for twelve years. She has now been sober for twenty years, and has helped countless others give up drinking.

    In this episode Andrew and Veronica discuss:

    ⭐️ How giving up alcohol can give you the energy and freedom to be your true self.

    ⭐️ Why your friends may not always be your cheerleaders if you give up drinking.

    ⭐️ Why a drinking problem is really a symptom of another, underlying problem.

    ⭐️ What to do if your partner has an alcohol problem.

    ⭐️ Extreme social pressure to drink and how to deal with it.

    Veronica Valli has worked in the field of alcohol recovery for almost two decades. She is an author, podcaster and former clinical psychotherapist.

    Follow Up

    The Meaningful Life has been nominated for a British Podcast Award in the category of Sex and Relationships Podcast. You can vote for us in the Listeners’ Choice category here.

    Read Veronica Valli’s new book Soberful: Uncover a Sustainable, Fulfilling Life Free of Alcohol

    Take a look at Veronica Valli’s website

    Listen to Soberful: the Podcast

    Find out about the Soberful private group on Facebook

    Follow Veronica Valli on Instagram @veronicajvalli, on Facebook @soberfulpage, on Twitter @VeronicaValli and on LinkedIn.

    Read Andrew’s book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    You might also be interested in Andrew’s interview with Oliver Russell on how being one of the first people in the UK to be diagnosed with Covid-19 led him to change his relationship with alcohol.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

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    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50: https://www.patreon.com/andrewgmarshall

  • How do you survive the loss of your life’s partner? How does grief relate to love? And how do you navigate the sometimes clumsy responses to grief from those around you?

    Writer, activist and speaker Catherine Mayer has spent the years since 2020 charting the depths of loss and grief. In early 2020 her husband, renowned guitarist and producer Andy Gill, died after returning from his band Gang of Four’s China tour. This came just months after her beloved stepfather died of Covid-19.

    Locked down alone in the early months of the pandemic, Catherine and her mother, Anne Mayer Bird, found ways to navigate their losses and the startling questions and challenges that confronted them. Together they wrote Good Grief: Embracing Life at a Time of Death.

    In this episode Andrew and Catherine share their thoughts and feelings on the devastating experience that is the death of a partner. They talk about loneliness, pain and the process of writing it all down.

    Catherine Mayer is the co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party. She also co-founded the Primadonna Festival, which had its debut in 2019. Catherine is a writer, activist and speaker, and is the author of four books.

    Follow Up

    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Read Catherine Mayer and Anne Mayer Bird’s new book Good Grief: Embracing Life at a Time of Death

    Read Catherine Mayer’s other books Attack of the Fifty Foot Women, Charles: The Heart of a King, and Amortality: the Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly.

    Learn more about The Women’s Equality Party and the Primadonna Festival.

    Listen to The Problem of Leisure, a new album of Andy Gill’s music executive-produced by Catherine Mayer.

    Follow Catherine Mayer on Twitter @catherine_mayer

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50: https://www.patreon.com/andrewgmarshall

    Read Andrew’s memoir My Mourning Year

    You may be interested to listen to other The Meaningful Life episodes exploring grief and loss, including Finding Meaning: the Sixth Stage of Grief with David Kessler, What You’ve Been Told About Death Might be Wrong, with Dr Kathryn Mannix, and Getting Out of Your Own Way with Christina Patterson.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Many older people, particularly women, are “divorce-curious”. They wonder about life on the other side of a tired marriage, and feel that perhaps it isn’t too late. Could a divorce be the route to rediscovering passion, stimulation and new experiences?

    Others are in the position of having a divorce thrust upon them, and are left to work through the pain and upheaval a split can cause in later life, both for themselves and the family unit.

    Linda Hershman is an expert on the “silver divorce” and has worked extensively to help couples navigate divorce. In this episode, Linda and Andrew discuss:

    ⭐️ Deciding whether it is in fact your relationship that’s the problem

    ⭐️ First steps if you are among the “divorce-curious”

    ⭐️ The impact of silver divorce on adult children

    ⭐️ The practical and financial impact divorce can have, particularly on women

    ⭐️ Discernment counselling - a style of marital counselling for “mixed-agenda” couples, where one wants to stay and the other wants to leave.

    Linda Hershman is the author of Gray Divorce: Everything You Need to Know About Later-Life Breakups. She has worked as a marriage and family therapist for more than 25 years, and has presented internationally on silver divorce and the adult children of divorce. Linda lives in Philadelphia and loves knitting, hiking and travelling.

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    Read Linda Hershman’s book Gray Divorce: Everything You Need to Know About Later-Life Breakups

    Learn more about discernment counselling

    Read Andrew’s blog ‘Are You Facing Long-Term Marriage Problems? How to Avoid the “Silver Divorce”’

    Read Andrew’s book Can We Start Again Please? Twenty Questions to Fall Back in Love

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    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Christina Patterson found herself in the heartbreaking position of being the last one left in a loving and beloved family. She took on the task of writing the story of her family and her place in it.

    In the process, Christina explored the ways in which our personal history can cause us to “get in our way”, self-sabotaging as we work through the suffering experienced both by ourselves and others in the family.

    Christina and Andrew also discuss:

    Living with mental illnessFinding and losing religion Loss and griefThe healing effects of writing

    Christina Patterson lives and works in London as a broadcaster and coach, as well as being the author of two memoirs, Outside, the Sky is Blue and The Art of Not Falling Apart.

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    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter The Meaningful Life, and join the community there.

    Read Christina Patterson’s new book Outside, the Sky is Blue: A Family Memoir, and her first book The Art of Not Falling Apart

    Listen to Christina Patterson’s podcast and read her Substack newsletter on The Art of Work.

    Follow Christina Patterson on Twitter @queenchristina_

    Visit Christina Patterson’s website

    Christina Patterson’s list of some of the memoirs by other authors she has most enjoyed reading:

    Bad Blood by Lorna SageGiving Up the Ghost by Hilary MantelDon't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller.

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    Read Andrew’s memoirs My Mourning Year and The Power of Dog.

    Read Andrew’s blog on how keeping a journal can help you achieve the change you want Top Twelve Benefits of Journaling.

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Doing a lot of things won’t get you where you want to go. According to “Digital Dale Carnegie” and best-selling author Erik Qualman, it’s become increasingly hard to achieve the things that mean the most to us.

    Modern life splinters our attention span and makes it extremely challenging to hone in on what matters.

    Erik Qualman interviewed hundreds of people for his book, The Focus Project, including parents, teachers and entrepreneurs. They all felt that success depended on the extent to which they had been able to focus on their goals.

    In this episode, Andrew and Erik talk about how to do the important things, rather than doing too many things. In fact, doing LESS is likely to leave you more successful and more fulfilled.

    Erik Qualman is a five times best-selling author and keynote speaker. He has spoken in over 55 countries and was voted the second most likeable author in the world. His work on Socialnomics has been used by organisations including NBC and NASA. He has an honorary doctorate for his work on the digital universe, and is the founder of Equalman Studios.

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    Visit Erik Qualman’s website

    Read Erik Qualman’s book The Focus Project: The Not So Simple Art of Doing Less

    Read Erik Qualman’s other books, including Socialnomics, Digital Leader and What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube.

    Follow Erik Qualman on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @equalman

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    You might also enjoy Andrew’s conversation with Professor Dilip Jeste about Five Ways to Become Wiser.

    Get Andrew’s advice on creating real change in your life and relationships in his book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier: https://andrewgmarshall.com/book/wake-up-and-change-your-life-how-to-survive-a-crisis-and-be-stronger-wiser-and-happier/

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall

  • Sometimes things feel way too complicated. You’re working hard, taking care of your family, you have enough money - but things still just don’t feel right. You push on, looking forward to your next holiday or a night out with friends, but the day to day is grey and exhausting.

    Wellness practitioner, CEO, yoga instructor and clinical social worker Julie Wald specialises in working with people who are close to burnout. She cuts through the wellness noise all around us to zero in on what it is we actually need to change in order to feel good.

    And it isn’t the big things like careers, partners or home. It’s HOW we live each day.

    Andrew and Julie also discuss Julie’s four pillars of wellness:

    ⭐️ Movement

    ⭐️ Stillness

    ⭐️ Touch

    ⭐️ Nourishment

    Julie Wald is the founder and CEO of Golden, a global leader in wellness education and employee self-care programs. She is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book, Inner Wealth: How Wellness Heals, Nurtures and Optimizes Ultra-Successful People. In August, Women We Admire named her one of The Top 100 Women Leaders in Healthcare of 2021.

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    Read Andrew’s new Substack newsletter and join the community there.

    Read Inner Wealth, Julie Wald’s new book.

    Visit Golden, Julie Wald’s website.

    Follow Julie Wald on social media: on Instagram @hey.its.golden, and on Facebook and LinkedIn @heyitsgolden

    Get in touch with Julie Wald at [email protected]

    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50.

    Read Andrew’s advice on keeping a journal of your life and emotions

    Get Andrew’s advice on creating real change in your life and relationships in his book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier

    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall